Feb 25, 2012

Greetings from Lapland

This year, we spent the winter holiday week in Ylläs in Finnish Lapland. There was plenty of snow and  the weather was mostly great for skiing. In this winter wonderland one feels that spring is still far away. However, in Southern Finland, the spring should be a bit closer when we get there since temperatures have climbed above zero during the last few days. We are hoping for an early spring since there are lots of things to do at the boat. However, it takes at least a month before we can start preparing the boat for the coming season.
/Antti & Minna

Feb 20, 2012

Education during the wintertime - Coastal Navigation Course

Winter is the best time for studying the theory of sailing and navigation. When the sailing season starts once again, one can put the theory in practice.

I took the Archipelago navigation course two years' ago. Back then, I had not been sailing at all but was interested to learn about navigation and the rules of seafaring. When I had met Antti last year, I
decided, despite my lack of sailing experience, to join him for his sailing journey to Norway. In the end, I spent almost two months sailing and enjoyed the journey a lot.

Antti was mostly doing the navigation during last summer's journey. I would, however, like to learn more and be able to participate more when sailing. This is why in January, I started taking the Coastal navigation course. We started with rehearsing how deviation and magnetic variation can be calculated. After that, we have been studying drift and current. This week, we started with tidal calculations. These are interesting topics but not that relevant issues when sailing in the Baltic Sea. However, when one leaves the Baltic Sea, it is necessary to understand these topics. Thus, I should have taken this course already before our sailing journey to Norway. Well, better later than never!

Feb 12, 2012

Helsinki Boat Show 2012

Season 2012 is now officially opened as on Saturday we visited the Helsinki International Boat Show, which has become the largest boat fair in the Northern Europe. Despite the deepening financial crisis and uncertainty about the economy, there were a lot of visitors on the first day of the boat show.    

There were also some very interesting presentations at the fair. Especially inspiring was the story of a Finnish couple who sailed with their three young children from the United States to New Zealand. See their blog: S/Y Nanea's weblog

Here are some of the most interesting sail boats at the show:

Corsair 750 is a foldable and trailerable trimaran which solves the common problems with trimarans related to finding a docking space. 

It was nice to see Najad back in business under the new owner Nord West Yachts. The 410 was one of the most impressive boats at the show.  

Spacious galley in Najad 410. However, the headroom was partly restricted under the cockpit.

Moody 41 AC has a good space for navigator. And when at the harbour, this chart table with comfortable seats can be used as an additional dinner table.  

 It is rather difficult to find a modern boat without double wheels and open cockpit/lowerable bathing platform. Here the cockpit of the new Grand Soleil 43.

Cockpit of Salona 35. 

X-yachts introduced the new luxury performance cruisers Xp 38 and Xp44, which have an epoxy hull, built with the state of the art vacuum technology.

Finnish Nauticat Yachts are known of motorsailors and pilothouse sailing yachts. In Helsinki, they had their smallest boat Nauticat 321 on show.

 Although Nauticat 321 is only 33ft long it feels like a bigger yacht, especially on the deck.

Feb 7, 2012

Our article on Öland published in Nautic-magazine

Öland was one of the places that we fell in love with during last summer. Thus, I was very pleased to write an article on this beautiful, long island for a Finnish boating magazine Nautic.

The story is titled "The lost summer found in Öland" and it presents three harbours on the west side of the island: Byxelkrok, Sandvik and Borgholm. The text is in Finnish.

Link to the online article

Feb 4, 2012

YouTube video about last season's sailing

It is only a week until the opening of the Helsinki International Boat Show. This is also an opening for the sailing season 2012, and thus, it is a good time to sum up the season 2011. Therefore, we went through the video material, that we recorded during last summer. Now the first part of the material is edited and it presents the journey from Turku to Copenhagen in the beginning of the summer. We also added a new site/tab for videos.
/Antti & Minna

Music: "Tango Untitled" by Pekka Laine

See the video in YouTube