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Winter ahead!

11/14/2016 12:25:00 PM

Sailing season 2016 is officially over for us as Dolphin Dance was lifted out last week. I was a bit worried as the winter set in early this year: the night time temperature dropped to -10 degrees during the weekend before the lift out, but ...

Sailing on the Lago di Garda

10/10/2016 15:45:00 PM

This September we travelled to northern Italy to end the sailing season 2016 on warm waters of Lago di Garda. This was going to be my first lake sailing experience, so at first I was a bit concerned whether this 28 nautical miles long lake would ...

Birsskär-Konungsskär: Natural harbour in the Archipelago National Park

09/13/2016 11:34:00 AM

In mid-August we visited Birsskär-Konungsskär, which is located in the northern part of the Archipelago National park, about three miles south from Korpoström harbour. Birsskär is a popular wild anchorage especially during the high season. ...

Sailing to Kylmäpihlaja Lighthouse Island

08/16/2016 13:26:00 PM

On Sunday evening the 17th of July, we hoisted the sails after a couple of days' break and took a course from Kustavi towards north and the Bothnian Sea. The southwesterly wind was favourable until the late evening so we decided to continue ...

Sailing from Åland to Kustavi

07/30/2016 04:44:00 AM

The last night in Åland: it was nice to visit beautiful Kumlinge Remmarhamn after a few years.  Very Ålandic scenery in Kumlinge Sailing to Kustavi: the only rainy day at the sea. Fortunately the rain lasted only a couple of hours ...

Sailing around Åland

07/17/2016 11:16:00 AM

The main sailing trip of the season 2016 took us to the Åland islands and we actually ended up sailing clockwise around the main island. Although I have visited Åland every year since 2008, I have never really sailed around the main island ...

Sailing in 360 degrees

06/22/2016 16:00:00 PM

In the online video scene the 360 video is something that has definitely been a hot topic during the last year or so, especially as Youtube and Facebook launched support for 360 videos last year. 360 stands for 360 degrees or spherical video ...

A long-weekend trip to Archipelago Sea

06/09/2016 14:35:00 PM

We cast off around 8 pm on Thursday evening (the 2nd of June) for the long-weekend sailing trip in the archipelago. The evening was amazingly warm for early summer but also flat calm so we motored the short ten nautical miles distance to Airisto ...

Start of sailing season 2016

05/25/2016 14:24:00 PM

This year Dolphin Dance was launched on Monday the 16th of May and the sails were hoisted for the first test sail on Friday. Here are some photos of the long-awaited first sail of the season. The weekend was sunny and warm, but the (head)winds ...

Greetings from Saariselkä, Lapland

03/27/2016 15:10:00 PM

It looks like thermal spring has finally arrived in the Southern Finland and this means that thoughts start to wander more and more towards the coming sailing season. Soon I will be blogging about our plans for the season 2016, but in the meanwhile, ...

October sail in Croatia - part 2: Mljet - Korcula - Dubrovnik

12/27/2015 04:03:00 AM

On Wednesday the 7th of October, we continued our cruise in the Dalmatian coast with a leg from Mljet to Korčula town. This was the best day of the week in terms of wind, and we were able to sail most of the 17 nm leg in moderate wind. In the ...

October sail in Croatia - part 1: From Dubrovnik to Luka Sipan and Mljet

10/25/2015 15:05:00 PM

This was the second year that we decided to end the sailing season by chartering a boat from the Mediterranean. Last year we chartered a boat in Italy also in mid-October, and found the timing almost perfect in terms of weather and avoiding ...

September Sail

09/26/2015 05:14:00 AM

Last Sunday (20th of September) we set sail for a one-night trip to our sailing club's island base located near Innamo. The wind faded towards the evening so we had to motor the last few miles to the harbour. Although the day was still relatively ...

Perfect summer weekend!

08/26/2015 15:10:00 PM

Late summer or early autumn has always a bit special feeling: one starts to get back to the work routines and there is a certain melancholy in the air as the summer holiday and the main sailing trip of the year is already over. However, the ...

New anchorages in Northern Åland

08/09/2015 12:49:00 PM

Northern Åland Archipelago is definitely one of our favourite cruising areas in the Baltic Sea. It is not only the breathtakingly beautiful nature that makes us go back there year after year, but also the silence and feeling of being in the ...

Photos from July: Archipelago Sea and Åland Archipelago

08/02/2015 17:12:00 PM

After spending two windy nights in Hanko, we continued towards west and Åland Archipelago on the 8th of July. Here are some photos from July. Nordic summer at its best... back in winter gear. After a short warm period in early July, ...

Season of strong winds

07/29/2015 14:24:00 PM

This summer has been perhaps the most windiest here in the Northern Baltic Sea, at least that I remember. Since the start of the season in the end of May, we have been sailing in winds above 10 m/s (20 kts) at least half of the time and it seems ...

