Today we got up late, at 8. And what did we see: a huge storm had developped during the night. It blowed 18 ms from the North, during the nights peaks had been at 22 ms. We forgot the breakfast, nobody wanted to miss the storm. The waves were again coming from all directions.
The sauna suffered only minor damages: the door and one wall were lost.
Old harbour was unsafe for the red boat.
We lost our sense of time. We just waited for the biggest waves to catch them on camera. The sun appeared at midday, and we got just better and better photos. 2013 Lighthouse calender photo may be among them.
Ari making video.
Our favourite waves where those which hit the North harbour. When they were enough big they formed a river that ran around Lilla Märket to the old harbour which was enlargened hugely. The whole scene was different, even absurd. The waves from East and West crasched together in tho Souht. The waves in the West hit the underwater cliffs. This scene in the West was maybe the most spectacular. Also the Eastern peninsula was boiling from the waves.
The noise was huge. You had to shout to your neighbour. In the tower You hardly could stay in the upward position.
Hard working Ari drilled a safety hole to get the water out of magazine.
Little by little we forgot our need to get out here. Propably no boat can come here before Saturday. The big ships continued their silent journey to North and South in the horizon, but no one else was travelling on the sea. It would not be possible.
Pekka shooting portrait of the lighthouse.
The storm continued whole day and the waves just got bigger and bigger, since they were coming all the way from Kemi and they had gathered power. We could move only in a small area in front of the buildings, on the sheltered side. Also the small platform in the Southern end (where the wind power mast stands) was mostly dry. But the men couldn´t use their "Swedish toilet".
At 4 PM Ari and Jake did some repairings in the magazine while Angela and Pera cooked.
At 5 PM we ate late lunch having fish, baked potatoes and salad. Before lunch we made a deal about a helicopter flight, first in the FLS history. If everything goes well, three of us will fly tomorrow. We shall see...
Inside it was quite. the thick walls and good old windows keep the storm outside. The round owens (plåtungnar/pönttöuunit) kept the rooms heavenly warm.
In fact there is very little other to tell about this day! The storm took our attention compeletely. We felt very lucky to be here, to finally experience a big storm that everybody had waited for. Of course a storm could rise up to 30 metre per second, but it is very unpropaple that some of us would experience that. Harri may be that lucky on his four weeks stay here, but not we others.
Now it is dark but the storm goes on. Propably it will be over when we wake up in the morning.
Stormy greetings from
Angela and the Six Drafs (Pera, Jake, Tapio, Ari, Harri and Pekka)