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 ...

Kotka Open

Monday, 30 May 2016 20:21

Kotka, May 28-29, 2016

Summer season started in Finland

The Kotka Open (Ranking event 1 of 2016) was held this past Saturday and Sunday on the waters just outside the Kotka yacht club in the shadow of the Fort Slava sea fortress. Fifteen boats competed in the six scheduled races (four on Saturday and two on Sunday), making the event a great start into the Finnish Snipe season. The hard work of the Finnish Snipe Association in recruiting new active members was bearing much anticipated fruit.

(Photo courtesy of SCIRA Finland)


While the seas and most of the lakes in Finland are just released from the ice cover, the snipe activity has already been high. Series of four Snipe Clinics was just finished last week. Three hour evening sessions in January, March and April were aimed for beginners and pros. The clinics covered a wide range of topics from rules to rig set-up and from physical training to tactics.

The Clinics were also broadcasted live video over the internet, making it possible for Snipe sailors around the country to join.