Tapio onboard Galiana with his grandson Emil

Tapio Lehtinen is a lifetime sailor and
keenly in love with the Oceans of the World.

Tapio’s first circumnavigation took place in 1981, as he participated in the Whitbread Round the World Race as the watch captain onboard Skopbank of Finland. The second round was the Golden Globe Race 2018, in which he finished 5th after an arduous journey troubled by thousands of barnacles attached to the bottom of his boat. This achievement, powered by Finnish Sisu, made him the first Finn to have raced single-handed nonstop around the world.

Currently, Tapio is preparing for another solo circumnavigation in the next Golden Globe Race 2022, as well as for the Ocean Globe Race 2023 with a full crew of young sailors. Both these races are sailed with traditional boats and methods: everything based on digital or satellite technology is forbidden except for safety use.

On my voyages around the world, I have witnessed firsthand how nature has changed. The biodiversity has narrowed and continues to do so; there are fewer birds, fewer fish, fewer sea mammals. All the trash in the sea and the smog above the shipping routes are giving a strong signal.

As someone who loves nature and the sea, and also speaking as a grandfather, I want to take action to preserve this beautiful planet for generations to come. In my future projects, I want to work in cooperation with companies and organizations that are part of the solution, not part of the problem. I want to promote innovations, concrete solutions, and ways as to what we can do, to keep our planet clean, diverse, and viable.

We still have time to put it right!

Tapio Lehtinen sign

Tapio Lehtinen
tapio.a.lehtinen@gmail.com
+358 40 049 5678
Waves

Tapio's Greetings to Femina Summit Oceans, Lisbon 2020

Don McIntyre talks about Tapio's coming projects

Tapio in a Finnish commercial for Black Horse that manufactures underwear from recycled plastic bottles.

Kirja

E-kirja

Äänikirja

Tapio's Book is Available Now!

For the time being, available only in Finnish.

"Vihdoinkin on tehty todella hyvä suomalainen purjehduskirja – Tapio Lehtisen tarinan sijoittaa mieluusti kirjahyllyyn alan klassikoiden kanssa."
- Aamulehti

"Lehtisen ja Pusan kirja on paljon enemmän kuin vain purjehduskirja, seikkailutarina maailman­ympäri­­purjehduksesta – se on matka yksinpurjehtija Lehtisen sieluun."
- Totalvene.fi

"Pusan ja Lehtisen kirja on mukaansa­tempaavaa ja upeilla valokuvilla höystettyä luettavaa."
- Iltalehti

"Tapio Lehtinen kiersi yksin maailman meret kirotut barnakkelit riesanaan: seikkailusta syntyi moni­särmäinen kirja"
- Helsingin Sanomat

"Kirja on täynnä uskomattomia kertomuksia siitä, miten hän korjasi veneen varusteita, rantautui Tasmaniaan ilman moottoria ja kryssi viikon Uuden Seelannin eteläkärjen kohdalla pääsemättä juurikaan etenemään kohti päämääräänsä."
- Venelehti

Hear the full story from the man himself!

Tapio is an inspiring speaker for your event.

A successful career as an Industrial Engineer with experience in strategic planning and leading teams in various organisations. Life-long sailor with two circumnavigations done and two more planned. He’s been around, so to speak. With respect to the current state of the world, Tapio sure knows something about being remote, alone, and isolated.

Always be prepared for the worst. Be scared beforehand, so that you don’t have to be when the going gets tough. Trusting your team, sharing common goals, adapting to new challenges, and finally making your dreams a reality. These are just some of the themes Tapio will be touching on. Not to forget his first-hand experience on the global state of the environment. Tapio has devoted his future to the future of our common planet.

The presentation can be delivered in English, Finnish, or Swedish.

Contact: tapio.a.lehtinen@gmail.com, +358 40 049 5678

Tapio Lehtinen
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Wednesday October 20th, 2021

