At the Sea

What I love in the sea, is its soothing, constant change. Ocean is mellow, calm and kind, but as well it is full of rage, stormy and cruel. And everything between. And it is it all that makes it so magical! You cannot control it, or pick the part you want out of it. When …

Rite of passage

As one story ends, new begins. Even Benjamin Button knew it, though his stranding techniques in clip above☝🏼 would get my ship wrecked pretty fast. (No matter how handsome Pitt is in the scene…)😍🤔😳 And between ends and beginnings, it is crucial to do the rite of passage: Really finish what was old, so one …

When you have an entourage assembled from finest sailors, there’s no space for pirates to join the ship's company.
Respect your shipmates. You’ve picked them, you become like them, and they become like you. You are as strong or weak as your crew is.
 
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don't much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.
Alice: ...So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you're sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Ocean brings people together

I keep admiring of the vast capability sea has to wipe off all unnecessary: Within the ocean, only the important core matters are left in. I was on a short leg for getting this particular sailboat safe under upcoming fall. We sailed on the front of southern Finland shoreline. As working gast, I met this …

Crossing the Atlantic

Ocean is something you respect. Respect contains the concepts of fear, admiration and love. I learned to respect the ocean when I was on Atlantic crossing. World is full of useful guidelines, tips, knowledge and lists how to prepare yourself and your boat for that journey. After all, it is a quite a journey. I …

Gin & Tonic

When sailing under command of skipper Jonni with AnjouCrew, we have this tradition when breaking 8 knots speed with sails = Gin & Tonics at the destination harbor. Always nice. Both drink and the speed.

This clip is from last leg when Jonni, his godson/my son and I sailed his ship back to home harbor from Åland.

 

Smooth sea never made a skilled sailor

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hitting the storm

Gods of weather are moody, so the conditions on the sea may change fast. And so they did in on our leg from Kasnäs to Hanko, when we started to transfer my friend Jonni’s boat back to home harbor after cruising the whole summer in Finnish archipelago. Distance was pretty short, forecast looked nice, and …