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


23 June 2009
At last we managed to cut those docking lines. Probably the hardest part of any voyage of this nature. That doesn't necessarily mean that the rest is going to be easy, but most likely very simpe in comparison. A year and half, spent on selling the landased possessions and then refitting the boat is finally over.

With a magnificent High Pressure System covering most of the North Atlantic from the Azores to Scandinavia we just had to go now. A weather window like this doesn't appear more than once a summer at best. The forecast is sunny and warm and N-NE and then E winds in the 8-23 knot range for a week to come.

By now we have skipped the iea of going to Scotland to start with. Since we are already delayed for about a month, we want to get south ASAP. So it will be the English Channel and then Bretagne (Brittany) and from there across Bay of Biscay to Galicia in Spain. Pretty much the same route as most people take from this region. Hopefully we'll get the opportunity to sail in Scotland som other time.

Three a clock we went south under the opening bridge in Falsterbo Kanal, to set course for another Canal, the Kiel Canal, or Nord- Ost see Kanal as the Germans call it. 210 degrees on the compass and approx 140 miles to go, so we should be there tomorrow evening at dinner time. The wind was fresh, around 24 knots, so we started with a reef in the mainsail.

After just a couple of hours, we had to shake it out and the wind went down to just enough to provide steerage. So much for forecasts! A mere 2 hours. Normally very reluctant to fire up the engine on a sailing boat, I did. Not only do we want to make the best use of the high pressure and the (forecaasted, remember?) winds but the mechanics 'orders' for the best of the Iron Genny was to run it pretty hard and long hours at the start. So we did, with diesel tankage for more than 70 hours of motoring, we didn't hesitate to keep on for most of the 27 hours to Kiel. We managed to sail 3-4 of them, that's all.
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