Great weekend of Franco-Finnish sailing as Galiana’s sistership and OGR pal Nakamal’s skipper Arnaud Lizop together with Valerie Fumat and Viken Kavedissian joined us for two days of sailing on Galiana and introducing the teams to each other. The two boat campaign is proceeding nicely according to the plans made in Paris in June:).
📷 Pia Grönblom, 📹 Ville Norra
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Legs of waves(Tapio Lehtinen Hope Legs Ahoy) Olen miettinyt seitsemän vuotta Enkä turhaan en aivan suotta Onko aalloilla millaiset jalat jos näkisin kerran kertoisin salat Sillä yössä niiden kulkevan kuulen En vain kuvittele taikka vaan luulen Siis miten kulkevat aaltojen jalat lieneekö nähneet niitä vain kalat Onko jaloissa keltaiset sukat kuvioina punaiset kukat kai ne joskus kompastuu ja aalto päällä sen siitä pillastuu Meneekö ne myrskyllä vikkelään tyynellä lepuuttavat varpaita, känsiään Onko kenkinä simpukat kovat liukkaat kestävät Kaipa ne joskus tanssia voi kun tuuli valssaa ja kauniisti soi Niin Aaltojen jalkoja mietin mä vain Niiden on oltava Ei vain mun aatoksissain Montako lie jalkaa kullakin Kaksi niin kuin mullakin Sitä en tietää voi Railot nyt Kun yössä soi Ehkä ne joskus nähdä saan Ja silloin käyn minä laulamaan Ja kerron niistä teille kaiken Mutta vielä Olen - Hetken vaiten

Tapio on kyllä huippu Suurin suomalainen Purjehtija a ja ihmisenä Kun ne kaksi ei yleensä osu samaan ihmiseen Niin kuin voi olla huippu runoilija Mutta ihmisenä on varsin hankala Kiitos

Woaw !

Mahtavaa👍

Hyviä tuulia Tapio 😍🙏

Great sprays!

How wonderful!

What powerful going!

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The average age of Galiana team is about 25 years with the youngest ones under 20. Yesterday the boat had an overload of experience as we had a nice evening sail with some of the seniors of the two oldest clubs in town, NJK and HSS sailing with us under full moon in the darkening evening. We ended the sail by dousing the spinnaker outside the Helsinki City Hall & Presidential Palace:). It was cold as in the Russian Hell, but a hot rum toddy after the sail hopefully kept everyone in good health:). We decided to try to recruit Pata Andersson, who raced across the Atlantic already in 1968 on Mikki Berner’s Swan 43 Runn and also sailed on Berner’s Swan 651 Fazer Finland in the 1985 Whitbread Round the World Race.
📷 Titta Tuohinen, Ulf Holm, Heikki Sarmaja
Wednesday October 20th, 2021

The average age of Galiana team is about 25 years with the youngest ones under 20. Yesterday the boat had an overload of experience as we had a nice evening sail with some of the seniors of the two oldest clubs in town, NJK and HSS sailing with us under full moon in the darkening evening. We ended the sail by dousing the spinnaker outside the Helsinki City Hall & Presidential Palace:). It was cold as in the Russian Hell, but a hot rum toddy after the sail hopefully kept everyone in good health:). We decided to try to recruit Pata Andersson, who raced across the Atlantic already in 1968 on Mikki Berner’s Swan 43 Runn and also sailed on Berner’s Swan 651 Fazer Finland in the 1985 Whitbread Round the World Race.
📷 Titta Tuohinen, Ulf Holm, Heikki Sarmaja
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Well, Patrick Andersson is forever young!

No nyt vauhtia riittaa - onhan Pata vanha A-venepurjehtija (Alien)!

Oli Teillä mahtava ilta👍

Titta ja Heikki!!! ❤

Hienoa touhua.

Beautiful photos, thanks Tapio 😎⛵️

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Sunday October 17th, 2021

Downwind sailing from Barcelona to Ajaccio, Corsica on Ben Morris' Swan 55 yawl Lulotte.
Could feel the spirit of Odysseus on his way homeward bound 3000 years ago:). "Tuulen myötäisen soi päilyväsilmä Athene, viuhuvan läntisen lietsomahan yli tummuvan aavan. Käski nyt Telemakhos tovereitaan reippahin äänin köysiin tarttumahan, ja he tottelivat kehotusta. Maston honkaisen lovilaitaa teljoa vasten käänsivät pystyyn, sen harusköysin kytkivät, purjeen nostivat valkoisen härännahkaisin vetonuorin. Tuuli sen pullisti, ja riemuisaa kohinaansa pauhaten kuohuvat aallot soi kokan kiitävän alla. Laivapa laskettain yli aaltojen matkasi tietään. Kytkettiin joka köysi nyt tumman, kiitävän laivan kohdalleen, täpö-täys sekomalja jo viiniä tuotiin, vuodatusuhreja ainahiset sai heilt' ikivallat, Zeun tytär ennen muita, Athene päilyväsilmä. Yö meni, valkeni päivä, he vain yhä laskivat laivoin." Homeros Odysseia, second song - 434, translated to Finnish by Otto Manninen - the best description ever written of downwind sailing.
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Herra Lehtinen tämähän on sitä pressupaketoijien kiusaamista!!!😉 Naattiikaa tekin nyt välillä!!!❤️

