The air is filled with terpentic, oily and tarry smells as boats are being prepared for the summer’s use. Missing details need to be fixed and replaced. Soon it is time for the annual post rowing adventure between Sweden and Finland in traditional boats. This is a way to honour past generations of archipelago people and understanding something of their ways. For them life was very much about rowing and sailing whether they were fishing, looking after cattle, collecting hay, or hunting seals. A difference is that we have mobile phones, gps, and modern life vests. They were totally dependent on themselves.