Sep 27, 2014

September in seven photos

After a very warm and sunny September, it looks like the weather has taken a turn towards the Autumn this week. Also, this weekend has been quite windy, but the wind should ease for the Sunday, so we might be going sailing tomorrow.

As the time schedule has been fairly limited recently, we have only made a couple of one-night trips to the nearby places. As I wrote also last year, Autumn is the perfect time to visit and also discover new places nearby one's homeport. That is, places which might be overlooked during the main season.

Last weekend, on Friday, we cast off after the work and took a course towards Nauvo guest harbour, which is not particularly a new acquintance, but it is nice place to visit during off-season, as the harbour is lively and there are usually a lot of boats also in September weekends.

We were expecting to motor the whole 15 nautical miles in light headwind, but fortunately the wind veered to more favourable direction during the evening, so we were able to continue under sail at about 4 knots. This meant a bit later arrival time and less time for sauna, but this time it was definitely worth it. The weather was a bit hazy and the sunset beautiful, so I also decided to fly the quadcopter to take some aerial photos from the southern Airisto.

Sep 3, 2014

A short film from Isokari island

My first visit to Isokari island in northern Kustavi took place almost fifteen years ago and I instantly fell in love with the nature on this beautiful island. Located in the northern part of Finnish Archipelago, the barren western side of the island offers magical views over to the open horizon of the Bothnian Sea and this is my utmost favourite place on the island.

Since 2007 I have been coming back almost every year. This season we visited Isokari in July in the end of our summer cruise and this time we had a chance to stay for two nights on the island. On the second evening the weather was on our side as the wind faded away making perfect conditions for photographing, filming and flying the Phantom2 quadcopter (with a GoPro Hero3 camera) over the western shoreline. I edited a short film based on this material, which is now ready to be published. Please watch the film in HD, for the best quality.

Music - "Wind Chimes" by Pekka Laine.