30 sq m Pani winner of the 2016 Baltic Classic Master Cup

Swedish yachts took top nine positions in Baltic Classic Masters

2016-09-02

Baltic Classic Masters at Sandhamn in August became a primarily Swedish racing affair with 27 Swedish yachts, three Finnish, one Russian, one Belgian and one British. The 30 sq m Pani won, with 75 sq m Trumph second and 95 sq m Marga third. The best visiting yacht was Russian L6 offshore cruiser Nika, who finished 10th. The best Finnish yacht was offshore cruiser Kersti.

Nevertheless, the Baltic Classic Masters had the best turnout ever with 33 yachts  participating. Unfortunately, an additional two Finnish yachts could not make it to Sandhamn because of gale-force winds preceeding the event. Fortunately 8mR Vågspel and 10mR Kitty had crossed in good time and contributed together with Kersti, Varen (UK) and Nika to give the event an international athmospere of fun and racing, which was very much appreciated by all and not the least the organizing yacht club KSSS and Sail Yacht Society of Sweden.

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10mR Kitty photo Jorma Rautapää

Finnish Kitty and Kismet have received their SRS cerificates for Sandhamn

2016-06-24

This is a reminder that you will need a Swedish SRS measurement certificate to race in Baltic Classic Masters,  August 10- 13 at Sandhamn. Finnish 10mR Kitty and "särklass A" Kismet have already received their certificates. This is more urgent than the regatta registration itself, since the Swedish Sailing Federation is very busy at this time of the season. Here is the link to the application page in English.

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Offshore cruiser Atena took part in the KSSS 125 year celebrations at Sandhamn in 1955 and will be back 61 years later.

Royal Swedish Yacht Club welcomes you to Sandhamn for Baltic Classic Masters

2016-06-23

KSSS, the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, will host the seventh edition of the Baltic Classic Masters Cup at Sandhamn, August 10-13, 2016 as part of "Sandhamnsregattan presenterad av Resevaruhuset".

Sandhamn is one of Sweden’s best yacht-racing arenas and KSSS arranges both course yacht-racing and ocean racing at Sandhamn. Sandön is a wonderful island, full of charm, in the archipelago and in the harbour of Sandhamn there are often many boats belonging to both tourists and racing teams

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Water colour, Miranda by Anna Lisa Ekku Åstrand

Gaff rigged skerry cruiser from 1912 won the Baltic Masters

2015-09-30

The gaff rigged 55 sq. m Miranda built for the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 won the sixth edition of Baltic Classic Master Cup in the waters of Turku, in south-western Finland. The family team, Henrik and Mia Widstrand and their two young boys, raced for three days on traditional 18 – 23 nm archipelago courses and when the final results were ready they had left 29 yachts behind them.

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Photo: Jorma Rautapää

12mR Blue Marlin enters Baltic Classic Masters in Finland - Swedish Cup grows

2015-01-16

Classic Yacht Cup Sweden 2015 will not only have Swedish events, but also include Baltic Classic Masters in Turku Finland. Finland`s third oldest yacht club, Airisto, will celebrate its 150 years jubilee with three days of fleet races. The just renovated Finnish 12mR Blue Marlin and off shore cruiser Navigator will race with Swedish 10mR Itaka, 95 sq m La Morena and other "big boats". The event has already attracted a lot of interest and many of the finest classic yachts in Sweden and and Finland will be there, including 55sq m, 75 sq m and offshore cruisers. This event will also include class races for 8mR and Finnish championships for Int5mR and 6mR.

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Reimer´s Bacchant back in Sweden

2013-10-30

The last 75 sq m built, Bacchant, has returned to Sweden after more than 25 years in the United States. The Reimers-designed masterpiece is in extremely good condition thanks to the former owner Jerry Sullivan in Milwaukee.

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Russian L6 Onega won Baltic Classic Masters ahead of 10mR Itaka

2013-08-10

The Russian L6 Onega with Nikita Brillantov at the helm won the Baltic Classic Master Cup 2013. Onega also won the final race, Viaporin Tuoppi in Helsinki, August 10. Secoind in the overall Cup was 10mR Itaka from Sweden with helmsmen Ingmar Bergman and Patrick Ståhle and third was the Finnish offshore cruiser Friendship II with Hilding Mattsson at the helm. In the Viaporin Tuoppi race Friendship II was second and Itaka came third. Check all results below.

