Sep 23, 2013

Weekend sail around Rymättylä island

Last weekend's weather was obviously hard to predict, since the weather forecast was changing day-by-day or more like an hour-by-hour. At times, it looked like it is going to rain the whole weekend. Fortunately in the end, we got very little rain only on Saturday morning and otherwise the weather was mostly sunny on Saturday and Sunday. However, on Friday afternoon – when we started – the sky was grey and wind very light. Thus, we had to motor the first 15 nm leg to Minna's parents' summerhouse in Masku.

Mooring Mediterranean-style with bow anchor and stern to pontoon. 
Unfortunately, weather was not very Mediterranean though... seems like Autumn is arriving also this year after all.

On Saturday, our start was delayed by a mouse, which had climbed onboard along the mooring lines and was hiding under the sprayhood in the morning. From there it jumped on the navigation table, when Minna opened the hatch... I guess that I got a hearing damage from her shout. Luckily, the mouse escaped to our camera case which was also on the navigation table, so the little fellow could be taken on the quay.

After the incident, we raised the anchor and got a very nice sail through the quiet Rymättylä archipelago to Nauvo, where we arrived in the evening. To our surprise the guest harbour was almost full, despite the late season, but we managed to find a good berth.

Clouds passed away in the afternoon. 

Celebrating the fine Autumn sail at restaurant L'Escale in Nauvo. 

Weekend's route around Rymättylä island (about 60 nm)

On Sunday, the wind increased and weather turned colder. We were only 15 nautical miles from our home port, so we decided to have a lunch break at Kaskis island, which is quite a popular wild anchorage among the local boaters. However, on Sunday afternoon the bay was deserted. The westerly wind was gusting 12 m/s (about 23 kts) as we arrived, but we could find an almost windless corner from the the bay, where to drop the hook.

Lunch break at Kaskis 

Strong breeze at southern Airisto – we had the 1st reef in the main and genoa reefed a few turns.

Sep 15, 2013

Day trip to Seili

A warm and sunny weather was forecasted for Saturday, so we decided to head back to the sea. This time for a one-day sail to Seili island with my parents. These shorter day trips offer a good chance to visit places nearer to one's home port, which are often passed when aiming at places further way. For example, I haven't visited Seili probably for almost 15 years, even if it is located just a bit over ten nautical miles from our current home port.

The weather was just perfect for a relaxing day sail, and we could travel most of the days' two legs under sail.

The wooden church of Seili is from the 18th century. 

 The former hospital buildings from the 19th century. 

Sep 11, 2013

Sunny Autumn tour: Helsingholmen – Sandön – Heisala

When sailing on Sunday towards Helsingholmen, I skimmed through this season's logbook and could not avoid noticing the similarity between the daily weather descriptions: sunny weather, sunny weather, sunny weather... Indeed, this has been one of the best summers for years in Finland, and the last weekend and the beginning of this week did not alter this pattern: the Sun was shining and the temperature climbed to around 20 degrees every day. We actually did not use the heater at all during the nights, since the temperature was just perfect. The seawater temperature is still around 17 degrees, so this keeps the nights pleasantly mild in the archipelago. 

We decided to sail to Helsingholmen for the evening, since we had not visited this island this season. Helsingholmen is one of our most favourite places in the Southwestern Archipelago and the sauna is on one of the most beautiful locations, that we have seen. 

Arriving in Helsingholmen in the Sunday evening. Only two other boats overnighted in the harbour. 

We reserved the sauna from 9 to 10 pm. The Sun had already set, but beautiful views from the rocks neverthelessThe seawater temperature (17 deg) was surprisingly warm for September!  

On Monday morning we slept late and the two other boats had already left, when we had breakfast on the quay enjoying the amazing quietness and peacefulness of the Archipelago Sea. It felt almost as time had stopped beating. I wished that it would have. It surely did not feel like a Monday morning. 

After lunch, we motored to nearby Sandön, which is an uninhabited sandy island just about a nautical mile northeast of Helsingholmen. The surroundings and the beautiful weather kind of reminded us of our visit to Gotska Sandön in July. However, the anchorage was much calmer thanks to the sheltering archipelago. 

Over 300 meters' long sand bank stretches out long at the sea. 

There is a place for campfire/grilling on the island. 

The wind was calm throughout the day so we motored the 10 miles distance to our boating club's island base on Heisala island. Early on the following morning, it was time to head back to home and work. We tried to preserve as much of the memories as we could for the coming winter. 

Sep 4, 2013

The first GoPro sailing video

The season 2013 has been the first one for us of photographing and filming with the GoPro action camera. Earlier in August, I posted some sailing photos in the blog, which were captured with the GoPro. During the summer, I also shot quite a lot of video material with the camera. Now our first GoPro sailing video is edited and uploaded to our YouTube-channel. The video can also be viewed through this YouTube-link. Check it out!