THE POD DRIVE
Voila....this is it. The old engine, the tank, the tubes, the smell, the fuel, the holes for emission and cooling water are all gone. They are being replaced by this little shining plug inside the boat, and the sleek pod and folding propeller underneath it.
Gotta love Juanda and his family from Columbia...and Alexandra. Having dinner at Sandhamns Värdshus, inviting me to sit at their table. Next day we all went sailing...and trawled for micro plastics of course.
I came from the South after 15 years, but enter my home sailing waters from the North. The leg over to Swedish mainland and the Stockholm archipelago was emotional and filled with great memories from earlier crossings...
Five hours late I arrived Mariehamn. The patient journalist and photographer still waited for me to make the interview.... I also got to meet and have lunch with a great friend living on the island – Tim Mankonen. Tried to convince Tim to sail with me over to Kapellskär in Sweden and have him take the ferry back...but it wasn't tempting enough obviously haha. But We will be back! Åland is situated between Sweden and Finland. It is a progressive set of islands and an autonomou
On the island Satavaa south of Åbo in the beautiful archipelago a branch of my family tree has settled since many years back. I just have to share how a stop there led to an interview at the Town Hall in Åbo. Long time no see. Lovely dinner with Erik (my fathers cousin) and Anna (my fathers cousin Ola's daughter) , whom I met for the first time (!). Anna happened to work for Åbo Commune so she texted her office between the main course and desert and arranged with an interview
Ha...these are images and footage of something that may look like the perfect trawling session. It was...but the end of it, yeez did things mess up after the wind picked up and, the Code Zero rolled out by mistake and got stuck, and the trawl sank and some of all the sheets on deck fell overboard got stuck in the propeller. The perfect trawl...designed by Marcus Eriksen, Founder of the Five Gyre Institute in San Diego
We left the boat expo enthusiastically early morning on a beautiful sunny day, I told my guests that we could reach Hankö by the evening. But no way. Too rough waves, wind in da face and tendencies to sea sickness made us turn back into the protective islands. It is always a wise decision to give up against nature, so we spent the night behind a little island in the stunning Helsinki archipelago... And after a day with no wind and rain instead we reached Hankö where the wind
Joshua and I arrived reeeeally late that night but everything was prepared for us. So we docked and in the bright Nordic night we fixed the boat and the banners and looked forward to meet the visitors and show them our treats. Little did we know what kind of alarm clock behind our transom would wake us up... This stunt guy really conquered the laws of gravity. Despite the fact that his trick is based on a water scooter running on fossil fuels, we have to give him rightful cr
I met Helen from Tallin at the boat expo in Stockholm in March. She was representing the East Baltic marinas and is a very experienced sailor with lots of merits in international off-shore racing. When I told her about my plans she looked at me with skepticism and told me I would never make it all the way to Tallin. "I talk to many people who spend 4 months to go from Stocholm to Tallin, What makes you think you can cover four times the distance in half the time without a pro