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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.
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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!

 

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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!
https://holvi.com/shop/helsingforssegelsallskap/section/sailing-center/sailing-center-races-and-events/

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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!

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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.

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Laser 16s in action in September 2015

 

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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!

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Season 2015 at the HSS Sailing Center

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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!

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Autumn season fee and beginners course coming up!

One more beginners course coming up! It’s not too late to get started this summer. The dates are 15.-16.8. Click here for more information. If you decide to join the Center after the course you will get a 200 euro discount on the membership fee. This means that an autumn membership (see below) and the beginners course cost 500 euros together.

The autumn season is starting! Over half of the season’s weekly coached training sessions will be held in the autumn. The autumn season fee is 450 euros and covers free use of our fleet of 22 boats and regular weekly training sessions. The sessions continue until mid-October and the boats can be sailed until the ice comes. Sign up here and see more information about the membership here.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions! Send an email to sc@hss-segel.fi and we’ll get right back to you :)

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Sailing Center Try Out Day gathered enormous interest

This year’s Try Out Day’s registration filled up in a record time. It took less than two hours for 150 people to sign up for the event!

The day itself, Saturday 9th of May, was very windy with quite big waves and an average wind strength of over 10 m/s. Not exactly the friendliest conditions for first-timers. The Sailing Center skippers and other helpers mastered the conditions and the participants returned from the water with big smiles! It was an exhilarating experience to say the least and we are very happy to have shared this day with so many nice people.

Click below to browse the photo gallery from the day. Photos by Esko Kilpi.

 

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Season 2014 photo recap!

Spring is coming up and we’re also waking up from our winter slumber. The sailing fever is slowly kicking up again. We were too busy last autumn to post many updates, so now is a good to reminiscence last season’s events. Check below for a small chronological recap of season 2014. Many of our courses, including next spring’s beginners courses are already listed in the events, hope to see you in 2015!

Many of the photos were provided by Juha Haanperä and Esko Kilpi, thanks!

Overall race results (top 3) from season 2014:

SM40 Helatorstai G5
1. Juho Karhu
2. Kimmo Kääriä
3. Lauri Kääpä
Summer Cup G4 (Elliott 6m):
1. Jon Eriksson
2. Tusse Tallberg
3. Ville-Veikko Niskanen
Jacquart Match Cup G4:
1. Matthew Jerwood (AUS)
2. Tusse Tallberg
3. Matias Knip
Women's National Championships G3:
1. Martina Karlemo
2. Mikaela Fors
3. Daniela Rönnberg
SM40 Autumn G4:
1. Mati Sepp (EST)
2. Kimmo Kääriä
3. Olli-Pekka Lumijärvi
Elliott End of Season Race:
1. Rasmus Päivärinta
2. Juho Karhu
3. Matias Knip
Elliott 6m Center Cup overall ranking:
1. Juho Karhu
2. Lauri Kääpä
3. Ilya Baraev
Wednesday race Laser 16 overall ranking:
1. Lauri Jaakkola (also awarded together with his crew for being the most active Wednesday race participant)
2. Igor Ivanov
3. Henri Hätönen
Wednesday race 606 overall ranking:
1. Juho Karhu
2. Eero Palomäki
3. Jonas Roininen