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

From Now On

06 November 2009 | Ferragudo - Algarve-Portugal
The Algarve Coast (al Gharab= the arab coast from the days of the moor's occupation of the major part of the Iberian Peninsula) is not that long. Approxiamately 50 miles of a rocky shore, dented by caves and usually quite steep. Consisting mostly of limestone, this coast is very rich in fossils. From Cabo San Vincente in the West, via Lagos, Portimao, Vilamoura, Faro/Olhao to the River Guadiana at the Spanish Border. At 37 degrees north, these waters are safely navigable for small craft all year around. The gales are few, and shelter are to be found in marinas and anchorages.

For several reasons we are planning to stay in this area and the Guadalquivir river in Spain - navigable over 50 miles to the city of Sevilla- for at leat some part of the winter. Firstly, we will have a sprayhood made here in Portimao, then finish some small projects on the boat again. Having mail forwarded from Sweden and France and other practical matters such as routine medical check-ups too.

No problems at all, there is a lot to be explored and we are by no means in a hurry. Admittingly it was a bit sad to see 'Zephyr' with Steve, Colin and Giselle leave for Marocco and the Canaries, but we are convinced we'll meet again somewhere in the future. One of the beautiful things crusing provides are all the interesting people you meet. Other sailors of course, but also the people you encounter in the places you anchor.

As for the Portuguese, they must be the most friendly and helpful people in Europe! Wonderful experience for us, it is just too bad that we don't speak decent enough Portuguese to be able to communicate better. Both Isabelle and I speak some Spanish, but even if the both languages obviously are closely related, we find it dificult to understand Portuguese. In writing it is less of a mystery though.
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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