About our Skippers

About our Skippers

About our Skippers

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[ Birgitta Silfverhielm | Eva Söderstedt | Thomas Bindzau |Annika Kollén ]

“My name is Birgitta Silfverhielm. I am the owner of Vind och Vatten and the skipper of Esmeralda II. This is my history in brief: I grew up with sailing. Since the early 60’s, I have had the east coast archipelago as my playground during the summer. When I left home at 18, I immediately bought myself a boat, and began to dream about sailing beyond the horizon. At 25, I sailed from Stockholm as crew on a sailboat bound for the Caribbean. After eight months, I was home again, and just wanted to continue sailing…I got a job as a sailing instructor, and for many years I taught adults to sail. After 18 seasons and four boats, it was time for me to start up something new. Thoughts of developing sailing activities based on my own experience took shape, and I started to run private sailing courses, skippered charter, single and multi- day tours, and holiday adventures for families and groups. I developed a personal approach, with respect to the customer’s individual needs.
In 2008, I bought the Linjett 35. This is a real quality boat that meets the highest standards of comforts and sailing performance.”

The skipper´s education and experience in brief:

  • Navigation certificate and Ship class VIII
  • STCW 95 Basic Safety
  • Long distance skipper´s degree
  • Ocean Skipper´s degree
  • Machine Officer klass VIII.

Birgitta brings solid experience cruising in the Swedish Archipelago, as well as racing and ocean sailing. Her motivation to keep on with sailing is life-long. She has already sailed in most kind of waters and circumstances, from dinghies to big ships and from competing on racecourses to crossing oceans. She has been a part of the Search and Rescue crew on Dalarö, where she acted as a navigator and deck crew.

Eva Söderstedt – sailing her 40-footer on her own as soon as she gets the chance –  loves to teach sailing to beginners and to make people feel safe at sea.

But Eva has other qualifications as well – she is our motorboat coach, and we are proud to be able to offer a female coach for motorboat maneuvering. Eva has experience in many types of motorboats and loves to coach people. She is also an expert in archipelago navigation and in all practical matters regarding boating. A walking and sailing knowledge base for true archipelago cruising.

The skipper´s education and experience in brief:

  • Navigation certificate and Ship class VIII
  • Long experience in motorboats and cruising sailing boats
  • Holds courses in practical navigation

 

Thomas Bindzau is just like Birgitta sailing a Linjett 35. He is an adventurer, a sea-scout leader and a great coach. He loves to take his guests to places, both physically and mentally when it comes to learning to sail and experiencing the archipelago. 

Also, Thomas loves sailracing. Recently, he has started racing shorthanded – meaning that you are just one or two persons on the boat. Cool, if you ask me!

As a sailcoach and skipper he is very calm and curious about what the participants wish to learn and accomplish. He is in fact very interested in coaching, in seeing people grow and find out about the mystery of sailing.

Sailing with charterguests he is a wonderful guide to the archipelago and to sailing.

The skipper´s education and experience in brief:

  • Navigation certificate and Ship class VIII
  • Life-long sailing experience
  • Sailracing experience

 

Annika Kollén, our toughest skipper ever!

The skipper´s education and experience in brief:

  • Navigation certificate and Ship class VIII
  • STCW 95 Basic Safety
  • Long distance skipper´s degree
  • Several Atlantic crossings as delivery skipper

Annika has been skipper and manager of one of the Search and Rescue stations of Stockholm. She sails all year around.

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