North Corsica, good weather on Sunday evening. Ajaccio below wings…😎

Oi oi oi mikä seurue

We’ve had a sail like that ! Glad everything is ok

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Back to the Mediterranean

I had an opportunity to join Galianas sistership Lulotte on her way to the Middle Sea Race. Ben Morris has owned her for the last 10 years and after an extensive refit and interior modification has raced her in five Fastnet and many other races with an impressive record of results. So the two day sail from Barcelona to Ajaccio was a valuable lesson for me to see how a Swan 55 yawl actively raced is set up and how she is sailed. It happened in good company too, I thoroughly enjoyed the Mediterranean passage with Bens crew, especially as the weather which after the fluky and choppy first day turned into a glorious day of spinnaker sailing in a fresh westerly and glittering sunshine. Could feel the spirit of Odysseus on his way homeward bound 3000 years ago:).
Sunday October 17th, 2021

Back to the Mediterranean

I had an opportunity to join Galiana's sistership Lulotte on her way to the Middle Sea Race. Ben Morris has owned her for the last 10 years and after an extensive refit and interior modification has raced her in five Fastnet and many other races with an impressive record of results. So the two day sail from Barcelona to Ajaccio was a valuable lesson for me to see how a Swan 55 yawl actively raced is set up and how she is sailed. It happened in good company too, I thoroughly enjoyed the Mediterranean passage with Ben's crew, especially as the weather which after the fluky and choppy first day turned into a glorious day of spinnaker sailing in a fresh westerly and glittering sunshine. Could feel the spirit of Odysseus on his way homeward bound 3000 years ago:).
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Oh no! You took long enough to get home last time. Odysseus cannot be your role model ...

Komeet kelit

🙂👍

Galiana team with special guest star Emil Vartiainen of Clipper Race fame back to HSS fresh after two straight nights on the Gulf of Finland. Our weekend program started with a dinner at HSS Sven Joffs Library followed by a visit across the Gulf of Finland to round the Tallinna Madal lighthouse. By the morning we were back in Finnish waters heading for the start of Turkis Regatta (”Fur Race”) 25 nm archipelago race followed by sauna at HSS Getören on Saturday. After sauna back to the sea, round Porvoo Kalbåda and a tough beat through the night to the Porkkala Kallbåda with #2 reef in the main, no mizzen and partly rolled yankee. Our version of the classic Fem Fyrar (Five Lighthouses) race cris crossing the Gulf of Finland during two nights with roundings of Helsingin kasuuni, Tallinn madal, Porkkala Kallbåda, Porvoo Kallbåda and finally Harmaja lighthouses. Thanks again everybody, it was troublesome and wonderful (vaivalloista ja ihanaa), as Moomin Mamma says.
Sunday September 26th, 2021

Galiana team with special guest star Emil Vartiainen of Clipper Race fame back to HSS fresh after two straight nights on the Gulf of Finland. Our weekend program started with a dinner at HSS Sven Joffs Library followed by a visit across the Gulf of Finland to round the Tallinna Madal lighthouse. By the morning we were back in Finnish waters heading for the start of Turkis Regatta (”Fur Race”) 25 nm archipelago race followed by sauna at HSS Getören on Saturday. After sauna back to the sea, round Porvoo Kalbåda and a tough beat through the night to the Porkkala Kallbåda with #2 reef in the main, no mizzen and partly rolled yankee. Our version of the classic Fem Fyrar (Five Lighthouses) race cris crossing the Gulf of Finland during two nights with roundings of Helsingin kasuuni, Tallinn madal, Porkkala Kallbåda, Porvoo Kallbåda and finally Harmaja lighthouses. Thanks again everybody, it was troublesome and wonderful (vaivalloista ja ihanaa), as Moomin Mamma says. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sailing session at its best!

Wowed 🔥🔥

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Koe unohtumaton pikkujouluristeily

Lähde tiimisi kanssa virkistävälle pikkujoulupurjehdukselle Tapio Lehtisen klassikkojooli Swan 55 Galianalla – turvallisesti omassa porukassa!

Ota yhteyttä!