Lohusalu and crossing back to Finland

07/22/2015 16:35:00 PM

After sunny days in Tallinn, we continued towards west along the Estonian coast on Sunday the 5th of July. We chose to head for Lohusalu, located about 20 miles from the Estonian capital. This time, we were four people on board, since ...

Tallinn Old City Marina

07/19/2015 03:44:00 AM

On Thursday the 2nd of July, we headed for Tallinn. We chose to try out the Old City Marina located in the center of the Port of Tallinn, close to Vanalinn, the old town of Tallinn. We motored a short leg from Naissaar since there was not ...

Crossing the Gulf of Finland: from Helsinki to Naissaar

07/16/2015 17:27:00 PM

On Wednesday the 1st of July, we decided to take the advantage of rare northwesterly winds and woke up early for a 40 nautical miles leg across the Gulf of Finland. In the morning we got a good wind, but the wind started to fade away around ...

Elisaari-Stora Svartö-Helsinki

07/08/2015 05:31:00 AM

On the way to Helsinki we overnighted in Elisaari, which is a popular harbour in the Barösund area. Located in the midde of a very narrow channel, Elisaari is the kind of harbour that I would like to be in, if a hurricane ever hit the Baltic ...

Legs 4-5: Örö-Hanko-Långskär

07/04/2015 05:41:00 AM

From Örö we continued towards Hanko in strong 10-13 m/s (Force 6) breeze. The wind was from southwest so we got a good speed for the whole leg across the Hanko western. Mostly the skerries were giving at least some shelter from the swell of ...

New harbours: Örö island

06/28/2015 05:03:00 AM

For this season, the most interesting new destination in the Finnish Archipelago Sea is definitely the Örö island. Being a closed military area for a hundred years, the island has now been opened for public. The island was fortified by the ...

Finally on the way

06/26/2015 06:06:00 AM

We started the main summer journey on Monday evening after everything was packed. As always on the day one, we were late from the initial schedule and as it was getting late, we decided to drop the anchor in a natural harbour in southern Airisto, ...

New video from last summer and the photo on På Kryss magazine

06/14/2015 12:22:00 PM

The season 2015 has officially begun, but here is a flashback - in the form of a YouTube video - from previous season 2014. The video was filmed during the summer cruise 2014 while sailing in Archipelago of Turku, Stockholm Archipelago and ...

Sailing in Italy – Epilogy

11/02/2014 12:05:00 PM

The 5-day cruise in the gulf of Naples and Amalfi Coast in October was my first chartering experience abroad. Now, after two weeks of trying to get back to the routines at home, I think that it is a good time to write down some thoughts about ...

Sailing in Italy - legs 4 & 5: Ischia – Procida

10/29/2014 14:07:00 PM

We had two more days to go, but as we were less than ten nautical miles from the charter company's base in Procida, we decided to take a relaxed schedule and sail around the island of Ischia counterclockwise. We overnighted in Marina Casamicciola, ...

Sailing in Italy – leg 3: Positano – Capri – Ischia

10/25/2014 11:42:00 AM

After a badly slept night in a rolling mooring outside Positano, we continued early in the morning towards Capri. Last year, when visiting Capri, we stayed in a hotel overlooking the Marina Piccola, which is a beautiful popular anchorage on ...

Sailing in Italy – leg 2: Positano

10/21/2014 15:57:00 PM

On the second day, we continued towards Amalfi Coast which is located on the southern shore of the mountainous Sorrentine Peninsula. The shores are steep and the highest peaks reach up to over 1000 metres, so the scenery is dramatic. We decided ...

Sailing in Italy, Leg 1: Procida - Piano di Sorrento

10/19/2014 05:21:00 AM

A year ago we visited Naples and Capri, but we did not have a chance to go sailing then. This year we wanted to come back and explore the area with a sailing boat. As the distance from Finland is quite long, renting a boat from the spot seemed ...

Greetings from Italy!

10/16/2014 12:31:00 PM

This year we decided to extend the sailing season in the warmer climate by chartering a boat from Italy. During the week we have been cruising in the Gulf of Naples and Amalfi Coast and our cruise ended today in the charter company's base on ...

September in seven photos

09/27/2014 03:44:00 AM

After a very warm and sunny September, it looks like the weather has taken a turn towards the Autumn this week. Also, this weekend has been quite windy, but the wind should ease for the Sunday, so we might be going sailing tomorrow. As the ...

A short film from Isokari island

09/03/2014 12:54:00 PM

My first visit to Isokari island in northern Kustavi took place almost fifteen years ago and I instantly fell in love with the nature on this beautiful island. Located in the northern part of Finnish Archipelago, the barren western side of the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 B ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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, ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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