The Voyage of 'S/V Röde Orm' - Sweden

Come on board and take part in our adventures while exploring the world at the slow pace of a sailing boat. We left in June 2009, heading south to escape the northern winter... to start with. Currently in Algarve/Portugal taking it one day at a time.

13 September 2010
11 September 2010 | Nantes, Bretagne-France
07 September 2010 | Bretagne (or Normandie?)
02 September 2010 | still the same...
31 August 2010 | Rezè- Bretagne (boat in Rio Guadiana)
09 August 2010 | Rezé//Bretagne//France
18 July 2010 | Clisson/La Sèvre
15 July 2010 | Nantes/ Brittany
14 July 2010 | Nantes/Bretagne/France
25 June 2010 | Gamleby- Sweden
05 June 2010 | Mértola// Minas San Domingo
27 May 2010 | Alcoutim
24 May 2010 | of the River
21 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
21 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
16 May 2010 | Alcoutim
10 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
30 April 2010 | Alcoutim-PT// Sanlucar- ES
24 April 2010 | Ayamonte - Andalucia - Spain

To 'Houat' - flying the Spinnaker

23 August 2009 | Houat (The Duck) N 47,23 W 02,57
At last we felt we had to leave the tranquil life in this river. It's fascinating how fast one changes one's mindset. After just a couple of days in a new place, when you've figured out where to shop etc, you start to feel SO comfortable there. Then after a few days more you start to question your ability to ever get going again and leave...

I call that adaptability, the # 1 human asset to succeed as a species. It is also callled, in this particular context among sailors, - 'Harbour Rot'-.

The intersting thing is that, at least for us, just a few days after starting to question our ability and willingness to ever leave, the decision to do so, just pops up by itself. A couple hours later, we are ready to take off, t least mentally.

Adaptability. Interesting.

We had planned to leave Arzal at 8AM when the bridge opens and the tide turns toward ebb. When the alarm on my cellpjhone played it's weird little tune at 6.30 it was still dark.... and very dense fog. So dense in fact that we couldn't see the shore some 35 meters away. After a quick breakfast we took a little nap again to aim for the 9AM opening.

By 8.15, the fog had lifted just about enough for us to 'feel 'our way at idle speed from bouy to bouy and from pontoon to pontoon via the marina to the lock. We were a number of boats leaving in these conditons, among them around twenty catamaarans the same size as Hobie Cat, with an inflatable towing them in a long row to a race somewhere. Dead calm. The forecast was force 2-3 so we motored along, waiting for the wind to sweep the fog away.

It did after a couple of hours, and we just about made steerage with the spinnaker for about an hour, when the wind died out completely again. Sunny and warm and yes, we ended up motoring most of the 28 miles to the pretty little island of Houat (the Duck) with its smaller companion, 'Hoédic' (The Duckling) a few miles to SE.

We anvchored here among some 150 other boats opposite to the town and a marvellous sandy beach.

Tomorrow we'll go on to Belle Isle (The beautiful Island) some 11 miles to W and the outpost from where we hope to cross the Bay of Biscay within a few days.

24 August

A Perfect Morning - and then to the Beautiful Island

Cloudy in teh morning and no wind (!) so we rowed to shore, armed with a screw driver and plastic bags. Why? To 'hunt' wild oysters and Berniques (no idea what they are called in English or even in swedish, but there's a photo of them in the gallery) on the rocks at low tide. This went well. Within half an hour I had a good dozen of oysters and couple of pounds of berniques in tha bags. OF course we bought a fresh baguette at the local baker in the little town on our way back and enjoyed this for lunch on board

By then it was 2PM and wind had picked up, obviously from where we were going, so we had to motor again to Belle Isle. Our batteries are well topped up by now. We anchored in a bay a mile and a half south of 'Le Palais' , the main harbour (fishing harbour) and one of few towns on the island. The anchorage was very uncomfortable due to the swell that came from an angle of 90 degees to the wind, making all 9 boats roll quite badly.
Vessel Name: Röde Orm
Vessel Make/Model: Laurin 32 ketch built in 1965
Hailing Port: Falsterbo -Sweden
Crew: Magnus & Isabelle
MAGNUS, Swedish skipper. Navigation teacher and a Commercial Yachtmaster. After many years of dreaming, recently sold off his business since over 20 years. Left swedish waters in June 2009 and hasn't yet looked back ISABELLE, Born in Brittany/France & First Mate. [...]
During 2008 we cruised during two and a half months in the Baltic Sea as covered in the older posts on this blog together with Magnus's 2007 cruise to 66 degrees North in the Baltic Sea. During this spring of 2009 we completed an extensive exterior refit of Röde Orm, and untied the docking [...]
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Who: Magnus & Isabelle
Port: Falsterbo -Sweden