Welcome to HSS Sailing Center

Interested in sailing in Helsinki? Training for adults in the HSS Sailing Center provides excellent training and atmosphere for sailors for all levels. From adult beginner sailing courses to instructed sailing and competitions. A fleet of several different classes of boats is at member’s disposal. Come join us!

About HSS Sailing Center

HSS Sailing Center is a committee under Helsingfors Segelsällskap -sailing club. HSS Sailing Center organizes adults sailing courses, training, lectures, races and much more. The sailing season starts in April with first “talkoot” when all Laser 16 and Elliott 6m boats are fixed up for sailing. At the end of April, the first beginners’ weekend course will be organized and the first brave ones will be training on the water. The actual sailing season starts in May.

HSS Sailing Center offers two different classes of boats and training tailored for all experience levels. There are plenty of learning opportunities for both beginners and experienced sailors. The season continues until the end of October including different kind of clinics, races, parties, talkoos and so on. At the end of October, it’s time to lift all boats and start planning the next season.

In season 2019 HSS Sailing Center had about 70 members. The heart of HSS Sailing Center is the Sailing Center community which means our members – people who want and can make things happen together. Being part of the community means participating, learning, doing together and having fun – and of course sailing. Sailing Center works mainly on a voluntary basis so everyone’s input is important. Read more about us on the following pages.


SEASON 2020

Hey sailors! Sailing season 2020 is here!

This spring we will start our activities at HSS Sailing Center a bit later than usual or in a different way due to COVID-19 situation and related restrictions.

However, we are already preparing for the season and the boats are waiting for us at Liuskasaari ☀️

For updates, follow HSS Sailing Center on FacebookInstagram

JOIN US!

Join us by filling in HSS Sailing Center entry form 2020

HSS Sailing Center Info Package 2020

Additional information on the following pages.

 

Come and try sailing with us! Open Island Day will take place on 30 August 2020. More information here

MEMBERSHIP

Do you want to become HSS Sailing Center member?

fill in HSS Sailing Center entry form 2020 here»



BEGINNERS’ COURSES

Beginners’ courses 2021 are here! Book your spot from the webshop»

Beginners’ courses:

#1:  23.-25.4.2021
#2:  7.-9.5.2021
#3:  21.-23.5.2021
#4:  28.-30.5.2021
#5:  18.-20.6.2021
#6:  2.-4.7.2021
#7:  9.-11.7.2021
#8:  13.-15.8.2021
#9:  27.-29.8.2021

Schedule:

  • Friday: 18:00-20:00
  • Saturday: 09:00-16:30
  • Sunday: 09:00-16:00

More info about beginners’ courses here»

NEWS


BEGINNERS' COURSES

Season 2020 beginners’ courses in sailing are now available! Book your spot for a course and learn the basics of sailing.

  • You do not need any previous sailing experience to join.
  • Every year we have multiple different nationalities represented, so feel comfortable joining in even if you don’t speak a word in Finnish.

Beginners’ courses 2020:

#1:  23.-25.4.2021
#2:  7.-9.5.2021
#3:  21.-23.5.2021
#4:  28.-30.5.2021
#5:  18.-20.6.2021
#6:  2.-4.7.2021
#7:  9.-11.7.2021
#8:  13.-15.8.2021
#9:  27.-29.8.2021

Schedule:

  • Friday: 18:00-20:00
  • Saturday: 09:00-16:30
  • Sunday: 09:00-16:00

Price: 300€

During the weekend we will focus on both sailing theory indoors and sailing basics on land in a simulator and in water as existing weather conditions allow. After the course, you have learned the basics of sailing and rigging of the boat. If you choose to join the Sailing Center you will then be ready to take part in our coached beginner training. This course is held using our Laser 16 dinghies that are sailed with a crew of 3-4 persons. Minimum age requirement is 15 years. Crews are formed of the participants of the course.

The course is carried out in English.

Book your spot for a beginners’ course from the HSS online shop»

HSS Sailing Center reserves the right to cancel a beginners’ course e.g. if there is less than 4 sailors. For such cases, the HSS Sailing Center offers you a possibility to attend another similar beginner’s course later. Terms of cancellation and withdrawal form can be found here»

 

COACHED TRAINING SESSIONS

Sailing Center organizes approximately 19—21 weeks of training during a season. Weekly training sessions are included in the training fee.

TRAINING GROUPS

There are four different training sessions during a week. The training is carried out in English.

