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

from one river to the next

05 August 2009 | La Vilaine/Arzal
One has to leave at high tide, needless to say, so we woke up at 5 AM to the alarm on my cell phone, and in the first daylight at 6 we where already under way. Slowly motoring in a drizzling rain and a light fog. Everything went fine through the channel this time, and soon enough we where in rhum sea again.

Not much wind today either, so we ended up motoring all day long. This far on the voyage, we have either had headwind or no wind at all, but we expect this to change once we turn south over the Bay of Biscay.

The plan was to go to the *Isle d'Houat' (The Duck Island) today but since the forecast mention NW wind tonight we changed our plans and continued to the river 'La Vilaine' (The Evil) instead. This meant motoring five hours more over a dead calm Sea. After noon the sky cleared though, and it was sunny and very warm the rest of the day. After entering the River Estuary (at high tide, mind you) and going a ew miles up river we arrived to the town of Arzal where there is a lock and a dam, so the rest of the river upstream is calm and tide-less. The construction was made in the 60-ies to put an end to the regular floodings that gave the river it's name.

After passing the lock at 8PM, we anchored at the first spot we found, quite close to the town.
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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