The scale of all maps is 1/200 000. A map of this scale is not suitable for navigation in the archipelago. A normal scale to use is 1/50 000. The maps below show the whole coast from Helsinki in the east (with our place in the town of Esbo marked by an arrow) to the Åland islands in the west bordering to Sweden. The total area shown contains between 25000 and 30000 islands of which only the bigger ones are shown.
Picture 1. The place where we live some 20 km west of Helsinki is marked by an arrow.
Picture 2. The area from Ekenäs/Tammisaari ... Hangö/Hanko ... Hitis.
Picture 3. The area to the west of Hangö/Hanko. The approximate location of my parents summer cottage and the boat harbour is shown by an arrow. The harbour is a very narrow but several kilometers long bay sheltered from all sides.
Picture 4. The sheltered harbour in Korpo ca. 1.5 km from my parents summer cottage. This is where we use to park our boats during the summer.
Picture 5. The autonomous Åland area to the west of Korpo.
Picture 6. Waiting for the ferry going between Pargas and Nagu. Observe that at May 15:th it is early spring in the archipelago. It is already completely green some 30 ... 40 km inland from the place where the picture was taken. The sea cools considerably in the spring and in the summer and warms in the winter. In the summer the cooling is a positive thin. In the spring it can be fairly cold accasionally.
Picture 7. Picture taken when waiting for the ferry on the way back. This is taken from the opposite shore seen on the previous picture. The scenery is fairly typical.
A group at work (of which I am a member) decided to have a meeting at the summer cottage of one of the members. Below are some pictures from just inside the tip of the peninsula Porkala. An official 1.5 m deep boat route passes the place. If you look at Porkala on the map and enlarge it you are just able to see the narrow channel. The width of the channel on the picture is ca. 150 m.
Picture 8. Looking down at the channel over the sauna at the seaside.
Picture 9. A former factory that made canned fish. My collegue's boat is kept to the left of the red building.
Picture 10. Looking to the east through the narrow but navigable and marked channel. The 1.5 meter deep channel passing Porkala is really worth seeing. In places it is much narrover!
On May 22 we took part in the Suunto Cup sailing competition in my youngest brothers X-79 sailingboat. Magnus, the owner of the boat, is the youngest of my brothers. Other crew members were Johan, my oldest brother, and myself. Additionally we had two kids on board serving as trim weighs (8 years old).
Picture 11. "Extempore" is an ultra light X-79 racer. The picture shows the movable trim weights.
Picture 12. A beautiful H-boat is sailing home after the race. In the background on the left hand side one can see the combined light house/church on "Sveaborg". Sweden started building "Sveaborg" (meaning Sweden's castle. borg=castle). around 1750 when Finland was a part of Sweden. When Finland was lost to Russia in the war 1808-1809 the Russians continued the fortifications. Today the fortress is a big museum.
Picture 13. The marina of the NJK Yacht Club at Björkholmen.
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Picture 14. The picture shows the bird life close to the building site. Notice the bowsprit in the foreground.
Picture 15. Close up of the swan's nest. Notice how the smaller birds build their nest in close proximity to the swan's nest. The swan is fairly aggressive if humans or predators come too close to its nest. The smaller birds clearly like to have a strong ally! In the area around the swan's nest there are ten nests. In the small bay where the swan has it's nest we have counted ca. 40 nests.