  • FULL (for the time being) Light Green, beginners’ group: Sailing Laser16. Basics of sailing, preparation & maintenance of a boat. For the sailors who have attended beginners’ course at the end of May (or after that) and sailors with no previous sailing experience. Starting at the beginning of June, sailing on Tuesdays.
  • Light Green 2 (starts at 6.7.2020), beginners’ group: Sailing Laser16. Basics of sailing, preparation & maintenance of a boat. For the sailors who have attended beginners’ course at the end of May (or after that) and sailors with no previous sailing experience. Starting at the beginning of July, sailing on Mondays at 17.30.
  • Dark Green, beginners’ group: Sailing Laser16. Basics of sailing, preparation & maintenance of a boat, basics of racing. For the sailors who already have a little sailing experience and for the sailors who attended beginners’ course in April or early May. Starting at the beginning of May, sailing on Thursdays.
  • Blue, intermediate group: Sailing Elliott. Fleet racing, tactics, trimming, wind tactics. Starting at the beginning of May, sailing on Fridays.
  • Red, racing group: Sailing Elliott. Advanced level fleet racing, more challenging manoeuvres, boat handling and rules tactics. Starting at the beginning of May, sailing on Mondays.
  • Saturday training: mixed training for all sailors, everyone is welcome!

See a more detailed introduction of groups here»

It is recommended to start training with one group which corresponds to your sailing skills level. After a few sessions, it is possible and even recommended to try out other groups and boats too. Our coaches are more than happy to help you to find the right group! You can find coaches’ contact information here»

For the weekly training enrollment, we use Nimenhuuto. You don’t need to have a team to attend the training session. Final boat allocation for training will be done on the shore-based on participants’ experience. Minimum age requirement to participate training sessions is 15 years. 

Join HSS Sailing Center by filling in HSS Sailing Center entry form 2020 here»

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Weekday training sessions start at 17:30 for all groups (boat rigged and crew ready to go sailing). Beginners’ groups (Light Green and Dark Green) start at 17:30, crew ready to go sailing, clothes changed etc, but no need to have boats rigged yet. Saturday training sessions start at 11.00. Training takes about 2,5—3 hours.

It’s recommended to arrive 30—45 min before a coached training sessions. Boats should be prepared before the start of the training session.

During Autumns coached training sessions start earlier due to darker evenings. Please check the time from your coach or with an email from sailingcenter@helsinkisailing.com.

You can see the schedule in calendar format under CALENDAR section»

 

COACH INTRODUCTION AND CONTACTS

Introduction of the coaches here»

If you are not sure which group would be suitable for your level and interest: ask directly from the coaches, ask from HSS SC member agora Facebook group, or send an email to sailingcenter@helsinkisailing.com. We will find it together!

 

SAILING GEAR

What to wear for sailing?

This is a short guide about sailing equipment for starting at the Sailing Center. All equipment is a compromise between warmth/dryness/comfort/cost/agility and our top sailors have varying preferences. It makes sense to start with affordable gear and branch after finding one’s personal preferences.

For the beginner’s course, special equipment is not needed.

Personal Flotation Device / Kelluntaliivi

Every member of the sailing center should have their own lifejacket. Our training groups use non-inflatable PFDs “kelluntaliivit”. They will provide flotation in the water, but will not turn an unconscious body upright. Select a PFD for your weight range and consider fitting what is comfortable for your body shape. A pocket is sometimes nice to have in the PFD.

Jacket

Outdoor jackets are fine, sailing specific jackets/tops are not required.

Trousers

Starting out with generic outdoor trousers is fine. Select trousers depending on (water) temperature and weather. Trousers should either be waterproof or dry really quickly.

Many of our more advanced sailors use waterproof long sailing trousers/salopettes from the likes of e.g. Musto / Henry Lloyd / Helly Hansen. Their prices vary widely depending on model and shop.

A minority of our sailors prefers to use “long john” style wetsuit trousers, which also works well. The model should have a panel in the knees to protect against wear and tear from sailing.

Some of our sailors use soft knee pads.

Gloves

There are sailing specific gloves but many of our sailors use cheap generic work gloves, depending on temperature. E.g. Wonder Grip Comfort gloves are popular.

For beginning anything that has a good grip is ok.

Shoes

Our sailors use a wide variety of shoes depending on weather and preference. We want typically something that either dries fast or is comfortable wet. This means something from sneakers to neoprene dinghy boots.

For beginning use any sturdy boot or sneaker is fine. Some of our sailors have also experimented with watertight socks.

Some also use short rubber boots, which may be very comfortable but limit agility.

Hat

Depending on the weather you might want to use a hat. A typical choice is either a beanie “pipo” or a cap “lippalakki”. Normal ones are good, but they should not fly away from your head!

Sunglasses & Sunscreen

If it is sunny you will need these! Cheap ones are fine.

