Sep 19, 2017

Weekend trip to Turku Guest Harbour

On Friday the 15th of September we cast-off for a short weekend trip to Turku. This was actually the first time for us that we stayed in our hometown's guest harbour. Located on the western bank of River Aura, the guest harbour has a great location within a walking distance from the city centre. The guest harbour has gone through a facelift during the recent years and that includes the new NOOA Restaurant in the heart of the harbour.

Nice Friday evening sail at Airisto

Route to the River Aura goes past the cruising ship terminal

 Turku Guest Harbour is located on the western bank of River Aura

 Sunday the 17th of September was Turku Day and the celebrations ended up 
with traditional fireworks show



Sep 11, 2017

The first weekend of September 2017

We cast off on the first day of September for a long-weekend trip in the southern part of the Archipelago Sea. The westerly wind was blowing around 20 knots on Friday, so we got a pretty fast reaching leg to Helsingholm, which is our favourite harbours in the Finnish Archipelago.

Autumn has definitely it's own charm in the Archipelago. There is definitely some melancholy in the air as the summer is (almost) over. On the other hand, it is nice to go swimming under the stars (if you happen to get the late sauna booking), as the sea water and evenings are still relatively warm. Furthermore, the Archipelago is great for watching the stars, as you are pretty far away from the big cities.

On Saturday, the weather turned cloudy and grey, and also the wind was light during the day, so we motored about two thirds of the 15 nautical miles leg to our cruising club's island base located in the southern Hitis Archipelago.

The wind strengthened and turned to east on Sunday and it was blowing around 20-25 knots, as we cast off around noon for our return journey back to north. We had a calm lunch break in a nice ancorage called Södra Benskär, but after that we had to put the second reef in the main, as the wind had increased to about 25 to 30 knots.

On Monday we had only a short leg from Airisto Marina to our homeport in Turku. The easterly wind was blowing around 25 to 35 knots, and although the was blowing over land, there was a couple of more open areas, where the nasty steep waves gave the deck a good wash.

Dolphin Dance logged about 90 nautical miles during the weekend.

/Antti


Friday evening on Helsingholm


Saturday evening in Hitis Archipelago 

On Sunday, the wind increased during the day, so we had second reef on the main sail
for the first time this season. 

 On Monday, the wind was gusting 35 knots, so we were sailing only with a partly furled genoa