Mia and I met Christian in the Aland Islands this past summer. Christian and his wife Annette run the guest harbor at Rodhamn, a beautiful, small island about 10 miles south of Mariehamn, the capital of Aland. The island has some pretty interesting history, having served as the radio station during the wars. The old station remains as a museum, and in the summertime, Christian and Annette actually like in what was the station-keepers house! They keep their boat there as well, an OE-32, designed by the famous Olle Enderlein (of which we saw countless designs while sailing in Sweden). She’s a beautiful double-ended sloop that I couldn’t stop admiring. Christian and I chatted in the small cabin by the waterside that doubles as the cafe – the place has no electricity or running water (but it has a wood-fired sauna of course!), and Annette would bake bread daily on the propane stove and deliver it to the boats on the dock in the morning. It’s a special place, and was our favorite stop in Aland. Don’t miss it as part of ARC Baltic next summer, the newest WCC event on the calendar!
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