Snipe Party of the Century in Finland

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 21:08

SCIRA Finland invites also foreign Snipe friends from all decades to the book publishing party

Snipe party of the century
in honor of the History book release
"The land of a thousand Snipes - Snipe sailing in Finland 1947-2015"

Date: February 7th, 2015 6:00 pm
Place: Restaurant Blue Peter (Yacht Club HSK), Vattuniemen puistotie 1, Helsinki


1981, Icebreakers in Finland

Thursday, 25 December 2014 10:51

From the land of Santa Claus

By Kai Saarhelo - Photo courtesy of Jore Kinnunen

Icebreakers 1981 from the World Northest Snipe Fleet 741 (Oulu Snipe Fleet).

Photo will be included in the coming historybook, "The land of thousand Snipes, Snipe sailing in Finland 1947-2015", which will published in Helsinki Boat Fair Feb 6, 2015

14 Questions to ... Kai Saarhelo

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 21:36

Kai Saarhelo from Pori, Finland

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

I guess it was sometime in 1968. Trying an Optimist on a small lake.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Our family started with the Pori Snipe Fleet in 1977, without any previous experience in sailing. I was already 15 years old. You can imagine it took a moment to learn all these strange names: jib, main, boom, sheet, bailer, cunningham etc.

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

Those who have visited Pori (for example at Europeans 2006) remember that the next shore is in Sweden. After a couple of days of heavy western winds the waves can be as big as a multi-storey house. Once again in those early years it was blowing like hell at the Pori Open Championship regatta. Our experience and skills were almost zero. We had huge problems to stop sailing downwind at the mark – our Snipe was almost flying over the waves, and the rocky shore was getting closer and closer... Finally we managed to turn back with dry foot.


Helsinki Fleet 481 Championships

Saturday, 20 September 2014 21:13

Helsinki, September 20, 2014

Sunshine, 6-9 knots wind. 4 short races + one distance race through Kaivopuisto Helsinki. One day regatta only. Now Barbecue and serious fun.

... ful results ...

Pori Open - Day 1

Saturday, 06 September 2014 23:43

Pori, September 6, 2014. Results after 2 races

1. Ville AAlto-Setala & Hanna-Leena Lehtinen, 4

2. Sampo Valjus & Rona Valjus, 4

3. Kai Saarhelo & Riku Vaariskoski, 5

... full results ...

Finnish Nationals - Final

Sunday, 03 August 2014 20:32

Kotka, August 1-3, 2014. And the winners are ... Claus "Clapa" Carpelan and Risto Valjus.

1. Claus Carpelan & Risto Valjus, 12

2. Vila Aalto Setala & Eveliina Aalto Setala, 13

3. Kai Saarhelo & Riku Vaariskoski, 23

... full results ...


Finnish Nationals - Day 2

Saturday, 02 August 2014 21:16

Kokta, August 2, 2014. Results after 5 races (1 discard)

1. Vila Aalto Setala & Eveliina Aalto Setala, 6

2. Claus Carpelan & Risto Valjus, 7

3. Kai Saarhelo & Riku Vaariskoski, 11

Photo courtesy of Anu Streng

Report by Juha Lehtinen

Three races today.
Wind 8.14 knots. Ville with his daughter leading one point before Claus and Risto. Petri did not succeed replace his broken mast in time. But he finished job in afternoon and will race on day 3. Nice dinner at 125 years old Kotka Sailing Club with live music.

... full results and photo gallery ...

Finnish Nationals - Day 1

Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

Kotka, August 1, 2014. From Juha Lehtinen

1. Claus Carpelan & Risto Valjus, 3

2. Vila Aalto Setala & Evelina Aalto Setala, 4

3. Kai Saarhelo & Riku Vaanskoskj, 7

69th Finnish championship begun in Kotka on Friday.

Racing conditions were perfect, lots of wind, warm water, sunshine and serious sailing. Triangle race course, sailors got nice surfs on reaches. One mast broke and several capsizing was seen. Unfortunately the broken mast was original mast of wooden beauty 7636. Wil be replaced today in aluminium on

... full results and photo gallery (courtesy of Anu Streng) ...

#7636 "Kilu-Kalle"

Friday, 18 July 2014 07:43

Great photos of Snipe FIN 7636 "Kilu-Kalle"
Owner Petri Tykkä, Kotka Finland
Built 1967 by H Lönnfors, Hamari, Finland
sailing recently in Finland

Casseli Race

Monday, 26 May 2014 21:02

Lahti, May 24-25, 2014

1. Claus Carpelan & Timo Jarvinen, 8

2. Pasi Kalliala Mai Jarvinen, 11

3. Jukka Kotisalo & Eija Kotisalo, 11

... full results ...