Day 25 – to Turku
Today was the day we reached the destination the last few days had been about. And Suzanne missed most of the day – struck down with the Helsinki flu bug. She got up to see us out of the Helsingholm berth and then retired to her pit.
Andrew had booked the berth online in Turku, so knew that it wouldn’t be available until 2pm. So he enjoyed a very leisurely sail drifting along downwind. More seals spotted, more beautiful islands and cute painted wooden summer houses.
Suzanne was kicked out of her sick bed to help with the arrival into Turku – which she didn’t begrudge as it was a great entrance. A long river, with the castle on the corner as you turned into the main straight through the town. On the port side the maritime museum, with a number of interesting military ships and an old tall ship berthed alongside.
The city marina was a short way from this, and before the first low bridge that prevented exploring any further up river. The box berth was 5m wide, but the actual piles only came up to cockpit and were no where near our stern – so we had to put on springs – which was odd but worked.
The little cafe/kiosk was also where we paid our fees, 47 euros all included, and picked up the local info. The toilets were behind the kiosk, and the excellent showers/saunas and laundry were across the road in a former ceramics factory, down in the basement, with exposed stonework and tiles.
We pottered into town to visit the living museum, the cathedral and grabbed dinner at a vegetarian restaurant beside the river. A very pleasing town, with life centred on the river. A great art museum that we didn’t have chance to visit. And a cool looking castle that we saw only from the outside.
It would have been great to spend a few more days in Turku – but we were on a timetable – so had to content ourselves with the few short hours we had. We hope we get to visit again soon.
Our daily stats
We travelled 32 miles in just under 8 hours making about 4.1 knots, of which over 4 hours was sailing. We used half a gallon of fuel.
If you want to hear more, check out our ‘Two in a Boat’ podcast, Episode 27 – think we found our viking!