Using sunscreen on sunny days is a very good habit! Normal ones are fine.

More gear: Lock, Tape & Start Watch

Our changing rooms have lockers for which you can use your own small paddle lock if you want to.

Someone in the boat should have electric tape (sähköteippi) for marking positions in ropes and avoiding chafe in various parts. Put a roll in your PFD pocket.

People more involved in racing will want a start watch. Currently, the most popular model is Optimum Time Series 3.

Shops

There are roughly three kinds of shops for buying equipment:

Sailing stores like Veneilijän Verkkokauppa, Maritim, Marinekauppa, etc many of which are located near each other in Lauttasaari. They have a selection of sailing specific equipment and can help you with purchases. HSS members get a 15% discount from Maritim.

Generic outdoor stores can have surprisingly large selections of stuff and be cheaper. Potential stores are e.g. Biltema, Motonet, Puuilo, Tokmanni, XXL, Scandinavian outdoor. They can be a source of cheap gloves, dinghy boots and PFDs.

Online stores have a wide selection of sailing equipment and can offer steep discounts. Shipping to Finland is typically 1-2 weeks from e.g. 

Second-hand sailing gear you can find from the following Facebook groups:

Come and visit also our flea market for second-hand sailing gear at HSS Sailing Center!

RACING EVENTS

At HSS Sailing Center you can practice racing in many ways.

Wednesday race

The tradition of the Wednesday races started at HSS before the second world war! Races are open for all club members and for several boat classes, including L16, Elliott 6m and SM40. Laser16-boats are the most used ones. After the race, there’s an after-sail on the island.

As there will be no coach to assist with the boats, you will need to have qualified skipper with skipper rights in the boat. Before being qualified to skipper your own boat, you are warmly welcome to join the Wednesday races as crew or joining the organizing team. Keep an eye on the HSS SC member agora in Facebook for crew spots.

Further sailing instructions here»

Spring Cup and Autumn Cup

Spring Cup and Autumn Cup are fleet racing events sailed by Elliott boats. Spring Cup is organized in June and Autumn Cup in August. Both events are 1-2 days regattas and open for all HSS members as well as for teams from other clubs. There will be 3-6 races per day. Collect your team and join! You can find more info here»

End of Season -race

This regatta is organized middle of October and its great way to end the season. Sailors will compete in 4-6 races during one day. The regatta is sailed with Elliotts and fleet racing format. It is open for all HSS members and after the race, you can join in the traditional crayfish party.

Follow HSS Sailing Center on Facebook for more info! Further information can be found also here.

 

Boxing Day Regatta

Last race of the season! This fun event is sailed every year after Christmas on 26th December. After spending a few days with family and friends is good to go out and see some sailor friends. The regatta is sailed with Laser16 boats in match racing format.

Follow HSS Sailing Center on Facebook for more info!

WINTER PROGRAM 2019-2020

Stay tuned about the events on our Facebook page»

28.11.2019 Simple Sailing Knots at Club Room

    • Refresh your mind on sailing related knots. We will go over useful knots and chill at club room.
    • Time & place: 18:00-. Club room. Liuskasaari is reachable via Uunisaari bridge.

12.12.2019 Racing Rules with Mulled Wine (Glögi) at Club Room

    • Basic racing rules for fleet racing with examples. Who has to keep clear at the mark, what is an obstruction? Enjoy non-alcoholic mulled wine (glögi) with your SC friends.
    • Time & place: 18:00-. Club room. Liuskasaari is reachable via Uunisaari bridge.

26.12.2019 Boxing Day Regatta at Liuskasaari

    • The traditional Boxing Day Regatta is sailed together with NJK with our L16 dinghies. Dress warmly, teams will be formed on the island.
    • Time & place: 10:30 at HSS Liuskasaari. Liuskasaari is reachable via Uunisaari bridge.

25.1.2020 – 26.1.2020 Race Organizer Course 1

    • A weekend course on Race organizing and mange2sail interface. The course will be held in Finnish. The course takes place at Kantvikin Purjehtijat. Lunch is included in the course fee which is 95 € for the weekend. The club pays an entry fee persons who will participate in organizing of two big events (find events here»). To sign up for organizing the events email to Rosa (sailingschool@helsinkisailing.com). The instructor is Sami Sailio.
    • Pre-registration is required. You can sign up here»
    • Time & place: Both days start at 10 AM and finish at 4PM at Kantvikin Purjehtijat (Hupisaarentie 1, 02460 Kirkkonummi)

2.2.2020 Sauna Day at Uunisaari Sauna

    • Beginning of the winter program with day sauna and sausages.  Price 15 € / person. After Sauna sausages at the club house (sausages and condiments sponsored by HSS).
    • Sign in up in the Facebook event»
    • Time & place: Start at 10am at Uunisaari Sauna».

