Some of you may have wondered about my very sporadic presence on the blogosphere these past several months. It’s not that I would have been busy but because I’ve had such a lot of disturbance on the blog for almost a year now it has eaten out much of the joy turning my feelings ambivalent, at times almost estranged from the whole thing.
When a trivial little blog of a retiree like myself suddenly gets hundreds of additional clicks day in day out for months whether you post anything or not the largest group of ‘visitors’ being male in their late 20s and early 30s interested in sports, computing and electronics, and when you realise your platform provider doesn’t even acknowledge there is an issue you can’t help feeling discouraged knowing there’s nothing you can do about it but either quit or wait. So I’ve waited. As I am finally seeing some indication the problem may be settling, I will hopefully start catching up soon.
Meanwhile, I am returning to the summer season I’ve almost completely ignored here so far. It offered some fabulous local events I just cannot skip posting about. One of the most memorable and certainly the most international of those we attended was the four-day stopover of The Tall Ships Races 2017 in July.
|Mircea from Romania.|
The Tall Ships Races are an annual series of events arranged in European waters by Sail Training International, a non-profit organisation encouraging international friendships by promoting sail training to young people. Every few years, the sailing route will take dozens of sailing ships to harbours of the Baltic Sea. This time, Finland actually had two host ports. The first leg from Halmstad, Sweden, ended in Kotka on our south-eastern coast. From there the ships sailed to Turku, and then further to Klaipeda in Lithuania and finally to Szczecin in Poland.
|Bow of Statsraad Lehmkuhl.|
|Sørlandet from Norway.|
|Dar Mlodziezy from Poland.|
|Sedov from Russia behind the Finnish Anya.|
|Rupel from Belgium.|
|Kapitan Borchardt from Poland behind Achim Kühn's sculpture Harmonia (ie Harmony).|
|Shtandart from Russia and the Föli waterbus operating between the town and the Ruissalo island.|
|Cisne Branco from Brazil marked the centenary of Finland with a cool specially designed banner.|
We spent practically the whole of Saturday walking with our weekend visitors from ship to ship only to find we hadn’t reserved enough time to see everything there would have been to see. We also returned after dinner to watch the fireworks highlighting the last night of the event. Now that I’m looking at these summery photos I can’t believe they were taken only four months ago. Even if the temperature still stays most of the time slightly above freezing point, at this precise moment in November it seems unlikely I would ever feel warm again...
|Above and below Sabab Oman II from Oman.|
|Figurehead of Sabab Oman II.|
|Kruzenshtern from Russia.|
If you missed my post on the extraordinary Swan sailing yacht regatta held in Turku in 2016 you will find it here.