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MIrame won the fleet race in Saint Petersburg- Photo Andrey Sheremetev.

Mirame won the fleet races in Saint Petersburg - Three cup yachts No. 1

2013-07-28

103 year old Mirame won the Saint Petersburg Classic Week fleet races 2013 ahead of L6 Nika and L6 Onega. Three yachts now share the leadership in the Baltic Classic Master Cup after four race events.

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King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Photo: Olle Appelberg

Inspired King Carl Gustaf opened Stockholm`s wooden boat center in rain

2013-06-13

The official opening ceremony of Stockholm`s Wooden Boat Center, Nya Djurgårdsvarvet, had to be moved inside one of the old boat sheds because of rain, but the guests were in great spirits and Sweden`s King Carl Gustaf held an inspired speech. He has followed the project over several years and enjoyed watching a vision come through. Several people received medals of recognition from the hands of King Carl Gustaf. Classic yacht enthusiasts Christer Salén and Per Wermelin were among the honored.

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30 sq m Pani winner of the 2016 Baltic Classic Master Cup

Swedish yachts took top nine positions in Baltic Classic Masters

2016-09-02

Baltic Classic Masters at Sandhamn in August became a primarily Swedish racing affair with 27 Swedish yachts, three Finnish, one Russian, one Belgian and one British. The 30 sq m Pani won, with 75 sq m Trumph second and 95 sq m Marga third. The best visiting yacht was Russian L6 offshore cruiser Nika, who finished 10th. The best Finnish yacht was offshore cruiser Kersti.

Nevertheless, the Baltic Classic Masters had the best turnout ever with 33 yachts  participating. Unfortunately, an additional two Finnish yachts could not make it to Sandhamn because of gale-force winds preceeding the event. Fortunately 8mR Vågspel and 10mR Kitty had crossed in good time and contributed together with Kersti, Varen (UK) and Nika to give the event an international athmospere of fun and racing, which was very much appreciated by all and not the least the organizing yacht club KSSS and Sail Yacht Society of Sweden.

Read more
10mR Kitty photo Jorma Rautapää

Finnish Kitty and Kismet have received their SRS cerificates for Sandhamn

2016-06-24

This is a reminder that you will need a Swedish SRS measurement certificate to race in Baltic Classic Masters,  August 10- 13 at Sandhamn. Finnish 10mR Kitty and "särklass A" Kismet have already received their certificates. This is more urgent than the regatta registration itself, since the Swedish Sailing Federation is very busy at this time of the season. Here is the link to the application page in English.

Read more
Offshore cruiser Atena took part in the KSSS 125 year celebrations at Sandhamn in 1955 and will be back 61 years later.

Royal Swedish Yacht Club welcomes you to Sandhamn for Baltic Classic Masters

2016-06-23

KSSS, the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, will host the seventh edition of the Baltic Classic Masters Cup at Sandhamn, August 10-13, 2016 as part of "Sandhamnsregattan presenterad av Resevaruhuset".

Sandhamn is one of Sweden’s best yacht-racing arenas and KSSS arranges both course yacht-racing and ocean racing at Sandhamn. Sandön is a wonderful island, full of charm, in the archipelago and in the harbour of Sandhamn there are often many boats belonging to both tourists and racing teams

Read more
Water colour, Miranda by Anna Lisa Ekku Åstrand

Gaff rigged skerry cruiser from 1912 won the Baltic Masters

2015-09-30

The gaff rigged 55 sq. m Miranda built for the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 won the sixth edition of Baltic Classic Master Cup in the waters of Turku, in south-western Finland. The family team, Henrik and Mia Widstrand and their two young boys, raced for three days on traditional 18 – 23 nm archipelago courses and when the final results were ready they had left 29 yachts behind them.

