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

A Lesson learned from the Tide

10 July 2009 | St Peter Port - Guernsey
Well, we found that out anyway, the hard way. When we thought we had half an hour of motoring to do at dawn to enter Cherbourg Harbour(large commercial hbr) in the dying wind, we found ourselves making 6,5 knots through the water but close to zero over ground! I e the tidal stream was about as strong as our 30 hp Yanmar diesel engine.

So, we found ourselves pretty much 'standing by' outside the entrance on 2700 rpm for a few hours. Then we diecided to at least take advantage of the turning tide, which kept us going at 10+ knots for a few more hours.

For a while e considered continuing one day more, but headwinds aren't our favourite treat, so we turned Bb to Guernsey when it showed up after dawn when passing Alderney, the first of the Br Channel Islands.

So, just after lunch we anchored in Havelet Bay,just off St Peter Port which is the largest town on this lovely island.

All in all, a much better alternative than Cherbourg and at least some 30 miles closer to the W part of the English Channel.

BTW, the area here at the Channel Islands, Cherbourg and last but NOT least, S:t Malo, is together with S.t John - Newfoundland; Canada the places in the world with the largest Tidal Range. Around here, seven meters Tidal Range at Spring tide is not at all unusual.

St Peter Port on the photo
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