This is a typical itinerary. What makes an adventure holiday so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary and no part of this is guaranteed. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that.
Day 1: Welcome to St Petersburg!
Join the yacht between 1200h and 1800h inSt Petersburg, Russia. Today is all about settling in, meeting the crew and finding your way around your home for the next two weeks – Starling, one of our beloved Clipper 60s. The white nights will just be ending, so soak up the evening sun and enjoy the start of this huge adventure.
Days 2 – 5: Haapasaari to Helsinki
After checking in at the frontier station on the tiny island of Haapasaari we spend a couple of days sailing between peaceful anchorages as we work our way towards Helsinki. Sailing through narrow passages between granite rocks and surrounded by pine forests is huge fun, and everyone will need to work closely together to keep a powerful 60’ yacht under control in these confined waters. By the end of it, you’ll be more than comfortable helming in close quarters and trimming the sails at every change of course.
Day 6: Explore Helsinki
Like many Baltic capitals, you can sail right into the heart of Helsinki, step off the boat and explore ashore. Famous for its architecture and design and with lots of open-air markets Helsinki is a wonderful place to unwind for a day.
Days 7 – 8: Southern Finland
By now everyone will have their eye in for navigating in the rocky waters of the “Skärgård”. The narrow sounds and smooth water make for exhilarating sailing conditions as we weave our way westwards. Our aim is the stunningly beautiful Åland islands but we also have the gorgeous islands of Älgö and Busö in the Ekenäs National Park or the town of Tammisaari with it’s traditional wooden houses to explore along the way.
Day 9-12 – The Aland Islands
Fiercely independent this extensive archipelago is Finnish owned but Swedish speaking. They have their own flag and whatever you do, don’t fly the Finnish one! Stretching almost all the way from Finland to Sweden it is a vast cruising ground with picturesque towns, crumbling fortresses, sandy beaches and is a real sailing mecca in the summer. After exploring the eastern region we’ll pull in to Mariehamn the capital. As usual in Finland the marinas here all have a sauna so don’t forget your birch branch!
Days 13 – 14: The Stockholm archipelago
From Mariehamn we’ll put all of our navigation into practise and make the short passage across to the Stockholm archipelago. The outer fringes are wild and remote, with secluded coves for swimming or BBQ-ing on the rocks. There are several choices of route, but most likely we’ll take the beautiful inner route between Stora Möja and Blidösund.
Day 15: Sailing into Stockholm
As approaches to capital cities go, they don’t get much better than this. Sailing in past wooded slopes towards the elegant pastel-coloured buildings of Stockholm’s beautiful waterfront is truly magical. We’ll tie up in the Djurgarden, an island oasis and home to several parks and museums right in the heart of the city.
Day 16: Clean ups and goodbyes
After sharing photos, putting the boat back to how we found her and saying goodbyes to new friends the trip ends at midday. It’s always amazing how quickly the time goes, and how much learning and adventure can be packed into a two week sailing holiday.
Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)
Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)
Sailing gloves – 2 sets
Hot water bottle
Clothes for on-board and on shore
A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)
A water bottle
Thermals, two sets
Thick socks, two sets
Sun glasses (polarized)
Sun cream – SPF50+
Small quick dry towel
USB cord to charge your phone
Warm sleeping bag
Printed out Insurance details
Any medication you require