Hyvässä slöörissä · sailing dinghy cruising

Äyrätsalo

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 it, where it’s nice to start swimming. On the southern side of the cape bordering the lagoon there is a longer sandy beach, which is a perfect place for swimming and watching sunset. → read more

Pullikainen

Pullikainen island is a nice destination for daytrips in the southern Lake Saimaa. The breeze was light and the temperatures relatively high. It was another great sailing trip. → read more

Dyneema Halyard

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 sailors replace the metal halyard with a rope, that not only makes raising the sail more comfortable, but also allows reefing the main. Fixed-length metal wire is far from an ideal solution for reefing. → read more

Laajahiekka

The first hot weekend of this summer came finally. On Friday it was between a strong breeze and moderate gale, but by the evening the weather became more optimal for family sailing. The westerly breeze let us sail to Laajahiekka without any tacks. In front of Lintusalo island we were shown a beautiful sunset too. → read more

Peräsaari

We decided to try an overnight sailing trip as a family. By careful planning and packaging all the sleeping bags, the tent and food fit into the bow and aft lockers of Sarastus, all the gear fitted in very well. → read more

Kaito

The forecast predicted nice conditions between the two stormy days, that made us have a day trip in Sarastus to Kaito island, which is located behind some shallow and rocky waters. Southwestern breeze allowed us to sail without tacking, that made us get through the shallows smoothly. → read more

Päihänniemi

The school year ended and the sailing season was started. As the surface water temperature was almost 15°C and there was a light breeze, we decided to have a short day sailing trip. We launched Sarastus and headed for Päihänniemi peninsula, to have a picnic there. The wind was blowing from the northwest, that made the local weather on the southern beach was really warm. It felt really like a summer already. → read more