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.
One Thousand One Hundred Miles, Six Countries
So, where did we go? Here’s a short summary of the whole trip with links to earlier blog posts and other relevant stuff!
1. Turku 🇫🇮 – Visby 🇸🇪
Approx 240 nautical miles. My new logging software had some hiccups, so the logging, unfortunately, crashed a while after we had left Finland. We had quite a bit of upwind, which added some miles to the sailed distance.
The actual log data with pictures and videos can be viewed on the Charlotte site.
The screenshot below is of the first leg of our Turku – Visby trip (we spent one night at anchor before continuing), and if you head over to the site, you can click the yellow dots to see actual images and videos from the trip. (The blue dots are from our first season, one year earlier.)
2. Visby 🇸🇪 – Trollskogen 🇸🇪 (Öland)
43 nautical miles. Anchored next to a wonderful Öland beach.
3. Trollskogen 🇸🇪 – Kårehamn 🇸🇪
26 nautical miles. Hanging out (as the only visitor!) next to a shop and a restaurant with a merry amount of fish. Big castle in Borgholm.
4. Kårehamn 🇸🇪 – Långe Jan 🇸🇪
50 nautical miles to the south tip of Öland. We spend the night there at anchor before heading over to Bornholm and Denmark.
5. Långe Jan 🇸🇪 – Rønne 🇩🇰
Approx 110 nautical miles. Once again the logging device cut out (because of a bug when switching roaming data operators), but we were, again, heading upwind and couldn’t sail directly to where we wanted.
We had a wonderful time in Rønne! (❤️ Eli & Christian!)
6. Rønne 🇩🇰 – Hel 🇵🇱
159 nautical miles and the most beautiful morning mist scenery I’ve ever seen!
7. Hel 🇵🇱 – (Russian EEZ 🇷🇺) – Klaipeda 🇱🇹
110 nautical miles. The most wind and the biggest waves yet. Beautiful Klaipeda!
8. Klaipeda 🇱🇹 – (⚓︎😴🇱🇻) – Kuressaare 🇪🇪
Approx 172 nautical miles. Some logging problems here as well, but this time because the logging device ran out of storage space.
9. Kuressaare 🇪🇪 – (⚓︎ 🇪🇪) – (⚓︎ 🇫🇮) – Turku
182 miles in three legs (with sleeping at anchor in between) from Kuressaare, Estonia to home.
I reversed into our spot, threw the docking bridle onto one of the cleats, and then slowly motored us up to the pontoon.
The children weren’t in any hurry to get off of the boat. They knew that they were supposed to stay and help with the packing and cleaning, and only after that, we’d walk to our home, all together.
And about an hour later, we were ready.
We were walking on the sidewalk, the children a bit ahead of us.
O looked at J. “What game will you play first when we get home?”, he asked.
They had been without their phones, pads, and computers for the whole summer, and this was a question they had asked each other more or less frequently during the whole trip. After the first week, with a substantial amount of desperation involved, but later, with less and less so.
“Roblox,” J answered, a bit briefly, as if maybe he had something else on his mind.
I, for my part, was happy, and also quite relieved, that we were back home again. And deeply thankful for everything, for all our shared experiences during our summer adventure.
We did return to where we had left from, but that was only half the truth. Most journeys can’t be measured by plotting distances between coordinates on a chart. This was certainly one of those.
Thank you, all ❤️