Sailstar was founded 2010 with dinghy courses for kids and adults. The location was Skärgårdsstad and Stensnäs north Åkersberga, orth Stockholm. Since then the activity has expanded. We have written two education books and a third is on our way. Courses have been arranged at Ljusterö, at Lilla Essingen and many out at Gistholmen in Stockholm archipelago. Not impossible that we will be back there for a couple of weeks season 2019! 2015 we started our Croatia courses and 2016 the big yacht courses in Stockholm. 2018 we initiated our midsize boats courses, with the Diva 24SC tailormade for Sailstar. Until the last season of 2018 we had more then 2 400 participants at our courses. The 2019 season we start our Tenerife courses !
Founder and leader of Sailstar is Tomas Sandström. Tomas have been sailing since end of the 1970's and has participated in several national, European and World championships in dinghy sailing, and still does. A fourth place in the Europeans and a tenth place at the worlds in the RS Aero dinghy. He is an instructor of all Sailstar sizes of boats and yachts within Sailstar. But there are a number of instructors, among them Theodor Ingman, Mathias Tengstrand, Saga Ahltin Sandberg, Annika Björin, Oskar Jedeskog, Filip Lindblad, Cornelia Holm. Several of Sailstars instructors has Yachtsmans certificate Class VIII.
Who participates in the sailing courses?
Sailstar's courses are open for everyone from 16 years (or younger with parents), the only requirement is being able to swim 200 meters in open water. At our courses we have had participants from 5 years to more than 75 years. The dinghy courses are somewhat physical demanding, we do sail in also breezier winds and we capsize our dinghies, voluntary or not in our courses. The courses in our keelboats, small aswell as large is less physical but it exists moment of exercixe in them too. The sailing courses on our bigger boats have of course focus on sailing but do also contain parts of navigation, giwe way rules, weather, manouvering and more.
Our boatsThe dinghies we are using is Laser BUG, a singlehanded dinghy big enough for an adult (max weight 165 kg) and RS Zest, a doublehanded dinghy that is also possible to sail singely.(Max weight 225 kg) RS Zest are we also using at Tenerife.
The midsize sailing boats we use are brand new Diva 24SC that we have tailormade for our purpose, with a giant cockpit and including a toilet, nice to have long days sailing. Dimensions length 7.26 m , width 2.50 m, displacement 1 000 kg. In Tenerife we use somewhat smaller keelboats, Sigma 19 that is an open mor dinghy-like boat with the dimensions 6.0 m x 2.5 m, displacement approx 450 kg.
Our big sailing yachts is a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440 that we use in Croatia, new 2018 and we did also tailormade her for our purpose with large sails, a code 0 and Lithium batteries. She has 4 cabins with double beds, two heads and space for sleeping in the saloon. Displacement 8.5 ton. In Stockholm we sail a Beneteau 50 that is slightly older but always updated. Displacement 15.5 ton, length 15.5 m, width 4,5 m makes her to our biggest yacht. Partners
Sailstar co-operates with
- Amarilla Sailing Club in Tenerife, we use their facilities and boats in Tenerife.
- RS Boats, we do sail their dinghies and boats! Besides that we sail RS Zest on our dinghy courses we race with the RS Aero and we race with the daysailor RS Elite.
- Jollesport, we use their Laser BUG at our dinghy courses.
- Fabola Boats, Diva are the midsize sailboats we use at our Stockholm courses.
Gift card Ve do sell gift cards equivalent to the price of our courses or parts of it. The gift cards are valid two years.
Booking a course, payment and the smaller printed
In connection with the registration, you pay a booking fee of SEK 1,500 (for dinghy courses and courses in midsize sailing boats) and SEK 2,000 (large yacht courses and Croatia courses). This fee will be paid by card or with Swish at the time of notification. At the same time as the confirmation letter, you will receive an invoice for the remaining amount of the course. Remaining amount, you can also pay by card or swish. We use Dinkurs.se for administration of our courses. The course fee will be paid latest 2 weeks before the start of the course (for Croatia courses no later than 4 weeks before). The last registration for basic courses in dinghy and smaller sailboat is one week before course start, for large boat courses two weeks before and for our courses in the Croatia and Tenerife four weeks before. We recommend booking as early as possible to be sure to get a seat. In case of cancellation that can be done two weeks before the start of the course and 4 weeks before the start of the course (Croatia courses), the booking fee will not be refunded but the remaining course fee will. If canceled after these dates, no fee will be refunded. If Sailstar cancels the course, we will refund the entire paid course fee if we can not solve it to move course date. Participation in the courses is at your own risk. The course participant undertakes to swim at least 200 meters. Sailstar has a liability insurance for the company as well as for the non-life insurance companies. For our international courses, we have provided a travel guarantee. (Resegaranti enligt Kommerskollegium.)