in an Ocean Explorer
11.8.10 - 16:00
||I Launched my boat in Porosalmi Harbour.
I had three days to explore Linnansaari National Park in lake
Saimaa Finland. The harbour was in sheltered bay and the wind
was behind me. When I sailed on a reach, open lake area winds
picked me up and I reefed the sail one step down. It was fun sailing.
I was moving windward and the waves started to grow bigger and
bigger. My boat name is iSo (big), but she started to feel small.
It was a little scary and exiting at the same time. I started
to look for shelter behind the islands and soon I reached a sheltered
bay on one small island. I was so focused on sailing and taking
photos, that I wasn´t sure in which island it was. I don’t
have GPS– with maps there is always possibility to get lost!
In the evening the winds are usually gentler. I had time to
make coffee and refit the wind indicator, which had dropped into
the cockpit. The bay was only 50m wide and it was a little battle
to sail out to open lake.
In the evening the winds were nicer and the sun was shining -
not a trouble in the whole world.
On one island there were 15 canoes and a group of young germans
singing Kumbaya my Lord - I thought I must sailed too far south.
The first night inside the cabin. The boat moves little with
waves. I was reading a book and listening to the radio. Nice feeling
– dawn comes and I fall into sleep.
12.8. 07:00 - Holiday - Why wake up at 7 o'clock?
09:30 - Stuck in calm. I miss yesterday´s
winds and surfs. History knows greater sailors and explorers than
me, maybe we still share something common - moments like this?
That spirits up my mind and I start reading and let the sail up.
My boat carries Michael Storer's lugsail
and it picks up even the littlest whisper of wind. I am actually
moving slowly. My destination is Linnansaari Island´s north
edge. The map says it has a dock for small boats. My boat has
berth´s for two - is that dock going to be too small?
11:00 - Water supply showing alarming low. Sun
is burning hot. In these latitudes the sun can be an enemy - am
I gonna survive?
11:50 - A bird. Sign of land, binoculars! coconuts
– whiskey for all!
12:00 - Back to reality (at least half of reality)
- no whiskey for sailors! – Maybe a little in the evening?
It´s time for lunch break. Tuna and pasta. (I caught the
tuna earlier this morning.) When I moored, the winds started to
blow. Luckily they died as soon as they appeared – I had
time to eat in peace and take a small nap.
14:15 - In Linnansaari Island small boat's dock.
My fear was unnecessary. The boat just fit the dock.
I hiked to a cliff which gave a great view of the lake.
16:00 - Nice steady winds – not big, but
keeps us moving.
17:00 - Moored to rocky island. Coffee break
and swimming – feeling free. You don’t have to be
rich, (with money) to complete your dreams!
20:45 - Found nice place between two small islands.
I took a couple of photos, set up the boom tent and slid into
my sleeping bag. Later I watched the sunset through the cabin
||Sunset through cabin window.
13:08 - Friday the 13th. Beautiful morning,
no clouds and the sun warms nicely. After breakfast I headed back
to the harbour where I started. This trip is going to end soon.
It´s time to start planning the next one.
Plans for this baby are available in Duckworks
(includes Michael Sorer´s Lug rig and foil shapes).
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