And the weather was GLORIOUS and we sailed almost 42 miles (45 was our estimate, it was a little shorter than that) from Elisaari to Pihlajasaari, a lovely little nature preserve/recreation island in Helsinki Harbor.
More tricky navigation through islands today, but we were OK - everything's quite well marked and as long as somebody was paying close attention to the chart, we were fine.
Nice sailing day - all downwind, mostly dead downwind, with a good breeze...
A little bit chilly, but such a pretty sail!
so just jib,
although the last couple of miles, as we came in to Helsinki Harbor, we did add the main.
Tallink Shuttle ferry leaving Helsinki for Tallinn - if anybody had been tired of sailing, this would've been where they could've skipped back to Estonia, but nobody was!
B. and I went for a walk -
we found a restaurant
where you can get a beer on a patio overlooking the entrance to the harbor -
I had to shoot another beer commercial (I am getting a nice collection !) -
so we were late for snacks but there was still food when we got back.
More good herring! I ate more fish on the trip than I usually eat in a month.
Another gorgeous island. At one time I guess it was more private, the place is sprinkled with lovely villas that were the summer retreats of well-to-do Helsinki residents - our restaurant was one.
Now it's another link in this chain of lovely recreational spots which we've been enjoying so much. There is a ferry from the mainland, so people can come here for the day to hike, swim,
or just have a beer on a patio overlooking the harbor entrance.
There are millions of boaters here - we didn't have any trouble finding a spot, but there's plenty of neighbors here in the public harbor.
including this handsome fellow with the magnificent mustachios!
Keelboats and kitesurfers,
and a whole assortment of dinghies -
here are some foiling Moths ripping it up, and further off it looks like maybe an Optimist (or the local equivalent) race in progress -
and a kayaker paddled into the cove across from where we're moored, although he beached his boat & disappeared on a hike before I could get to my camera.
Boater's heaven, here in the summertime. Think you might like to go there someday? Once again, here's the information page!