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!

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Tapio Lehtinen
+358 40 049 5678

Tapio's Greetings to Femina Summit Oceans, Lisbon 2020

Don McIntyre talks about Tapio's coming projects

"Tapion Aava" is a short film that sheds light on the man behind sailing.

Tapio's Book is Available Now!

» Order now from Amazon!

Last year, when I was in Panama, Tapio Lehtinen asked if I would help him with this book, mainly smoothing out his English. I was honored to be asked, and soon I was not only editing, but converting third-person past tense to first person present tense. Then I asked for his ship's logs and started adding to the story, doubling its length. I was engrossed in the writing at this point, and felt like I was sailing around the world in the Southern Ocean, alone in a 36' boat, but handling the cold and violent seas like a seasoned veteran of the ocean. This is how I hope you will feel when you read it.

– Paul Trammell

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

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Thursday October 6th, 2022

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Thursday October 6th, 2022


Oct 6, 2022, 1:46 PM
06: #TapioLehtinen (Finland) - Gaia 36 “Asteria”:Went up 2 enjoy porridge & the ocean of my own only 2 realize that I was crossing ahead of Pat. Couldn't resist the temptation to slam dunck him -

Oct 6, 2022, 1:46 PM
06: #TapioLehtinen (Finland) - Gaia 36 “Asteria”:Pat is an Irish fighter, so a tacking duel ensued. Now have talked on VHF & finished the cold porridges on both boats.

Who would have guessed that you have to match race in the middle of Atlantic?
Pat Lawless

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Rather tacking duel and cold porridge than t-bone and choking on it.

Slam dunck him, love your humour Tapio 😅👏

😂😂🤣🤣 I'd say was delighted with the company!

Wow that’s a sporting gesture. Tapio.

Did you hook him and luff him up? 😁

Brillant! Pat Lawless


Love it ❤️

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Thursday October 6th, 2022


Oct 6, 2022, 12:07 AM
06: #TapioLehtinen (Finland) - Gaia 36 “Asteria”: Becalmed the whole damn day. Took the blown out S1 on deck to dry - 2/3 of the port side is missing, so irreparable at sea. Or should I stitch a blooper of it?

What do you think, should Tapio make a blooper from his torn spinnaker?

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Tuesday October 4th, 2022

After a month on the sea Tapio already feels sorry that the race will be over soon…

But luckily for us there is still plenty of time to follow the race!

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Just let the barnacles grow, and you will have lots of time at sea before you reach les Sables d’Olonne again.

Kyllä tässä vielä jännitystä riittää, Tapio on näyttänyt jo taitonsa ja jos barnakkelit pysyy poissa niin tilanne jatkunee kärkikamppailuna, voittoon asti.⛵️

Wishing you a pleasant sailing⛵😊

Safe travels ❤️🙏🙏🙏

Safe travels ❤️

Kiva kuulla tilanne Eläinten päivänä, hyvää jatkoa kisaan😊

Hei hyviä tuulia sinulle , torstaina tänne Hämeeseen tulée myrsky ! !

Hyvää jatkoa!

Pysy paatissa😎♥️

Kiva matka taas sinulla.

Todellinen merikarhu⛵

Grand Old Sailor.

La course terminée ??? A-t-il un problème ?

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

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