Welcome to HSS Sailing Center

Interested in sailing or windsurfing in Helsinki? Training for adults in the HSS Sailing Center provides excellent training and atmosphere for sailors and windsurfers for all levels. With us you can take courses, take part in weekly trainings and race. Own sailing boat or windsurf board is not a prerequisite for participation. Come join us!

About HSS Sailing Center

HSS Sailing Center is a committee under Helsingfors Segelsällskap -sailing club. HSS Sailing Center organizes adults sailing and windsurf courses, training, lectures, races and much more. The season starts in April with first “talkoot” when all Laser 16, Elliott 6m boats and windsurf boards 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 sailing boats and training tailored for all experience levels. There are plenty of learning opportunities for both beginners and experienced sailors and windsurfers. 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 boards start planning the next season.

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 2021

Read more of our beginner’s courses and weekly training for sailing and windsurfing below on the page. Join our events and participate on club work to get new sailor and surfer friends!

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JOIN US!

Entry for season 2021 is open!

Join us by filling in HSS Sailing Center entry form 2021

Additional information on the following pages. You can also check out our HSS Sailing Center Info Package 2021.

MEMBERSHIP

Do you want to become HSS Sailing Center member?

Fill in HSS Sailing Center entry form 2021 here»

 

 



BEGINNERS’ COURSES

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

We offer Beginners’ courses in sailing and Beginners’ courses in windsurfing.

More information in the next sections of this webpage.

NEWS


ADULT SAILING

BEGINNERS' COURSES IN SAILING

Season 2021 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 2021:

#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»

 

SAILING COACHED TRAINING

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

TRAINING GROUPS

  • Green, beginners’ group: Basics of sailing, preparation and 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 or sailed already last season a bit. You can start also straight in this group without any previous experience, but we highly recommend participating in beginner’s course first.
    • Group 1: starts in the middle of April, training Mondays, FULL
    • Group 2: starts in the middle of May, training Fridays FULL
    • Group 3: starts at the beginning of June, training Thursdays
    • Group 4: starts at the beginning of July, training Tuesdays
    • Group 5: starts on the midsummer week, training Thursdays at 12-14.30
  • Blue, intermediate group: Basics of fleet racing, tactics, trimming and boat control in stronger winds.
    • Group 1: starts in the middle of April, training Tuesdays
    • Group 2: starts in the middle of April, training Thursdays
  • Red, racing group: Advanced level fleet racing, more challenging manoeuvres, boat handling and rules tactics. Starting in the middle of April, training Mondays.FULL
  • Saturday training: at 11-13.30 all Green groups mixed training, at 13.30-16:00 all Blue and red level sailors mixed training – 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 2021 here»

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Weekday training sessions start at 17:30 for all groups (boat rigged and crew ready to go sailing). Beginners’ groups (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 for Green groups and 13:30 for Blue and Red groups. 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 and sailing clothes on.

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 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!

SAILING 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 a 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 a crew or joining the organizing team. Keep an eye on the HSS SC member agora on 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 it’s a 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!

 

ADULT WINDSURFING

BEGINNERS' COURSES IN WINDSURFING

Season 2021 beginners’ courses in windsurfing are now available! Book your spot for a course and learn the basics of sailing.

  • You do not need any previous windsurfing 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 2021:

#1: 22.-23.5.2021, 9-12
#2: 22.-23.5.2021, 14-17
#3: 29.-30.5.2021, 9-12
#4: 29.-30.5.2021, 14-17
#5: 5.-6.6.2021, 9-12
#6: 5.-6.6.2021, 14-17
#7: 19.-20.6.2021, 9-12
#8: 19.-20.6.2021, 14-17
#9: 31.7-1.8.2021, 9-12
#10: 31.7-1.8.2021, 14-17

Who is this course for?

Our beginner’s courses are meant for all those who are interested in this sport, have no previous experience, and want to learn the basic skills and techniques of windsurfing in different wind conditions. The course is working in all wind conditions. The program might be changed based on the weather forecast. The minimum age for joining the course is 10 years, no maximum age. On the beginner’s courses, you don’t need to be a club member, but you must have your own leisure time accident insurance. The course is carried out in English.

Amount of participants

Minimum of three students, max four students. If there are less than three participants, we will try to find a new date for the replacing course for the participants. If a suitable time cannot be found, we will refund the participation fee.

Schedule

Two days, three hours each day
Morning courses (1, 3, 5, 7, 9): at 9-12 (Saturday & Sunday)
Afternoon courses (2, 4, 6, 8, 10): at 14-17 (Saturday & Sunday)

What you will learn during this course?

  • How to prepare your equipment
  • Basic movements
  • Safety in the water
  • How to lift the sail
  • The correct body posture to avoid injuries
  • How to find balance on the board, hold relax or starting position
  • The controlled and safe crash
  • Basic maneuvers: starting, sailing, tack, and jibe
  • Surfing is fun!

