Jäsenhuone - Medlemsrum|Työhuone

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Finland is located between Sweden and Russia, at 60 -> 70 N,

19 - > 32 E. Population 5.5 M, languages Finnish and Swedish ( 5% ).

You get by speaking English in most places.

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With a GNP/Capita of 37.500 USD/Year we ranked next to GB in 2005.

We have space, 16 persons/sq km, 41 /sq.mile says we rank 201st

out of the 239 countries of the world.

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Our club SKK, "Sipoon Kanoottiklubi" HQ is at 60 15 34 N, 25 14 17 E

by the Gulf of Finland, 25 km East of Helsinki, the Capital of Finland.

SKK had 288 members by the end of 2009.

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We paddle for Fun and Recreation and welcome paddlers from

other countries.

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In our logo some recognize a kayaker.

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Finlands kayaking season begins with first open water.

By the Gulf of Finland, around May 1st.

With 1/3 of Finland North of the Arctic Circle in the North weeks later.

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In Finland we have the "TALKO", a custom to invite friends for tasks

that requires many hands.

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To connect to floating jetty to firm ground we have to move the

bridge from winter storage ( out of reach of the ice).

Calls for a TALKO.

Followed by good eats and drinks.

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A small river, the "Sipoon joki" runs by our HQ.

The tradition to "uncork" the "Sipoon joki" says paddle some

25 Km ( 13 Nautical Miles ) along the river as soon it has

shed its ice.

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The river is mostly placid, no drops of any classification,

but strainers and other obstacles add interest.

This year ( 2010 ) some participants flipped.

In a water with icefloes.

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Over the years we have tried to help physically impaired

friends on the water.

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Among our 280 memebers we find craftsmen of many

trades.

Glenn built a contraption to help kayakers with

impaired control of their legs into their kayaks.

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Amazing thing - it worked.

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During the warm season - say June 20 - to September 1

in the South, Finlands location above 60 North provides us

with daylight of more than 12 hours.

Longer days in the North.

At the same time the water temperature is bearable.

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A boon to Finland is the "Everymans right", you are allowed

to camp almost anywhere.

Combined with some 60.000 lakes and about the same number of

islands along a 1300 Km ( 700 Nm ) coast from the Russian to the

Swedish border it's a pretty good country for kayakers.

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In the summer of 2009 Tom and Tove paddled Finlands

South coast, some 575 km ( 310 Nm ).

Here Tove at sunset by their Marskaer Camp, on an uninhabited(?)

island roughly midway of the trip.

 

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Freya Hoffmeister 2007 taught the Eskimo Roll in the Babyswim pool

we sometimes are allowed to use

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Out of 43 pupils 42 learnt the Greenland Paddle Eskimo Roll in

a 1/2 hour lesson each.

Ravishing Freya is some teacher!

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The one who failed was the know-it-all who refused to

quit trying the "hip-flick" he had on his brain.

Interested in kayaking in Finland?

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