What comforts do you offer on board?
Our boats are equipped with 5-6 comfortable berths, divided into three separate spaces/cabins. Overnight guests are offered bedding and a cupboard to store their things. Sheets and towels can be rented, if not included.
On our 35-36 feet boats, In the cabin, and in the cockpit there is a table and comfortable seating for six to eight people.
Navigation equipment includes a plotter, wind instruments, depth sounder, log, and autopilot. We do have the possibility for you to charge your phone or computer, but most of all, nature is in charge here…
For further details about our boats, please take a closer look here!
How do I get to you in Dalarö?
To get to our harbor in Vadviken, Dalarö
By public transport: Take the commuter train from Stockholm City towards Nynäshamn and get off in Handen. Then take bus 839 towards Dalarö/Smådalarö and get off at the Kanalbron stop. The journey takes about 70 minutes.
After getting off at Kanalbron, go back in the direction from where the bus came. Cross the pedestrian crossing to continue on the other side of the road and then cross again to take the small footpath towards the car park and the little red house where your skipper will meet you. The walk from the bus stop only takes a couple of minutes.
By car: If you use GPS, enter the address Smådalarövägen 1.
Take route 73 from Stockholm, towards Nynäshamn. After about 20 km, exit onto route 227 to Dalarö and continue for 20 km until the road passes over a canal and ends at a T-junction. Turn left and then immediately left again into the parking lot in front of the Maritime Rescue Station. There you will find paid parking spaces. Driving time from Stockholm is approx. 40-45 minutes.
We will meet you at the little red house next to the parking lot.
At Dalarö Torg (Dalarö Square), a 10-minute walk from the harbor, you will find a supermarket, ATM, restaurants, bakery, deli and souvenir shops.
Please note that some tours may start from Svinninge marina, north of Stockholm.
Do you have bareboats for rent?
No, we do not have bareboats for rent.
Can I bring children on board?
Children older than 5 years of age are more than welcome! Children must be looked after by an accompanying adult onboard.
We have life vests for the children, but it might be a good idea to bring rainwear for the child. Remember to tell us the weight of the child/children if you wish to borrow life vests.
Because of safety, the number of children under the age of 15 cannot exceed the number of adults on board.
In connection with the new european GDPR Law, we hereby describe how we use and save personal information that you provide to us.
Vind o Vatten collects information on participants in the form of e-mail address, telephone number and age of any accompanying children in connection with notifications to sailing courses and sailing charters, and in some cases – when staying overnight on the ship where the shipowner is responsible if something happens to the participants – including social security numbers and special food requirements / allergies. If you are about to attend a sailing course, we ask for information about your previous sailing experience to ensure that you register for the right course. All personal data are kept password protected at Vind o Vatten and are never shared with any third party without expressed permission from the person concerned.
We save data from previous participants in our accounting program, as many of our customers are frequent. We also send out newsletters a few times a year to those who has shown interest in Vind o Vatten and to inform about upcoming events. The newsletters can easily be canceled if you no longer wish to receive information from us.
We have frequent contacts with customers via mail and / or sms in connection with reservation. These conversations are saved to be able to easily reconnect to previous customers. If you want to delete all previous history of your contact with us, tell us and we will of cause do so.
Do I need previous experience?
Not at all! You are welcome regardless of your previous experience. If you wish, we will teach you the basics or give you space to practise what you might already know. Feel free to try out different tasks on board, for instance, try your hand at the helm, trim the sails, or try navigating a bit with our instructor on board. This way your experience might turn out to be even more meaningful than you ever expected. We have been teaching beginners to sail since 1987!
How many years of experience do the skippers have?
Birgitta, the owner of Vind o Vatten, has cruised the archipelago of Stockholm since she was a child. She has been a professional sailing instructor since 1987 as a skipper on her own boats, starting after a long sailing voyage to the Caribbean. In 2005 she started her own business Vind o Vatten, focusing on sailing tours and private sailing courses for families and groups. Read more about her and the other skippers here. More info about Vind o Vatten is to be found here.
Booking and payment
How do I book and pay?
Booking and paying are done easily through our booking system, which you find on each page of the website where the courses/tours are described. Once you have clicked on the BOOK NOW button and chosen your skipper, you can see our availabilities in the calendar. If you need assistance in making the booking, we will be happy to assist you. Payment is made by credit card or Swish (Swedish mobile payment system).
Do I pay a booking fee?
Full payment is required upon booking.
15% of the price of the tour is the booking fee which Vind o Vatten will keep if you cancel the booking (possible cancellation up to 30 days before the tour/course).
What happens after I made my booking?
When you have booked and paid for your sailing tour/course you will get an automatic booking confirmation. Your skipper will contact you a week before the sail to give you more information.
How do I use my gift card?
Your gift card will have a reference number. Refer to this number when you book your sailing tour.
How to dress and what equipment is needed?
Bring clothes according to the weather and a little more if it’s chilly. It is a good idea to bring a cap and a pair of gloves in spring and autumn. Bring comfortable clothes and soft-soled shoes that do not leave scuff marks. During wet weather or high winds, it can be useful to have boots or waterproof shoes. Life jackets, sailing gloves, and full rain gear are available on board in all adult sizes. Life jackets for children are provided, make sure we know your child’s weight in advance! You will need to bring waterproof clothing for children shorter than 155 cm. Remember to bring sunglasses and sunscreen!
When you have made your booking, you will get a confirmation including a full list of what to bring.
What to think about when I stay overnight onboard?
There are pillows, quilts, and mattresses on board for all our guests. Make sure to bring your own sheets and pillowcases, unless otherwise indicated. If you bring your sleeping bag, please bring a bed sheet for sanitary purposes. All berths have a full length of 2 meters.
Do I need insurance?
Every skipper has charter insurance covering severe accidents and fatalities, and loss of expensive equipment. We recommend that you have valid accident insurance.
Rebooking and cancellation
Can I change a booking that is already made?
Yes, if you add the rebooking guarantee when you make your reservation, you may rebook your tour or course up to 14 days before it takes place. The rebooking guarantee is valid for two years.
Can I cancel my booking?
You can cancel your booking up to 30 days before the event and get 85% of your money back from Vind o Vatten. When it’s less than 30 days left, we will not refund your payment.
If you want a cancellation insurance, we suggest you purchase one from your local insurance company. If you permanently reside in any of the Nordic countries, you can book your insurance with ERV at a cost of 6% of the event price. This insurance protects you if you need to cancel before or on the day of the tour/course and covers in the event of sickness or other serious impediments on short notice. Please note that you have to purchase the insurance from ERV within two days after you made your booking with Vind o Vatten. Use this link: https://www.erv.se/privat/vara-reseforsakringar/avbestallningsskydd/
Do you cancel sailing in case of rain?
No. But we do have very good rain gear for everyone on board, so you will get a very special experience even if it’s raining!
Do you cancel sailing in case of heavy weather?
Sailing is an activity that is obviously affected by the weather – that’s the main idea. For the most part, the skipper can adjust the route and the sail area to the wind force. But of course, if the wind blows so hard that it’s not possible to sail, you are offered to reschedule the tour to another date. The decision to reschedule is always made at a late stage, as weather reports can change with very short notice.