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. The next day we all went sailing...and trawled for microplastics of course.
I crossed the Ålands Hav first time in my early 20-ies in my father's little sailboat, then a few times with my very young children. And in the very same sailboat... The leg over to the Swedish mainland and the Stockholm archipelago was emotional and filled with great memories from these earlier crossings...
Five hours late I arrived at 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 autono
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 father's cousin) and Anna (my father's 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 dessert and arranged an interview
Ha...these are images and footage of something that may look like the perfect trawling session. It was...but at 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 on 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 pi
Joshua and I arrived really late that night but everything was prepared for us. So we docked and on the bright Nordic night, we fixed the boat and the banners and looked forward to meeting the visitors and showing 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
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 offshore 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 Tallinn. "I talk to many people who spend 4 months going from Stockholm to Tallin, What makes you think you can cover four times the distance in half the time without a pr