As yet another year draws to an end, it is also a good time to look back to the sailing season 2018. The year 2018 brought some big changes to our sailing 'family' as this was the first season for us with Dolphin Dance II. This means that after sailing for eight years with our trusty Dolphin Dance I (HR 29), we decided to continue our adventures with a slightly bigger boat (HR 342 from 2008). We
We cast-off on Sunday the 4th of November for one-night sailing trip to the nearby Archipelago. Given that it is already a 'late late season', the weather was most beautiful with clear skies and temperature around 8 C°.
In the late Sunday night the beautiful Aurora Borealis lighted up the night sky. This colourful show by nature is not that common sight in our home waters located around the 60th
This season just keeps on giving its best as beautiful Autumn weather has continued in October and last weekend the temperature rose to almost summer-like temperatures. Also the sea water temperature is still relatively warm (around 11 C°), which helps to keep the life onboard comfortable (of course with the help of Webasto during the nights). Moreover, the sea water temperature is making perhaps
Autumn has a special feel as nights get darker, air colder and winds stronger. I have dreamed about making a bit longer trip to the outer Archipelago during September or October, but it has proved to be quite difficult to find a space that fits both the calendar and the shortening weather windows. On the last week of September we cast-off for a three-days trip to Archipelago as we started on
Dolphin Dance (I) was sold in early summer, and in the beginning of August I had an opportunity to take part in the first leg of the delivery of our old boat. She will be sailing under a German flag and new name in the future and her new owners are planning to do some extensive cruising in the Mediterranean next year. For me and Minna it was nice to sell our beloved Dolphin Dance to sailors
Kvarken is about 40 nautical miles wide channel between Finland and Sweden. Together with the High Coast (Höga Kusten) on the Swedish side of the gulf, the Kvarken Archipelago is included in the Unesco World Heritage list. In this area the land rises from the sea at the fastest rate in the world. In Kvarken this means, that shoreline advances about one centimetre per year. Whereas High Coast