Friday, August 31, 2007


I had the pleasure to be invited to join the Vaisala rowing team for practice last week. We rowed a church boat, similar to the one pictured above, around the waterways near Helsinki. It is called a church boat because the Finns who lived on the many lakes in Finland would travel to church in these boats. They hold 14 paddlers and a person who steers. Now the Finns race these boats, distances ranging from 15 to 60 km. The 60-km race takes about 5 hours.

Photo by Takashi Murata


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