5.2.2020 Study Session 1 – Study Group for Saaristolaivuri / Day Skipper

    • The Sailing Center’s Winter Program offers a space for study to the members interested in studying to obtain any of these two certifications. The group will follow the structure of online Saaristolaivuri material» or available study material for the Day Skipper certification. We will try to have a volunteer instructor guiding each session.
    • Pre-registration is required. You can sign up here: Facebook event
    • Time & place: 17:30 – 20:00 at HSS Klubihuone.

19.2.2020 Study Session 2 – Study Group for Saaristolaivuri / Day Skipper 

    • The Sailing Center’s Winter Program offers a space for study to the members interested in studying to obtain any of these two certifications. The group will follow the structure of online Saaristolaivuri material» or available study material for the Day Skipper certification. Session guided by Dimi. 
    • Pre-registration is required. You can sign up here: Facebook event
    • Time & place: 17:30-20:00 at HSS Klubihuone

 27.2.2020 Lecture: Weather in Sailing

    • Weather lecture by meteorologist Petri Takala from Sääneuvos. The lecture will be held in Finnish. Price: 13 €
    • More info in the Facebook event»
    • Pre-registration is required. You can sign up here»
    • Time & place: 18:00-20:00. Lintulahdenkatu 10, 00500 Helsinki

4.3.2020 Study Session 3 – Study Group for Saaristolaivuri / Day Skipper

    • The Sailing Center’s Winter Program offers a space for study to the members interested in studying to obtain any of these two certifications. The group will follow the structure of online Saaristolaivuri material» or available study material for the Day Skipper certification. Session guided by Dimi. 
    • Pre-registration is required. You can sign up here: Facebook event
    • Time & place: 17:30 – 20:00 at HSS Klubihuone

7.3.2020 – 8.3.2020 Race Organizer Course 2

    • A weekend course on Race organizing and mange2sail interface. The course will be held in Finnish.  Lunch is included in the course fee which is 95 € for the weekend. The club pays an entry fee persons who will participate in the organizing of two big events (find events here»). To sign up for organizing the events email to Rosa (sailingschool@helsinkisailing.com). The instructors are Sami Sailio & Eva Lindgren.
    • Pre-registration is required. You can sign up here»
    • Time & place: Both days start at 10 AM and finish at 4 PM. The course takes place at SPV offices at Särkiniementie 5 B 62, Helsinki (Lauttasaari)

11.3.2020 Splicing Workshop

    • Splicing workshop held by Turo Nummi. Some tools will be available for buying (starter kit), but bring your own ropes and tools if possible. Course fee to be confirmed, stay tuned.
    • Pre-registration is required. You can sign up here: Facebook event
    • Time & place: 17:30 – 19:00 at HSS Klubihuone

18.3.2020 Study Session 4 – Study Group for Saaristolaivuri / Day Skipper

    • Unfortunately this event is canceled due to COVID-19 and related restrictions
    • The Sailing Center’s Winter Program offers a space for study to the members interested in studying to obtain any of these two certifications. The group will follow the structure of online Saaristolaivuri material» or available study material for the Day Skipper certification. Session guided by Dimi.
    • Pre-registration is required. You can sign up here: Facebook event

25.3.2020 Intro to HSS islands and Gråtrutarna

    • Unfortunately this event is canceled due to COVID-19 and related restrictions
    • Info evening about HSS club functions. Come learn about all the cool things you can do at HSS. There is the sailing centre that hosts sail training, but you can also use the beautiful islands of Andö and Getören free of charge, drive around with the Aava-lines ferry, and if you are seasoned enough, join the Gråtrutarna. This is a hobby that truly spans the lifetime. Presented by Commodore Micke Stelander, Wilhelm Schevelew and Harri Grönlund, and Chief Gråtrut Rolf Kokkola.

