Day 12: Gustavsörarna – Sandvik .. and some rest!

Our previous days paddle lasted til midnight. We landed at Gustavsörarna. An island in the middle of a big bit of water. Weather forecast had a highwinds storms approaching sometime today.. so we broke camp around 0500 and continued to a better camp location at Sandvik.  The rest of the day was spent washing, fixing eating and sleeping..

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More drying of gear

Day 9: Skorvan – Porkkala – Stora Fagerö

The days biggest event would be crossing Porkkala bay/ fjord! Notorious for choppy seas the bay can be annoying to cross. For once we were lucky! As we approached Porkkala peninsula the Northwind simmered down and the waters were readonably wave free. Piece of piss! Never been this easy!

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Lunchbreak before the crossing
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Stora Fagerö
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Setting sun @ Stora Fagerö

Day 8: Vuosaari – Suomenlinna – Hernesaari – Pihlajasaari – Skorvan

A saturday. For the first time we had a tailwindforecast for our intended route.. NE @ possibly 14+ m/s! The direction was ok but the numbers were a bit hairy!
Another issue was that it was a saturday AND we had to cross Helsinki waters laterally east to west… Not fun! I really cannot recommend it to anyone.. who values their sanity in any way. Ofcourse there the the commercial traffic which behaves and is predictable although is ALOT of it!! 

The there is the normal smallboat traffic.. which is mostly harmless stuff in itself. But when you add to the mix random big yachties,  a couple classes of sailing competitions (100+ optimist dingies plus support boats)  and the usual mix of sailboats and sightseeing tour boats doing their thing ghen a couple sea kayaks really have no space to be in! Its a bit like trying to crawl across a six-lane freeway during rush hour and expecting not to get hit… not going to happen!

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New sauna called Löyly located in Hernesaari
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Some traffic trying to run us into the wave break.

We did survive Helsinki crossing .. not going to do that again anytime soon in this life..
The rest of the days paddling went well.. we had a tailwind which gave a nicepush southwest along the coast. I believe this was the first fullday of tailwind during this trip.

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Skorvan

We visited Skorvan isle’ where we were invited to stay the night by our hosts,  Helsinki based sea kayaking club Merimelojat ry.