Perfect sailing holiday Stockholm to Narva

This Summer we are discovering the Eastern harbours in Gulf of Finland. We left our home harbour near Södertälje in Sweden on the first of July and have to be back in the second week of August. To reach Narva, the legendary Estonian border town to Russia, took us 16 days. Besides our son Rein-Martin,…

Kökar is different!

It is Saturday the 6th of August at 10:40 AM when we finally head out from Mariehamn. We aim Seglinge island, a place where they sell smoked lokal fish. It is 46 miles to go and we are making 3,5 knots with the wind from the side. The wind is about 4-5 m/s SW, so…

Mariehamn. About history, culture and sauna revolution.

We arrived in Mariehamn’s West harbour in the early morning hours, it was Wednesday. Rein-Martin as a true co-traveller allowed us to sleep until twelve the next day. The city of thousand linden trees Mariehamn is the capital of Åland and it is not that old as one could imagine. It was founded by Russian…

Over Åland Sea to Mariehamn

We left Vaxholm at 3PM. The weather was good, light wind from the back. The original plan to stay over night on an island on our way, did not work out because the stormy weather we were expecting was to arrive few hours earlier than forecasted before. So we made a decision to continue the…

Vaxholm, a place to talk about babyfood with random old guys

The plan was to leave early, find a good anchor spot, and sail over to Åland the next morning. We woke at 10, ate breakfast and went shopping. I had lost the boathook in Stockholm on our way out of the harbour, so we badly needed a new one. The schedule looked promising at first,…

Wind SW 8-10 m/s. Destination Waxholm.

Enough about Stockholm, it could take hours to write about everything there is worth a visit in this wonderful place, perhaps I’ll have time for that later on. But now we are heading to Åland! Clever people do not rush. In the beginning it takes time and patience to get used to the boat again, to…

Sailing in the city. Stockholm.

We started late as usual, had breakfast at half past one. Rein-Martin and Indrek had been doing their stuff earlier while I was still in bed. Sleeping. After the nightmares (see previous post for details). We had a long list of things that had to be done before heading out to the real sea. Mälare…

To Helgeö. Morning is wiser than the night.

Everything was not that simple yesterday as it might have seemed when reading my post. Because only after I finished writing the blog, things began to happen. After passing through the lock, I decided to put Rein-Martin back to sleep. He woke up just to take part of our first lock passage and enjoyed it…

Better late than never. Södertälje channel and lock passage.

We started our journey on Saturday at 18:30 from Eneby harbour close to Järna in Sweden. It is Evelin, Indrek and Rein-Martin on board of Lyra’s Star. Almost like a year before, except that Rein-Martin had not been born just yet, he was still in my belly. To prepare for this long journey took us…