The History of the Snipe in Finland

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 07:34

The history of the Snipe in Finland. 320 page book on sale now for 40€. Contact the Finnish Snipe Association. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

iklaluokan purjehduskausi avattu Suomessa. Neljä snipe-tiimiä vesillä Lauttasaaressa! Mukana myös historiikin kannessa komeilevat Hanna ja Severi.

Niin, ja tätä uljasta, ehkä Suomen hienointa 320-sivuista purjehdushistoriikkia "Tuhannen Viklan maa" saa ostaa Viklaliitosta hintaan 40 € ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Voit myös kysellä sitä Suomen kirjastoista...

On Our Way To the Nordic Championship

Saturday, 11 April 2015 08:51

Two Snipes (1974 Skipper Snipes), a Fiat 127 and a Opel Kadet

"On our way to Nordic Championship in Finland - 1975 or 1976".

Photo courtesy of Pia and Svend Andresen and Leif Gottschalk

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) ...