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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.
Relaxing at anchor
09/08/2009, Ria de Ares

Dense fog in the morning. The other boats in the anchorage were no longer visible. 25-30 meters visibilty. Well, a slow and lazy morning is nice too. Unfortunately the fog seem to have a detrimental effect on the wifi waves. No reception now, even though it was fine last night. Same phenomena as in Ria de Cedeiro. So, now almost statistically proven.

Tea, and freshly baked (last night) bread is an enjoyable star of a new day, even without news and weather over the internet. The forecast last night revealed weak and variable winds for today, and tomorrow and Thursday NE Force 5-6 (20 -30 knots or 9-13 m/s).

Still foggy after lunch as can be seen in the photo. We diecided to hang around here a couple of days. Maybe we'll make a bus trip to La Coruna. we don't need or want to get 'stuck' in an expensive marina again for a few days while blow will pass through. This anchorage is provides good shelter and holding and the shore is a mere cable or too away.

Map showing our cruise until now

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Big fish?
09/07/2009, Ria de Ares

Breaking news! This morning at 8 AM there was 11 degrees outdoors and a mere 15 in the caabin. Dense fog, söowly lifting while the just made it aver the tops of the surrounding hills. Dead calm. Not the best weather for sailing but trully magical. I hope the pictures managed to caapture some of the felling one gets on such an occassion. Man is so small compared to the beauty of the world surrounding us. A world that our civilization seems to be ruining at an accelerating pace...

Almosta no wind until a few miles before the chosen anchorage for today. The fog stayed until after noon, forcing us to wear warm clothes and raingear and practicing that radar navigation again.

In the afternnoon it lifted slowly, revealing another warm and sunny day. Since we were motoring again, most of the day, I took the opportunity to get the fishing gear ready and tried trailing a line. Three maquerels were prodly presented to the chef. On the picture, you can see the first capture. first the maquerel and then a 'bird's nest' of lines and parts of fishing net, that the lead weight on the line had captured. Heavy as it waas to haul back to the boat, I dreamt of BIG fish on the hook...

The freshly caught fish tasted wonderful for dinner, after we had anchored in this little Ria, just a few miles NE of La Coruna. Tomorrow we will go to this lovely old town to explore it.

Coastal hopping
09/06/2009, Ria de Cedeiro N 43,39 W 08,03

We are doing 25-30 miles coastal work a day now. Yesterday we left Ribadeo at 8AM, just after sunrise, to take advantage of the outgoing tide for the next Ria that provides good anchorng facilities. Ria Vivero. Yes, the one we were aiming at when crossing the Bay of Biscay. It appears to be more of a resort than Ribadeo, which is a lively town without too much make-up on. Whilst Vivero seems more like all those 'cute' liitle waterfront towns with hotels, summer houses including rentals. Personally, i like the 'real' places, with every day life and people working and living better. That said, Vivero is very nice and provides good shelter.

The sailing was great, 20-25 knot (F 4-5, gusting to 6) from E and a 2-2,5 meter swell from NW made it quite rolly though. We started with the mizzen furled and one reef in the main, but soon enough took another reef in the main to make the ride more comfortable. Indeed, just after having a 'splash' that to some extent fond it's way down the companionway. Most of it ended up in the galley zink, though, so no harm done.

After a night with the boats rolling quite a bit at the anchorage due to the swell, that somehow found it's way in behind the little islet, where we were anchored, 3 of us in total, we wwighed anchor again in the morning to pass
Spains northernmost point - Estaca de Bares - and then Cabo Ortegal with it's offlying needle rocks, known as Los Aguillones.

Not much wind today, after a sloppy start in the heavy swell between the mountaineous shores in the light morning breeze, we could turn to port and made quite good speed with help from the genoa and the tidal stream.

In the afternoon the breeze disappeared completely, the swell had come down by now ad we motored the last hour and a half, trailing a fishing line with no success.

Anchored in a beautiful and very well sheltered little bay in Ria de Cedeiro, just off a wonderful beach with white sand. Here we saw the first swedish boat since the UK. A Malö with an elderly couple from Nyköping. This is the town I lived in when I started in sailing. One of many coincidences in life.

Nothing much to tell...
09/03/2009, Ria de Ribadeo

Yup, still here... Tuning in on Spain and trying to refresh the spanish from school. Takes a while I am afraid.

We haven't done anything much worth telling here, just relaxing and talking to a couple of other sailors in tha marina. Particularly a french gentleman who has spent most of the summer beating to windward along the Portuguese caost, in small steps. Statistically there is Northerly winds along the coast most of the time. It's even known as the Portuguese Trtade. He spent four years on Corsica/Corse and is now going home to Brittany where his chosen lady is waiting for him.

Going through the canals of France, Canal du Midi, to Bordeaux was not possible fo him since his boat has a draught of 1,80 and the maximum dredged depth of a part of the canal is 1,40 only.

Not hard to understand that he is a bit fed up with it

We have also had a 'tropical storm' gone lost, pass here with wnds around Force 6-7 last night. A very good reason to stay put. The center of this somewhat desorientated caribbean hurricane reportedly hit Ireland with 45 knots of wind. Imagine the size of the seas that must have gone with it!

The wind wills still be on our nose tomorrow, but on Saturday morning the next little leg is in the cards. 35 miles to Ria Vivero, the one we originally planned to go to after crossing the Biscay.

Vamos a ver! (we'll see)

Can you see our boat in the picture?

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