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Sparkman & Stephens Association Annual General Meeting in Helsinki, Finland

14 - 16 June, 2019

AGM 2019 - Meeting

Saturday evening

Then it was time to dash back to hotels, B&B’s and boats to change for the gala evening.  Back at the sailing club in their splendid, nautically-themed, circular dining room, we were welcomed by the Commodore Mikael Stelander and one of our sponsors from Climecon.  

Our Chairman Rob Snoeks opened the evening with the traditional Founders’ Cup toasts to the past and current hosts (Aud and Jon-Martin and Esa and Merita). An excellent meal was followed by the award of the trophies and other prizes for participants in the afternoon’s race, and a brief presentation from Antti Muuronen on Tapio Lehtinen’s recent completion of the 2018-19 Golden Globe Race in his S&S Gaia 36 Asteria  …. 322 days alone at sea.  Although coming in last of the finishers (largely owing to barnacles on the hull) Tapio was still  a very commendable 5th of the 18 who started the race.

The formalities over we were treated to some seriously good tango music from Angelika Klas and her tango quartet followed by a somewhat more frivolous “lesson” in the Finnish tango from Sanna Tiivola, a longstanding member with her husband Jussi Lehtonen (Ylva).  Dancing into the small hours closed the evening and we stumbled back to our boats or onto the ferry back the mainland.