Jun 23, 2017

Greetings from Åland!

This summer's main sailing trip started on Saturday the 17th of June with a leg from Turku to Korppoo. After that we continued to Åland and Mariehamn, where we arrived on Tuesday. We had some plans to sail over to the Swedish side, but Tuesday was too windy as the northwesterly wind was gusting almost in gale strength.

The boat was left to Mariehamn for about a week and we are back in action on Tuesday next week.

Have a great Midsummer everybody!
/Antti

On the first two days we had mostly light headwind

Sunday evening in Åland

On Monday the wind veered to north and we got a great 
sailing leg through the southeastern Åland Archipelago



Jun 7, 2017

Early Summer 2017


This spring has passed quickly and we have had not as much time for sailing as we would have liked. Dolphin Dance logged about 140 nautical miles during the first month so we have mostly stayed in the home waters. Last weekend we did a three-day trip to Tammo and Helsingholmen, which is definitely among our favourite harbours in the Finnish Archipelago.

A little bit over week to go until starting this year's main summer journey. Well actually we will officially start our summer holiday from Midsummer, but Dolphin Dance will be sailed to Mariehamn a week earlier. So this summer we will be heading west... more about our plans later.
/Antti


Testing the drone during the evening sail at local waters



May 13, 2017

Start of the Season 2017


This year Dolphin Dance was launched already on the 2nd of April, which is over a month earlier than normally. However, this spring has been almost record cold here as we have had snowfall almost every other day until the second week of May. There have been some sunnier days in between, but due to the work schedules, we were able to cast-off for the first sail of the season on the 4th of May.

The Thursday evening was clear and beautiful, but we got a bit late start and the temperature dropped quite rapidly when the sun started setting. We arrived to our cruising club's island base at ten o'clock in the evening. First thing to do (of course) was to set fire to the sauna. Some considerate fellow member had already prepared everything so we basically just needed to light the match. That is thoughtful especially at this time of the year, when the weather is cold and people might arrive at late hours. By the way, there is probably nothing better than having a sauna after a cold day at sea (I wonder why Swedes don't get this...)

We stayed in near waters during the weekend, so this was pretty relaxed shakedown cruise for the season 2017.
/Antti




The first weekend of May was mostly sunny. After that weather took turn to colder again. 






Apr 5, 2017

Back in her element

This year Dolphin Dance was launched over a month earlier than normally. A fairly large renovation project was undertaken during the spring, as the teak deck was maintained and sanded, the blue stripes were repainted and the topsides were polished. The work was finished just in time for the launch, as the spring is early this year and our home bay was already free of ice in the beginning of April.

More about the renovation project in the coming blog post.







Apr 2, 2017

New video: Sailing to Isokari lighthouse island

Here is the latest addition to our Archipelago video project: Sailing to Isokari.

The island is located in Kustavi in the northern part of Finnish Archipelago next to the open Bothnian Sea. The barren western side of the island offers magical views over to the open horizon and this is my utmost favourite place on the island for photography and filming.


https://youtu.be/Om_-uSxiZcM

Mar 9, 2017

Skiing in Lapland

Lapland is perhaps the last wilderness in Europe. We spent one week skiing in Lapland in February, and the weather varied from snowstorm to the beautiful winter sun. Check out this Vlog from the land of snow.


https://youtu.be/P2rlKVY8Wj0

Jan 31, 2017

Memories of Summer

Here is a new short video: Memories of Summer. Have you already made plans for the coming season?


link to the video: https://youtu.be/l_GC1U8Mltc