14 Questions to ... Reino Suonsilta

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 22:42

Reino Suonsilta, Snipe sailor from Helsinki and member of the Promotion Committee

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I rented a 20 ft daysailer with my girlfriend (later my wife) after reading tons of sailing books. We barely managed to get back in one piece, with only one lost jib bag.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In 1979 we bought our first Snipe, a Persson copy built by Svante Lindholm in 1974. We sailed that for 2 years, went away from sailing for 20 years and then started again in 2004.

- 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?

I was sailing with my son on a national ranking series regatta. We were late from the start and other had already gone a couple of minutes ago. By pure unbelievable luck, we were the first rounding the windward mark. We were so excited that we capsized the boat when setting up the pole. Well, at least the photographer got good series of pictures on how to get the boat up again.


Yesterday ... in Finland

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:18

Courtesy of snipe.fi

Finland will host the 2018 Europeans

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 20:13

The bids for Finland to host the European Championship has passed by majority vote of the Board.

Senior (Open) Eurpeans and Junior Europeans, Pori, August 13-18, 2018.

Pori already hosted the Senior Europeans in 2006 (see the photo).

Congratulation to SCIRA Finland!


Statistics - Finnish Nationals since 2000

Monday, 17 October 2016 20:00


Finnish Nationals was arranged this year in Helsinki, 69th time in a row, starting already in 1948. This is the longest yearly tradition among all One Design Classes in Finland. Snipe Class was this year the biggest double-handed-dinghy-class in Finland, based on number of participants in Nationals!

Kari Nyqvist from Snipe Fleet 523 Pori has collected interesting statistics of Finnish activity level in Nationals between 2000-2016. All together 110 skippers can be listed. Some participating one-time-only, a couple of skippers in all 17 occasions.


Kantvik Ranking Regatta

Monday, 03 October 2016 19:01

Kantvik, Finland, October 1-2, 2016

By Kai Saarhelo

Finnish Polar Bears challenging Autumn conditions
The ​last Ranking Regatta collected ten Snipe teams in Kantvik, close to Helsinki. Conditions were a bit challenging as wind was such low as 1-2 m/s and temperature went below 0 degrees Celsius during night time. Well, daily a bit warmer and sunny though.
Anyhow, four races could be sailed. Masters Championship was won by brand new European Vice Secretary Reino Suonsilta - Mirja-Liisa Marttila. The overall winner of the last Ranking Regatta was father-daughter team Mikko and Viivi Valjus.
... full results ...

Pori Open - Final

Monday, 05 September 2016 22:53

BSF 160 Years Anniversary Regatta

Pori September 3-4, 2016

By Kai Saahrelo

All together 12 Snipes were participating BSF 160 Years Anniversary Regatta. Race was 5th Snipe Ranking of the season. Additionally 15 Finn and 30 E Class boats were ​racing their Finnish Nationals at Kallo waters.

Weather conditions could have been a bit better. Shifty and low 4-8 knot winds gave some challenges for the sailors with some rain showers, especially on Saturday. Luckily wind went up in the last 6th race on Sunday with lots of sunshine and 15 knots wind, bringing smile on the faces if not earlier. Racing was tight on all levels inside the fleet.


Pori Open - Day 1

Sunday, 04 September 2016 09:10

Pori, September 3, 2016. Shifty conditions, 5-13knots. Sauna after races. Serious fun tonight!

Results after 3 races

1. Kai Saahrelo & Jaonna Reipas, 5

2. Anti Mikkonen & Matias Mikkonen, 8

3. Pasi Kalliala & Maj Jarvinen, 9

4. Reino Suonsilta & Jouko Saarhelo, 14

5. Hanna-Leena Lehtinen & Juha Lehtinen, 14

... full results ...

Airisto Regatta

Monday, 15 August 2016 09:50

Turku, August, 13-14, 2016. Report by Reino Suonsilta

Airisto Regatta completed in variable conditions

Rain, sun, high winds, low winds - just name it, we got it all in 2 day Airisto Regatta, the 4th event in Finnish Ranking Series. 12 Snipes, 120+ Optimists, Stars and 505's enjoyed the August weekend in Turku, located in South Western Finland.

Saturday afternoon was completed in SCIRA Finland election meeting, where all snipe sailors got together to select the board members for 2017 term and discuss about other hot matters, like the regatta calendar for 2017. And of course the performance of Finnish sailors in the olympic regatta.

Next Ranking regatta will take place in first weekend of September in Pori who hosted the Snipe Europeans in 2006. If you are interested to join, do not hesitate to take contact to find you a charter boat.


Finnish Nationals - Final

Sunday, 03 July 2016 21:27

Helsinki, July 1-2, 2016. Final results after 7 races (1 discard)

1. Ville Aalto­setäla & Emil Aalto setäla, 14

2. Chita Wahlroos & Riku Vääriskoski, 24

3. Kai Saarhelo & Jaakko Mikkonen, 25

4. Jukka Kotisalo & Tommi isotalo, 27

5. Mikko Valjus & Teija Kaarlela, 30

... full results ...

Short Course Nationals Finland - R2

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 22:24

Tuusulanjärven Purjehtijat, June 18-19, 2016. Results after 8 races (1 discard)

1. Antti Mikkonen & Matias Mikkonen, 13

2. Ville Aalto-Setäla & Eemil Aalto-Setäla, 14

3. Kai Saarhelo & Jaakko Mikkonen, 25

4. Claus Carpelan & Timo Järvinen, 27

5. Pasi Kalliala & Mai Järvinen, 35

... full results ...