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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It has arrived! Galiana’s new engine got stuck in the Suez Canal traffic but finally it’s here! A few more days and well be out sailing!
Tuesday June 8th, 2021

It has arrived! Galiana’s new engine got stuck in the Suez Canal traffic but finally it’s here! A few more days and we'll be out sailing! ... See MoreSee Less

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Should have sailed down there, installed the engine in the Suez canal and sailed home!

Nice! How much you can count operating hours for one sailboat engine approximately before it needs a bigger service or replacement?

Tiukkaa lihaa Koko mies Ja mikä sitkeys Usko Selkeys Ja vastuu Hyvä. Tapio

Särmän näkönen mööpeli!

Good!

The last combustion engine you'll ever buy?

No nyt on moottori💪💪

Helpottaahan toki tuo satamamanöövereitä..

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Nyt pokkarina, esim. Akateemisessa, 9,90€
Thursday May 27th, 2021

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No Ari Huusela tapetilla Mutta kyllähän Tapion Matka On ollut kyllä paljon Rankempi 60 luvun asetuksilla Hanhen kaulat Ja välineistö Mietin kirjaa kuunnellessa Että 8n rohkea Ja tasapainoinen Kaveri Kun. Kaikki menee päin Sutta Yhteudet on mitä on Että ei keskeytä Vaan. Uskoo Uskoo ja uskoo Ja loistava suoritus

Hieno mies Hyvä kirja Valtavasti sisua Ja uskoa

Hieno kirja, jossa pääsee mahtavasti yksinpurjehtijan matkaan mukaan. Iso suositus kaikille niin purjehtijoille, kuin muillekin hyvistä kirjoista pitäville.

Vahva suositus!

När kommer den på svenska?

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Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Between my two circumnavigations, the Whitbread Round The World Race 1981 and Golden Globe Race  2018, there were almost 40 years.

During the GGR long months spent in the solitude and pristine cleanliness of the Southern Ocean, and the long nights under the starlit skies of the Atlantic, there was plenty of time for contemplation. Becoming aware, at first hand, of the diminishing numbers of life at sea, be it birds, fish, or sea mammals, and the trash in the sea and the smog above the shipping lines, gave me an alarming signal.

I’m also a grandfather, and in my future projects, I want to commit to cooperate with companies and organisations that are part of the solution. Together we will raise awareness of the possibilities that technology and innovation offer for taking action to preserve the planet for generations to come.
#ForNature

https://www.un.org/en/observances/biological-diversity-day
Saturday May 22nd, 2021

Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Between my two circumnavigations, the Whitbread Round The World Race 1981 and Golden Globe Race 2018, there were almost 40 years.

During the GGR long months spent in the solitude and pristine cleanliness of the Southern Ocean, and the long nights under the starlit skies of the Atlantic, there was plenty of time for contemplation. Becoming aware, at first hand, of the diminishing numbers of life at sea, be it birds, fish, or sea mammals, and the trash in the sea and the smog above the shipping lines, gave me an alarming signal.

I’m also a grandfather, and in my future projects, I want to commit to cooperate with companies and organisations that are part of the solution. Together we will raise awareness of the possibilities that technology and innovation offer for taking action to preserve the planet for generations to come.
#ForNature

www.un.org/en/observances/biological-diversity-day
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Suloinen pieni purjehtija! Sydämelliset onnittelut!

Like barnacles?

WHO ist the little Sailor ?

💫👌

Visible as well as non visible biodiversity is declining. Both very worrying. #ReconnectingNature is a must.

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Thursday May 20th, 2021

One of the things I appreciated very much was that Bernard Moitessier’s Joshua had been sailed from La Rochelle to welcome me at the finish line. Merci encore La Musee Maritime La Rochelle! museemaritime.larochelle.fr/un-avant-gout/les-incontournables/joshua ... See MoreSee Less

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Hoppas du får så igen!

Two years ago I crossed the finish line - in one year, three months and two weeks I’ll be crossing the start line again:)!!
The barnacle problem caused me to spend 322 days at sea. I have considered an application to be included in the Guinness Book of Records claiming that during the history of sports no one has ever finished any competition in any sport as long after the winner as I did - finishing 100 days after my friend and the winner Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and one month after the prize giving. On the other hand, I enjoyed every single day at sea enormously, was happy to get more sailing days per entry fee euro than any of my competitors:). And was overwhelmed by the warm welcome by the people of Les Sables d’Olonne with mayor Yannick Moreau on one of the tens of boats following me to the finish line and thousands of people waving at the breakweater and along the harbor walls, my dear friends Foise & Gilles Cossot among others. Southern Ocean is addictive, but so is Les Sables d’Olonne - the City of Single handed Ocean Sailing. Thank you, I eagerly wait to start again - with a better antifouling:)!!
Thank you also Don & Jane McIntyre & team for organizing a great race, I am looking forward to do it again!
Thursday May 20th, 2021

Two years ago I crossed the finish line - in one year, three months and two weeks I’ll be crossing the start line again:)!!
The barnacle problem caused me to spend 322 days at sea. I have considered an application to be included in the Guinness Book of Records claiming that during the history of sports no one has ever finished any competition in any sport as long after the winner as I did - finishing 100 days after my friend and the winner Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and one month after the prize giving. On the other hand, I enjoyed every single day at sea enormously, was happy to get more sailing days per entry fee euro than any of my competitors:). And was overwhelmed by the warm welcome by the people of Les Sables d’Olonne with mayor Yannick Moreau on one of the tens of boats following me to the finish line and thousands of people waving at the breakweater and along the harbor walls, my dear friends Foise & Gilles Cossot among others. Southern Ocean is addictive, but so is Les Sables d’Olonne - the City of Single handed Ocean Sailing. Thank you, I eagerly wait to start again - with a better antifouling:)!!
Thank you also Don & Jane McIntyre & team for organizing a great race, I am looking forward to do it again!
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Looking very much forward to your next go, without barnacles this time. Wishing you a safe and successful coming Race!

You know your books so well by now, maybe just take the index pages and remember the rest...would save you some hundreds of kilos & X hours. Next time the goal should be to have the most expensive entry fee per hour...😉

I’m so happy I could make it to LSO that day 😊, the atmosphere was incredible, so joyful, so emotional 🤩. Thanks Tapio for keeping us dreaming a bit longer , thanks Don & Jane for making this whole crazy dream a reality 😍💪🙏

Hyvä Tapio! Oikin mielessäni suositella sinulle toisenlaista antifouling-ratkaisua, mutta kiva kun olit miettinyt samaa ihan itse. 😆

As someone who has never sailed or knows nothing about sailing, following your journey, listening to the weekly calls and worrying about the upcoming winds was truly exciting. Can't wait for the next one!

Jalat harvoin maassa enää 😂 haaveista totta

Looking forward to following your progress again from Australia 🇦🇺

Kudos for your remarkable achievement dear Tapio Lehtinen! Which antifouling are you planning to use this time?

You are a poem

Serious barnacles !

Your Norwegian supporters are ready for another go around the World!

Great job!

More days per entry€...😅

You and the barnacles!

Go Tapio!

thats the spirit 💙💙💙

Wooop! Excellent news Tapio Lehtinen!

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