Read more
Photo: Jorma Rautapää

12mR Blue Marlin enters Baltic Classic Masters in Finland - Swedish Cup grows

2015-01-16

Classic Yacht Cup Sweden 2015 will not only have Swedish events, but also include Baltic Classic Masters in Turku Finland. Finland`s third oldest yacht club, Airisto, will celebrate its 150 years jubilee with three days of fleet races. The just renovated Finnish 12mR Blue Marlin and off shore cruiser Navigator will race with Swedish 10mR Itaka, 95 sq m La Morena and other "big boats". The event has already attracted a lot of interest and many of the finest classic yachts in Sweden and and Finland will be there, including 55sq m, 75 sq m and offshore cruisers. This event will also include class races for 8mR and Finnish championships for Int5mR and 6mR.

Read more

Reimer´s Bacchant back in Sweden

2013-10-30

The last 75 sq m built, Bacchant, has returned to Sweden after more than 25 years in the United States. The Reimers-designed masterpiece is in extremely good condition thanks to the former owner Jerry Sullivan in Milwaukee.

Read more

Russian L6 Onega won Baltic Classic Masters ahead of 10mR Itaka

2013-08-10

The Russian L6 Onega with Nikita Brillantov at the helm won the Baltic Classic Master Cup 2013. Onega also won the final race, Viaporin Tuoppi in Helsinki, August 10. Secoind in the overall Cup was 10mR Itaka from Sweden with helmsmen Ingmar Bergman and Patrick Ståhle and third was the Finnish offshore cruiser Friendship II with Hilding Mattsson at the helm. In the Viaporin Tuoppi race Friendship II was second and Itaka came third. Check all results below.

Read more
MIrame won the fleet race in Saint Petersburg- Photo Andrey Sheremetev.

Mirame won the fleet races in Saint Petersburg - Three cup yachts No. 1

2013-07-28

103 year old Mirame won the Saint Petersburg Classic Week fleet races 2013 ahead of L6 Nika and L6 Onega. Three yachts now share the leadership in the Baltic Classic Master Cup after four race events.

Read more
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Photo: Olle Appelberg

Inspired King Carl Gustaf opened Stockholm`s wooden boat center in rain

2013-06-13

The official opening ceremony of Stockholm`s Wooden Boat Center, Nya Djurgårdsvarvet, had to be moved inside one of the old boat sheds because of rain, but the guests were in great spirits and Sweden`s King Carl Gustaf held an inspired speech. He has followed the project over several years and enjoyed watching a vision come through. Several people received medals of recognition from the hands of King Carl Gustaf. Classic yacht enthusiasts Christer Salén and Per Wermelin were among the honored.

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Photo: Studio Kukka

Puckie skipper and Airisto Commodor elected chairman of SCYT

Markus Blomquist has been appointed chairman of Scandinavian Classic Yacht Trust, SCYT. He is the commodor of Airisto Segelsällskap in Turku, Finland, where he has also been a vice commodor and headed up the junior sailing program. Markus sails 6mR Puckie (Yngve Holm 1926) and the nauticat Anacat. He is also a member of Kongelig Norsk Seilforening (the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club).
Markus is the president of FP-Pigments, an international company with sales in 60 countries and production in Finland, Germany, the US and Japan.

Photo: Olle Appelberg

Captain in water and sky appointed to SCYT board

Ingmar Bergman has been appointed to the board of directors of Scandinavian Classic Yacht Trust, SCYT. Ingmar is a skipper and part owner of 10mR Itaka. In 2010 Itaka was the first yacht to win the Baltic Classic Master Cup and last year Itaka took home Classic Yacht Cup Sweden. Itaka has raced the HSS Champagne Regatta in Helsinki at a couple of occasions and Ingmar has clearly demonstrated that he supports the mission of SCYT, i e to promote international classic yacht racing in the Baltic Sea.
He is a pilot by profession and spent 30 of 34 years with TUI Nordic as a captain. After that he went back to university and graduated as a psychotherapist and his specialty is aviophobia, patients with a fear of flying.

