Round much of the UK, the border between land and ocean is pretty abrupt - there are a lot of cliffs where the land drops precipitately away into the sea. Indeed sea cliff climbing is a very special part of UK climbing, and something that isn't as common elsewhere as you might think. Finland is different - for a lot of the coastline the border is much more fuzzy - sea and land bleed into each other with the archipelagos of little islands, peninsular and skerries and the forest-fringed bays, channels and fjords in-between. Sea views of the type normal in the UK are oddly rare along the southern coast of Finland at least - from the mainland there are normally islands further out blocking your view to open water. Sailing is obviously a great way to explore all these channels and island and unsurprisingly popular. You might not need to think much of tides or waves or storms sailing around coastal Finland but you do need to read your charts/GPS plotter very carefully to watch out for the myriad of rocks, reefs and shallow water that abounds.
|Busy shipping lanes passing the approaches to Turku|
Dave: "haul in the tiddly-pong to tauten the widdly-dee!"
Toby: "....errr?? You what?"
|Sailing in the Turku archipelago|
|Wine on the rocks|
|Jellyfish - there were LOTS of these on the first visit|
|Dave on the first ascent of Iiris Corner (5/HVS 5a)|
|Your correspondent on the first ascent of Swimming with Jellyfish (5-/VS 4c)|
|Dave onsights the first ascent of Wall Route (6-/E1 5b)|
|Dave climbs Corner Route (5+/HVS 5b)|
|In the foreground the huge slit boulder, in the background the main cliff.|
|Looking northwest from the top of the cliff|
|Evening at the anchorage|
|Early autumn bounty, chanterelles for tea.|
|Heading home - plain sailing|
|Racing the afternoon ferry from Stockholm back up the Airisto channel|
|Home at sunset|