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

How to stay warm in the boat during winter

29 March 2009 | Falsterbo
Everybody, once we tell them we are living on the boat now during the nordic winter, keeps asking us the same question:
-'Isn't that very cold?'

So, here's the answer. - No it's not. It is, obviously, a bit cramped compared to living in a house, but also very nice and close to the elements.

OK, on this picture you can see our means of keeping the cabin warm and dry. A diesel heater that provides us with up to 4 kW using 2-4 liters of diesel per day.

We never yet had to run it on more than low flame, so we could probably have a nice micro-climate inside the boat even on Greenland at winter.

As a matter of fact, we did for a while play with the idea of sailing the old Viking route. Iceland-Greenland- Nova Scotia/Labrador and then southward along the US East Coast.

However, after spending two months mostly 'captured' inside the cabin, we definetely agree on going to the warm and nice parts of the planet least on e more winter just 'sitting' in the icy, snowy environment isn't THAT appealing at this point.

So here's the latest (beta-)version of our planned route, or at least the first stages of it...

Falsterbo to Thyboröen(Denmark) via Anholt Island, and then to Shetland Islands from there and with a really favorable weather window we might do the 170 miles trip from Shetland to Färöyar. Later to Scotland; Ireland, Brittany, Galicia (Spain) Portugal and Madeira and the Canary Islands. (Where hopefully our families can join us for a week or two)

Here we'll will need to make a choice between two alternatives. Either to Senegal and then Brazil, or to Cap Verde and then the Caribbean. We'll see....

As a matter of fact, we don't want to plan ahead more than absolutely necessary, since for us, a great part of the fun is to voyage with an open mind to whatever occurs 'en route'.

More to come, but first the boat has to come on the hard for a paintjob and some installations and preparations...
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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