As our boat is currently located in Kaskö (Kaskinen) on the West Coast of Finland, we try to use this opportunity to explore cruising areas which are beyond our normal cruising grounds in Southwestern Finland.

We are looking forward to starting our main summer trip right after the Midsummer by sailing first towards north to explore the Kvarken Archipelago (near Vaasa), which is a Unesco heritage site.

The Bothnian Sea coast is located beyond parallel 62° North, which means that the sun sets late and the nights are very light. However, there are less islands than on the southwestern Archipelagos, so the waters are mostly open to the Bothnian Sea. Thus, weather forecasts play bigger role as there is less shelter. Also the waters on the West Coast are quite shallow, which means that it might be difficult to find good natural harbours for a sailing vessel.

Until now, we have made two short weekend trips from Kaskö: the first one was to Kristinestad (Kristiinankaupunki), which is about 15 nautical miles southeast from Kaskinen.

Kristinestad is a small town (population about 6600) on the western coast of Finland

The guest pier close to the town centrum was almost empty in early June

The guest harbour is on the other side of the bay. We stopped there for filling water tanks.