Onega received 2013 Baltic Classic Masters diploma

SCYT honorary director Vladimir Ivankiv has presented the 2013 Baltic Classic Master Cup diploma to L6 Onega in St Petersburg. The diplomas were introduced this year so that winners of the Cup would get an official prize document in addition to the engraving on the GL Watson Trophy. The Cup was set up in honor of Scandinanvian yacht designers and yacht owners in 2010 and this year's winner was the gaff rigged Swedish 55 sq m Miranda.

Russian Nika receives 2011 Baltic Masters Diploma

SCYT honorary director Vladimir Ivankiv has presented the 2011 Baltic Classic Master Cup diploma to L6 Nika in St Petersburg. The diplomas were introduced this year so that winners of the Cup would get an official prize document in addition to the engraving on the GL Watson Trophy. Hope to see you soon again Nika!

Classic yacht racing in Stockholm city center

If you are visiting Stockholm May 24 - 25 you have a great opportunity to see classic yacht racing in the city itself. There will be yachts of all sizes in a fleet race; everything from Mälar 22 sq m and folkboats to 75 sq m Falken and 10mR Sailing Yacht Itaka? who took first and second place in last years Classic Yacht Cup Sweden. The yachts start and finish just off Kastellholmen in the city center. Yachts with a low handicap rating start first and the fastest last on a 12 nm track that take them around Fjärderholmarna islands in the harbour mouth. They yachts will be mored at Wasahamnen near the Vasa museum. Picture: a pack of Mälar 22s.

Fifteen Swedish classic yachts plan to sail to Finland

10mR Moana of 1914 has now declared for Baltic Classic Masters in Turku, Finland. The turnout among Swedish classic yachts for this event is becoming --- amazing! More than 15  yachts plan to cross the Sea of Åland and continue the 80nm to Turku (Åbo in Swedish) for three days of racing in the Baltic Classic Masters organized by Airisto Yacht Club, celebrating its 150th year birthday.
In the 1920's the Anker-designed Moana raced succesfully against Christian X, the King of Denmark's different 10mR yachts.



Racing flag for the summer of 2015. Widstrands Varv is one of our supporters, specializes in wooden boat restorations and maintenance.

Olle Appelberg nominated "Person of the Year"

SCYT founder Olle Appelberg has been nominated "Person of the Year" by Classic Boat. The magazine writes: 
Olle Appelberg will be recognised by some CB readers as an occasional correspondent for Baltic news. But this nomination is not for his purple prose, it’s because he is one of the main organisers behind Swedish classic yachting and the brilliant Baltic circuit – since 2010, under the auspices of the Scandinavian Classic Yacht Trust, where he is a founding director. So it’s for his behind-the-scenes work making classic boating in those northern waters a fabulous spectacle and getting the activities into the public eye. We could do with him in the UK!

You can vote here.

Notes from the 2014 season:

Jacquart Baltic Classic Master Cup is on this week

Follow the festive events and races on facebook.

Classic Boat reports from Sweden and Finland races

Classic Boat will be the international media partner of the Classic Yacht Cup Sweden 2014 and Baltic Classic Masters in Helsinki, Finland.
"Classic Boat is delighted to be associated with the Baltic Classic Circuit which has developed into a superb series of events. We'll be reporting from both sides of the Baltic this year, following the racing from Sweden to the Champagne Cup in Helsinki. It looks like being great fun and we look forward to many pages with a Scandinavian flavour in several future issues," says the magazine's editor-in-chief Dan Houston.
Classic Boat is the leading international magazine for classic yachting, distributed in 123 countries.

The 2014 regatta program

Here you can find the northern Baltic Sea regatta program for 2014.

Designer yachtsman creates crystal winches for winners

The Classic Yacht Cup Swedens trophies will be a series of crystal winches created by the Dutch glass designer Olaf Stevens. He is a lover of wooden boats especially the skerry cruisers and coastal cruisers of the Baltic archipelagoes and sails every summer in Sweden on his coastal cruiser Solbris.

Baltic Classic Masters becomes one annual event

The Baltic Classic Master Cup will change format and be raced at one annual event alternating between Finland, Russia and Sweden. In 2014 the cup races will be part of the HSS Champagne Regatta in Helsinki, August 9-10."We hope this will make it more exciting and increase the number of yachts racing for the magnificent GL Watson cup," says Olle Appelberg, chairman of SCYT Racing Club Sweden.
The photo is of a 5mR in the 2012 Champagne Regatta. Photo: Jorma Rautapää.

