Writing in 2003: Greatly facilitated (that is, made possible at all) by a rapidly made new mast from Essex boatbuilder Fabian Bush (see BUNNY in Morbihan), in July of this year Raid Finland followed the Great Glen and Morbihan Week in continuing to give me, Mike and Bunny a far greater breadth of experience than we might otherwise have had. Fourteen boats from throughout western Europe took part, and we gathered at the jumping-off point, Airisto in south-west Finland, over the two days before the start, allowing plenty of time for a gear check-out and shake-down sail, and to get acquainted with other craft and their crews. It’s a small world, and here I met again the Swedish family Palm with Suss, whom we last met in the Great Glen.

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