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Helsinki; mooring with the best view of the city

Navigating eastwards from the Åland Islands, Ruda visited the maritime city of Turku before arriving in her 5th European capital city; Helsinki. The crew cycled around the city finding Art Nouveau architectural details while Ruda enjoyed a rather luxurious mooring in Finland’s oldest … Continue reading

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Åland Islands; interesting flag, interesting national identity

Ruda started 2011 by re-visiting Stockholm before crossing to the Åland islands. She anchored in a 1000 million year old meteor impact crater and spent midsummer decked out in birch twigs while her crew hauled up Baltic herring. [Show these gallery … Continue reading

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Stockholm and archipelago

In Stockholm, Ruda’s charm managed to secure her a berth among the old, historic and interesting boats based on Skeppsholmen island in the very heart of that lovely city, where she enjoyed several weeks in the company of new friends. Eventually though, as the approaching winter … Continue reading

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Lakes Mälaren and Hjalemären

A moment of wild enthusiasm for exploration on the part of her crew resulted in Ruda turning her bows west into Lake Mälaren, and from there up the rather small-gauge Hjalemäre Canal to the historic city of Örebro. [Show these gallery … Continue reading

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Göta Canal; busy moorings and tricky locks

The Göta Canal is renowned in Scandinanvia as a destination for the perfect boating holiday. Ruda found it otherwise however, and was quite happy to leave the last lock at Mem and head north into the Stockholm archipelago. [Show these gallery pictures as a … Continue reading

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Dalsland Canal; in the wake of Roger Pilkington and the Commodore

Ruda was ready and waiting before the lower gates as the Dalsland Canal system opened to admit the first boat of the 2010 season.  There to record the event was a journalist, which resulted in a very sociable few weeks for Ruda as everybody seemed to … Continue reading

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Lake Vänern

Once the snow had melted in the spring of 2010 Ruda retraced her previous year’s steps to Gothenburg where she turned east and north onto the Trollhätte canal. She had made such a brisk start from her winter quarters at Vindön on Orust that … Continue reading

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Bohuslän Coast; pink granite and national parks

On the way back south from Oslo Ruda paused for a few idyllic autumnal, warm and sunny weeks in amongst the pink granite islands and skerries of the Bohuslän archipelago. [Show these gallery pictures as a slideshow] She sent out her tender to sail right … Continue reading

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Oslo; music, opera houses and unaffordable (almost) everything!

On leaving Paris in the springtime Ruda hadn’t expected to voyage to Oslo during the 2009 cruising season. In Norway’s vibrant, music-filled capital she settled into a nice little (affordable) mooring and the crew explored the city’s excellent museums. [Show these gallery pictures … Continue reading

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Copenhagen; Nyhaven in the sunshine

After a pause in the southern Danish port of Gedser in early summer 2009, Ruda continued her Nordic adventure by navigating the eastern coast of Denmark to Copenhagen. [Show these gallery pictures as a slideshow] Nyhaven is both the tourist and the boating … Continue reading

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