Picture by Esko Kilpi 2019
Joy and Beauty – Picture by Esko Kilpi 2019

The 9th Classic Yacht Symposium and Dinner February 29th 2020

Helsinki Music Centre
Mannerheimintie 13

Register for Classic Yacht Symposium 45€

Register for Classic Yacht Symposium dinner 65€

Register for Classic Yacht Symposium and dinner 105€

Yachting enthusiasts from around the world are getting together in Helsinki on February the 29th. Our mission is to strengthen bonds between classic yacht sailors and to create a deeper understanding of the history, the present and the future opportunities of classic yachting. The symposium also is also a tribute to the contributions of the designers, builders, owners and sailors involved with classic yachts.

The symposium has featured several prominent yachtsmen from all over the world, among others Halsey Herreshoff, David Pedrick, Alex Thomson, Juan Kouyoumdjian, Heinz Ramm-Schmidt, Antti Herlin, Jussi Gullichsen, Henrik Andersin and John Lammerts van Bueren. The 9th Symposium is honouring the memory of the Symposium founder, Esko Kilpi, whose chosen theme for 2020 is Joy and Beauty.

Venue Dinner:
Scandic Hotel Park Restaurant Upstairs
Mannerheimintie 46

Classic Yacht Symposium 45€
Classic Yacht Symposium dinner 65€

Classic Yacht Symposium and dinner 105€


The Classic Yacht Symposium 2020 Programme
February 29th 2020 12.00 – 18.00

The Symposium starts at 12.00, chairman Samppa Vilkuna

Samppa is a young but seasoned yacht racer and a classic yacht enthusiast.

“Me and My Metre Boats” – Pelle Petterson

Pelle is a yachtsman, naval architect and an industrial designer. He is an Olympic bronze and silver medalist as well a world champion in the Starboat class. He also won World Cup medals in the Soling Class and participated in the America’s Cup. He has designed hundreds of racing and cruising yachts. He designed Volvo’s  successful sports car, the P1800.

”The Story Behind the Maritime World of Robbe & Berking” – Oliver Berking

Oliver has founded the Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Centre in Flensburg, the largest tribute to Classic Yacht history and sailing in Europe. Hi also owns the  Robbe & Berking Boatyard and the Baum & König classic yacht brokerage.

“Can we find all the Six Metres in the World? –  The International Six Metre Class Online Archive -Project”  – Violeta Alvarez

Violeta has sailed in the Six Metre fleet in Brunnen, Vancouver, La Trinite and Hanko Regattas.

”Sailing on the Edge”  – Silja Kanerva and Sinem Kurtbay

Silja is a 2012 Match Race Olympic bronze medalist. Sinem is a world class Nacra 17 sailor.

“You Can Save Almost Everything – The Story of Cambria” –  John Lammerts van Bueren

Yachtsman, yacht historian and author of several books on classic yachts, CEO of Touchwood BV

“Joy and Beauty” – Donn Costanzo

Donn is a classic yacht builder and restorer. He has been instrumental in the development of the Oakcliff Sailing Centre in Oyster Bay. He is a native Long Islander who spent many years in Europe restoring some of the world’s finest classic yachts; Altair, Clio, Al ‘ Blanche, etc.

“Pecca Kucha – Design, Form, Function, Speed, Strength, Innovation and Endurance” with Teemu Kurkela, Ilkka Suppanen, Miikka Pennanen, Oskari Muhonen, Allan Savolainen and Ossi Paija

17:00 Recognitions and Refreshments

19:30 – 23:30 Classic Symposium Dinner

Scandic Park hotel top floor restaurant

Mannerheimintie 46

Dinner menu to be published shortly


 Dress code:

Afternoon: casual

Evening: Yacht Club or Smart After Sail Attire


More information: HSS Office +3589633637, Kristina Lindqvist email: hss@helsinkisailing.com


Dinner Menu

Our Symposium dinner will be served at the Scandic Park hotel’s Upstairs restaurant. The menu for the evening is the following:

Manor menu

Marinated lavaret, garden salad and herb mustard dressing

Tender braised lamb’s neck, apple saute and calvados sauce

Vanilla pannacotta, blueberry-raspberry compote and oatmeal tosca

This menu is glutein-free as well as lactose-free.