Sparkman & Stephens Association AGM 2019 in Helsinki

Annual General Meeting will be held in Finland 14.-16.6.2019.

Event Report

Thank you for all the participants of 2019 AGM. Please find the full event report here.

Event Venues

Welcome and Registration

The welcoming and registration event is hosted at the historic lightvessel Relandersgrund just next to Helsinki Market Square.

Before welcoming event you have a possibility to join to a Helsinki history tour by walk (approx 60 minutes) or visit at Allas Sea Pool where you will experience the Finnish sauna and you can swim in the pools located just next to Market Square.

The visit to Allas Sea pool costs 14 euros. Tour is included in the AGM event participation fee.

» More about Lightvessel Relandersgrund (only in Finnish)

» More about Allas Sea Pool

Main event at the Helsinki Sailing Association (HSS)

The main event will be held at HSS

Helsingfors Segelsällskap, known as HSS, is one of the most distinguished yacht clubs in Finland. It was founded well over 100 years ago, in 1893 and have about 1200 members. HSS is located on its own club island with a sheltered natural harbor at the southernmost tip of the Helsinki downtown.

The island is reached in five minutes by our ferry, at a short tram and a walking distance from the City Center. 

» More about HSS

AGM Meeting at Suomenlinna

The AGM Meeting will be held in the Island of Suomenlinna

World Heritage Site Suomenlinna is a cultural treasure. Its construction began in the mid-18th century when Finland was still part of Sweden. Today, the fortress and its museums, restaurants, and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Suomenlinna is a popular visitor attraction and also a home of 800 residents.

The Island is reached in 20 minutes by ferry ride from the Market Square at the City Center.

» More about Suomenlinna


Friday 14th of June

Mooring HSS at dedicated places for S&S boats

17.00              Sauna and swimming just next to Helsinki Market Square at Allas Sea Pool (ticket 14 euros not included to AGM event participating fee)


17.45             Helsinki history tour by walk. Starts from Senate Square (next to the statue of Alexander II)


19.00             Registration and welcome, drinks and cocktail snacks lightvessel Relandersgrund

22.00              Event ends

Saturday 15th of June

At Helsinki Sailing Club / Helsingfors Segelsällskap (HSS)

08.15              Sailors Yoga session with Mrs. Kylli

09.00              Breakfast on the pier. Oatmeal, sandwich, tea, coffee, etc.

10.00              Skippers meeting before the race

12.00              Eikka’s Beat / AGM Race and Sightseeing in Helsinki Archipelago

15.00              Return to HSS. Visiting boats/socializing, snacks from Finland in every boat


Gala dinner at Helsinki Sailing Club / Helsingfors Segelsällskap (HSS)

Dress code Black tie

Starting at 19.00 

  • Welcome by the HSS Commodore Mr. Mikael Stelander
  • S&S prizes and speeches
  • Dinner
Music & dance

Around 22.00-01.00 

  • Soprano Angelika Klas & tango orchestra
  • How to dance the Finnish tango by Mrs. Sanna Tiivola
  • DJ

Sunday 16th of June

Suomenlinna fortress

10.50             Suomenlinna tour: What is Suomenlinna fortress? Meeting point next to the pier. 

12.00             AGM meeting at Pajasali

13.30             Lunch and coffee at Restaurant Susisaari

14.45             S&S boats in Finland, speech by Lars Ström at Pajasali

16.00             Farewell


Please find maps below. 

  • The main places and hotels (pdf) (Google Maps)
  • Sea charts (pdf 1 / pdf 2) (Meriopas, select from the right upper corner the right language and from the right ribbon the foldable map symbol and then from the left side the Nautical Map)

What to see and do in Helsinki

Helsinki has a lot of new and old architectural gems to explore…

Amos Rex

The newest Art museum in Helsinki underground builds in the downtown. Helsinki has gained a new cultural institution and a striking new public space with the completion of Amos Rex. The art museum opens after a five- year, €50 million project designed by architecture firm JKMM, which has seen the refurbishment of the landmark 1930’s Lasipalatsi building in Central Helsinki. At the heart of the museum, 13,000 cubic metres of rock has been excavated to create a new 2,200 sqm world-class flexible gallery space topped with a series of domes and skylights that form the new undulating landscape of the Lasipalatsi Square.

Chapel of Silence and Temppeliaukio Rock Church

Kamppi Chapel of Silence is located in a corner of the Narinkkatori square in Helsinki, at the entrance of the Kamppi shopping center. The Chapel offers an opportunity to calm down in the middle of perhaps the busiest area in Finland. The curved shape of the small-scale Chapel building allows space and views to flow in the urban surroundings.

Excavated directly into solid rock, the Temppeliaukio church is situated in the heart of Helsinki, at the end of Fredrikinkatu. Because of its special architecture, the church, completed in 1969, is one of the main attractions in Helsinki. The church hall is covered with a dome, lined with copper and supported on the rock walls by reinforced concrete beams. 

Oodi Central Library

Designed by ALA Architects, this library of a new era is an ode to Finnish culture, equality, and freedom of expression. Oodi offers everyone an open, public urban space at Kansalaistori Square, right opposite Parliament House


All the new Saunas and restaurants on the seashore of Helsinki like…


Newest wood architecture with a restaurant and sauna. 

Island of Lonna

Once a base for storing and clearing mines, the island is now a refuge where visitors can leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind them.

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