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

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 (, 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:

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.

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!

Audi HSS Sailing Center

NJK Match Race Center

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 or

Sailing season 2013 is here

It’s time to kick-off season 2013 for Audi HSS Sailing Center! As we cater to both match racing and fleet racing we have renamed ourselves: what was previously Audi HSS Match Race Center is now Audi HSS Sailing Center, or SC for short.”

To keep up with the latest info and discussions follow what happens in Facebook. Our fan-page is here: and a group for all our members is here:

Basic info about the Sailing Center and how things work has been gathered here:

The schedule for the whole of season 2013 is now ready, so start making reservations in your calendar booking system for boats will be launched closer to the start of the season, so don’t book boats yet.

A few upcoming events from the calendar: free open lectures on racing and tactics (note that tomorrow’s lecture 19.3. has been cancelled, so the first one is on 26.3.), an umpirecourse, and a free try out day for all our boats. See

Membership invoicing will be sent to you in a few days if you are an existing member (if you wish to join us Prices are the same as last year Note that there is no beginner/match race programs, just different fleets which you can utilize according to your interests and level of sailing. If you wish to cancel your membership please let us know here:

Match racing Elliott Center Cups will be starting soon after the boats are in the water, sign up by 26.4.

There is a new match racing program for the SM40s. Check it out here:

Looking for team members to sail with? Join us at the single sailor’s night on 9.4.

If you have friends interested in joining us as members, ask them to put you as a referrer in the membership request form. We will be setting up a referral rewards system of some sort – more info on this soon. Forward the membership form to your friends:

Remember that if you don’t wish to pay 180 euros extra for membership you need to participate in 3 talkoo-events (“Talkoo” is Finnish for voluntary). This year’s talkoo-events are listed here

Our website has a new address too

Are you interested in helping us out with the member communications for the Sailing Center? Or perhaps something else? If you are, let me know 0440740078 or

Best regards,
Audi HSS Sailing Center, chairman

Videos Published

During season 2011 MRC member Juha Haanperä shot and edited some great videos from our activities. These videos give you a good impression on life at MRC. Check out the inspiring videos at “Gallery”.

New – Discussion Forums online!

Our new HSS MRC discussion forums are online – your place to exchange all kinds of MRC related information with your fellow sailors and the MRC committee. From seafarers’ tales to race tactics and boat care discussions.

Please click here to open the new forums:

In order to log in, please use your full name just as you’d normally write it, i.e. “<First name> <Last name>” with a space. Your password is your password from the MRC booking system.

If you prefer to have the forum look and feel to be in your language, go to the user control panel (click the link in the top left), and then switch to board prefences. Then select your language from the drop down field “My Language”.

If you’d like to get notified about new posts in one of the forums, open the forum and click on the “Subscribe forum” in the lower left corner:

See you there!


Match Racing intro courses

The course will give you a comprehensive introduction to Match Racing and is intended for all sailors interested in match racing (ie you don’t have to be a member yet to participate).The course will be held with our 6 Elliott 6m boats, so the number of participants is limited to 18! In case of overbooking, we will inform you and put you an a waiting list. Members will have first priority, so join now.

Participation fee: 100 €/person. Your registration for this course is only finalized upon payment of the fee. Payment info and course details will be sent to you shortly after you have filled in the sign-up form.

Two separate courses will be held on two weekends. Choose which weekend fits you better and sign-up by clicking the date:
4.-5.5.2013 or 18.-19.5.2013

Try Out Sailing Saturday 11.05.2013

date: 11.05.2013

time: 9-17
place: HSS, Liuskasaari
cost: 0€, ferry 4,50€

Everyone who is interested in trying sailing the first time ever is welcome to the free try out sailing with Laser 16 or 606. So are sailors with more experience, who may want to try out Elliot 6m or SM40 match racing boats. We have lifejackets for those who don’t have one, all you need is warm enough and practical clothes and shoes. The sun may shine but water is still cold!

In each boat there will be experienced skipper and 2 crew, in SM40 there’s space for 5 or even more. We will go out in two batches. The first one will be out approx. between 10-12 and the second between 14-16. The times are approximate! Registration is asked so we can estimate the number of boats needed, but the sailing will happen on first come, first serve basis. When not on water, there will be fairly priced snack and refreshments available and opportunity to get to know about basic courses, fleet and match race trainings and other activities at Sailing Center.

Welcome to sail, meet people and have fun!

Register here