January 07, 2010
The harbour of Reval (presently known as Tallinn) is rapidly freezing, but we manage to escape the thickening ice and point our ship towards Friesland. The ship is called Emma and when we talk about it, we actually don’t say “a ship”, we say “lodi”. Lodi. See the pictures below and you will see a real lodi.
On board we have a roughneck crew of Henry Punahabe (Red Beard), Marko Pikkkäsi (Long Arm) and Marko Sarvepea (Hornhead) plus our special forces, the Estonian bands Kirtana Rasa and Svjata Vatra – gentle- looking people armed with monstrous weapons like a trombone, a series of drums, some things you may know and a weird-looking harp.
By night we pass the ancient Viking harbour Saaremaa (sorry once more, Sweden) and enter into constant snowfall and creaky noises. The Baltic Sea starts to freeze completely. Must get out the axes. After all, we have to be in Groningen by next Thursday.
PS: we cant upload hig-res pictures from our sat-phone. costs too much, but we’ll do our best
Wind: 4 balls;
Waves: 3 balls;
Speed: 8 knots;
Curses: W, SW;
Daily mileage: 154
(Yes, we really say “curses” and “balls” – why not!)