1.4.2020 Study Session 5 – Study Group for Saaristolaivuri / Day Skipper

    • Unfortunately this event is canceled due to COVID-19 and related restrictions
    • The Sailing Center’s Winter Program offers a space for study to the members interested in studying to obtain any of these two certifications. The group will follow the structure of online Saaristolaivuri material» or available study material for the Day Skipper certification. We will try to have a volunteer instructor guiding each session, stay tuned.
    • Pre-registration is required. You can sign up here: Facebook event

15.4.2020 Study Session 6 – Study Group for Saaristolaivuri / Day Skipper

    • Unfortunately this event is canceled due to COVID-19 and related restrictions
    • The Sailing Center’s Winter Program offers a space for study to the members interested in studying to obtain any of these two certifications. The group will follow the structure of online Saaristolaivuri material» or available study material for the Day Skipper certification. We will try to have a volunteer instructor guiding each session, stay tuned.
    • Pre-registration is required. You can sign up here: Facebook event

22.4.2020 Lecture: Racing Rules

    • Unfortunately this event is canceled due to COVID-19 and related restrictions

29.4.2020 Lecture: Boat Maintenance

    • Unfortunately this event is canceled due to COVID-19 and related restrictions

 

LIFE ON THE ISLAND

Membership at HSS Sailing Center is much more than just sailing. As more experienced sailors already know, surprisingly lot is happening ashore; maintenance of the boats, preparing them for sailing, care taking tasks after a sailing training etc. If you are a beginner you will learn how a boat is working and you will become familiar with all the proper care and upkeep tasks that are necessary for keeping a boat safe and reliable. And we do this together, which makes it fun too!

During the summer it is very hard to find a more beautiful place than Liuskasaari. The island has one of the best views in Helsinki; Looking from its rocks to the ocean and Harmaja lighthouse during light summer nights will take your breath away.
Additionally, Liuskasaari has two great restaurants: HSS Paviljong and Skiffer. Feeling like “After-sails” with à la carte dishes or pizza? Yes, we have it!

If you specifically love the sailing boats, the club has the biggest dock for the classic sailing boats in Helsinki. The classic sailing boats are not only beautiful to watch but also a real pleasure to sail. Many of the skippers of the classic sailing boats have welcomed Sailing Center members to sail and race with them.

Learn more about the happenings at our island at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hsssailingcenter

FEES

HSS membership fees for the season 2020:

  • Adult (age 26-64 years) 225 €
  • Young (age 20-25 years) 100 €
  • Student (not tied to age, required a valid student certificate, send
    to hss@helsinkisailing.com) 100 €
  • Junior (under 20 years) 60 €

Everyone training at HSS must be a member in some Finnish sailing club*.
Membership fee will be invoiced in February.

Sailing Center training fees for the season 2020:

In addition to the membership fee, each participant to coached training sessions is required to pay annual training fee:

  • Earlybird (entry form filled before 15.3.): 550 €
  • Normal price (entry form filled after 15.3.): 600 €
  • For sailors who are not members of HSS and for sailors training without voluntary work and talkoos the training fee is higher.

Accepted payment methods in 2020

  • Card/cash
  • Invoice
  • Smartum
    • Smartum-liikuntaseteteli/voucher
    • Smartum-card
    • Smartum-verkkomaksu/netpayment
  • Edenred
    • Virikeseteli/Virike voucher
    • Edenred card
    • MyEdenred mobile payment
  • ePassi
    • ePassi mobile payment
    • ePassi net payment 
  • E-lasku
    • Activate HSS as E-lasku provider in your online bank

Notes:

  • HSS Sailing Center entry form: Please fill in the entry form every year even you would have been a member before. HSS Sailing Center Entry form 2020 can be found from section Membership from the top of the page
  • Membership benefits: With your personal membership card, you are entitled to membership benefits. The most important benefit is that you can take the Liuskasaari ferry for free. Other great benefits include discounts on food and drinks in Restaurant HSS Paviljong and Skiffer and use of the HSS islands of Andö (Inkoo) and Getören (Porvoo).
  • Smartum/Edenred/ePassi: Payment only by visiting HSS office, open in the March on Wednesdays 12-18, from April every weekday 12-18.  Only one ticket, card or mobile payment/invoice. For more information hss@helsinkisailing.com or HSS office Kristina Lindqvist 09 633637
  • An invoice: The HSS membership fee and training fee will be sent to you by e-mail. Everyone chooses the number of instalments (maksuerät) when filling up the HSS Sailing Center entry form. Max. three instalments, (price: 10 €/installment).  The first instalment must be paid before joining any training/activity (lecture, weekly training, race or event). Members joining after 15.4. can pay in max. two instalments and members joining after 15.6. in one instalment.

*HSS is a Sailing Club with several divisions focused on different sailing activities including junior sailing, adult sailing, and classics. Sailing Club members are covered with Finnish Sailing and Boating association insurance and that’s why the membership of the club is obligatory.

CALENDAR

Link to Google Calendar here»

CLUB WORK

HSS is a sports club, not a commercial company. The club works mainly based on voluntary. Everyone’s input is important and all the members must either participate in club work or pay club work fee. There are many things to do and even a small contribution is valuable! Club work is also a great way to get to know other sailors and find new sailor friends.

