Our good friend Jan Eerala from Makholma Finland has his beautiful sailing skiff out on the water for the summer, in the Bothnian Sea. Some of his deft camera work from last year has been featured here recently and I, for one, find it hard to stay away.
I especially love the sound that accompanies Jan's videos, which are no more than the sounds that surround him. The difficult part of capturing these images with their natural sounds is keeping still enough that your own motions don't interfere.
Jan offered the history of his fine craft in the comments to this post and I thought I would add them here for everyone to see:
"Between Sweden and Alandia existed for nearly one hundred years a post boat route. Farmers and fishermen had to keep the post going. It lasted from early 1800 to about 1910."
"The boat used was small, but seaworthy klinkerbuildt crafts. Stina is not a replica, but has the same design as these postboats."
"She was designed by Eskil Halldin in 1982. He built it for his own use and I was lucky to have her in 1995. LOA 5.4m, no ballast but a wooden keel of one foot. Drought is about 2.5 feet."
"There must be enough of wind to keep her going, so in lighter weather I'm mostly motoring her. But for a boat without ballast, she's keeping her sail very well and gives in any conditions a good feel of security."
"Stina has some bad planks, so it's possible she will be for some time out of sight. But if all goes as planned, she's sailing this summer intensively."
"Best regards, Jan, Finland"
Thank you, Jan!