Inspiring Classic Yacht Symposium in Helsinki

I have visited Helsinki classic yacht symposium once before in 2020, just before the pandemic made such events impossible. At that time the seminar included exciting speakers and sufficient and well-arranged breaks slots for mingle. Now three years later the tradition is back in an astonishing way, including altogether solid speakers and lots of time for mingle and a nice dinner in the evening. Apart from all nice people, dance and hanging around the bar, the evening peak was a Danish organised sailing-based travesty of ”pomp and circumstances”. We all laughed at this mutually fulfilled entertainment. The second day included a visit at Åbo Boat Yard. As I visited the yard the in the autumn (see news) I decided to stay in Helsinki and visit relatives.

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Opening Words – Mikael Stelander, Commodore Helsingfors Segelsällskap

Design and Desire in Time to Come – A deep dive into the future of classic yachts and the classic yachts of the future – John Lammerts van Bueren, Samppa Vilkuna

”Taking Classic Racing to the Future – the new international classic yacht circuit is coming alive.” – William Collier, Owner and CEO of L. Watson & Co. Ltd

Safeguarding a legacy for the sailors of the future” Evelyn Ansel, Curator of the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol R.I.

To give birth to an octogenarian” – a fireside chat about Starling Burgess with Rüdiger Stihl, Stihl Holding Ag & owner of Starling Burgess and naval architect Juliane Hempel

Sources of my Inspiration” – Jarkko Jämsen Yacht Designer, Founding Partner at Aivan Ltd, Navia Design Ltd, and Jamsen Sarl

”Why we did it – trying to make Princess Svanevit relevant for a nation.” – Charlotte Hellman, Chairman for the Burre Hellman Family Foundation

“Highs and lows of circumnavigation” – Tapio Lehtinen, lifetime sailor, Golden and Ocean Globe Races

Design & Desire – Pecca Kucha:

”Will the Wind save the Planet?” – Petri Isotalus, Aktia Asset Management

Who the hell will own a classic in the future?” –  Jukka Kaukonen, KK-superyachts

”Oiva – a little boat, with a great name” –  Allan Savolainen, Red Sky Yachts

”20 short stories” – Pekka Barck, Yacht historian

”A World Cup in a River” – Hasse Karlsson, Airisto Segelsällskap

“Journey towards the future offshore racing – case Tulikettu” – Arto Linnervuo, Tulikettu

Recognitions and Refreshments

19:30 – 23:30 The Classic Symposium Dinner

Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa, Merisali , Kalastajatorpantie 1

Source: Magnus Swahn