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

A Little Step to the South

24 September 2009 | Porto Novo - Ria de Pontevedra
N 42,23 W 08,48
Yet another hot, sunny day almost without wind. We stayed until after lunch, hoping for a little breeze in the afternoon for us to sail the 15 miles or thereabout to the next of the Rias; Ria de Pontevedra.

In the morning hours I studied Ann Hammicks's pilot; 'The Atlantic Islands', Madeira, the Canaries and Cape Verde are on our not so fixed itinerary, but first we'll explore the Portuguese coast and above all, Porto and Lisboa. We may go to take a closer look at the Algarve Coast as well, but we feel it is important to be able tp improvise, to go one step at the time. For us, a fixed schedule or itinerary would seriosly hamper the whole experience of cruisong.

Around 3PM a just about noticeable breeze made pattern in the water of the anchorage. Despite NE were forecasted (as usual since we came here) it seemed like SW. A headwind. We weighed anchor anyway, hoping that the wind would be favourable once we came out of the Ria. That was not to happen so we motored once again and anchored just opposite a long sandy beach in the centre of the town of Sanxenxo a few hundred meters east of Porto Novo. They both have marinas, but we do not feel that paying some 15-20 ' in a marina adds anything useful to our quality of life. we have three solarpanels on board, and when the weather is as sunny as it is now, they produce more power than we consume. We also carry six batteries, so we can keep running computer, radar and navigation lights for four daays i a row without any sun or having to run the engine for charging the batteries. In our opinion, this is the key to happy and self-sufficient crusing.
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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