Audi HSS Sailing Center is looking for a part-time Center Manager

AUDI HSS Sailing Center is part of Helsingfors Segelsällskap, HSS. The Center is located on Skifferholmen, just in front of Helsinki. The Center aims to provide its members, both beginners as well as more experienced sailors, with the best sailing training in Finland together with the best equipment and experiences. The Center offers our members 22 boats in four classes, which can be used at all times. The Center is mainly run by volunteer work of our members.

The Center Manager will coordinate Sailing Center’s courses, weekly trainings, boat maintenance, volunteer activities, races and events. In addition to this the tasks include member recruitment and management, contacts with the other HSS committees and corporate cooperation of the Center.

The candidate should be enthusiastic and interested in sailing and racing. Personal sailing experience will be considered as a strong advantage. Fluent English language is a requirement. Fluency in Finnish and Swedish is an advantage.

The position comes with a permanent, part-time contract. We hope that the Manager is able to start his/her work as soon as possible. The main work-load will be concentrated between mid-April and end of October, when the work-load will be on average 20 hours per week. During the early spring and autumn the work-load will be considerably lighter.

Applications should be sent to juuso.leivonen (at) gmail.com by January 15, 2014.

For more information, please contact Juuso Leivonen, juuso.leivonen (at) gmail.com, +358 (0)407307236

Special offer for the rest of the season 2013

It’s not too late to start sailing in season 2013! Join as a member now and receive your membership for the rest of this season with 40% discount!

Your membership covers:

  • access to our fabulous fleet
  • weekly trainings given by professional sailing instructors
  • inspiring lectures and events

Pricing with discount:

309 EUR (August/September/October)
(includes ferry ticket worth 60 EUR + HSS Membership)

Note!

All members are recommended to participate in talkoo / boat maintenance events (at least 3 times / season). Not participating on these days will cost an extra of 180 EUR in membership fee.

Skiffer Match Racing Open Nationals

This year Audi HSS Sailing Center has the honor of organizing the 2013 Match Racing Open National Championships on 6.-8.9.

Notice of Race: http://bit.ly/mrsm2013

Facebook event

On Saturday 7.9., a spectator area will be arranged up close to the action in / south of the western shed at HSS. Hot grill and cold drinks! Racing starts at 11 am and lasts as long as it takes to complete the round robin. Live coverage of the race with real-time results. Come and watch the nation’s best in action and see what match racing is all about.

The SM40 program in 2013

For the upcoming season the SM40 program will be altered from previous seasons. There will be no regular weekly training for SM40:s as the boats will be geared more towards more skilled match racers – after all, it is a boat desined by the legendary Swedish designer Pelle Petterson, who designed and helmed Sweden’s Sverige challengers for the America’s Cup in 1977 and 1980.

The idea is to gather up 4-8 SM40 teams from HSS and NJK to train for and compete in two competitions during the season. The comptitions will be organized in cooperation with the participating teams (similar to how the Elliott end of season races have been organized). In the spring, there will be coached training sessions at HSS on Fridays: 17.5., 24.5., and 31.5. and a race day on Saturday 1.6. In autumn there will coached training sessions at Valkosaari on Fridays 16.8., 23.8., and 30.8 and a race day on Saturday 31.8.

Gather up a team of 5-6 sailors eg. by combining two Elliott teams and sign up for the SM40 racing season! For HSS SC members and NJK MRC members the price is 200 euros per participating SM40 team and it includes trainings and races. All members have the right to use the SM40 boats outside these trainings, SM40 skipper rights can be applied for when the season starts.

Elliott Center Cup Series 2013

UPDATE 24.4.2013: The center cup series is now full as 12 teams have already signed up.

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The sailing season is approaching rapidly, so now it’s time to gather your Elliott match racing team and sign up for the Center Cup Series. The series is made up of a total of six races, two in the spring and four in the autumn. Teams will compete for the victory of the series but skipper’s will also gain normal ISAF Grade5 ranking points for each race. The concept for the Center Cup is that all teams participating in the series are also required to take on responsibility for organizing one or two of the cups (depending on the total number of participants).

The deadline for signing up for the Center Cup is April 26 th .

Center Cup dates 2013:

Friday 10.5
Friday 14.6
Friday 9.8
Friday 13.9
Saturday 21.9
Saturday 28.9

On Fridays the skipper’s meeting is at 17:00 and on Saturdays at 10:00. On Friday 13.9 we might need to start earlier due to early sun-set.

How to sign up for the series:
Send an e-mail to nina.rammschmidt(a)gmail.com with the following information no later than April 26th (only one enrollment e-mail per team):
1) Skipper and team members’ full names and e-mail addresses
2) Skipper’s ISAF ID number (see instructions below)
3) Are any of the dates inconvenient for you?

