Stockholm Archipelago Cruise: June 27-July 13, 2019
The Stockholm Archipelago is one of the most beautiful and idyllic cruising grounds in the world. Estimates of the number of islands vary from 20,000 to 100,000, with most sources settling on roughly 24,000 to 30,000. The archipelago stretches about 75 miles north to south and at its widest is approximately 25 miles across.
Just off the east coast of Sweden and near the country’s capital city of Stockholm, the archipelago extends out into the Baltic Sea, but the island and rock clusters provide mostly sheltered, calm, scenic, and dramatic passages and anchorages with minimal currents, minimal fog, minimal tides, no lobster pots, and minimal salinity to the water. In a warm summer the water heats up enough on the rocks for swimming, especially in the shallows.
Early response among members of the three clubs organizing the cruise – the CCA, the North American Station of the Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs and Nyländska Jaktklubben, and the Royal Swedish Yacht Club – has essentially filled the cruise to capacity. We expect, however, that participants will combine into groups on charters and private boats, and we welcome your indication of interest in the hope that everyone who would like to can be accommodated. There will be at least one “mother ship.”
We’ve booked the entire Vasa Museum for the opening night dinner. The museum is a spectacular structure on the edge of Stockholm Harbor housing the 18th century royal warship, Vasa, raised from the depths of the harbor in 1961.
We will start from Stockholm; destinations will include Saltsjöbaden, on the mainland, and the island of Sandhamn, where The Royal Swedish YC has a major yachting center. The fleet will break up, probably into two squadrons, to visit some of the charming, smaller harbors. (See photos.) Stay tuned as the cruise route and further events get posted.
The Stockholm Archipelago Cruise is organized by three clubs crossing burgees: The Cruising Club of America (CCA), the North American Station of the Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs and Nyländska Jaktklubben (NAS), and the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS).
Ernie Godshalk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David Tunick (email@example.com)