Into the archipelago

Trip Start Apr 29, 2011
Trip End Sep 03, 2011

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Flag of Finland  , Western Finland,
Monday, July 25, 2011

One of the dangers of updating a blog in advance of oneself is that occasionally, things can happen post the last update and pre the next day and this was one of those occasions. Then one is faced with the dilemma – does one go back and add to the already posted blog or does one write last night's encounter in the following day’s entry? The things that I worry about!

So, what happened. Nothing dramatic, just a pleasant meeting with two very friendly Finns, Krister and Mona Nordström, who had brought in their boat next to ours. When I enquired as to nice anchorages etc in the archipelago, they kindly invited us on board for a drink and we spent a very enjoyable 90 minutes or so in their company. Apart from having a fine boat, a Finnish boat designed for two people to live on board in comfort but the manufacturer’s name escapes me, Kristor possessed some very impressive electronics , including a weather proof display screen that could be mounted on the binnacle, so that he had the benefit of sight of the chart display as he helmed – not new news apart from the size of the screen – about 19’’, so very user-friendly. It transpired that Kristor knows Eric von Troil, as Kristor was in the marine electronic business and therefore had had dealing with Eric when he was in business himself.

Anyway, that was a pleasant interlude and we wish the Nordström’s well with their future plans, as retirement is now almost upon them. Now on to the days’ events and in truth, there is not much to relate. We left Hanko at 10:15 with the intention of sailing to a harbour on the island of Kasnas, about 18 miles away and roughly WNW of Hanko. The wind was gentle and we were in no hurry, so we sailed quietly at 3-4 knots, occasionally making the dizzying speeds of 5.5 knots in the short gusts. In other words, lovely sailing in very pretty surroundings. Sadly, these surroundings do not lend themselves to a camera’s lens. I took innumerable photos (trust me, I did!) and I have scrapped most of them, as they do not even begin to touch the beauty and serenity of the scenery. Imagine a wide vista of blue sea, dotted with low lying rocky islands with canopies of fir trees, with complex channels and innumerable rocks either just above or worse, just below the surface and you have it. From a camera’s perspective, there is no 3D effect and everything looks disappointingly flat. Of course I am including some photos, but they really are the best of a very indifferent bunch.

We arrived at Kasnas at 14:30 and after a brief moment of concern that there were no spaces, we squeezed ourselves in between two smaller boats, having learned the manoeuvre from the Finns in Hanko. Kasnas was OK as a harbour, it was more of a holiday complex, with a hotel, spa and a busy ferry service to other neighbouring islands. Still, it had wifi so we were able to catch up with the comings and goings in Ambridge and had our first curry for a while, so all in all a very satisfying day.
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