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. 






3 comments:

  1. Wow - snow in May. I can't quite imagine sailing in someplace that cold :-)

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    1. Well, this spring is a bit special as snow in May is not that typical here. Last year we had +20 degrees at this time of the year.

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  2. Definitely put the crossing on your list of must-dos. I think it is ranked as the number 1 day hike in NZ. Amazing scenery - one I would do again. We haven't done the Milford Track, but it is immensely popular, as are the other multi-day great walks. If you want to do the Milford Track, just make sure you plan in advance and get booked into the huts etc. Looking forward to checking out your blog!
    sailing in san blas

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