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

40 miles north to Hang-Finland

03 September 2008
SW to W 15-25 knots of wind and grey skies. Yesterday, we were busy, cleaning out the mess in the boat, and obtaining some means of mental soundness after this whole process with the engine exchange and spending 4 weeks at a wharf here.

At last under sail again! The sailing was fine enough albeit a bit on the 'bumpy' side. Our sealegs were still quite up to the task though. Obviously hence there was a lot of swell att the wharf in Dirham, and winds in the 20 knot range most of the time.

Sadly enough another mishap occurred with the egnine today, the new one that is. Halfway out in the Bay of Finland I accidentally touched the lever of the remote control for the gear/throttle wires. And much to my agony, it seized in reverse.

The sea state was way to uncomfortable to take the cockpit floorboarrd out to get access to the Beast underway. We were frequently getting splashed in the cockpit too, so it would not hve been a good idea to open up.

Upon our arrival at Hang, we had to discard the idea of entering the Guest Harbour or Marina. We anchored under sail at the leeward side of a ferry terminal where the chop was acceptable. Fortunately the anchor set right away, and kept us safe for the whole night. The wind increased to 25-30 knots during the night and stayed that strong during the entire day tomorrow too.

Before dinner I inspectted and disassembled the wire on the gear lever at the engine. It seemed OK. Then I got the idea to move the shaft and coupling and Eureka! 'clonk' and everything seemed to be back to normal.

A deep sigh....will I ever trust this engine, or more correctly, will I ever trust the installation?

I took the decision to have an experienced marine mechanic survey this whole installation sooner rather then later, maybe here in Hang? This is said to be the largest pleasure craft port in Finland so we'll see tomorrow...

The picture is of a superb little gaff-rigged vessel we met outside Hang
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