What did you get up to last summer? Sailed up the Baltic into Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn? Spent beautiful evenings in spectacular anchorages in one of Europe's most beautiful sailing area, the Stockholm Archipelago? Been part of a North Sea crossing gaining valuable offshore miles experience? No?
Then come join Kestrel, our very own CUYC club yacht, for a week or two (or three or more :) ) this summer and explore the beauty of the Baltic, going to Stockholm, Göteborg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Oslo and cruising around the Stockholm Archipelago!
Leaving Ipswich in early June Kestrel will be sailed across the North Sea over the top of Denmark through the Kattegat and Skagerrak, making stop-overs on the Swedish West Coast including the beautiful city of Göteborg, Copenhagen and the Danish Isles. Kestrel will then be transferred all the way to Stockholm into the Stockholm and Finnish Archipelago, this year's summer sailing paradise.
Having spent some three weeks in the Archipelago Kestrel will go East into Helsinki and then South into Tallinn, both buzzing centres of life, party and attractions well worth a visit! Going back to the Western part of the Baltic via the Archipelago to Stockholm Kestrel will then be delivered all the way back to Ipswich, covering a total of over 1,000 miles, split into stretches of adventurous passage making and relaxed cruising. Places of crew changes with start dates of trips are shown on the map above.
No previous experience required, every level of ability welcome! Details of individual trips to be found under the 'programme' section, email the trip organisers soon as trips will be filling up fast!
Situated at the foot of the Gulf of Bothnia, the Archipelago is one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the whole of Europe.
Spectacular scenery with thousands of islands scattered around, ideal for peaceful, quiet anchorages or loud parties involving the sexy boat-own stereo system, is guaranteed.
Whether sailing past lonely islands in the evening of a long summer's day or watching the sun go down just before midnight in a beautiful anchorage, this summer sailing paradise offers something for everyone's taste! Barbecues, swimming, sun bathing and sauna-ing in the natural harbours, bays and on the rocky islands are considered canonical.
Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn, buzzing centres of life, party and attractions are only a day's sail away from the Archipelago, and this summer Kestrel will bring you directly into the heart of those places.
If ever you wanted to sail into one of these places, moor up and go straight for a drink right in the city centre this summer cruise is a must for you! Equally, Kestrel will be stopping in Göteborg, Copenhagen and Oslo, awesome destinations in their own right!
This year's summer cruise is the ideal opportunity to reach your favourite Scandinavian city destination by yacht, no doubt the only real way to travel in style.
For individual trip pages to check for more information or to sign up for one of the many exciting parts of our 2009 Kestrel Summer Cruise go to the programme section! Trips open to anyone, with any level of experience, whether sailed with the club before or not.