As yet another year draws to an end, it is also a good time to look back to the sailing season 2018. The year 2018 brought some big changes to our sailing ‘family’ as this was the first season for us with Dolphin Dance II. This means that after sailing for eight years with our trusty Dolphin Dance I (HR 29), we decided to continue our adventures with a slightly bigger boat (HR 342 from 2008). We found the perfect match in February 2018 from the West Coast of Finland. The deal was made in mid-winter and the maiden voyage for us was in the end of May.

During the season 2018, Dolphin Dance II logged total of 1330 nautical miles during 64 sailing days.  The season continued record long as the last sailing trip was on the 21st of November and she was lifted out a couple of days later.

Here are twenty photos that represent best our sailing year 2018.

We got married in April 2017 and headed for a honeymoon trip to St. Vincent & Grenadines in Caribbean in January 2018. 

We chartered a Jeanneau SO 349 for a week and sailed to Tobago Cays. 

 The first impression of DD2 (ex. s/y Vida Boa) on water with her mast and sails on. 

The first test sail with the boat.

Our summer holiday trip started on the 26th of June, and we sailed first a couple of days north along the Eastern coast of Bothnian Sea. The evening at Gåshällan island was calm and beautiful. In the morning the wind veered to north and we had to leave swiftly as anchor started dragging. 

The next stop was Rönnskär in Kvarken Archipelago. During June it was still very quiet at the sea as we saw only a couple of other boats during those days. 

The islands in Kvarken Archipelago are low-flying and waters shallow. However, Kvarken archipelago has also some special rugged charm and we liked very much the landscape there. 

In the end of June we sailed across the Bothnian Sea from Finland to Höga Kusten in Sweden. 

Trysunda (often called as the most beautiful island in Sweden) is a must for a Höga Kusten visitor. 

Höga Kusten is home to many beautiful small villages with red wooden boat houses.  

 The last night at Höga Kusten (anchorage north of Härnösand).

Sailing across the Gävle Bay in great summer weather. 

We arrived in Stockholm Archipelago in mid-July. The weather turned almost tropical as temperature stayed close to 30 degrees for many days. 

We sailed from Sweden to Åland on the 20th of July. 

Evening swim around sunset in Åland (Sea +23°C / Air +23°C). 

After almost five weeks and 700 nautical miles, our summer holiday trip ended in Kustavi on the 26th of July. 

Dolphin Dance I was sold in the beginning of June and in August I had an opportunity to take part in the first leg of the delivery trip from Turku to Visby. 

Rough weather sailing in September.

The sailing season continued record long in 2018. 

One of the most unforgettable moments of 2018 was seeing the Northern Lights over Finnish Archipelago in November.