Teams registered for the Center Cups will then be informed about which dates they will sail and which cup(s) they will be responsible for organizing.

A minimum of 8 teams are needed to run the series. We will allow a maximum of 12 teams to take part in the series, this way we can assure that each team will be able to compete at least in 3 races.

In order to compensate for fuel and to pay the membership fee for the match race union (which is required when taking part in any match race competition) there is a cost of 90 euros per team for taking part in the Center Cup series.

ISAF sailor ID registration
1) Go to http://www.sailing.org/
2) In the top right of the page, there’s a registration link
3) Fill in your personal details
4) There are quite a few questions related to your sailing career.
5) Submit your registration

Race organizing and support material available
Since the Center Cups will be Grade 5 competitions and included in ISAF world ranking system (Skipper’s can earn points and obtain a world ranking position), there are certain requirements for race organizing that has to be followed. Last year we created a package of support material, more detailed instructions, checklists, paring list tool etc. to help smooth up the organizing duty for inexperienced teams. This info-package will be posted online and distributed to participating teams.

Pricing changes for membership

We have some bad news (but fortunately some good news too). Having been more prepared than ever for the season with thorough planning and almost everything set to go long before the ice has melted, it’s a big upset for us to have to alter the membership pricing at the last minute. The plan was to price membership according to age and thus, in reality, decrease the membership price from last year for most members. Due to the fact that the slow economy has cut sponsorships quite dramatically, we have been forced to re-evaluate the budget and change pricing back to resemble last year’s prices. For the season of 2013 the membership price for Audi HSS Sailing Center will be 515 euros for all members. In effect this is the same price as last year and again, in addition to the Sailing Center membership, it includes HSS membership and the ferry fee (see http://sailingcenter.fi/about-us/why-join).

New members, once again, sorry for this quite embarrassing pricing change and we hope to see you as our member despite this. Old members, our apologies also for the unclear HSS membership billing in January. If you have already paid for that HSS membership, we will take this into account as the Sailing Center membership includes HSS membership – please deduct the payment you have made for the HSS membership from the 515 euro invoice when you receive it.

To aid the effort to balance the budget we aim to increase our amount of members – after all, with a fleet of 22 boats we have plenty of room for more sailors. In this effort to get more like minded racers to join us we are extending a referral incentive: if you get 3 new members to join the Audi HSS Sailing Center for the 2013 season and get them to mark you as the referrer on the membership request form (http://bit.ly/joinSC2013), you will get a referrer award of 100 euros. It’s up to you if you keep it to yourself for the effort or share it with the three friends of yours. Those of you that are new members, if you didn’t realize to put a name in that field, let us know and we’ll try to fix the situation.

If you have any questions regarding these please don’t hesitate to ask: sc@hss-segel.fi

Best regards,
the Sailing Center committee

Spring Lecture Series 2013

The season 2013 starts in March when Audi HSS Sailing Center arranges together with NJK Match Race Center a series of lectures in racing rules of sailing and match racing. The lectures are free and open to everyone interested in the sport.
Scheduling:

19.3. – Sail trimming in Elliott 6m, 606 and J80 (HSS)
26.3. – Racing rules of sailing (HSS)
2.4. – An introduction to Match Race, tips for team building and competition arrangement basics (HSS)
9.4. – Pre-start tactics (NJK)
16.4. – Racing tactics – upwind, downwind and mark roundings (HSS)
23.4. – Penalties (NJK)
Register to the lectures here!
Organizers:

Audi HSS Sailing Center
Liuskasaari
www.sailingcenter.fi

NJK Match Race Center
Koivusaari
www.njk.fi/matchrace

Try out day was a success

About 100 people participated in the Try Out Day of Audi HSS Sailing Center.

The Try Out day started on Saturday May 11th with a thick fog, which luckily turned into brilliant sunshine around 11 in the morning. The day was a success and about 100 people got a chance to try sailing, many for the very first time. All classes of the Sailing Center were out, i.e. SM40’s, Elliott 6m’s, 606’s and Laser 16’s. The wind was very easy in the morning, but built up closer to 10 m/s in the afternoon. Two try out participants got to experience the rougher side of sailing when one of the Laser 16’s capsized. The two unfortunate ones were however picked up from the freezing water very fast and were sped to sauna and shower to warm up.

This was the second year when Sailing Center organised the test day, and judging from the smiles on the faces, this tradition will continue also next year. Huge thanks to the skippers and on-shore volunteer organisers!

Try out sailing -day 11.5.

Come and try sailing with Audi HSS Sailing Center boats and learn more about what we do. you will get a chance to try Laser 16’s, 606’s, Elliott 6m and SM40 boats. More information at www.sailingcenter.fi or https://www.facebook.com/events/208146165992253/