2021 Plans

One of the reasons for creating this website was to be able to offer other sailors the opportunity to sail a classic boat in her home waters.  Since our children grew up they’ve had less time for sailing, although they still help out when they can.  For many years the crew was just two of us, my wife and myself, but in 2014 my wife retired from sailing, so I set up this website to find suitable volunteer crew.

Since you’d be doing me a big favour by offering to come and crew we don’t make any charge to crew, although you are encouraged to buy the skipper a drink every day or two  This is a great opportunity to sail a classic boat.

To see the routes below on the chart go to Sailmate Link for a chart on which you can follow the plans.

Korybant – Proposed cruises 2021

2020 was cancelled, although some crew who’d previously sailed on Korybant were able  to use her while I was stuck in the UK.  Normal sailing will resume in 2021.

At the moment (January 2021) I plan to stay in Finnish waters for 2021, partly because not all the results of Brexit are clear.  Next year we should be able to visit Sweden again.

Covid-19 Issues

I’ve been vaccinated, so I’m fairly safe, but in the interest of keeping everyone healthy we’re asking that if you haven’t been vaccinated yet then you agree to have a Covid-19 test within 3-5 days of the start of your cruise.

Timetable for 2021

CruiseStart dateEnd dateDaysBerths FreeCrew
Cruise A - Helsinki to Hanko02/06/202106/06/202142
Cruise B - Hanko to Turku07/06/202110/06/202132
Cruise C - Early Archipelago Cruise11/06/202115/06/202142
Break for Midsummer15/06/202126/06/2021
Cruise D - Turku to Rauma27/06/202104/07/202172
Cruise E - Rauma to Mariehamn05/07/202113/07/202182
Cruise F - Around Aland14/07/202125/07/2021112
Cruise G - Mariehamn E to Turku26/07/202101/08/202162
Break for a week02/08/202109/08/2021
Cruise J - Turku Archipelago10/08/202119/08/202192
Cruise K - Hanko to Helsinki20/08/202126/08/202162
Laying up - it's all over27/08/202102/09/2021

This is the provisional list of cruises for 2021.  The planned cruises and the timetable may change a bit, as crew get fitted into the grand plan. Please start by looking at the planned timetable above, which shows which cruises are booked, and which still have spaces left.

Please remember that we don’t set out to thrash to windward in a force 6 wind for 8 hours, this is supposed to be fun, and that means that our plans will change if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

In particular this means that we can’t guarantee to get you back to the stated end-point of the cruise.  We’ll do our best, but it’s always the skipper’s decision whether to sail or not.  What we will try very hard to do is to make sure that you can catch your return flight if you’ve come from outside Finland.  This may mean that we have to put you on a ferry or other public transport (at your expense, but ferries are usually free to foot passengers) within a timetable which should allow you to catch your plane.  We’ve never needed to do this yet.

The cruises described below cover quite a wide range of different sailing experiences, and we’ve tried to explain who each cruise might best suit.  Please feel free to ask questions.

Cruises are arranged in provisional date order.  If you’re an early respondent then we have some flexibility to change the dates a little to allow you to join when you prefer.

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Open Days in Helsinki

This was a new idea for 2016 which worked well.  Several people  expressed interest for 2016, but wanted to see the boat (and the skipper, perhaps) before committing themselves.  The idea is that once Korybant is launched from her winter quarters on Suomenlinna I’ll be in Helsinki for 3-4 days, while I do some shopping and other things, so prospective crew can come and see us, and if the weather cooperates perhaps go for a short sail. More details will be posted here when I get to Helsinki, and also on the Facebook group “Kivojen typpien gastiporssi”.

We should be fully booked for 2021 by then, of course, so mainly this will appeal to people who are interested for 2022, although there’s always the possibility we can find room for 2021.

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Cruise A – Helsinki to Hanko (3-4 days)

I’m hoping to be ready to leave for Turku about 2/3 June.  For 2021 this trip is split into two legs, Helsinki-Hanko, and Hanko-Turku, to make it easier to get crew.  Anyone able to do both legs will be especially welcome.

In 2015 this was a hard slog to windward for several days, although things improved at the end.  2016 was much better, fortunately, as were 2017, 2018 and 2019, mostly.  This needs at least one experienced crew.  Bring warm clothes and a warm sleeping bag, early June in Finland can be chilly, and the sea hasn’t warmed up yet.

This is a delivery trip, and getting to Turku on time is quite important. Before we leave I will have collected Korybant from winter quarters, stowed everything, and done the usual start of season sorting out. Because of this we can be certain that we’ll be in Helsinki on time and ready for this cruise.

In June the weather can be quite variable, so we allow 7 days for the entire trip, if the weather is good then there will be time to stop off along the way and see some of the islands.

The route is WSW from Helsinki, through dozens of coastal islands. The first stop, depending on conditions, will be in the Porkkala area. The Bay of Porkkala is about 20 miles across, fairly open water, with good harbours on both sides.

After crossing the Bay we travel down the Barosund, in a SW direction, becoming WSW in the later parts. The next stop might be at Jussaro, with a former underwater iron mine, or if we have time we might stop at Tammisaari.

