We didn’t end up where we had intended at the end of the day, but were glad we changed our minds.
We had flip flopped over where to stay the night before, and had eventually settled on an island in the middle of the Archipelago sea. We slipped our berth on a misty morning about 0930 in Turku, and retraced our steps back down the river towards the archipelago.
By late morning our sails were back up and we were making around 5.5 knots – Suzanne had slipped back to bed, still full of cold.
Around this time another yacht said they would be going to the island of Baro, which had an excellent restaurant and a barrel wood sauna – would anyone like to join them. So at just before 4pm we altered course to head up to meet them. In doing so we got to see another pair of sea eagles.
Dinner was booked for 7pm, and our sauna for 10pm – so to make sure we were there just in time, we washed and changed as we motor sailed along.
Berthing was a bit of a cockup – Suzanne trying to catch the stern buoy with the wrong side of the hook (she blames her cold), the guy in the boat next door wanting to engage in conversation, and the stern buoy rope getting caught on a cleat and stopping our approach to the pontoon rather abruptly. With the other yacht watching…. why is no one ever there when you boss it?? Still no-one was hurt and we arrived with 15 minutes to spare for dinner.
Dinner was delightful, the usual fish and vegetable fare we have come to love and enjoy during our time in Finland. We also paid our berthing fee of 30 euros and sauna fee of 20 euros at the restaurant. The normal sauna was free, as was the laundry.
After dinner, we pottered across to our barrel sauna. A small ante chamber to change out of your clothes and then into the sauna proper where a small stove blazed with a wood fire, heating the stones on the top. We then spent a blissful hour, over heating in the sauna and then popping out onto the verandah, to dip our toes in the sea. And dodge the mosquitos.
Andrew, as ever, got bitten – and the bites blew up to the size of small golf balls. So big, the other yacht could see them the next morning from about 40 feet away!
Needless to say we both slept like logs that night.
No image of our track, we forgot! We took just over 9 hours to make 55 nautical miles, with an average speed of 5.9 knots. We sailed for 2 and a half hours, and used 5 gallons of fuel.
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