Tallin – made the bet, won a friend.
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 proper engine? You gonna be cold, wet and disappointed."
I suggested to her that IF I make it to Tallin, I will treat her with a dinner. She laughed and said "No way, if you make it to Tallin this year, I am inviting YOU to dinner".
Here we are. SY Johanna docked in Tallin Old City Marina on August 13th, 2018.
The bet was fun to win, but the value of knowing someone like Helen when arriving a new marina in a foreign country surpasses by far the significance of winning a bet.
Helen invited us with her family for dinner at Lieb Restaurant in Tallin's Old Town. Lieb means black bread in Estonian and the restaurant offered great food and drinks.
A quick recap in the boat, an interview about the development of Estonian marinas and a sweet little confirmation of the bet.