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

Provisioning in Rendsburg and then to River Elbe

25 June 2009
Needless to say, during this short trip to KIel, there were already a couple of small 'fixes' to be made on the boat before we felt ready to go out on the North Sea. Amongst them the door to the Head (toilet) that for some complete random reeason decided to not stay in locked oposition shortly after we left Falsterbo.

Then, being Swedish, with the rediculously overtaxed wine and bear, we choose to enter the charming little town of Rendsburg to somehow manage to lower the waterline of the boat a little more.

Left at 1.30PM to motor to Brunsbüttel at the other end of the Canal. Here we will await the High Tide at 4.30 tomorrow morrning to contiinue westwards on the river Elbe for the North Sea.

Having sailed in Scandinavian waters all my life, it's an entire new entity for me with tides. Not too complicated, but who on earth decided that the highs always seem to be in the middle if the night? Or maybe that wasn't somenone ON earth, but someone well elevated from it?!

Anyway once out there, we intend to keep going as long as the favourable winds stays with us. I might add that today it's blowing a steady 20 knots in the canal. Could that be because we are inside, not sailing? Hrrmm!

Arrival at Brunsbüttel at 8PM we could go through the lock right away. Ans alone. All in all a lot less traffic than we expected.

Anyway, once outside the lock - in river Elbe- the tidal stream was at least three knots. Our vague idea (since I have no previous experience with tides, was to anchor outside the lockl and wait for the next high water at 4.30 in the morning. It did not look very inviting to anchor here though and we met one sole sailiingboat that showed to be locals. They advised us to go on to the North Sea right away with the outgoing tide instead of waisting five ours here. So we did. An exhilirating sailing in 20 knots of E wind and the streaming water. Over 11 knots on the GPS close-hauled! Then, as daylight ran out, the busy shipping area fuly showed up. I have never seen so many bouys and ship's lights at the same time. I had the time of my life there, sailing the boat and navigating simultaneously, and I was so excited I dind't think of waking Isabelle until almost 4 in the morning, when I was soooo tired.
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