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

0,6 hours on the gauge!

01 September 2008 | still same location
It's there! Goal!!

Not quite, but after spending more than 3 weeks here for an engine change, it feels almost like scoring in football, (soccer of course) :-D

Today, after so many setbacks I don't even want to talk about it, IT'S IN -....and it's working preoperly. They had quite a job to adjust the alllignment, the vibrations on the shaft was just incredible to start with. The problem seems to be that they don't have much experience, if any, in installing these kind of engines. Trial and error and one issue at a time has been the general principle for the work. Obviously I am not at all interested in paying for those hours spent on learning as opposed to installing, and I can see an 'interesting' discussion with this company coming up when I recieve the invoice.

The truth is, that my confidence has run so low with their competence, that I would like to have a Yanmar guy in Sweden or Finland to inspect this installation closely and give me a second opinion on the matter. This engine is so expensive and will hopefully serve us 26 years as did the old one so this is a matter to take to with a serious approach.

Enough of that, One of human beings main features is that we adapt easily, and maybe forget troubles easily too...

So now our focus has to switch back to sailing and cruising again.

August turned out to be pretty wet, i e rainy, albeit warm, so we hope for a crisp and sunny period in September to provide us with a happy ending of this voyage.

A couple of days ago I thought we could as well sail westward from here to the Stockholm archipelago (approx. 130 miles) and then slowly cruise southwards along the coast. Plans never work out as is well known, and right now the wind seem to turn from northerly to west and then southwest. This makes it more appealing to sail the 40 miles from here to Hang in Fnland instead in a more or less N course, this is well within what could be done in a day.

We'll see, as always the wind decides.... that said, I am really looking forward to telling you someting from a new place again soon.

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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