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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Bockhamn - Hamina

The nature harbour of Bockhamn was indeed quite protected. For the past few days, it was blowing 30-40kt outside with 2-3m waves. We were sitting happily in our quiet pond, seeing 5kt or less of wind, reading and occasionally grilling. I feel sorry for the couple of sailboats that had to leave in the middle of it to go to a marina to charge batteries!

Today we decided to sail on, utilizing the favourable wind direction at the coattails of the storm. Since high winds were still in the menu, we took the cautious approach of starting the day with the main on second reef and the staysail.


Early on, this felt a bit overcautious, as we were making somewhat slow progress in ~15kt winds, following the winding fairway between the skerries. But as we passed Loviisa, the wind started filling in. After that we were mostly blasting along at hull speed wing on wing, and seeing gusts up to 34kt. At that point we were quite glad of our selected sail plan!


As we passed the normally busy port town of Kotka, the only other boats braving the weather were the local Optimist dinghy kids.

Now we’re in the old bastion fortress city of Hamina near the Finnish eastern border. We’ll do some provisioning and visit the local museums before returning to the archipelago.

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
05.07. 10:09 Z 60°16'4"N 25°59'49"E 0kt 2025.4NM wind 1.9kt 160° baro 1009 hPa Started main engine
05.07. 10:16 Z 60°16'3"N 25°59'57"E 120° 3.7kt 2025.4NM wind 13.2kt 225° baro 1010 hPa Motoring
05.07. 10:28 Z 60°15'21"N 26°0'23"E 126° 4kt 2026.2NM wind 18.5kt 210° baro 1009 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main (2nd reef), Staysail
05.07. 11:00 Z 60°15'57"N 26°5'55"E 60° 5.3kt 2029.1NM wind 22.6kt 204° baro 1010 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 11:09 Z 60°15'54"N 26°7'30"E 103° 5.2kt 2029.9NM wind 15.3kt 204° baro 1010 hPa Autopilot activated
05.07. 11:14 Z 60°15'52"N 26°8'26"E 101° 4.9kt 2030.4NM wind 17.1kt 198° baro 1010 hPa Started watermaker, 15ppm
05.07. 11:41 Z 60°16'0"N 26°13'5"E 69° 5.3kt 2032.7NM wind 14.8kt 200° sea state 3/10 clouds 4/8 visibility 7/10 baro 1011 hPa Wing on wing
05.07. 12:00 Z 60°16'45"N 26°16'16"E 69° 4.8kt 2034.5NM wind 15.2kt 222° baro 1011 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 13:00 Z 60°18'46"N 26°25'54"E 71° 6.9kt 2039.7NM wind 23.3kt 210° baro 1011 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 14:00 Z 60°21'12"N 26°38'31"E 66° 8.2kt 2046.4NM wind 25.1kt 228° sea state 4/10 clouds 3/8 visibility 7/10 baro 1011 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 14:35 Z 60°22'40"N 26°46'27"E 87° 6kt 2050.7NM wind 22.1kt 217° baro 1011 hPa Stopped watermaker, 15ppm. Made about 17l of water
05.07. 14:56 Z 60°23'25"N 26°51'12"E 86° 7.8kt 2053.2NM wind 28.6kt 231° baro 1012 hPa Autopilot deactivated
05.07. 15:00 Z 60°23'38"N 26°52'3"E 79° 7kt 2053.6NM wind 23kt 229° baro 1012 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 15:20 Z 60°25'6"N 26°55'21"E 55° 6.6kt 2055.9NM wind 26.3kt 258° baro 1012 hPa Navigating tablet turned off
05.07. 16:00 Z 60°28'3"N 27°0'56"E 74° 6.5kt 2060.2NM wind 18.4kt 233° baro 1012 hPa Tablet died again. From 11 to 5 in about 30 min
05.07. 16:21 Z 60°28'28"N 27°5'8"E 54° 6.1kt 2062.4NM wind 17.8kt 230° baro 1012 hPa Sails set: Main (2nd reef)
05.07. 16:45 Z 60°30'4"N 27°8'39"E 39° 5.2kt 2064.8NM wind 22.1kt 246° baro 1012 hPa Tablet charged to 45% and turned on. Charging on the holder.
05.07. 17:00 Z 60°31'12"N 27°10'44"E 56° 5.7kt 2066.3NM wind 17.7kt 231° baro 1012 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 17:27 Z 60°33'3"N 27°10'43"E 3.8kt 2068.4NM wind 16kt 233° baro 1012 hPa Sails down, motoring
05.07. 17:38 Z 60°33'30"N 27°10'53"E 208° 0kt 2068.9NM wind 10.4kt 226° baro 1012 hPa Stopped

Time lapse courtesy of Saillogger: