Pullikainen

Despite of the stony bottom there is a nice beach

We had a day trip to Pullikainen. The weather was perfect as a gentle breeze was blowing and the sun shined warmly. Such conditions are ideal for a both relaxed and swift family cruising. In the island, as usual, we had a picnic, swam and looked around a bit. What a perfect day!

In a Lightning on Lake Päijänne

Pause ready for recovering

What does a Wayfarer sailor do in a Lightning? Well, at least not negotiating about a price! Seppo and I had been planning a sailing trip to Lake Päijänne. Because bringing the both boats there didn’t feel like a good idea, we decided to have a trip in Lightning first and in Wayfarer later. We…

May Sail

Satamosaari

This year May started exceptionally warm. During the last few days temperature reached over twenty centigrade, that has also affected to the surface water temperatures of the lakes. Lake Saimaa is over 12°C already. Since the weather was sunny and the winds not too strong, we decided to have a trip to Satamosaari island. Actually…

Summer Is Coming!

The very first Coltsfoots 2016

March Equinox was passed one week ago. Yesterday the daylight saving time started in Europe. Today we saw the first Coltsfoots and Northern lapwings (Vanellus vanellus). According to the measurements, the thickness of the ice cover on Lake Saimaa is still around 40 centimeters. So, the boating season has to be waited for still. Nevertheless,…

To Tierra del Fuego in a Sailing Dinghy?

SCAMP sailboat / Smallcraftadvisor / CC BY-SA 3.0

Remote rugged naturally beautiful places have something that fascinates our minds. If you leave the cities and head for the inland and upwards, you can end up to a mountain summit where wind and some sporadic birds are your only companions. In such a place you can feel like you were in a completely different…

Highlights of the Season 2015

Auroras near Lappeenranta

Writing this post the temperatures at the lake start to be at same level as the Barents Sea temperatures in summer, that makes it wiser for us to stay ashore. Washed and cleaned Sarastus is waiting for the next spring. We have explored several new waters during the summer and gained new experiences. Now it’s…

The Scenic Waters of Ireland

Heading for Killaloe

How does it sound to you, to sail in a beautiful scenery together with foreign sailors, who enjoy spending time on water? This kind of experience is possible in Wayfarer International Rally, which takes place annually either on the waters of Europe or North America. In this September the destination was Lough Derg in Ireland,…

Petri Island

The rudder in the clear water

What makes you wake up at 5:00 am at weekend? Probably there are many good reasons, but in my case it was seeing the clearest water of the big lakes in Finland. It was still a dawn and the rest of the family was sleeping, when I cooked up porridge, ate breakfast and started to…

U-turn

Ruokkee slipway

Family sailing sets its own limits to the conditions. We had to notice that yesterday, when the wind was stronger than expected. With two or three experienced adults the situation would have been different, but now we would have had children aboard. After spending around 30 minutes admiring the white caps from the breakwater, we…

Calm Before the Reefing

At Ala-Lyly island

It was August and the weather conditions have improved clearly since the record-breaking cool and rainy July. We launched Sarastus and headed for Listinki island, where we arrived in a gentle breeze. In Listinki we prepared a meal quickly, to continue to Satamosaari island and to pick up our guests from the continent. I have…

Linnansaari National Park

linnanvuori

Weather in this summer has not been that great, but fortunately there have been some good days too. Thw week started with two of them, and we decided to head for the Linnansaari National Park in the northern waters of Saimaa. Sarastus traveled well on the trailer without any issues. Its mahogany surface lured couple…

Äyrätsalo

Ready to go

By one of the traits leading to Puumala there is an island called Äyrätsalo situated. There is a sheltered long lagoon on its west shore. The entrance to the lagoon has maximum depth of about 1.5 metres, but the deepest point there is almost 10 metres. There is a small sandy beach at end if…

Dynaama Halyard

Dyneema line

Sarastus had a metal main halyard with a helper rope. The halyard wire had a loop, secure it to the halyard rack on the mast. For some reason racing sailors prefer metal halyards over rope ones, but myself I couldn’t get comfortable with securing the halyard to the rack after raising the mainsail. Many cruising…