Fun, competition and teamwork on the waves

Thank you for this season – looking forward to the summer 2017!

So much fun on the waves again this season at the HSS Audi Sailing Center. Some of the country’s most active sailing for adults is happening right here, with a spirit of community and occasionally a little bit of competition…

  • Three different coached trainings per week for all levels and in fleet and match racing
  • Fleet and match race competitions nationwide, including the Sailing League and Hanko Regatta
  • Wednesday club races which the Sailing Center organized and also actively participated in
  • Try-out day in May for some 100 people interested in learning more about the Sailing Center
  • Three beginner sailing courses
  • More advanced extra courses on boat handling and sail trimming
  • A number of corporate events with club boats
  • Lectures and parties, including a the traditional race to club island Getören for some crayfish
  • Maintenance, repair and care by our members of the 22 boats in Center use throughout the season

Big thanks go for all our helping hands in “talkoo” days in September and October. All boats are now up, covered, ready for winter and ready to put back to water next spring as soon as weather allows. ;)

More autumn activities coming up – save the date 10.12 for the Christmas party!
HSS Autumn meeting for the club on 23.11: The club autumn meeting will be held on 23.11. The meeting is a great opportunity to learn more about all the club’s activities also outside the Sailing Center and  discuss future plans together.
Sailing Center Christmas party on 10.12: Welcome to a relaxed, informal and easy Christmas gathering for all new and old members. Let’s have some glögi and celebration together, sailor themed gear definitely allowed! Location TBC, join the facebook event and stay up to date.
Traditional Boxing Day race on 26.12: Ice conditions allowing, let’s go sailing on Boxing Day in front of the club! Two L16 are ready to go.
To plan for the season 2017, we will have a gathering for all existing members and potentially interested members to discuss together our plans and ideas based on survey results. Preliminary date is 4.3.2017, and will be confirmed closer to the date.

Autumn activities ongoing at the Sailing Center

Autumn is approaching, but sailing continues actively at the Center! Our coached trainings for the different boats, L16, 606 and Elliott continue until late September. Sailors have had some rain, some sun, and some particularly gorgeous sunsets while on the water. Who said boats need to go up any sooner than maybe October?

Sailing Center members continue to participate in racing and organizing to the club’s Wednesday races, and a Center Cup for match race teams is running in August and September. Members of the Center have been competing also in the nationwide Sailing League, as well as various ranking and offshore racing activities. In the first weekend of September, the club’s traditional crayfish party race to the Getören is on, and a G4 match race competition will be held by the SC on 17-18.9. Stay tuned!



Welcome to the Try Out Day on 21.5!

Get ready ’cause the legendary HSS Sailing Center Try Out Day is coming your way! The event is targeted for all who wish to learn more about the HSS Sailing Center and/or are considering joining, for those new to sailing and more experienced sailors alike. You don’t need to know anything about sailing as a sport in advance! This will be an exciting, fun and most likely windy and wet way to learn what the fuzz is all about. You will have the opportunity to sail one of the 4 boat classes in use at the Center: Laser 16, 606, Elliott or SM40. As always, the fleet will be adjusted to accommodate the weather conditions. Safety first!

The event is divided into three sessions: morning 9:00, mid-day at noon and afternoon at 14:30. Each session has the capacity for 35, so in total we are hoping to introduce sailing to over 100 future sailors! In addition to trying out sailing you will hear more about HSS Sailing Center and meet our currrent members and learn about their sailing experiences at HSS SC. You need to sign up for a specific session during the day.

Previous years the event has been a huge success and it’s been booked full in no time. The price for participating is 15€ and will be paid in advance. The price includes the ferry ticket to the island, sailing and introduction to the Center, and some refreshments.

Register in Holvi now to secure your spot!


Sailing Season 2016 kicks off at the Center

Why is it worth spending time in a country with practically no sunlight for half of the year? Because you can spend the other half of the year sailing! (Well. We did sail during the winter too. Evidence here. But you know what we mean.) May is around the corner and this means that the new season is beginning at the Sailing Center!

