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 Sum Up of 2468 miles at sea

12 October 2007 | Falsterbo
Almost 2500 nautical miles on the GPS during a four month cruise.

I'd like to share a few random thoughts here with a perspective from two weeks onshore after completion of the voyage.

2500 miles divided in 120 days equals 21 miles/day. So what did I actually DO all those days, when I didn't sail?

-I haven't got an idea. A few of them I was at anchor due to no wind, or too strong winds (from the wrong direction i e)and a few more kept me busy exploring on shore. Apart from that I just don't know.

2500 miles in four months equals 7500 miles in a year. Actually that's more than the average full time cruising sailor travels per year.

2500 miles is roughly equivalent to an Atlantic crossing east to west from the Canaries to the Caribbean. Without any comparisons otherwise, I do believe I've seen and visited a few more interesting places en route.
When playing with figures, a straight line from the hauling port of Pukavik to Tre and back to Falsterbo is approx. 1500 miles, so I sure have zig-zaged a fair bit.
I motored a total of 85 hours or approximately 400 miles or 16 % of the total distance.
I weathered 5-6 gales, all except 2 at harbour or anchor. All in all, calms are (as always) more frequent then gales and I have experienced a fair bit of very light winds, with boat speed in the range of 2-4 knots.

Did I get fed up with sailing? -Unfortunately not. On the contrary, I have come to realize that this lifestyle is for me to stick to, in the foreseeable future. Hence I am going to spend the winter selling off my house and other shore-bound belongings and take off on an open-ended cruise starting in the summer of 2008.

There will be more to come...
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