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Archipelago cruise on the steamship Ukkopekka

Archipelago cruise on the steamship Ukkopekka

  The age of the steam engine might be gone but you can still hear that steam whistle blow and feel the slow thuds of a real steam engine under your feet in the Turku archipelago. There is no better way to awaken your steamship nostalgia than taking an archipelago cruise on the steamship Ukkopekka. […]

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Isokari lighthouse

Isokari lighthouse

 The Isokari lighthouse (Enskär in Swedish) is the second oldest lighthouse in Finland. The lighthouse was built in 1833 and is still in use. The lighthouse (and the island Isokari) lie on the northern border of the Archipelago Sea. North of the island starts the Gulf of Bothnia. Isokari one of the many lighthouses in Finland […]

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Stories from Finland

Helsinki – Tallinn in an open boat

Helsinki – Tallinn in an open boat

   One of my colleagues, Olli Vuola and his wife Anu, used the fantastic spring weather we had around Easter to do a rare kind of trip: Helsinki – Tallinn in an open boat! Anu and Olli kindly agreed to share some photos and the details of their trip with Sail in Finland readers. As Finland […]

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Camera lost in Thailand was returned to its owner in Finland

Camera lost in Thailand was returned to its owner in Finland

 The wonders of the Internet age. Here’s a little story how – with a little help from Sail in Finland – a camera lost in Thailand was returned to its owner in Finland. You might have noticed that you can send Sail in Finland questions via the banner “Have a question? Ask Sail in Finland“. And […]

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Great sailing locations

105 Rocks – Kuorsalo – harbour

105 Rocks – Kuorsalo – harbour

  I arrived here on the way back from the Russian border and in pleasant, calm conditions it was a great spot. Since it was empty I was able to go alongside the substantial concrete quay. There was enough water for Zoph but you’d not need to go too far in. If it was busier […]

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105 Rocks – Haapasaari – guest harbour

105 Rocks – Haapasaari – guest harbour

  As well as the ridiculous number of spare ‘A’s, this is one of the two border points for heading to and from Russia. It seems to be the standard immigration port for folk who are heading for St Petersburg. The border post is the quay in the south west corner of the island. If […]

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Safe sailing

An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday – part 2

An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday – part 2

 An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday. It’s not always easy to prove yourself as a skipper and gain authority on-board when your crew consists of friends, work mates or family who you live with in a different way in daily life. But a boat is a boat and as the skipper, you DO […]

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An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday – part 1

An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday – part 1

  An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday. It’s not always easy to prove yourself as a skipper and gain authority on-board when your crew consists of friends, work mates or family who you live with in a different way in daily life. But a boat is a boat and as the skipper, you […]

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Interviews

Interview with Greg Ward

Interview with Greg Ward

  One of the great times to meet other sailors is during the spring service of your boat. Last spring I met Greg Ward in the marina in Pargas when I was getting our sailing boat ready for the summer. Between waxing and painting we had some great conversations with Greg about the differences between […]

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Interview with Incila Oezmert from Sailvation

Interview with Incila Oezmert from Sailvation

 The sailing season in Finland is slowly coming to an end so planning next year’s sailing can therefore start! To help you prepare for future yacht charter tours, Sail in Finland has the pleasure of introducing a new guest blogger. Incila Oezmert from Sailvation is a real sailing and chartering multi-talent. She has done pretty much […]

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Other Recent Posts

105 Rocks – Kaunissaari – guest harbour

105 Rocks – Kaunissaari – guest harbour

| 2014/06/17 | 0 Comments

  This is a pleasant, sandy island with a twee village, nice walks and a proper guest harbour with reasonable berthing fees, showers, leccy etc. It was quite full when I arrived in thick, thick fog and an onshore force 5 blowing. In these conditions the approach was pretty hairy. I could only see the […]

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105 Rocks – Lillfjärden – natural harbour

105 Rocks – Lillfjärden – natural harbour

| 2014/06/14 | 0 Comments

  This is another free nature reserve harbour with stern buoys. There’s not many spaces and you’ll have to squeeze around the end of the wooden quay that pokes out from the reedy shore. I was the first boat there and was joined by only one other. Ashore there’s a composting bog and a very […]

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105 Rocks – Bockhamn – natural harbour

105 Rocks – Bockhamn – natural harbour

| 2014/06/14 | 0 Comments

   Bockhamn is a wee, free, nature reserve quay, with stern buoys, in a beautifully sheltered round bay. The entrance is another narrow one that you’d hardly notice on the way past, but it’s plenty deep enough for large yachts. In common with most places I visited to the east of Helsinki it wasn’t very […]

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