Spring 2014 – Boats in the water talkoos

As we are optimists, we hope that on 12th April the waters will be open and we can start our talkoo-efforts (for non-Finnish-speakers: to get everything ready. What this means in practice (where and what hour), we will inform you closer to the events, but we have reserved the weekends 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 of April for these Talkoos. Please mark them down.


Weekly Wednesday Races 2014

The Wednesday evening racing tradition started at HSS before the World War II. We want to fill as many boats as possible to go out in friendly racing.

Last fall we had a great interest on these races with especially L16 and 606 classes. In 2014 we will draw also the Elliotts and SM40s in. The race will be organized together with the classic boats and club committee, ensuring eye candy such as 8 meters and 6 meters on the same starting line with us. There will also be a regular BBQ party and drinks afterwards.

There will be a class specific Wednesday race ranking, but Wednesdays are all about socializing and the real winners are the ones that have the best stories of their performance after racing! Some of the races will be held in sprint (short course) format while others will have longer courses. Especially the latter is also good practise also for experienced match racers as wind shifts and big scale tactics play a bigger role compared to maneuvers.

We also invite 606s from neighbouring clubs to join in! Skipper’s meeting can be done via phone and you’re more than welcome to join us for the after sail party too.

More information, Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions will be coming to the Events page before the beginning of season. Subscribe to the newsletter to get notified instantly when this happens.


Match Race Center Cups 2014

The Match Race Center Cups will start on May 5 and run through the summer. The amount of Center Cups has been increased to 10 to allow for increased number of races per team. The Center Cups will mostly be sailed with Elliots but an occasional 606 Center Cup will be held also.  The Center Cups will be organized in the same way as previous seasons with the teams acting as umpires and race committee when not sailing.

All dates are already up on the Events page. NoR and additional information will be published closer to the season.


Juho Karhu new Audi HSS Sailing Center Manager

Juho Karhu is starting as the AUDI HSS Sailing Center Manager in April. Juho has been an active member and is already a familiar face in the Center. He will start orienting to the job while still on the other side of the globe in Australia.

Juho an active sailor and a long time-member of HSS and has been with the Center already when there was a separate TRC for Laser16’s and also in Match Race Center. 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 Center will still remain a volunteer-run organization with voluntary talkoo work being the main driving force behind it. But with Center Manager we get much needed help and improvement in serving our members and in running our Center. “My job will be to try and make things run smoother and make life and sailing at the Center easier for us all.” Juho says.

Congratulations and welcome!

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) by January 15, 2014.

For more information, please contact Juuso Leivonen, juuso.leivonen (at), +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)


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:

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.


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) 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
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.