Towards Helsinki

by Adrian 20th Jun 2012 - baltic

We’ve had a cracking sail today – inside the archipelago between Hanko and Helsinki. We covered 28 miles, most of it sailing downwind in 18 knots of wind on smooth seas.

The sailing in these conditions is really fabulous and unlike sailing anywhere else. We were goose-winged or on a broad reach most of the time weaving between small rocks and islands.

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Grey Finland

by Adrian 17th Jun 2012 - baltic

Rain rain rain. That was on today’s menu. We woke up in another remote deserted anchorage and set off eastwards weaving through yet more islands. Our destination is Utö, a small island about 60 miles west of the mainland.

We thought we might be scheduled for some heavy wind, but instead we’ve been directly in the centre of the low pressure area thats passing over us, so it’s been flat calm.

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Windy winding downwind

by Adrian 14th Jun 2012 - baltic

Very unique and special sailing today.

We’ve been winding through hundreds of small islands in the Stockholm archipelago (skarsgard) on our way north out of the country.

The wind was from the south so we had sone fantastic downwind sailing with the sails goosewinged either side.

This boat is amazing on this point of sail and holds the course very easily.

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Kiel Canal

by Adrian 30th May 2012 - Germany

We set off at 0900 from Cuxhaven towards the entrance locks to the Kiel Canal. On the way out of the marina we met a skipper of a German yacht called Uli who is the German representative for Allures (our boat manufacturer).

He was taking a brand new RM yacht through the canal to the Ancora boat show so wanted us to take some pictures of the yacht sailing, whilst he would take some of us.

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