I am back in Priozyorsk, where the boat is on the hard. Priozyorsk is a small town 150km north of Saint-Petersburg on the west side of Lake Ladoga. The weather is beautiful and relatively warm, sunny but still with quite a bit of snow in the surrounding forest
I’m pleasantly surprised that the yard is busily getting boats ready. Lots of people around. Last year was a bit lonely when I was the only one still in the yard at the end of the season. I now even have a neighbour – Sergey- who also sleeps on his boat. That being said most men only use their boats as a variation on a theme – the shed, a place where they can play with their tools away from their wives. Nobody is in a hurry to have their boats launched. As if sailing is an afterthought. Needless to say I am the only women in the yard. I am not complaining.
Priozyorsk has nothing to offer for visiting yachties in terms of stuff you need for a boat. Everything has to come from St-Petersburg and often from abroad. But everybody is friendly and willing to help.
Blue Dove will be launched tomorrow.
For more information about Priozyorsk, see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priozersk