Training schedule in summer 2016

There will be three different types of training at the Center this summer:

Monday: Laser 16 training from beginner level onwards (first training May 2)

Tuesday: Joint L16 & 606 fleet race training for more advanced sailors (first training May 3)

Thursday: Match race training with Elliotts (first training May 12)

The Monday and Tuesday trainings will be focused on boat handling, maneuvers and fleet race tactics. The Thursday trainings will be focusing on match racing tactics and teamwork.

Races and competitions for all levels

Wednesday races at the club level at HSS will be running again this summer. This is a great opportunity to join other boats of the club in a friendly fleet race. All sailing center boat classes are welcome and encouraged to participate. Also, volunteering to help organize the Wednesday races is a great way to learn more about sail racing.

Last season, Friday fun races were also organized by SC volunteers to end the week with a relaxed race and after-sail. That tradition will be probably continued this season too!

Teams from the Sailing Center will be participating in many other races throughout the season organized at HSS, throughout Finland and further abroad. There is also a match race Center Cup in planning for this season, so plenty of opportunities in both fleet and match racing for sailors of all levels!


Beginners’ sailing courses 2016 now open!

Have you always wanted to learn to basics of sailing? Or, have you maybe sailed on larger boats as crew but never had the chance to try skippering a smaller boat yourself? If your answer to either question is yes, the Sailing Center’s popular Beginner Courses could be just for you.

The price of a course is 250€. The courses are open to all,  and if you decide to join the Sailing Center after the course to further develop your skills, you will get a discount of 170€ from the center’s membership fee for season 2016.

Two weekend courses were done in May. There is another weekend course in June (4.-5.6.2016)!

Sign up for the beginners courses here

The beginners’ course will teach you the basics of sailing and boat handling with an expert coach. The course includes both theory of sailing and practice on the water. The teaching boat is Laser 16, a heavy dinghy that can be sailed by 2-4 persons. No previous sailing experience required – if you are interested, we recommend you try it out. Warning: you could get addicted.


Laser 16s in action in September 2015



Season 2016 at the Sailing Center

The sea may be still partly covered in ice, but planning for the Sailing Center’s season 2016 is well underway.

Before the season kicks off, there will be lectures on race tactics, team work, and boat handling. Check back for more information soon!

The Center boats will be put into the water during April and May, as soon as the weather allows. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet the sailing center members and learn about the boats.

In May a try-out day will be arranged at Liuskasaari for those interested in joining the Sailing Center. The day has been very popular and spots are limited, so stay tuned!

Coached trainings will start by June for all boat classes and the first races will be held already in May. For the 606s, the season’s ranking fleet races will kick off with the HSS Spring Cup on 28-29 May.

See you on the water!

Boxing day 2015 1

Boxing Day Race in sunny weather

The already traditional Boxing Day Race was sailed at the HSS Sailing Center on the 26th of December. This year the participants were treated with a beautiful, sunny day, with gusty and at times strong wind. Altogether 15 sailors participated, and several organizers helped make the race happen.

The competition was sailed with the Laser 16 boats as a match race, with two boats competing against each other at a time. There were some very close matches, and the shifting wind conditions kept the sailors alert at all times… The day provided entertainment not only to the participants, but also to the crowd watching from the shore! All matches were done by sunset, and the sailors and organizers were rewarded – naturally – by a warm sauna afterwards.

Boxing day 2

Photos: Fredrik Vaahtokari


Season 2015 at the HSS Sailing Center


We had again an active summer and autumn at the center. Following a hugely popular try-out day in May, two beginner sailing courses were held and many new members joined the center. Through the season we enjoyed coached trainings on a weekly basis and all of the classes enjoyed at least one coached training session. The Laser16s, 606s, Elliotts, and SM40s saw frequent use in both training and racing.

Crews from the center participated in club-wide events and races, such as the Wednesday races, Champagne regatta and the Rapujuhlarace to club island Getören. In addition, the center was represented in various external fleet and match race competitions, including the 606 Nationals and ranking races, the Hanko regatta, and match race events. A G4 match race competition hosted by the center and an expertly organized crayfish party made for a great conclusion of the season.

Thanks to everyone who made 2015 again a great season with their participation!