At HSS Sailing Center (adult sailing) every member must collect at least 8 points of boat maintenance, 8 points of talkoo work and choose one task (10 points) in some of our five commissions. Tasks are very different and everyone will, for sure, find an interesting task for him or her self. All commission tasks are counted as 10 points to keep this simple. 

At the end of the season, all members should have collected 26 points of club work (8+8+10).

Example of how to collect the points:

 

1. Boat maintenance

All boat maintenance -talkoos (spring talkoos, minitalkoos, autumn talkoos) are worth 4 points per day.

We organize:

  • two weekend spring talkoos in April
  • six minitalkoos on every second Sunday in the spring season
  • six minitalkoos on every second Sunday in the autumn season
  • two weekend autumn talkoos in October

2. Talkoo work

Talkoo work consists of five different kinds of things, which are valued as follows:

  • Race organizer on a full-day event (Spring Cup, End of Season Race, Boxing Day Race etc.), 6 points per day
  • Race organizer on Wednesday race, 2 points per evening
  • Assistant skipper on beginners’ courses, 8 points per course
  • Skipper on Try Out Day, 6 points per day
  • Head of one commission for one whole season, 14 points

3. Commission work

Every commission has a task list. Every member chooses one task from the list. Two persons can share one task and we are trying to have one new and one old member sharing each task. 

Older members and Rosa, our Manager Coaching and Sail Training, will help new members so that everyone can manage their task. We have a lot of info and instructions from the past years, so there is no need to “re-invent the wheel” all though new ideas and updates are very welcome! 

Our five commissions and their responsibility areas are:

1. Training and courses

Do you love helping other people? Are you interested in adult education and learning? Are you a stellar organizer who can keep tabs on multilayered learning experiences? Are you good at connecting and resolving problems arising from multiple perspectives? Do you have a background in education? Then Training and courses commission is a perfect match for you.

The tasks in this commission include (but are not limited to) organizing beginner’s courses, responsible for recruiting coaches, making a season plan, contact persons for coaches, planning winter program, managing skipper’s rights and maintaining boat booking -system.

Head of commission: Tua Hakanpää, tua.hakanpaa@gmail.com

2. Communications and marketing

Communications and marketing team markets events and training courses. Tasks include:

    • Search engine optimization which means writing webpages in a way that search engines find the HSS adult sailing content
    • Create paid adds on Google and Facebook
    • Take care that the content we provide in our webpages & social media accounts is relevant and accurate
    • Writing marketing posts on Facebook and Instagram on a regular basis
    • Other kinds of marketing such as contacting local newspapers or whatever you can think of. New ideas are always welcome!

The communications and marketing team consists of a head of the commission and team members. Head of our commission makes sure that all of these tasks are taken care of and attends to the Sailing Center committee meetings throughout the year. The head of commission communicates with manager coaching and sail training, the coaches and with other heads of commissions making sure information is flowing and available to all Sailing Center members.

Head of commission: Antti Haavisto, antti.haavisto@gmail.com

3. Races and events

This commission is responsible for organizing all events: info evening and welcome event for new members, Wednesday races and after sails, full-day regattas, parties and barbeques etc. If you like organizing events, this is a group for you!

Head of commission: Stephen Sturmer, se.sturmer@gmail.com

4. Maintenance

Maintenance commission is responsible for maintaining Sailing Center boats and technical boat fixing knowledge. This commission organizes all boat fixing talkoo days, maintains “to do” -list and boat report -system. They find professional boat fixers to repair bigger damages and take care of insurance cases.

Head of commission: Ricardo Simoes, ralvesmouro@gmail.com

5. Sponsors and corporate sailing

The commission is raising money for Sailing Center to get better equipment (e.g. new sails) and keep the training fee at a current reasonable level. If you are interested in selling, keeping contact with current sponsors and creating marketing material this is a commission for you!

Head of commission: Meri Halmela, communications@helsinkisailing.com

 

Club work points

Club work points and commission tasks are followed and for those who do not do their part, the fee is 470 €.

Spending time in Liuskasaari and sailing with other members is by far one of the best ways to spend the summer in Helsinki. In the end, it’s up to you how much you want to get involved. But be aware – sailing can be an addictive hobby and you may notice that you end up using the whole summer sailing and spending time with fellow sailors on the island and that 24 points of club work became suddenly 50 happy points!

FLEET/BOATS

At HSS Sailing Center you have an opportunity to sail with two different boat types:

Elliott 6m – six boats

The club owns six Elliott 6m boats. The Elliott 6m is an Olympic-class keelboat, designed by New Zealander, Greg Elliott. It was selected for the women’s match racing event for the 2012 Olympics. The Elliott 6m carries a spinnaker pole and symmetric spinnaker which is considered more suitable for match racing. 3-4 persons can sail Elliott boat.

