The 10th Classic Yacht Symposium and Dinner March 25th 2023

Helsinki Music Centre
Mannerheimintie 13

Register for The Classic Yacht Symposium 60€

Register for The Classic Yacht Symposium dinner 80€

Register for The Classic Yacht Symposium and dinner 135€

Recommended accommodation

Waiting list for the Classic Symposium and Dinner



We proudly present our 10th edition of the Classic Yacht Symposium. This year’s theme is “Design and Desire in the Times to Come”. Get ready for a deep dive into the future of classic yachts and the classic yachts of the future. We will talk about evolving aesthetics, design principles, sailors and owners of the future. Who will build them and how? Who will be sailing, owning and enjoying the classics in the times to come?

The symposium is chaired by John Lammerts van Bueren and Samppa Vilkuna. This year’s event will feature prominent yachts people from all over the world: Juliane Hempel, William Collier, Evelyn Ansel, Tapio Lehtinen, Dr. Rüdiger Stihl, Charlotte Hellman, Jarkko Jämsen, Hasse Karlsson, Petri Isotalus, Jukka Kaukonen, Pekka Barck, Allan Savolainen, Arto Linnervuo, Mikael Stelander and Kim Weckström.

The mission of the symposium is to strengthen the bond between the classic yacht owner and sailors all over the world. You will gain a deeper understanding of the history, the present and the future opportunities of classic yachting. The symposium is also a tribute to the contributions of the designers, builders, owners and crews involved with classic yachts.

Esteemed speakers from previous years: Halsey Herreshoff, David Pedrick, Alex Thomson, Juan Kouyoumdjian, Oliver Berking, Heinz Ramm- Schmidt, Antti Herlin, Jussi Gullichsen, Fred Meyer, Henrik Andersin, John Lammerts van Bueren, Violetta Alvarez, Pelle Petterson, Lars Ström, Per-Göran Johansson, Donald Tofias, Sinem Kurtbay, Bobby Cyrus, Philipp Skafte-Holm, Donn Costanzo, James Patrick Howaldt and dozens of other sailors, designers, builders and enthusiasts.

The Symposium is honouring the memory of the Symposium founder, Esko Kilpi.

Venue Dinner:
Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa, Merisali
Kalastajatorpantie 1

The Classic Yacht Symposium 60€

The Classic Yacht Symposium dinner 80€

The Classic Yacht Symposium and dinner 135€

Recommended accommodation

Waiting list for the Classic Symposium and Dinner


The Classic Symposium Programme 12.00 - 17.30 Helsinki Music Centre, Mannerheimintie 13

The Classic Yacht Symposium 2023 Programme
March 25th 2023 12.00 – 17.30

Opening Words – Mikael Stelander, Commodore Helsingfors Segelsällskap


Design and Desire in Time to ComeA deep dive into the future of classic yachts and the classic yachts of the future – John Lammerts van Bueren, Samppa Vilkuna

“Taking Classic Racing to the Future the new international classic yacht circuit is coming alive.” William Collier, Owner and CEO of L. Watson & Co. Ltd

Safeguarding a legacy for the sailors of the future” Evelyn Ansel, Curator of the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol R.I.

To give birth to an octogenarian” – a fireside chat about Starling Burgess with Rüdiger Stihl, Stihl Holding Ag & owner of Starling Burgess and naval architect Juliane Hempel

Sources of my Inspiration” – Jarkko Jämsen Yacht Designer, Founding Partner at Aivan Ltd, Navia Design Ltd, and Jamsen Sarl

“Why we did it – trying to make Princess Svanevit relevant for a nation.” – Charlotte Hellman, Chairman for the Burre Hellman Family Foundation

“Highs and lows of circumnavigation” Tapio Lehtinen, lifetime sailor, Golden and Ocean Globe Races

Design & DesirePecca Kucha:

”Will the Wind save the Planet?”Petri Isotalus, Aktia Asset Management

Who the hell will own a classic in the future?” –  Jukka Kaukonen, KK-superyachts

”Oiva – a little boat, with a great name” –  Allan Savolainen, Red Sky Yachts

”20 short stories”Pekka Barck, Yacht historian

”A World Cup in a River”Hasse Karlsson, Airisto Segelsällskap

“Journey towards the future offshore racing – case Tulikettu” – Arto Linnervuo, Tulikettu

Recognitions and Refreshments

19:30 – 23:30 The Classic Symposium Dinner

Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa, Merisali , Kalastajatorpantie 1


Dress code:

Afternoon: casual – Evening: Yacht Club or Smart After Sail Attire


Inquiries: HSS Office +3589633637, Kristina Lindqvist email:



The Classic Symposium Dinner 19.30 – 23.30 Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa, Kalastajatorpantie 1


Finnish fish plate: herring, Baltic herring, whitefish roe mousse, smoked salmon and dill potatoes M

Butternut squash “cappuccino” L, G

Roasted whitefish, braised spinach and crab sauce L, G

Oven-baked apple panna cotta, oat Tosca pie and raspberries L G



Root vegetable carpaccio, potato and cep salad and aioli

Black salsify soup with roasted onion

Savoy cabbage rolls filled with lentils and vegetables with plum tomato sauce L, G

Oven-roasted apples, oat ice cream and nut crumble  G, V

G – Gluten-free
L – Lactose-free
M – Dairy-free

Dress code: Afternoon: casual – Evening: Yacht Club or Smart After Sail Attire

InquiriesHSS Office +3589633637, Kristina Lindqvist email:


Recommended accommodation at Symposium partner hotel  Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa

Kalastajatorpantie 1, 00330 Helsinki

Discounted prices for Symposium attendees: Single 119 €/night, Double 129€/night

Please make your reservation  here

Discount code: G1CLAA