2017 – Stockholm to Stockholm

Overall in 2017, we did around 900 miles from Oxelösund back to Oxelösund via Helsinki. We started May 27th and arrived back on August 3rd. Initially we headed up through Södertälje to Lake Mälaren and explored there for a few days. We then took the back route into Stockholm, changed …

Hurtling to Helsinki

With a breezy, but generally OK forecast we decided to head across to Helsinki today. Unfortunately Porkkala was not quite as sheltered as we had hoped as the wind funnelled straight up the inlet. That combined with the fact that we had to moor on the south side of the …

Pelting to Porkkala

We woke up to bright sunshine and a fairly light breeze, but with more wind forecast, we decided to get on and keep heading towards Helsinki first thing this morning. We motored out of Barösund and hoisted the jib within a couple of minutes and it came down about 10 …

Bobbing to Barösund

After a lively midsummer evening (for others!) and being woken at various times by revellers, we set off around 8am to try and head through the archipelago to the east of Hanko. Initially we decided to head outside one of the more major main channels as this enabled us to …

Hacking across to Hanko

With a less than ideal forecast for the next few days, we decided that the best approach was to try and get some mileage done towards Helsinki today. So, we headed for Hanko. We started fairly early as with nearly 60 miles to do, we thought we would get on. The …

Verkan to Korpoström

After two days holed up in Verkan on Korpo we were ready to head off. The weather wasn’t quite so sure it was ready to head off and, while it was lovely and sunny, it was still blowing quite hard today. However, it had eased quite a bit from the …

Veering to Verkan

With high winds forecast for a few days from tomorrow, we decided to get some easting today and find a sheltered harbour to sit the weather out for as long as necessary. We chose Verkan on the island of Korpo. While open to the NW (where the winds will be …

Dawdling to Degerö

After a day sightseeing and stocking up in Mariehamn, we headed off in company with Airborne again to start trekking slowly across to Helsinki. We decided to have an easy day and so headed to Rödhamn for lunch. We had a great sail there – the main and full jib went …

Meandering to Mariehamn

With a good forecast we set off promptly this morning (once we had worked out how to raise two anchors!) to head for Mariehamn. We had a great passage and only ran the engine for 10 minutes at the start to clear the anchorage and 10 minutes at the end …

Gradually across to Granhamn

After a wander around Finhamn island this morning, we set off for Granhamn. It was a beautiful sunny day, but very little wind for the first 45 minutes or so. With a little wind filling in, we put some sail up, but after an hour and a half had to …