On Wednesday 22 April the Kirribilli Room at The Squadron was filled with members of the Cruising Division for an information evening presented by Mariner Boating Holidays (MBH) on cruising in Sweden and the 2016 Sweden Yacht Rally they will host from 29 July to 13 August 2016.
Trevor Joyce from MBH provided an engaging visual presentation highlighting the incredible scenery and destinations one can only see and experience by cruising Sweden and the Stockholm Archipelago.
"The Stockholm Archipelago offers visitors a labyrinth of islands, channels and small ports, with the inhabited few offering real connection with the sea-going Swedes," said Trevor. "This is their summer playground," he added.
"There are 25,000 islands in one very unique waterway, and sailing on flat water in 12 knots of the prevailing southerly breeze is the norm.
"Ancient history, distinctly Northern European culture and a storied maritime tradition are just a few of the things you’ll discover cruising the Baltic Sea," said Trevor
On the must see list Trevor included Stockholm’s old town ‘Gamla Stan’ and the Vasa Museum, featuring the only preserved 17th century ship in the world where 95% of what you see is original.
And he said one cannot leave the Archipelago without first stopping at a nature mooring and stepping ashore an uninhabited island boasting lush forest, where you can stroll meandering walking paths to discover the natural beauty of Sweden.
Trevor spoke about the unique Swedish way to moor at these tranquil nature harbours; stern anchor with bow to shore and a step ladder to land to go and explore.
"From the bustling city of Stockholm to serene uninhabited islands boasting verdant scenery, topped off with friendly local hospitality and cuisine to die for, Sweden offers a truly unique cruising destination," he said.
Mariner Boating Holidays is hosting a Rally in this unique Swedish destination from 29 July to 13 August 2016. For more information on this Rally visit www.marinerboating.com or phone 1300 131 724.