Watch from Youtube: Finnish Women’s sailing team take bronze medal with Elliott 6m in London Olympics 2012. Link to the video here»

 

Laser 16 – nine boats

Club owns nine L16 boats. Five metres in length with a 2m beam, the gel-coated glass fibre dinghy first appeared in 1986 under the ‘Laser Weekend’ tag which signalled the sort of family-and-friends market it was aimed at. A retractable 29.5kg metal centreboard makes a significant contribution to the overall 250kg hull weight and to the boat’s feeling of solidity and stability. It has a sizeable watertight storage locker under the enclosed foredeck, accessible via a liing hatch on the forward bulkhead. Buoyancy is built into the bow and enclosed side decks, while the cockpit is self-draining via holes in the full-height transom. Production of the Laser 16 ceased in the late 1990s but it is still very popular with families and day cruising aficionados, and can easily accommodate five adults. L16 have a jib, mainsail and spinnaker.

 

SKIPPER RIGHTS AND BOAT BOOKING

Skipper rights?

“Skipper rights” means that you have the right to skipper a boat outside coached training sessions. You need to have skipper rights if you want to participate on races and regattas or just want to go sailing by yourself.  You need to apply for the skipper rights for all the classes separately (Laser16, Elliott). Normally members start with Laser16 skipper rights, then move to Elliott skipper rights.

How to apply for skipper rights?

To apply for the skipper rights you need to have your coaches recommendation. When you do have a recommendation from the coach you can just fill up a form».

After filling up a form you will get skipper rights in 7-14 days. When you get skipper rights, you will get username and password for the boat booking system and you are able to book boats.

If you have any problem accessing the booking system, please, contact Samuel: sml.marchal@gmail.com.

Requirements to get skipper rights:

As a skipper, you have the responsibility for the safety of your crew and the boat which means that you need to have a certain level of experience for obtaining the rights. The skipper rights can be requested for all boat classes separately depending on your experience and interest. 

Read here requirements to apply skipper rights for:

Skipper – responsibilities

Every skipper is responsible for the boat and crew. That is a normal practice all over the world and in every boat. Skipper’s responsibilities are to make sure that boat is in safe and good condition and he should know the basics of sea rules (meriteiden säännöt). At HSS Sailing Center skipper agrees following:

Agreement and acceptance of terms

To get skipper rights (separately for each class) I commit on the following:

  • I am an HSS SC member and have paid my membership fees. (Not required for visiting skippers or HSS juniors.)
  • I am familiar with how to use the boats and acknowledge that as a Skipper I am expected to be at a level where I am able to sail with a crew of inexperienced sailors in the given boat type.

I hereby agree with HSS Sailing Center – Helsingfors Segelsällskap r.f. (hereafter “HSS SC”) on the following terms (hereafter “Agreement”):

  • The Skipper agrees to look after the boat he or she is using on behalf of his or her own actions and his or her crews’ actions and guarantees that the boat is being used in accordance with the applicable rules, regulations and orders issued by HSS SC.
  • Insurance and damages:
    • HSS SC is responsible for insuring the boats. The insurance covers damages to the skippered boat and damages to third parties (property damages up to 255.000 EUR and personal damages up to 510.000 EUR). Damage is predominantly understood as damage to the boat or its togs that are the result of an accident. The liability does not extend to wear and tear that is the result of normal use.
    • The insurances include the following insurance deductibles (omavastuu):
      • Lasers and Elliots 420 EUR.
    • Liability for damage (including insurance deductible) depends on the time and place of the incident:
      • If an incident happens during guided training, HSS shall be liable for the damage.
      • If an incident happens during beginners’ course, Open Island Day 2020/Try Out Day 2020, corporate sailing or talkoo, HSS shall be liable for the damage.
      • If an incident happens outside guided training, e.g. during Wednesday races or when a Skipper has taken a boat at other times, the Skipper shall be liable for the damage.
      • If the insurance does not cover the damage, either a) the Skipper or b) HSS shall be liable for the whole damage (i.e. Skipper or HSS shall pay the costs related to the damage) depending on the time and place of the incident (see different alternatives above).
    • The aforesaid division of liability based on the time and place of the incident shall not be applied to if the Skipper acted intentionally or in gross negligence or the skippered boat has been used contrary to the terms of this Agreement. In these cases, the Skipper shall always be liable for the caused damage.
  • Skipper is required to fill a sailing report after each sailing session (available on the HSS Adult Sailing website).
  • Assignment of rights and termination of the Agreement:
    • Skipper shall not assign the right to use a boat to a third party. Skipper may neither assign this Agreement as a whole or any parts of it to a third party without prior written consent from HSS SC. If the Skipper violates the terms of this Agreement HSS SC may immediately terminate the Skipper’s rights hereunder. This Agreement does not automatically grant the Skipper the right to skip the selected boats and granting these rights is subject to HSS SC consideration and approval.

