Jun 15, 2018

Weekend sailing on the West Coast of Finland: Kristinestad (Kristiinankaupunki)

As our boat is currently located in Kaskö (Kaskinen) on the West Coast of Finland, we try to use this opportunity to explore cruising areas which are beyond our normal cruising grounds in Southwestern Finland.

We are looking forward to starting our main summer trip right after the Midsummer by sailing first towards north to explore the Kvarken Archipelago (near Vaasa), which is a Unesco heritage site.

The Bothnian Sea coast is located beyond parallel 62° North, which means that the sun sets late and the nights are very light. However, there are less islands than on the southwestern Archipelagos, so the waters are mostly open to the Bothnian Sea. Thus, weather forecasts play bigger role as there is less shelter. Also the waters on the West Coast are quite shallow, which means that it might be difficult to find good natural harbours for a sailing vessel.

Until now, we have made two short weekend trips from Kaskö: the first one was to Kristinestad (Kristiinankaupunki), which is about 15 nautical miles southeast from Kaskinen.

Kristinestad is a small town (population about 6600) on the western coast of Finland

The guest pier close to the town centrum was almost empty in early June

The guest harbour is on the other side of the bay. We stopped there for filling water tanks. 

Jun 6, 2018

Here is Dolphin Dance II: The First Test Day

Now it is official: we will continue our sailing adventures with a slightly bigger (34 ft) boat! Dolphin Dance I is now sold and will continue her adventures under a German flag. I will participate in the delivery trip of our old boat in August, so it's nice for me to be able to sail with the old DD once more.

Our new boat (she will be later renamed as Dolphin Dance II) is made by the same yacht brand as the old DD. However, she will be of different generation as she represents early 21st century sailboat design with shorter fin keel, modern rig and wider beam especially in the aft section.

Dolphin Dance II is a Germán Frers designed Hallberg-Rassy 342 from 2007. She is currently located in the West Coast of Finland, some 200 nautical miles from our home port, so we will be starting this year's holiday trip from there after the Midsummer.

The boat was launched in the end of May and we cast off for the first test sail on the 31st of May. Here are some images on our first test sail with her.