2018 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 much of the last fifteen years the crew has been 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 an enormous favour by offering to come and crew we don’t making 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 2018

At the time of writing this in early 2018 bookings are starting to come in.

Timetable

CruiseStart dateEnd dateDaysBerths FreeCrew (plus David)
Cruise A - Helsinki to
Turku
02/06/201809/06/201862
Cruise B - Early Archipelago Cruise10/6/201816/6/201862
Break for Midsummer18/06/201825/06/20187
Cruise C - First Sauna Cruise to Mariehamn26/06/201806/07/2018100EL, TR
Cruise E - Mariehamn to Stockholm08/07/201816/07/201881MH
Cruise F - Sweden to Mariehamn17/07/201824/07/201870EB, PR
Mariehamn to Turku25/07/201829/7/201850JB, HM-K
Break for a week31/07/201808/08/201870
Cruise G - Second Sauna Cruise08/08/201817/08/201890MF, HO
Cruise H - Back to Helsinki18/08/201827/08/201891JKM, VA
Laying up - it's all over27/8/201801/09/2018

 

This is the provisional list of cruises for 2018.  The planned cruises and the timetable may change a bit, as volunteers 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.

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 please ask if we can change the running order to allow you to join the trip you prefer.

Vegetarians and Vegans

Several of the crew in 2015 and 2016 were veggies of one sort or another.  In 2018 I’m hoping to arrange vegetarian/vegan only cruises, which makes the cooking a bit simpler.  If you are a vegetarian or vegan please say so when you contact me, and let me know roughly what you do and don’t eat, and give me some choices about which cruises you’d be available for, and I’ll see what can be arranged.  No promises, but I will try to fit you in.

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 2018 by then, of course, so mainly this will appeal to people who are interested for 2019, although there’s always the possibility we can find room for 2018.

 Cruise A – Helsinki to Turku (7 days)

May 2018 is ending with a small heatwave and this should continue into June.  I’m hoping to be ready to leave for Turku about 2/3 June.  One crew is provisionally signed up all the way, but that leaves room for one more.

In 2015 this was a hard slog to windward for several days, although things improved at the end.  2016 was much better, fortunately, as was 2017, mostly.  This needs at least one experienced crew.  Bring warm clothes and a warm sleeping bag.

This is to some extent a delivery trip. Prior to this we will have collected Korybant from winter quarters, stowed everything, and done the usual start of season sorting out. Because of this we can be pretty 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 this 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.

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 villas (of wood) 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.

This 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.

Cruise B – Early Archipelago Cruise

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.

Turku open days

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

Cruise C – First Sauna Cruise to Mariehamn (10 days)

Provisionally booked for two crew, so full at present.

A fairly leisurely cruise around the Archipelago and probably around the North coast of Aland, ending up in the Western Harbour of Mariehamn.

The Aland Islands lie between Finland and Sweden, and are predominantly Swedish-speaking.  See http://www.aland.ax/ and http://www.visitaland.com/ for some of the history and features.

The North coast of the main islands is rocky, with steep cliffs and very little by way of facilities.  Our plan is to circumnavigate the whole island group, in an anti-clockwise direction, visiting as many different places as possible, and with some longer days when the next harbour is some distance away.

Very provisionally the route will be to leave Turku after topping up with supplies, heading for a small marina at Verkan.

From there it should be a fairly easy day trip to the first of the Aland islands, probably Sottunga.  From there on day three we move on to a small harbour close to the old Russian fort of Bomarsund, destroyed by the British Navy (with help from the French) during the Crimean War.  The ruins are a fascinating relic.

From there we move on around the northern coast of Aland, taking two or three days to reach the marina of Karingsund on the West coast.

Next stop after that is Mariehamn, capital of Aland, and last home of the clipper fleet, notably the Flying P line, with an active fleet of clippers still carrying freight between the 2 world wars.  The Pommern, one of the last working clippers, is moored just below the Aland Sailing club moorings.

This is a chance to stock up again, and to explore Mariehamn.

Cruise E – Mariehamn to Stockholm

First we have to cross the Sea of Aland, about 25 sea miles of open water.  This can be great fun if the weather cooperates.  After that we’ll cruise southwards, exploring new harbours and islands, ending up in Stockholm.  One space left

Cruise F1 – Stockholm back to Mariehamn

And this is the return trip to Mariehamn, with time to explore islands and harbours along the way.

Now fully booked.

Cruise F2 – Mariehamn to Turku

And then on back to Turku, visiting the Eastern part of Aland and the Western parts of the Turku Archipelago, including more saunas.

Now fully booked.

Break for a week while I go home.

Cruise G – Second Sauna Cruise

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.

Fully booked.

Cruise H –Back to Helsinki

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 2019.

One place left.

 
CruiseStart dateEnd dateDaysBerths FreeCrew (plus David)
Cruise A - Helsinki to
Turku
02/06/201809/06/201862
Cruise B - Early Archipelago Cruise10/6/201816/6/201862
Break for Midsummer18/06/201825/06/20187
Cruise C - First Sauna Cruise to Mariehamn26/06/201806/07/2018100EL, TR
Cruise E - Mariehamn to Stockholm08/07/201816/07/201881MH
Cruise F - Sweden to Mariehamn17/07/201824/07/201870EB, PR
Mariehamn to Turku25/07/201829/7/201850JB, HM-K
Break for a week31/07/201808/08/201870
Cruise G - Second Sauna Cruise08/08/201817/08/201890MF, HO
Cruise H - Back to Helsinki18/08/201827/08/201891JKM, VA
Laying up - it's all over27/8/201801/09/2018