Taka-Ruuho· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 28 M
My youngest daughter and I went for a day sailing trip on Lake Saimaa. We chose Taka-Ruuho as our destination, where we planned to have sauna.
Sandön· The Archipelago Sea · Sarastus · 24 M
We visited Sandön island in the Archipelago Sea National Park three years earlier, so it wasn’t really in the list or on the season’s plan. However, my wife and I were on our way to pick up my youngest daughter and her gear from a camp in Southwest Finland, and that weekend our friends were planning an overnight trip to Sandö. Since the weather conditions were pretty ideal, we took the boat and launched it on Saturday morning.
Ilkonsaaret· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 16 M
My eldest daughter came to visit us, and she and I wanted to do a short day sail. In the previous evening, however, I was a bit hesitant because the forecast for the afternoon was for 17 knots with heavy thunderstorms starting from 16:00. However, we planned our schedule carefully so that we could get off the lake before the thunderstorm, and we were prepared to reef as well.
Oulujärvi (also known as Lake Oulu) had been in my list for several years, but we couldn’t find the right time and right weather for the trip. However, during the July heat, my wife and I finally decided to make a weekend trip there just the two of us.
Suuri Lintusaari· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 23 M
In June, temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius are less common in Finland, but in 2021 the situation was totally different. In such warm weather, heading for the water seems the most sensible solution, because on land, the heat makes it tough to do anything useful.
Kätkytsaari· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 7 M
We had taken a couple of weeks off in May and June to prepare for our daughter’s graduation ceremony. Although we were pretty busy enough, we wanted to use a day for a small sailing trip, as the weather was so beautiful. We set out, leaving the destination undecided, as different forecast services gave slightly different prediction about the wind conditions. Our primary destination were Ilkonsaaret, but if the wind was light, we would choose a closer destination.
Satamosaari· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 20 M
Weather forecasts predicted very warm weather for quite some time for the Ascension Day. So, we decided to schedule the first sailing for that day. As usual, the first launch requires some refreshing of memory, but it went through without major issues.
Summer is near
In a nearby pile of dirt, hope finally appears as the first coltsfoots of the spring come out. The amount of sunlight has been increasing rapidly, that is not only starting to warm the waters but also brightens the spirits and increases amount of vitamin D in our bodies, that both are needed by immune system. Now it’s time to outline our goals for the coming season, so here’s the plan.
The Picks of the Season 2020
As the weather forecasts are already starting to refer to the first snow, and as both water and air temperatures are about to fall below 10°C, the sailing season is practically over. Many great moments have been experienced on the waters during the summer and the autumn.
Satamosaari· Suur-Saimaa · Sarastus · 16 M
The sailing season seemed to be over, so I had packed the boat with gear for the winter. Then came the last weekend of September. The air temperature on land was forecasted to be around 20 degrees. The surface water temperature was well above 12.5 ° C, which I consider to be the limit for sailing without dry or wet suits. The wind would be 8-11 knots according to the forecast. And as there was no other commitments, unlike at the second half of August, it was obvious that we would head for the water!