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The last weekend of August

08/31/2014 15:03:00 PM

Dolphin Dance was due to be lifted out of the water for inspection on Thursday, so we started for the weekend trip already on Thursday morning. The lift out took only about 15 minutes and fortunately the damages caused by a contact with a underwater > read more

Trip to the Isokari lighthouse island

08/28/2014 13:41:00 PM

28-30/7 In the last week of July, we made a short trip to Isokari, which is located about 13 nautical miles from our family cottage and thus it is a perfect destination for shorter trips. This time we also had a record number of people onboard for an > read more

Through the (Åland's) Northeast Passage

08/19/2014 11:11:00 AM

21-23/7 From HavsVidden we had two route options to Kustavi where the summer journey would end this time. If the weather conditions had been favourable, we would have taken the direct offshore route from Northern Åland to Isokari. However, light wi > read more

HavsVidden – sunsets and jacuzzis

08/07/2014 13:02:00 PM

21-22/7 After two nights without electricity, showers and other benefits of the modern world, we decided to head for a guest harbour for the next night. The problem was that in the northern part of Åland the number of choices is not too plentiful. H > read more

Archipelago retreat in Simskäla

07/30/2014 13:56:00 PM

19/7-21/7 After a one-night provision stop in Mariehamn, we continued towards northern Åland, which we definitely wanted to visit before the end of the trip. The wind was forecasted to veer to north on Sunday, so we chose an inland route through the > read more

In outer Stockholm archipelago

07/25/2014 06:31:00 AM

On Wednesday 16th of July, we continued north from busy Sandhamn. This time, unlike in three previous years, we decided to take the outer archipelago route towards northeast. We actually ended up sailing half of the distance outside the official wate > read more

Sunny summer day in Sandhamn

07/21/2014 02:01:00 AM

From Saltsjöbaden we continued to Sandhamn, where we arrived around six o' clock in the evening, but this popular harbour was already full. Our Arholma – Landsort harbour book showed many natural harbours in the neighbourhood, so we picked one cal > read more

Waxholm - Stockholm Wasahamnen - Saltsjöbaden

07/15/2014 17:07:00 PM

After arriving in Stockholm archipelago we have had a real holiday: first one day at Waxholm and then three at Stockholm Wasahamnen. We had some visitors over at the boat in Stockholm and additionally, Antti's parents came to sail with us for a coupl > read more

Arrived in Stockholm archipelago: Inre Hamnskär and Fjärdskär

07/09/2014 14:55:00 PM

On Monday, after a short provision stop at Mariehamn, we decided to take an advantage of the rare easterly winds and head west towards Sweden. We had a good downwind almost all the way across the Åland Sea; the wind only faded away a couple of miles > read more

Kastelholm guest harbour, castle and lovely Smakbyn

07/07/2014 16:06:00 PM

After a great sailing day through the archipelago of the Åland islands, we arrived in Kastelholm guest harbour, that is located next to Kastelholm castle. In Kastelholm, there is also a famous restaurant Smakbyn - which is run by Michael Björklund, > read more

Bänö Ön and some foggy sailing

07/06/2014 07:27:00 AM

The day after a rainy evening in Kökar was very sunny, and we decided to wait until the afternoon to have a bit more wind than early in the morning. We sailed through a very beautiful route and headed finally towards a natural anchorage called Bän > read more

Kökar Sandvik

07/05/2014 15:54:00 PM

Our summer journey continued from Utö towards Åland islands. The weather was sunny but also very windy, and therefore the leg was quite bumpy. During the afternoon, the sky started to fill with clouds so we decided to head for Kökar and based on o > read more

Utö - the distant island of contrasts

07/04/2014 03:00:00 AM

Our following stop was at Utö, which is the southernmost year-round inhabited island in Finland. We had a great sailing weather from Flatö-Ramsö anchorage to Utö and we managed to get the second last free buoy from the new pontoon. Finnish Defen > read more

Anchorage: Flatö-Ramsö and sailing photos

07/03/2014 03:00:00 AM

As mentioned, after a short visit to Aspö, that was full of sailors and their boats, we decided to head for the nearby anchorage between Flatö and Ramsö islands. This shallow bay offered a good night's sleep and on the following day we sailed towa > read more

A brief visit to Aspö

07/02/2014 03:30:00 AM

On our way towards Utö and Åland islands, we visited Aspö briefly and then stayed at the nearby anchorage Flatö-Ransö. > read more

Brännskär - idyll in the Turku archipelago

07/01/2014 04:30:00 AM

Earlier, we have not visited the Brännskär island or guest harbour in the Turku archipelago. We had actually planned to sail to our very favorite place, Helsingholmen, but since we are planning to continue towards Åland islands quite soon and the > read more

Summer holiday finally began: Kaskis & Nauvo

06/30/2014 12:05:00 PM

To be honest, the Finnish summer has not begun in the best possible way: the weather has not been as good as one could hope for. It has been raining, we have had less than 15 °C all the time and have not seen that much sunshine. Now they forecast th > read more

The First Test Day with Dji Phantom 2 Quadcopter

06/12/2014 12:13:00 PM

In this year´s Helsinki Boat Show, one of the most interesting things was not actually a boat, but a RC quadcopter (or drone). After seeing this famous KiteCam sailing video many years ago, I have dreamed of filming and photographing sailing from t > read more

