Earlier in the spring, I had the pleasure of motoring through the magnificent Finnish Archipelago sea with absolutely no wind and very flat water. As I also had a freshly cleaned bottom, it was a great time to retest the motor cruising speeds of our Hanse 388!
After an evening on the beach and a whole day walking around and exploring (a small part of) the beautiful island (a big thank you to the nice caretaker for the surprise private showing of the lighthouse!), we felt ready to sail onward.
We had loaded ourselves and our stuff aboard— with surprisingly little drama, I might add!— and we were ready to go. Ready to start the (hopefully mostly enjoyable) process of replacing brave expectations with actual experiences, and memories to be.
Less than a week now, until we will embark on our third summer sailing adventure! We still don’t know where we will go, but this post isn’t about that. This post is about a short solo trip I did last week. During that trip, for an hour or so, I got some good data for light-air crossover sailing, so I thought it would be nice to share that data. (And also confirm and re-confirm that our Hanse 388 really is quite a nimble boat!)
A while ago I got a question about what lines go where on the deck, and a “maybe you could write a blog post about the rigging?” Yes, I can!
With no more snow and ice in our country (hooray!), it was time to jump on the first bus to the winter storage place in Dalsbruk and get our dear boat home!
The holy grail of sailboat performance comparison is to sort out how fast it goes when we know what the surrounding conditions— wind and water movement— are. It’s actually quite complicated, and I confess that I don’t have a final answer to this question, yet. This post is about one part of it, however, calibrating boat speed.
With a frozen sea, you can’t sail (in the water anyway), so you have to do something else. Here’s an update about the boat tracking and digital logbook system I’ve been working on.
With a few hundred million more speed and wind data points in the database, here’s some fresh sailing performance data, and some humble guesses as to what it all means.
We had just a few miles left until we’d reach the final destination of our summer vacation sail, our home harbor in Turku. The children were all out on the deck, looking quite happy, but also a bit anxious. It had been a long journey (well by our standards at least), and while getting home was a good, and dearly anticipated thing, it would also mean the end of our great adventure.