Finland may not come up first on your list to sail but Cameron Dueck in this story with mysailing shows what a fascinating place this is, with one area, Oro, opening to the public in 2015. Before that it had been under the auspices of the Finnish Defense Forces.
The waters approaching Örö are treacherous. Submerged rocks abound and, if you do not pay attention to your charts, you will end up swimming in the cold Baltic Sea. It makes sense, then, that the inhabitants of this Finnish island have spent the last century with guns in hand trying to keep visitors at bay.
We handed our sails and motor into the marina under the gun-slit gaze of a weathered concrete bunker, knowing the gun barrels were plugged with concrete while the bunkers are now a tourist attraction. Read More