What is included in the price of the beginner’s windsurfing course?

  • The use of all the necessary equipment for windsurfing in complete safety.
  • Three-hour lessons each day of the course, with a maximum of four students per instructor.
  • We will start with a quick but essential theory part on the beach.
  • And continue with the main practical part in the water.

Price

300€/person. The price includes ferry trips to and from the island. You can rent a wetsuit and life jacket from the club for an additional price (20e/wetsuits/two days, 10e/lifejacket/two days). If you have your own wetsuit and life jacket you can wear those.

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

Equipment

  • Obligatory equipment for the beginner’s course is:
  • life jacket (can be rented from the club, 10e/course/person)
  • wetsuit (can be rented from the club, 20e/course/person), your own wetsuit must be long-sleeved and legged
  • neoprene shoes (not necessary in June and August)
  • beanie/hat
  • warm-up jacket (windproof or another warm jacket)
  • warm-up gloves (mittens, etc.)
  • You should also bring a drink bottle and a towel

In the beginner’s course, not everyone surfs at the same time, some participants might sit in an inflatable boat with the coach, which means that you should take warm clothes with you, also on the water.

After the beginner’s course (a week in practice), it is no longer possible to rent equipment from the club, so everyone must have their own equipment.

You can read more about the equipment here.

WINDSURFING COACHED TRAINING

Sailing Center arranges coached training in the water for about 19-21 weeks per season. The practice payment includes weekly practices. Training language: England and Finnish.

TRAINING GROUPS

  • Green, the beginners’ group: Basics of windsurfing. Preparing and servicing a windsurfer. The group is suitable for a person, who doesn’t have any earlier experience, or has attended a beginners course.
    • Green 1, practices on Tuesdays since the beginning of May FULL
    • Green 2, practices on Thursdays since the beginning of June FULL
  • Blue, middle-level group: Basics of competing, tactics, trimming of the sail, and windsurfing in demanding wind conditions.
    • Blue 1, The group practices on Wednesdays since mid-April. The group will be more related to improve own technique of sailing, doing some tour around the archipelago when conditions are light, practicing planning, planning gybes, when stronger wind condition, Slalom racing rules, slalom/freeride/funboard equipment review etc. The group is more “fun” and “hobby” surfing than a racing focused group. FULL
    • Blue 2,  The group practices on Fridays since beginning of May .The Friday group twill be more oriented regatta/competitive sailing with main goals toward the participation of some official races (not very serious competition, Hanko race for example is a fun weekend event, but still has some ranking and rewards at the end of the weekend) or other races. The group gets more time spent on Theory/Racing rules and strategy when no-wind conditions for example or things like that. Training sessions will be focused on organising races between sailors, working on lining up on the starting line, optimizing point of sails, upwind/downwind etc.
  • Monday training: all the groups windsurf together – all are welcome!

Additional information about the coached training groups here»

It is recommended to begin the coached training in the group which corresponds to your skill level. After a few sessions, it is possible and even recommended, to test other training groups also. Our coaches are willing to help you with the questions related to the choosing of the group! Find the contact information of our coaches here»

The members sign up for the practices in Nimenhuuto. The age limit for participation in the training groups is 15 years.

Sign in to the windsurfing season 2021 by filling in the registration form of HSS Sailing Center.

WEEK SCHEDULE

The weekly training sets begin at 17:30 (board prepared/ rigged, the clothes changed and ready to leave to waters). The beginners’ groups (Green) begin at 17:30 (preparation of the windsurf begins with the coach, clothes changed). The practices last about 2,5-3 hours.

It is recommended to arrive 20-30 min before the beginning of practices so that you have time to change the clothes and to prepare the windsurf.

In the Autumn, the practices can begin already earlier. Check the time from your coach or by e-mail from sailingcenter@helsinkisailing.com.

Check out the training calendar from here.

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 or send an email to sailingcenter@helsinkisailing.com.

WINDSURFING EQUIPMENT

How to dress for training sets?

This is a short guide to the equipment which you need when beginning windsurfing at HSS Sailing Center.  All the equipment choices are compromises between heat, dryness, convenience, agility, and the costs, and preferences vary between the top surfers. It is reasonable to begin with basic equipment. After a while, it is possible to purchase new ones according to one’s own experience and personal preferences.

In the beginners’ courses, own equipment is not required. A wet suit can be rented from our webshop. 

List of the equipment

  • Own life jackets and wet suit (3-5mm pitkälahkeinen and long-sleeved) », neoprene socks (3-5mm), towel, and warm-up coat.
  • The club has Techno293 boards and 5.8 square meters, 6.8 square meters, and 8.5 square meter sails, which are used in the coached training. 
  • When a person has the skipper’s rights, she/he may use the equipment of the club also outside the coached training.

