14-Jul-2002 -- The barometric pressure is rising and rising, and the air is getting so
clear, as seldom encountered. The confluence (map), 60°N/26°E
(gps) is usually one from where you do not see any land, as the
coast, the peninsulas and islets around are all flat and far away.
Today we could see some land, to the North the coast of Finland shattered in countless islands, as Emäsalo, Suur Pellinki,
Ölandet, Sarvsalö, Kejvsalö, Våtskär, Sondarö, just to name a few.
To the South we could see the rather featureless coast of Estonia, where several peninsulas extend like the fingers of a hand into
the Gulf of Finland (Juminda, Pärispea, Käsmu).
Very isolated, in the SE of the confluence, there is a small rock named
Vaindlo, with a lighthouse on it.
And when we look ahead, towards East, we see the already wellknown Gogland
Island (behind the red ship), and
this is the westernmost point of Russia and a confluence itself. 60N27E, together with Bol'shoy Tyuters Island (Great Tyuters Island), right
As far as we remember this was the first time we saw a confluence from
A ship was overtaking us in the evening sun, still well
above the horizon at quarter to eleven p.m.
Having a closer look it is well known to us - the container feeder "Borussia
To non-European readers this will probably not mean much, but the owner of
this ship is a soccer fan. He named all his ships after German
"Bundesliga"-teams, of whom all other teams are trembling of fear when they
have to meet them in the UEFA Cup.