I hereby assure to have read this Agreement, HSS SC rules for boat usage, rules for permitted sailing areas, as well as all other HSS SC instructions, and to adhere to those terms, rules and instructions.

What if there happens damage while sailing?

Read here» how the damage process works

Boat booking

The boat booking system is used for all sailing. If you don’t have skipper rights the coach will book a boat for you for training. After you have skipper rights you will book every time yourself, also for coached training. 

After filling up a form you will get skipper rights in about two weeks, means that you will get username and password for the boat booking system and you are able to book boats. You will receive your username and password by e-mail. You can access the booking system with your username and password. By having Skipper Rights to a boat, you can book a boat whenever you like through our booking system. For the weekly training enrollment, we use Nimenhuuto. Every time you go out sailing outside coached practice you need to use the boat booking system.

Accessing the Booking System

If you have any problem accessing the booking system, please contact  Samuel: sml.marchal@gmail.com, using “HSS Booking System Access” as the subject matter of your mail, and she will be happy to assist you! If it is your first time accessing the system, then you can access with the following credentials:

Username: The e-mail address you provided us
Password: told in the e-mail you received

Booking a Boat

The boat booking system is for booking a boat outside coached training sessions. To access the boat booking system, you need skipper rights. Choose the boat class (Laser 16 or Elliott 6m) from left. You can choose a date and time for your booking from the calendar. Remember that you should always use the boat booking system when sailing.

Filling Out a Boat Report After Sailing

It is very important to fill out a boat report after every time you go out sailing, no matter if it is coached training or sailing on your own. One report per boat is filled out and if there is any damage or missing parts, please add them to the report. Find the link to boat report here»

We hope you make use of the boats and enjoy the rest of the summer sailing!

BOAT REPORT

Fill up a boat report here»

COMMUNICATION

To stay tuned and on top of all things happening at the island, please, make sure you get all messages. It’s easy by following a few steps:

1. Join Facebook group called HSS SC member agora

HSS SC member agora is the official communication channel for all Sailing Center members. Official notices and open discussion between sailors happens there! We know that not everyone is on Facebook, but we highly recommend creating a sailor account just for that. It is a pity if you miss all the important information!

2. Nimenhuuto for training groups and coaches

In Nimenhuuto sailors sign up for every training session. That helps our coaches to plan every training and exercises. You can download Nimenhuuto application or use it by your browser. You will get an invitation by e-mail after you fill up an HSS Sailing Center entry form. If you don’t get an invitation in two weeks after filling the entry form on our page, please, check junk mail and contact our Manager Coaching and Sail Training. Contact can be found here»

3. Join Crew Finder WhatsApp group

A group for all Sailing Center members to find sailing company outside the training sessions. You can join the group by clicking a link which you can find in the e-mail you will receive in a week after signing up.

4. Join WhatsApp group for commissions

Every commission (Races and events, Training and courses etc) have own WhatsApp -group for discussion between sailors. You can join your own group by clicking a link which you can find in the e-mail you will receive in a week after signing up.

5. HSS Newsletter

All club members (juniors, boat owners, windsurfers) will get newsletter about once or twice a month by e-mail. As you are now a member of the club all events mentioned there are open for you as well!

6. Follow Sailing Center and share your sailing moments on social media: 

CONTACT

sailingcenter@helsinkisailing.com

HSS Sailing Center board:

Antti Haavisto
antti.haavisto@gmail.com
+358 40 84 56 842

HSS Manager Coaching and Sail Training:

Rosa Lindqvist
sailingschool@helsinkisailing.com
(on Tuesdays)
+358 50 32 46 657

HSS Sailing Center Committees:

Communication and marketing:
Antti Haavisto, antti.haavisto@gmail.com

Financial:
Eike Pauli, eike@pauli.one

Maintenance and fleet investments:
Ricardo Simoes, ralvesmouro@gmail.com

Races and events:
Stephen Sturmer, se.sturmer@gmail.com

Sponsors and corporate sailing:
Meri Halmela, communication@helsinkisailing.com

Training and courses:
Tua Hakanpää, tua.hakanpaa@gmail.com

 

+ Facebook group HSS SC member agora