Extra equipment: lock and start clock

In our dressing rooms, we have lockers where an own lock is needed (if desired)

People who compete, usually want their own start clock. At the moment, the most popular model is Optimum Time Series 3.

Shops

There are roughly three kinds of shops for buying equipment:

Stores like Veneilijän VerkkokauppaMaritimMarinekauppa, 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. BiltemaMotonetPuuiloTokmanniXXLScandinavian outdoor.  These can be sources of cheap gloves, boots, and life jackets.

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!

SAILING CENTER ACTIVITIES

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, caretaking 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

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 fees. 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).

Sailors:

Surfers:

Note!
– Windsurfer does not participate in the tasks of the Maintenance group, they collect 16 + 10 points (instead of 8 + 8 + 10) and they don’t have to participate as an assistant skipper in Beginner’s course for sailors.

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
    • one training talkoo per month between May and September to support and train the maintenance crews. 
    • Two weekend autumn talkoos in October

    This year we are setting up “maintenance crews”. Each crew will be assigned a boat at the beginning of the season and will be responsible for its maintenance. 

    The crew will have a crew leader (CL) and several crew members (CM). 

    The CL should be the main contact point between a given crew/boat and the Maintenance Committee to report on what material is broken, equipment and tools that might need replacement, etc. and to report back to the crew on any issues relevant to them. The CL should also be able to keep the crew organized and active in the boat repair. The CL will receive 12 talkoo points per season.

    The CM contributes actively to the upkeep of the boat that has been assigned to his crew. He is proactive and supports his crew with his work and by organizing tasks together with other crew members. The CM will receive 8 points per season.

    Having a boat assigned for maintenance duty does not imply that the boat will always be for the use of the maintenance crew, however, it is expected that it will naturally happen.

     

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 the winter program, managing skipper’s rights, and maintaining an equipment booking -system.

Head of commission: Lukas Schweighofer, lukas.schweighofer@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: Julia Arko, julia.arko@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 equipment report -system. They find professional boat fixers to repair bigger damages and take care of insurance cases.

Head of commission: Taru Karttunen, taru.karttunen@protonmail.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: Alvin Ibarra, alvin.ibarra@gmail.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 AND BOARDS)

At HSS Sailing Center you have an opportunity to sail with two different boat types; Laser 16 and Elliott 6m and windsurf with Techno293 boards. More information of our fleet below:

Techno293 – six boards

Techno 293 is a windsurfing class developed from Aloha windsurf class. The class is mainly a competition class favored by young people, but adults can also sail it. The World Sailing Association has confirmed the class as an official competition class. The class is sailed at the Youth Olympic Games. The World Championships have been sailed since 2006.

HSS has different sizes of sails in the categories: 2.5 square meter, 3.5 square meter, 5.8 square meter, 6.8 square meter, 7.8 square meter and 8.5 square meter. So there is a suitable sail for every wind and for a surfers of all sizes.

The volume of the board is 205L.

More information about the category can be found here»

Windsurfer LT – one board (coming April 2021)

Windsurfer LT is a retro-style windsurfing board that has an active one design competition class in Finland. The versatile board is suitable for a wide range of uses for sailors of different levels.

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.

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»

SKIPPER RIGHTS AND EQUIPMENT 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 in 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 coach’s 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 access to the equipment booking system and you are able to book boats.

If you have any problem accessing the booking system, please, contact hssboatbooking@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 the beginners’ course, Open Island Day 2021/Try Out Day 2021, 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:
    • The skipper shall not assign the right to use a boat to a third party. Skipper may neither assign this Agreement as a whole nor 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 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.
  • Elliot 6m skippers who don’t have the saaristolaivuri must stay in the restricted training area. The training area is illustrated in the picture below.


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

Equipment booking

By having Skipper Rights to a boat or a windsurf, you can book a boat or windsurf whenever you like through our booking system. Using the equipment booking system is mandatory when using HSS’s equipment. If you don’t have skipper rights, the coach will book the equipment for you for the training. After you have skipper rights you should book the equipment every time yourself; for coached training sessions, and for off-training sailings.

Not accessing the booking system?

If you have any problems accessing the booking system, please send an email to hssboatbooking@gmail.com,

Equipment booking system

To access the equipment booking system, you need skipper rights. Remember that you should always use the equipment booking system when sailing or windsurfing with HSS’s equipment.

Detailed instructions on how to use the equipment booking system here.

