Archive for August, 2013

Keeping ahead of the Swallows

From Christianso Christianso lies some 10 miles to the North of Bornholm , and the 80 mile passage there from Utklippan was the stuff of dreams . Sailing out of sight of land under a brilliant blue sky with the spinnaker up , and surrounded on all sides by towering masses of cumulus clouds neatly […]

Getting high in Kalmar

From Kalmar Kalmar was all we had hoped for , a friendly and knowledgeable chandlery which stocked VHF cable and antennae ,and a charming electronics expert called Martin who agreed with our diagnosis that the existing cable and antenna needed replacing . We purchased 100 metres of 2mm spectra from the odds and sods bin […]

Visby and Gotland

From Gotland and Visby The 80 mile passage to Visby , the lovely old medieval city that is the capital of Gotland, was satisfyingly brisk. On our previous visit to the Baltic 33 years ago , strong winds and lack of time had prevented us getting there so our visit this year was well overdue! […]

Not Autumn Already?

Jaap ,Fre and their two boys flew out to Tallinn to join us, and a return to the Finnish archipelago seemed the obvious place to introduce them to sailing: short passages between the islands and flat water and plenty of exploring to be done at each anchorage makes it a very child friendly place. From […]


From Tallinn One of the reasons for coming to this area of the world was to meet up with Helen Sumro , our young Estonian friend and erstwhile crew mate. She was skippering a 42 footer in the Baltic Tall Ships race and was due to end the first leg of the race , from […]

A Finnish Summer.

The Finnish and Aland archipelago‚Äôs were just up our street. They are wild , relatively deserted , and give an infinite choice of free anchorages. Life was so good there that we almost decided to forego a trip up the Gulf of Finland , so imagine our delight when we found that the coastal archipelago […]