New anchorages

06/09/2014 12:28:00 PM

We started on Saturday evening from Airisto Marina, where I had sailed the boat on Thursday. As it was getting late, we looked for sheltered anchorages from the Harbour Book by the Sea Scouts and found an island called Kuuskari, which should be shelt > read more

Photos from May

05/28/2014 13:11:00 PM

Since May draws to an end, it is a good time to share a couple of photos from this month. Despite the early launch this year, we haven't had a chance to sail as much as we would have liked. Partly this is due to the arctic weather that dominated the > read more

The first sail of the season

05/05/2014 13:05:00 PM

The summerlike Easter weekend boosted motivation to get everything ready for the launch, so that we could set sail on 1st of May for a sunny cruise in the Archipelago. In the afternoon we would drop the hook in a sheltered bay for enjoying the warmth > read more

Back in her element

05/01/2014 06:17:00 AM

DD was launched on the last day of April. This was almost record early for us, but in 2011 she was back in water just one day earlier on the 29th of April. This year we had less projects than on the previous years. For example the antifouling was > read more

Maintenance update: New toilet

04/26/2014 11:11:00 AM

The new toilet is one of the few investments that we are making for this season. We decided to replace the old one, because it had started to smell a bit. The main culprit for this was a small crack at the base of the toilet seat. Two years ago I man > read more

S/Y Dolphin Dance now on Instagram!

04/19/2014 03:09:00 AM

Dolphin Dance is now on Instagram. You will find our account @sydolphindance from instagram.com/sydolphindance. So far we have posted some of our best sailing and sunset photos and we will keep posting inspirational photos from our sailing trips. Ea > read more

Spring update

04/10/2014 13:36:00 PM

I see that it has been rather quiet in this blog lately. Partly I blame the HR 29 Owner's forum, which was launched in the end of the last year: the forum has gained surprisingly many members and some pretty interesting topics and discussions. I per > read more

Copyright violation issues

03/09/2014 06:37:00 AM

Some time ago I was browsing the website of a large international sailing equipment manufacturer, when I noticed an image of one of their products, which somehow felt very familiar. I did a quick check from our photo archives, which confirmed that it > read more

Helsinki International Boat Show 2014

02/18/2014 14:58:00 PM

This years HIBS was not particularly a festival of sailing boats. The number of boats in the show was quite small compared to previous years and most of the boats on the show had been presented already in the previous boat shows. On the other han > read more

New video: Sailing to Gotland

01/29/2014 13:50:00 PM

We have uploaded a new short film to Youtube about our last summer's sailing trip to Gotland. As in the previous seasons, I filmed quite a lot of material during the season. Furthermore, the season 2013 was the first one for us with the GoPro camera, > read more

Best of the 2013

12/30/2013 13:02:00 PM

Yet another year is coming to an end, so it is time to look back to the season 2013. In this blog post we list the best large guest marinas, smaller village harbours, wild anchorages etc. that we visited during the last season. It was surprisingly di > read more

New video: Light wind sailing with gennaker

12/11/2013 14:20:00 PM

When freeing space on my phone memory, I found some sailing footage, filmed on the 2nd of June, while sailing from Jurmo to Korppoo. The weather in the beginning of the June was exceptionally good this year and temperature climbed above 25 degrees du > read more

New forum for HR 29 sailors

12/05/2013 04:52:00 AM

Over the last two and a half years when writing this blog, we have been contacted by quite a few HR 29 owners or potential buyers from all over the Europe and also from US. In one of these e-mail exchanges almost precisely one year ago, I was suggest > read more

Cockpit tent – are we getting old?

11/27/2013 13:06:00 PM

We have had the cockpit tent for one summer now, so I decided to make a blog post about our experiences after the first season. After it was delivered in June, we have been using the cockpit tent – often referred as 'Pappateltta' (Old man's tent) i > read more

Summer of Sunsets and Sunrises

11/19/2013 13:28:00 PM

During perhaps the most depressing month of the year, going through old summer photos offers a good escape. Compared to the greyness and darkness of November, especially colourful mid-summer sunset and sunrise photos present a vast contrast. Therefor > read more

The renewed mattresses

11/15/2013 02:45:00 AM

I blogged last spring about our plans of renewing the mattresses for this year. However, I just realized that we have not yet posted any images of the outcome. So here they are, a couple of photos of Dolphin Dance's new light coloured mattresses, whi > read more

Building the winter cover frame

11/09/2013 12:14:00 PM

This week, building the winter cover frame and installing the plastic tarpaulin were on the agenda. For a moment, my father and I were actually planning to build a completely new frame from aluminum tubes, but decided to use our old wooden frame inst > read more

Summary of the season 2013

10/30/2013 13:31:00 PM

The season 2013 ended on Friday 25th of October, when DD was laid up on the hard. This was one of the latest lift outs and this year we actually did make a couple of sails still in October. Usually our last sails have been in the end of September. Th > read more

Hauling out season ahead!

10/26/2013 04:58:00 AM

It is again that time of the year when it is time to face the facts: yet another sailing season is drawing to a close, and the fun part of preparing the boat for the winter begins. However, I consider this as a part of the hobby, and doing the basic > read more

Autumn break in Naples and Capri, Italy part II

10/20/2013 05:04:00 AM

During our autumn break in Italy, we had only two days to spend on the Capri island, so we did not have any ambitious sailing plans. Anyway, we kind of hoped to find sailing charter services from the island – just for a day sail around the island. > read more



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