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Foto: Gållsgrund - 60º51’00.57” / 17º17’36.04”   

Valid as of 2021

1. Start and finish must be announced by e-mail or letter to:
  Havspaddlarnas BlaBand (HBB)
c/o Lennart Bergstrom
Ringvagen 13,   S-331 43 Varnamo
E-post: lennart.b(at)havspaddlarnasblaband.se
  (Mobile phone number will be given in conmfirmation of announcement)
  Minimum age at time of start is 18 years. Starting fee is not applied.
  Starting point:
  The land-abutment of the old Svinesund bridge at the Swedish side.
  Finishing point:
  The border marker Nº 59 at the outflow of the Torne River at Virtakari point on the Swedish side just south of Haparanda town - see drawing on HBB’s homepage under page links. The river forms border between Finland and Sweden. The trip is concluded when the paddler pats the border marker. Please respect the border mark. Do not climb up on it and do not place the kayak on the same.
  Both locations are presented in words and photos under page Links with road hints.
  Must be done by E-mail or letter and contain following information:
  Name of paddler
  Age at start and Day of Birth
  Address, including E-mail address if available
  Home phone number and mobile phone number
  Link to homepage/blog reproducing log-book during the tour
  Type of kayak - model and brand
  Safety equipment carried
  Start date should also be included. As the weather situation is unpredictable this date is considered preliminary
  Once under way the paddler should without delay give the correct date by SMS or a call
  Have you remembered ...
  ... to read and ponder upon the signification in Jim's text at page 'About HBB' in respect of loneliness and strains.
Ponder also upon the text (in the box) ending this page.
  Abandoned tour
  Should be notified by SMS or call.
   Must be done by E-mail or letter within a week after finish and contain following information:
  Confirmation of the previously indicated starting date
  Date and time for finishing i.e. when touching border marker no 59
  Number of paddling days
  Distance paddled in kilometres
  Paddlers who, as a memento of the trip wish to have their own handmade HBB miniature kayak pers 
onalised with their name, can obtain one at the cost which currently is 500:- and the paddler should in this case indicate this in the finishing notification.
2. The trip should be undertaken in a single seakayak (not surfski or similar). All provisions and equipment carried on board the kayak from start. Change of kayak is not allowed nor is organized following support by car or else.
Should a kayak be stolen during the tour may however a new kayak be fetched with support from the outside.
Repairs should be made by the paddler himself, why a repair kit ought to be part of the equipment. Should damages of such extent occur that the paddler is not capable of within reasonable result make the repair, remains the fact to abandon. If engaging help from the outside one always got the alternative to make a new application and restart from Svinesund or continue from the spot outside HBB.
3. Each daily distance and spot for campsite should carefully be entered in a log. All days including day of start and finish are considered fully paddling days. The trip should be completed within one and same calender year.
4. The entire tour should be undertaken in the sea without portages. The paddler's route at sea should thus be possible to folow as a coherent line from start to goal. It is allowed to paddle through all canals without locks.
5. For propelling the kayak only the use of paddle is allowed.
6. There are no checkpoint along the route. Each paddler's kayak-honour is a guarantee of that the rules will be complied with. After completion the paddler will give an account of the tour before sitting jury. Alternativly could a paddler post (return postage enclosed) or in person hand over log and a statement saying: "With my kayak-honor at stake, I have taken part of the rules, understood them and complied with them” to:
Jim Danielsson, Stråkvägen 24, 169 35 Solna
  Documentations of the tour will be returned or be available to pick up after the jury's decision. The scrutinising by the jury shall be possible to take place within the present year.
7. All those, who according to the rules, complete the paddling, will be awarded the Seapaddler’s Blue Ribbon, regardless of how many days the paddler has used. Any paddler is free to obtain the Seapaddler’s Blue Ribbon more than once.
8. Each paddler’s name, age, year of completion and number of paddling days will be put on display in a glass showcase with a styled miniature kayak and a blue ribbon at Point 65ºn in Solna.
9. In case the slightest doubts concerning the rules should arise, ask for information before the start or during the paddling. Nothing would be more painful for a jury than to reject a trip on the grounds that a paddler has taken too lightly on the rules.

The meaning with the rules for obtaining HBB is that the paddler after own ability, own navigation and with good seamanship shall carry the tour through by own strength and navigate the craft in to port without any support from the outside.

HBB miniature kayak

Here are the rules for download/printing (2 pages) Word

We talk about safety and give some hints in our wish to strengthen and encourage your own safety adaptation.
No matter we paddle alone or in groups.

*/   For information about and road advices to Starting point in Svinesund and Finishing point in Haparanda.