Erik Salander, a master of beautiful lines

95 sq m Britt-Marie won the Salander Memorial again

The 95 sq m Britt-Marie, designed by Tore Holm and built in 1921 won the Erik Salander Memorial Challenge in Stockholm in wonderful late summer weather with very light winds.

The gennaker that teared in Arkö race

Surprise and delight from tough tacking and teared sail

The two big ladies, 95 sq m La Morena and Kerma each won a victory in the two day Trosa Arkö Classic in Sweden. Kerma became the overall winner of the magnificent NG8 mermaid sculpture, since she won the last of the two races.
Third in the Trosa Arkösund 35 nm race was the offshore cruiser Josephine with a delighted Ulf Aronsson at the helm. He and his crew had a tough tacking contest with Karel Beer and his Netherlands team om M25 Ketty all the way from Oxelösund to Arkösund.
The team on offshore cruiser Atena was struck by similar delight and even more surprise when they managed to get line honors on Saturday ahead of the two big ladies. When Atena was just about to take down the gennaker for a final race up the channel to Arkösund, the sail teared. Fortunately it was quickly gathered and replaced by the jib and Atena crossed the line just minutes ahead of the quickly approaching big ladies.

Anitra won Sweden's ÅF Offshore Race Classic

The S&S designed offshore cruiser Anitra won Sweden's ÅFOR Classic (former Round Gotland Race). Anitra had one of the youngest crews and was skippered by Henrik Kahm. Ballad captained by Christer Salén and Refanut with Fredrtik Wallenberg at the helm came second and third. Anitra was launched in 1959 and won the Fastnet the same year. For 50 years seh was the only Swedish overall Fastnet winner. You can find more information on Baltic Classic Circuit on facebook.
After three regattas the Baltic Classic Master lead is shared between 10mR Itaka and 95 sq m Gerdny with 95 sq m Kerma third. On Friday the Hanko Regatta starts with a special Baltic Rule class includin two Russina L6 yachts Nika and Onega and the Finnish Friendship II. Nika won the cup in 2011.

Troubadour at Bénodet, Britanny

Troubadour crossed the Atlantic to join the Circuit

The 1920's racing schooner Troubadour completed its transatlantic journey Sunday arriving in Bénodet, Britanny. Her next destination will be the environs of Djursvik in the southern part of the Straight of Kalmar in southeastern Sweden. Welcome to the Baltic and the Baltic Classic Circuit!

Half hull model trophy in Peter Norlin Memorial Classic

A half hull model of one of Peter Norlin's most successful and beautiful designs, the Omega 42, will be a challenger trophy in the Peter Norlin Memorial Classic in Stockholm, May 26th. The model belonged to Peter, who was a founder of SCYT. On May 23 the Swedish Marine Museum in Stockholms opens an exhibition honoring Peter Norlin.

Salminen and Lööf golden star sailors

Olympic star winner praises classics at Helsinki seminar

Helsingfors Segelsällskap (Helsinki Yacht Club) had a remarkable Classic Yacht Seminar on Saturday. Yachting celebrities and club members shared their experiences in classic boat sailing. The first speaker was Halsey Herreshoff telling the Herreshoff story and spinning some yarns from his sailing adventures in Scandinavia.

Video with yachts in rain, gale and sun along Swedish circuit

The Swedish east coast sections of the 2011 Baltic Classic Circuit started in pooring rain in Västervik, gale between Arkösund and Trosa and finished in sun at the Tullgarn Royal Palace. Check out the off shore cruisers Vagabonde, Refanut, Anitra, Atena, Kersti, Nika and Liliya, 8mR Asagao, 10mR Itaka, 95 sq m La Morena and Kerma, 75 sq m Gun and others. Here is the video link. Enjoy the show! Unfortunatly , it was too wet to film when the yachts hit the gale between Arkösund and Trosa.

Design: Berndt Ehn

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