Estonia is perfect for boaters because it has 2,222 islands and an extensive marine infrastructure which makes it ideal for yachts in close proximity to each other. The next marina is never more than 30 minutes away.
Estonia has 50 marinas, even in the middle of a sailing season, you’ll always find a spot! Moorings are still available and deserted beaches, even during high seasons. During the summer, there are different kinds of events that people shouldn’t miss. After mooring your boat, you should definitely explore the town.
According to Estonia’s largest yacht clubs president, Kalev Vapper, said that “Estonia is a land by the sea and sailing has been known here for centuries. The first amateur sailing club, which can be described as a Yacht Club, was founded at the mouth of the Pirita River in the year 1820th. Today leading yacht clubs are active in Tallinn, Pärnu, Kuressaare, Haapsalu, and Kärdla.”
Find the perfect boat in Estonia here and discover all the great activities and places the country has for you!
Having a cruising guide will be helpful for anyone that wants to sail in Estonian waters. First published in 2016, the guide is indispensable for route planning for all amateur sailors and boating tourists. The guide will help you to know more tips, tricks, and useful information for your next sailing holiday to Estonia!
A guided excursion takes place from April to September. They bring you to the North Estonian Baltic villages. There, the residents from the area come together to make music, prepare traditional fish dishes, sell local handcraft, and present the traditional trades and crafts of the area. Having an opportunity of knowing more about the culture is also another reason why Estonia is perfect for boaters. You will have a great sailing experience and will get to know a whole new culture!
Muhu Väina: Ocean Race
Held in mid-July, Muhu Väina, the oldest regatta in Estonia, is organized since 1958. Yearly, the event draws participants on more than 100 yachts from different countries, such as Russia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and many others. Additionally, the number of sailors are between 700 to 800. Moreover, in 2014 they had the biggest regatta of all times. There were 730 participants on 116 vessels – 90 from Estonia, 8 from Russia, 8 from Latvia, 6 from Lithuania and 4 from Finland. Besides, each port welcomes the participants with hot soup, and most ports have sauna and shower facilities. Added to evenings that are organized with music and dance.
Starting in mid-August, this music festival takes place in Käsmu a beautiful village in Lahemaa National Park, Estonia. The festival has different themes per year, mostly focusing on Nordic countries. Also, in 2016 they focus on Iceland. The musicians came from Åland Islands, Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands, Gotland, and the Estonian islands as well. In 2017 the festival will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finland. Furthermore, you will also find musicians from different European islands, not only from the region or the country they commemorate. If you decide to come here, you shouldn’t miss the Kuradisaare Island, just a bit further of Käsmu.
Sailing on Ice
Becoming a sport in Estonia in 1888. Ice sailing became popular after Erik von Holst designed the Monotype-XV ice yacht in Estonia in 1932. Subsequently, in a few years, more than 200 yachts were built, spreading across Europe. During the 17th century, sailing on ice was a mode of transportation. Estonia is one of the birthplaces of ice sailing because it offers excellent conditions in Pärnu and Haapsalu for your first ice-trial. Try ice sailing at Saardjäv, Vortsjärv, and Saaremaa.
Sailing on ice in Estonia gives you a new way of knowing the country from a different perspective. The landscapes you get to see are astonishing, plus mixing it with sailing, just the perfect combination! “You can enjoy nature in its real beauty, enjoying the freedom while trying out something you may have never tried before.”