Nov 20, 2012

Cruising article in Yachting Monthly


Our article "Cruising the coast of southern Norway" is included in the latest December issue of the Yachting Monthly magazine (pp. 52-55). The issue was published already last week, but it arrived here in the periphery only today. So I guess, that the latest issue should be now (or shortly) available on the magazine shops as well. You can also download the magazine to your iPad or other tablet device from here.

It was an honor to write an article for this renowned, over hundred years old British sailing magazine. I must admit that I was surprised when I got the email confirming that they will publish our article. But I guess that this is a good example that you don't always have to cross the oceans and travel to the other side of the world to get a story which someone might find interesting. Fortunately, there are still many less covered areas in the Northern Europe to be explored. Hope you like the article!
/Antti

12 comments:

  1. Well done Antti! I hope they paid you enough money to cover the costs of the trip :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks Richard! And also thank you for encouraging us to offer an article for YM about a year ago!

    I guess, that in the current low state with the writing fees, the money won't quite cover the costs...;)

    So as nice as it would be a full-time blogger/freelance writer, it is not perhaps the best combination with something that has to do with boats :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ... OK, well hopefully enough money for a glass of beer (except in Norway).

      As to writing, I would just keep going! The blog and occasional article will turn into more articles, then a book and then a series of books which will eventually pay you to go sailing! I expect that YM will publish your 'next year' trip to the High Coast. And remember that a story about a trip from Turku to Gulkrona is exotic to 99.9% of YM's readership...

      Delete
    2. Yes, I have to consider writing about the High Coast. I would also love to write an article on the archipelago of Turku, but I am missing some good photos on the most important places like Jurmo and Utö. Those are kind of places where one could spent many days just taking photographs. Maybe next season we have chance to visit those islands. And in the end, good photos are perhaps the main thing when selling an article.

      Btw. if you have not heard already, unfortunately Gullkrona is nowadays closed and there is no guest harbour or even pontoons left. It is a pity, because it was one of the nicest harbours in the archipelago.

      Delete
    3. Oooops - sorry for mis-spelling Gullkrona ... I didn't know that the island was closed. ???? It is a beautiful place, but I have not been there since about 1996...

      I did check with Google but they (Google) have a big problem translating to Engish from Finnish. The text is: Kaksi vuotta ”suljettuna” ollut ja Merenkulkulaitoksen ylläpitämän venesatamaryhmän satamatiedostosta poistettu, veneilijöiden rakastama Gullkronan saari isäntäväkineen ottaa jälleen vastaan veneilijöitä. Saarella pystytään vastaanottamaan sesonkiaikaan pientä vierailumaksua vastaan muutamia veneitä aamukymmenen ja iltakuuden välillä. Yöpymismahdollisuutta ei kuitenkaan ole. This is from Venenetti.fi in June 2010.

      Anyway, yes I agree that photos are very important: "1000 words".

      It is very interesting that you mention Jurmo and Utö - these are amazing places, but more amazing/important to a Finn than to the readers of YM. When the whole of the Finnish archipelago is exotic to most sailors, maybe they are not yet ready to understand why Jurmo is different. Perhaps on their second visit... Same as Rödhamn (hope I have spelt it correctly) a few miles southeast of Mariehamn - quite different again. So, from the English perspective, I don't think that you need to worry about what is intersting to a Finn - just write about anything to do with the islands. A day trip from Turku is as intersting to YM readers (including me) as a sail around Sydney Harbour, Australia, might be to you!

      Veronica has just said that what is intersting to her (simplifying things a little) is when she arrives in Hangö, where does she go for the tomatoes?? Or where can she buy some fresh Sik?!!! Small details, but useful to the cruising yachtsman.

      Just some ideas. What you and Minna write in your blog could be published verbatum; it is very good.

      Delete
    4. Yes, I think that you are right about what is interesting to YM readers. I actually checked from YBW-archive a few months ago and if I remember correctly, there has not been any article about Finnish archipelago in YM/YW. There might have been some about Stockholm archipelago...

      About Gullkrona, basically the text from Venenetti says, that Gullkrona is again open for few boats during the season between 10 am and 6 pm. Overnighting is not possible. I have not been there since 2008 when it closed.

      We have still some significant gaps on our archipelago chart. For example, I have not been in Rödhamn. And Björkö we visited for the first time in the last August. I am especially keen to explore Åland archipelago further and also the area east from Hangö. So plenty of new places to see. I guess that in the next season we will spent more time here.


      Delete
  3. Onnea! Ensi kesän Saaristomeren valloitukselle tarvitsisin tietoa satamista etc. Jos jaksaisitte jonkinlaisen bloggauksen tehdä aiheesta. Katselin videolta, että Minnalla oli HH:n purjehdustakki. Onko ollut tyytyväinen? Itselläni on ollut HH:n liivit ihan pienestä asti ja positiivinen kuva merkistä jäänyt. Mustoa vaan monet kehuvat.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kiitoksia :) Ja kiitos vinkistä, täytyy miettiä tuota Saaristomeri-bloggausta. Ollaan oikeastaan parin viime kauden aikana kierrelty Turun saaristossa suht. vähän lähinnä syksyllä ja alkukesällä. Meidän kiertämät paikat löytyy aika hyvin tagilla archipelago. Näistä hienoimmat ovat olleet Björkö, Helsingholmen, Aspö ja Jungfruskär. Mutta paljon hienoja paikkoja vielä siis näkemättä.

      Meillä on oikeastaan kaikki purjehdusvaatteet HH:lta. Ei sponssisopimusta, vaan löydetty vaan hyvä kauppa Turun seudulta :) HH pärjäsi muutama vuosi sitten Vene-lehden vertailussa aika hyvin hinta-laatusuhteella mitattuna. Minnan musta takki on Coastal-sarjan (inshore) takki, joka ei varmasti kestä rajumpaa sadetta pitkään. Muut (punainen ja turkoosi) ovat offshore-sarjaa, ja erityisesti tuohon omaani (turkoosi) olen ollut tyytyväinen vedenpitävyyden osalta.

      Delete
    2. Kiitokset vihjeistä. Mun takia ei tarvi bloggausta tehdä, käyn läpi mitä tagin alta löytyy.

      Mikä kauppa on kyseessä. Turkulainen olen, vaikka kehä ykkösen sisällä asunkin. Siellä tulee shoppailtua usein, kun lapset saa vanhemmille hoitoon.

      Delete
    3. Eipä mitään, Keamarinista Raisiosta ollaan vaatteet hankittu. Turussa HH:ta myydään ainakin myös hiljattain avatussa Marisail SeaShopissa.

      Delete
  4. Congratulations for the international article!

    ReplyDelete

It would be very great to hear your opinion or comments. Thank you in advance for commenting! -Antti & Minna