On the way to Helsinki we overnighted in Elisaari, which is a popular harbour in the Barösund area. Located in the midde of a very narrow channel, Elisaari is the kind of harbour that I would like to be in, if a hurricane ever hit the Baltic Sea.

The sea chart gives very little indication that the channel is navigable for sailing boats as there are depth markings of about one meter along the route. However, the channel is deep enough even for bigger yachts. The beginning of the channel is a bit hard to locate as it looks to be a marsh field. But as you come closer you see the beginning of the waterway which is easy to navigate.

In Elisaari there is a beautiful nature trail, which goes trough 
one of the largest oak forests in Finland. 

From Elisaari we continued east across the Porkkala fjard in fresh 10-12 m/s (Force six) downwind. On the eastern side we anchored in the lee of an island called Stor Träskö, where we had lunch and photographing break. The anchorage was a bit windy, so we decided to continue a couple of miles to the east to nearby Stora Svartö, which has good pontoons and buoys.

 

Stora Traskö

 Stora Svartö

On the following day we had a about 20 nautical miles stretch to Helsinki, where we spent two nights in Liuskaluoto, a harbour by sailing club Helsingfors Segelsällskapet. We liked very much staying in the harbour as it is located in the beautiful Kaivopuisto area close to the city centrum.
/Antti