Dec 30, 2017

Season 2017 in Thirteen Photos

Here are the thirteen photos that best represent Dolphin Dance's sailing season 2017.

The first sail of the season on the 4th of May 

Great sailing through the Southeastern Åland Archipelago in June.

Dolphin Dance in our cruising club's island base in Åland (June 2017).

We crossed the Åland Sea on the 28th of June and spent the night 
 in a beautiful anchorage in Stockholm Archipelago.

We visited Öja (Landsort), the Southernmost island in Stockholm Archipelago 

Ringsöfladen (58° 44' N, 17° 26,6' E) in the east coast of Sweden was our this year's southernmost point and thus our turning point for the summer sailing trip.

We continued to Lake Mälaren via Södertälje Kanal 
and anchored by the lake as the night was calm.

One of the most spectacular anchorages for this season (Northern Åland, July 2017)

We continued sailing in the Autumn sometimes in stronger winds.  

The first weekend of September in Hitis Archipelago. 

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

In the late September, Northern Europe got a period of warm Autumn weather. Thus, I decided to take an advantage of the Indian summer, and head for one-night trip to the nearby archipelago.

The last trip of the 2017 was on the 1st of November. This was a record long season for us as she was launched in early April and lift out was on 10th of November. 

Dec 9, 2017

Sailing boots review: Lizard Spin deck boot by Lizard Footwear

I have been looking for new sailing boots for some time now and I recently came across a new brand for me: that is Lizard Footwear from Italy. The boots (Lizard Spin) arrived in late-September and I was happy to be able to test them during the Autumn in three different sailing trips and in three totally different weather conditions.

Overall, I have been very pleased with Lizard Spin sailing boots as they are so versatile. My old traditional rubber boots were mainly used in rainy conditions in order to keep one's feet dry, but you did not really want to use those rubber boots any more than you had to. The opposite is true for Spin deck boots, which are extremely light to wear, so that they feel almost the same as wearing the normal sailing shoes. Furthermore, the long sleeves help you to keep your feet warm compared to the traditional sailing shoes.

On the late September, the weather was still summer-like as the temperature climbed around 20 degrees. On mid-October, we had more traditional Autumn weather with constant rain. On November on the other hand, the temperature was close to zero degrees so I was able to test how well the boots perform in cold weather conditions.

Perhaps the best thing about the Spin boots is their breathability. They are very comfortable to wear; I used the boots through the day in relatively warm September weather without noticing any problem with feet getting sweaty. On the other hand, in November I used the boots with my a bit thicker skiing socks which were just enough to keep my feet warm and dry in temperature close to zero degrees. The boots are actually adjustable (thanks to the cleaver tightening system) which allows you to wear thin or thick socks so the boots work well both in colder and warmer conditions.

During the rainy test day in October, the boots worked as they should (i.e. kept my feets dry) and I did not notice any problem with the watertightness. However, I realize that there is 'rain' and then there is rain. So based on this fairly limited test, I cannot comment too much about their waterproofness in really heavy weather.

In short, these boots are definitely among the best sailing footwear that I have ever tried and can't wait to be able to use them more during the next season.

This blog post was made in collaboration with Lizard Footwear

Lizard Spin deck boot is a good looking sailing boot from Italian brand Lizard Footwear

The boots worked also with shorts in about +15 degrees Autumn weather 

The boot gives a good grip on the deck 

The second test day was in more traditional Autumn conditions.

Dec 6, 2017

Finland - 100 years of independence

Today celebrating Finland's 100 years of independence! What a beautiful country this is...