Quick instructions on how to use the equipment booking system

  • Access the equipment booking system with your own Google account
  • To book equipment, you must start by selecting an equipment number with a time slot that is not already reserved. There are:
    • Nine Laser 16 boats, numbered 1-9
    • Six Elliott 6M boats, numbered 1-6
    • Some Techno293 windsurfs
  • You can check equipment availability in the calendars shown on this page.
  • You can book the selected boat by creating a Google calendar event using your own Google account. The event must contain the following information:
    • Choose the boat / windsurf type (Laser 16, Elliott 6M, or Techno 293) by selecting the appropriate calendar, e.g, Laser 16 (HSS)
    • Boat number you are reserving as event name, e.g. Boat 3
    • Day and time of the reservation

Filling Out an Equipment Report After Sailing

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

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

EQUIPMENT REPORT

Fill up an equipment report here»

 

WINTER PROGRAM 2020-2021

 

Stay tuned about the events on our Facebook page»

 

Monthly HSS Dinner

Help us make the winter season shorter and join other us for a monthly dinner together!⛵

  • What? Monthly HSS Dinner with other Sailors (own cost)
  • When? Every first Wednesday of the month at 6pm (4.11; 2.12; 7.1 (!); 3.2; 3.3; 7.4)
  • Where? Skiffer Viiskulma
  • Why? Enjoy good dinner, company and do not let other Sailors forget you!

Please let us know about you coming latest on Sunday before Wednesday’s dinner through this link, so we can make an accurate reservation.

 

17.11.2020 Simple sailing knots – workshop

  • What? Simple sailing knots – workshop
  • When? Tuesday 17th November at 6 pm
  • Where? Club Room. You can access Liuskasaari through the bridge to Uunisaari. 
  • Why? Learn the secrets of making sailing knots and spend a nice evening together.

 

16.1.2021 Vendee globe race – intro to the world of sailing in the oceans

  • What? Vendee globe race – intro to the world of sailing in the oceans
  • When? Saturday 11 am 16.1.2021
  • Where? https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/63923585704?pwd=MHRiR2wvSFdBbzdIMEN0cjRYUTJKQT09
  • Why? Vendee globe is a historic race non-stop around the globe single handed without assistance. Ocean racing is very different from dinghy sailing with a new set of skills for sailors who want to learn more about long distance sailing. You will be introduced to planning and navigating challenges considered for optimal performance in those races. This knowledge will introduce you to topics that you might have not previously considered but they can help you become more complete sailors. 

 

9.2.2021 Racing Rules -lecture

  • What? Racing Rules -lecture
  • When? Tuesday 9th February at 5 pm – 7 pm
  • Where? Club Room. You can access Liuskasaari through the bridge to Uunisaari.
  • Why? Learn and recap the racing rules.

 

24.2.2021 Skipper licenses – how and why get one

  • What? Skipper licenses – how and why get one
  • When? 24th February 2021 at 6 – 8 pm
    Where? TDB (remotely (link will be provided) )
  • Why? We have set more stringent conditions for taking the boats out, due to the many groundings and near misses last season. The Sailing Center board has decided in their meeting on October 27th 2020 that “Everyone with Skipper Rights can sail on the racing area. To sail outside the racing area you need to have a Saaristolaivuri or Day Skipper degree”.

 

14.4.2021 HSS Islands and Gråtrutarna – info evening

  • What? HSS Islands and Gråtrutarna – info evening
  • When? Wed 14th April at 5 pm
  • Where? Club Room
  • Why? In addition to sailing activities, at HSS you have a chance to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Andö and Getören Islands, as well as a free ride with an Aava-lines ferry. Come and learn more about islands and Gråtrutarna directly from commodores Micke Stelander, Wilhelm Schevelew, and Harri Grönlund.

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: 

CALENDAR

Link to Google Calendar here»

FEES

HSS membership fees for the season 2021:

  • Adult (age 26-64 years) 225 €
  • Young (age 20-25 years) 105 €
  • Student (not tied to age, required a valid student certificate, send
    to hss@helsinkisailing.com) 105 €
  • Junior (under 20 years) 65 €

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 2021:

In addition to the membership fee, each participant to coached training sessions is required to pay an 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 2021

  • Card/cash
  • Invoice
  • Smartum
    • Smartum-liikuntaseteteli/voucher
    • Smartum-mobile payment
    • Smartum-verkkomaksu/net payment
  • Edenred
    • Virikeseteli/Virike voucher
    • Edenred card
    • MyEdenred mobile payment
  • ePassi
    • ePassi mobile payment
    • ePassi net payment 

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 2021 can be found from section Membership at 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.

CONTACT DETAILS

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:
 Julia Arko, julia.arko@gmail.com

Financial:
Eike Pauli, eike@pauli.one

Maintenance and fleet investments:
Taru Karttunen, taru.karttunen@protonmail.com

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

Sponsors and corporate sailing:
Alvin Ibarra, alvin.ibarra@gmail.com

Training and courses:
 Lukas Schweighofer, lukas.schweighofer@gmail.com

+ Facebook group HSS SC member agora