The sandy beaches of Poland, the green hills of Denmark or the rocky shores of Sweden – the Baltic region has more to offer than you might imagine. Historical towns, castles and palaces, bustling cities, and great festivals during the summer season can make this destination a favourite for everyone. With excellent sailing conditions from May until October, it is yet another place just waiting to be discovered.
The Baltic Sea is not considered to be a typical vacation destination, and its charm is generally only known to residents of nearby countries. The white sandy beaches of Poland are among the most beautiful in the world. Small ports like Hel, Władysławowo, Ustka, Darłowo and Łeba are popular resorts. The Lego-like villages and towns of Denmark are picturesque, and the cliffs of the island of Møn are just stunning.
The island of Bornholm is a true delight for rural landscape lovers, while its tiny satellite island, Christiansø, is not to be missed. Great historical cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen, Malmö, Göteborg, Szczecin and Gdańsk are full of attractions and you can spend numerous days in any of them. If you are looking for a real sailing experience, book your charter during the annual Tall Ship Regatta – sailing among the biggest sailing ships ever built is an unforgettable experience.
If you prefer short distances and sailing close to shore, head to the Åland Islands. There you will find countless islands and islets magically covered in boreal vegetation and soaked in the blue waters of the Baltic Sea.
Gdańsk Bay is one of the largest bays in the Baltic Sea, and a natural sailing ground for Polish sailors. Protected from westerlies by the 35km-long Hel Peninsula, it has dozens of attractions. From busy cities to the Kashubian lake district’s forests and lakes, and from world class music festivals to the forgotten windmills of Zulawy, there is a pleasure for every sense.
Gdańsk is the biggest and the oldest city of the region, with a beautifully preserved Old Town and architecture dating from medieval times through to the modernist era. Gdańsk has long been one of the most important cities in the Baltic region due to the medieval Amber Trail and The Hanseatic League.The city was a birthplace of the Solidarity movement which played a major role in bringing an end to communist rule across Central Europe. Those interested in history cannot miss The Castle of The Teutonic Order in Malbork – the largest castle in the world by surface area, built in Gothic style in the 13th century.
Gdynia is beautifully set under wooded hills, and is famous for its sailing atmosphere. Downtown, the city is a modern port where the aquarium, the marina and numerous promenades are encountered. Tall ships are always moored here and regattas take place in the port’s vicinity. The beach-front bars are a perfect place to rest after a day of sailing. Gdynia is The Yachting Club base for motorboat charters and sailing boat charters in the Northern Baltic region. Our training and racing centre is also located here.
Sopot lies among forest, and is thus hard to spot from the sea. The landmarks here are the monumental Grand Hotel, and the longest wooden pier in Europe. With a 150-year spa history, the city has been a favourite place for magnates and kings. Parks, walking paths and 19th century architecture are a reminder of its glory. The city is a major tourist resort with a great choice of restaurants and bars to fit any need.
The coast of Poland has 300km of sandy beaches, dunes and national parks, the like of which is hard to find elsewhere. Set far back from the big cities, it still allows visitors to breathe the unspoilt Baltic air. The small ports of Łeba, Darłowo, Ustka, Kołobrzeg, Hel and Władysławowo are former fishing villages where medieval architecture melds with the tourist resort atmosphere.
Hel is a 35km-long peninsula sand bar. On one side, the waves of the Baltic break, while on the other side the calm waters of the Bay of Puck make it one of the best spots in Europe for wind- and kite-surfing. Słowinski National Park near Łeba boasts huge sand dunes that reach 30 metres in height. Due to the wind, the dunes are moving 3-10 metres per year.
Pomerania Bay is ideally located as a setting point for the Southern Baltic, and has everything you need at your fingertips. The ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście are a mix of historical architecture and modern amenities. The German island of Rügen has beaches, cliffs and resorts. With Bornholm, Copenhagen and Malmö nearby, as well as the coast of Zealand and the city of Rostock in Germany, it is a perfect place to start your charter. For those arriving by plane, Berlin airport is only two hours drive away.
Bornholm is conventionally located on a sailing crossroads, and is in the sunniest part of Denmark. With chalk cliffs, soothing forests, bleach-white beaches and colourful houses, it looks like it has come straight out of a fairytale. From medieval ruins to round churches and thatched fishing villages, it is best visited by yacht or bicycle – and there are bike rental shops at most ports. Svaneke, Rønne and Nexø are the best places to stop. Nearby, tiny Christiansø is also worth mooring at.
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, and one of the most fascinating cities to visit while sailing on the Baltic Sea. As the marinas are placed right in the centre, you can experience this great city within walking distance of your yacht. The cobblestone streets are criss-crossed with waterways, world-class museums, a lively night scene, bike-friendly streets and candlelit cafes, making Copenhagen the coolest of the Nordic cities. Plan extra days in your charter, as Copenhagen can keep you for a few days!
Stockholm is modern and elegant, and charming at any time. In summer, terracotta-coloured buildings shimmer between blue water and clear sky. The Old Town – Gamla Stan – is a colourful maze of cobblestone streets and red, orange and vanilla-coloured buildings, and there are hundreds of cafes, ice-cream parlours and souvenir shops. Stockholm is surrounded by over 20,000 islands and islets of the Skärgård archipelago, which can keep you cruising for weeks.
The Åland Islands are made up of 6500 rocks, islets and dozens of bigger islands, and are squeezed between Sweden and Finland. With sunny weather and the midnight sun in summer, sandy beaches and secluded anchorages, this is another sailor’s paradise. Marinas and guest harbours are located along the coast and on the Åland Islands, and will be waiting for you regardless of how you plan your day. Sheltered waters mostly mean light winds and calm seas.
Gdynia is our main base, located in Marina Gdynia, where our fleet of motorboats is available for charters in the Bay of Gdańsk. Our training and racing centre is also here. Restaurants, bars, shopping centres and the city’s main attractions are within walking distance of the marina. Gdańsk airport (GDA) is just 15km away.
Świnoujście is located in an old port, and its marina is a great place to start your charter in the Southern Baltic region. There are good connections with Szczecin and Berlin airports, and upon request we can organize transport for your crew.
Deliveries – upon request, we you can arrange for you to start your charter in Stockholm or Copenhagen.
The weather in the Baltic region varies throughout the tourist season. In May and June you will experience light winds and sunny weather that together with blooming nature and long days make it a favourite time for easy sailing. Summers last from mid-June until the end of August, with the temperature varying from tropical heat to fresh and cloudy days when lows are passing. Rain is seen mostly in July but it rarely lasts more than a day or two. Autumn has long periods of sunny and mild weather that last until mid-October. These are patched with some windy and rainy days, and this is a favourite time for those who like to face the elements. On arriving at the port, you will find that the dock is covered with colourful leaves, and that having a pint of beer in a tavern puts you in the very best place for seafaring stories. The water in the South Baltic is suitable for swimming from June until August, although it rarely exceeds 20 degrees Celsius.
The Baltic is considered to be a sea for seasoned sailors, as the open sea distances are long – but novice sailors will find it great as well. The weather forecast here is very detailed and it is easy to plan your trip without having to handle strong winds or swell. Ports are very well marked and protected with plenty of space in the marinas and harbours to make mooring easy.