The Picks of the Season 2022
Despite the turbulence in the world over the past year, the sailing season was nothing to complain about. However, we have got a new large dog, which limited our sailing somewhat, because a Bernese Mountain Dog is a bit too big to take on a sail, and its claws would not be good on the wooden surfaces of the boat. However, we did get out on the water a few times during the summer.
Peräsaari· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 31 M
Our eldest daughter came to visit home before the beginning of the university term, and our plan was to go sailing, as she hadn’t had a chance to get out on the water all the summer. We decided to head to Peräsaari, because it was her favourite island on the southern Saimaa, and because of its protected bay opening to the north. The weather was lovely, but the forecast predicted a fresh south-easterly breeze for Lake Saimaa.
Hiekkapakka· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 11 M
After a long time we had the opportunity to go out on a sailing trip. Our original plan was to sail to Kaito, but on the way we had second thoughts.
Satamosaari· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 8 M
My brother-in-law and his spouse were coming to visit, and the intention was that the four of us would go sailing on the Saimaa, which would also be their very first sailing trip. The wind forecast was for a nice 8-9 knots in the morning, but by evening it would be calm.
Syrjäispää· Pihlajavesi · Sarastus · 31 M
My youngest daughter and I went on a second sailing as a continuation of the Patasaari trip, and this one had to be a two-day sailing trip to a new destination. Almost all the easy-to-find spots on the southern Saimaa have been explored, so I chose the area in Pihlajavesi for this trip. Syrjäispää looked like a nice destination there.
Patasaari· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 19 M
After a busy June, the summer holiday finally began, and what better way to start a holiday than with a sailing trip? The cooler weather before the Midsummer quickly gave way to temperatures of almost 30°C, which caused the swimming waters to warm up at record speed. When considering the destination, we had the Eastern Gulf of Finland and Suur-Saimaa to choose from. The lake won this time, because swimming is far more comfortable in fresh water than in sea water. This time I went out with our youngest daughter. We chose Patasaari, which had been on the list of places to visit but we hadn’t had a chance to explore it before.
Around Muuttoluoto· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 8 M
After a cool spring, we finally had a good opportunity to go out on the water, although time was so tight that we decided to just go sailing and sail around an island depending on the wind.
The promise of summer
In Finland, there is often a spring phenomenon called hankikanto. It means that due to daily temperature fluctuations, the snow surface freezes hard enough to support human weight. This spring, hankikanto has gone on for an exceptionally long time, and at the moment it is a joy from dawn to dusk, opening up new horizons for outdoor recreation. This morning, after a couple of hours of walking the dog on the snow, I checked our neighbour’s dirt pile to see if the first coltsfoots of spring were there, and they were!
The Picks of the Season 2021
This year, travelling abroad was made difficult, but at least it is still easy to get out and about in the nature in Finland. In the summer, it was warm enough even further north. At the time of writing, both air and surface water temperatures have dropped well below 10 degrees Celsius, and weather forecasters are starting to talk about snow. In turn, the crop is beginning to run out in the vegetable garden. We harvested the last carrots early this week, but there is still plenty of kale left.
Pullikainen· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 13 M
In August, sailing had been limited due to other commitments and bad weather. However, the last weekend of the month seemed to be a good time to get out on the water, perhaps for the last time this summer. We chose Pullikainen because we had limited time available.