On day three or four we hope to make Hanko, the Finnish Cowes and centre of much racing. When Finland was part of Russia many wealthy Russians built grand wooden villas in Hanko, for the summer. There’s a casino, some good restaurants and an opportunity to shop and restock the larder and wine cellar. The marina has good showers and a washing machine.

I’ve split the trip at Hanko, so that people who just want to do a few days can do that.  You can still sign up for the full trip from Helsinki to Turku if you have the time.  There’s a good train & bus service from Hanko to Helsinki

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Cruise B – Hanko to Turku (3-4 days)

Hanko is about the half-way point, and our next target is probably Helsingholmen, or possible Rosala, depending on wind and weather.  The harbour on Helsingholm is well-sheltered from most directions, there’s a tiny shop, and they also sell their own smoked fish. There are some good walks around the island, and a very good sauna.  With a bit of luck we have a day in hand by now. We can use that to visit another of the islands in the Turku archipelago, or if the weather forecast is not too good we can continue towards Turku.

Turku itself used to be the capital of Finland. It’s still the second city, with excellent rail and bus connections to the rest of the country. Trains take 2 hours to get to Helsinki, and run at least hourly, so it’s a good spot to swap crews.  There’s a good bus service too.

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Cruise C – Early Archipelago Cruise (if time/crew available) (4 days)

If the weather stays good, and if we get to Turku by about 10 June then I have nearly a week with nothing planned, so if anyone is free, and the weather cooperates, there’s time for a quick early cruise.

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Turku open days

I may have 2-3 days free in Turku, which would be convenient for other potential crew to come aboard and have a chat/drink/day sail.

Cruise D – Turku to Rauma (7 days)

This takes us north through some quiet harbours to the towns of Uusikaupunki and Rauma, stopping in an old Russian naval harbour at Katanpaa, and on Isokari island, with a large lighthouse which should be open for viewing inside.

DayLeaveArriveDistance sea miles
1TurkuTeersalo20
2TeersaloKatanpaa20
3KatanpaaIsokari10
4IsokariUusikaupunki15
5UusikauunkiRistikari20
6RistikariRauma20
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Cruise E – Rauma to Mariehamn (8 days)

This takes us back the way we came in the previous cruise for a few days, and then we head into the Aland Islands, on our way to Mariehamn (capital of the Aland Islands)

DayLeaveArriveDistance sea miles
1RaumaRistikari20
2RistikariUusikaupunki20
3UusikaupunkiRest day0
4UusikaupunkiIsokari15
5IsokariLappo25
6LappoSottunga25
7SottungaMariehamn25
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Cruise F – Around Aland from Mariehamn to Mariehamn (11 days)

This is intended as a fairly unplanned cruise in the Aland Islands.  If the wind and weather cooperate we might go round the North side of the islands, a wild and rocky coast best done in good weather.  There are plenty of islands to visit, and we’ll try and stop in Kökar, Källskär (just off Kökar),Sottunga, Rödhamn, and Bomarsund as well.  We’ll end up back in Mariehamn for a crew change.

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Cruise G – Mariehamn to Turku (6 days)

This is a trip back to Turku, visiting the Eastern part of Aland and the Western parts of the Turku Archipelago, including more saunas.

DayLeaveArriveDistance sea miles
1MariehamnSottunga20
2SottungaJungfruskar15
3JungfruskarVerkan15
4VerkanSeili20
5SeiliTurku15
Break for a week while I go home.
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Cruise J – Final Turku Archipelago/Sauna Cruise (9 days)

This is a leisurely cruise around the Turku Archipelago, visiting as many saunas as possible, and working on a ranking for them all.  This is out of the busiest season, so harbours will be less crowded.  See Sauna Cruises  for more detail of what we plan.  This cruise is expected to finish in Hanko.

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Cruise H –Hanko to Helsinki (6 days)

The season is nearly finished for us, and it’s time to get back to Helsinki, and lay Korybant up for the winter again.  With a bit of luck it’s been a memorable summer, and we’ll all have recollections to keep us warm until the Baltic thaws again in Spring 2022.  Hanko to Helsinki is 3-4 days, but if the weather is fine we can stretch it by a day or two with side trips to Tammisaari and other small towns along the way.

And here’s the table of cruises again:

CruiseStart dateEnd dateDaysBerths FreeCrew
Cruise A - Helsinki to Hanko02/06/202106/06/202142
Cruise B - Hanko to Turku07/06/202110/06/202132
Cruise C - Early Archipelago Cruise11/06/202115/06/202142
Break for Midsummer15/06/202126/06/2021
Cruise D - Turku to Rauma27/06/202104/07/202172
Cruise E - Rauma to Mariehamn05/07/202113/07/202182
Cruise F - Around Aland14/07/202125/07/2021112
Cruise G - Mariehamn E to Turku26/07/202101/08/202162
Break for a week02/08/202109/08/2021
Cruise J - Turku Archipelago10/08/202119/08/202192
Cruise K - Hanko to Helsinki20/08/202126/08/202162
Laying up - it's all over27/08/202102/09/2021