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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.
A Little Step to the South
N 42,23 W 08,48
09/24/2009, Porto Novo - Ria de Pontevedra

Yet another hot, sunny day almost without wind. We stayed until after lunch, hoping for a little breeze in the afternoon for us to sail the 15 miles or thereabout to the next of the Rias; Ria de Pontevedra.

In the morning hours I studied Ann Hammicks's pilot; 'The Atlantic Islands', Madeira, the Canaries and Cape Verde are on our not so fixed itinerary, but first we'll explore the Portuguese coast and above all, Porto and Lisboa. We may go to take a closer look at the Algarve Coast as well, but we feel it is important to be able tp improvise, to go one step at the time. For us, a fixed schedule or itinerary would seriosly hamper the whole experience of cruisong.

Around 3PM a just about noticeable breeze made pattern in the water of the anchorage. Despite NE were forecasted (as usual since we came here) it seemed like SW. A headwind. We weighed anchor anyway, hoping that the wind would be favourable once we came out of the Ria. That was not to happen so we motored once again and anchored just opposite a long sandy beach in the centre of the town of Sanxenxo a few hundred meters east of Porto Novo. They both have marinas, but we do not feel that paying some 15-20 ' in a marina adds anything useful to our quality of life. we have three solarpanels on board, and when the weather is as sunny as it is now, they produce more power than we consume. We also carry six batteries, so we can keep running computer, radar and navigation lights for four daays i a row without any sun or having to run the engine for charging the batteries. In our opinion, this is the key to happy and self-sufficient crusing.

Ria de Arousa - Caraminal

A couple of quiet but enjoyable days here. Yesterday, I tended to the engine for a few hours in the morning after which we took to shore to get some fresh provisions. A beer at a local bar just when people started to show up in the streets again after their siesta and then dinner on board.

Today, the maintenance job was with the wind vane (mechanical self steering equipment. An extremely imortant equipment on board especially since we do not have an electronic auto pilot. The pipes that should keep the vane gear firmly attached to the aft deck, has recently become less than firm and thus needed some reinforcements. The loads are impressive on these parts due to the impact of the waves and the movement of the boat through the seas. This kept me busy for most of the day in the cockpit with the tools spread all over it. It was a dead calm day with a little more than 30 degrees C, so I can't deny that I was a fair bit hot.

After cleaning up the mess, and myself, we rowed ashore again for a beer at a bar with Wifi. There hasn't been possible here to get internet access from the boat, so it was good to catch up on e-mails and some news. Dinner on board as usual.

Wind! -At least some.
N 42.36 W 08,56
09/21/2009, Ria de Arousa - Caraminal

Force 3-4 NE forecasted and we eighed anchor soon after breakfast. Sunny and nice with the Atalntic Ocean flat as a livingroom floor as far as one could see. We made 3-4,5 knots under sail until noon, then the wind turned variable and very light. Sailing and motoring on/off for the remains of the day. We made good some 40 miles to enter the largest if the Rias, Ria de Arousa 15 miles long and 7 wide. A cruising ground in itself according to Reeds. Well, we dropped the hook at 8.30PM just outside the marina/fishing harbour/commercial port combo. A local fiesta opposite the port provided us with musical entertainment until midnight. We are looking forward to explore this area a few days since the high pressure system that covers a huge part of the Atlantic at the moment, from the Acores to France will stay around for a while providing light and variable winds.

A Day in the town, a calm Sunday
09/20/2009, Ria de Corcubion, Galicia

We decied to stay here until tomorrow. We slept quite (a bit too) long in the morning and just didn't feel like 'hitting the road' again today. Instead, we did some small stuff on the boat and read a while before taking the dinghy to shore after lunch. We spent the whole afternoon walkng around town. Sunday, siesta time, so we hardly saw anyone. Not too many boaters/tourists come here I guess. Because everyone said 'Buenos Dias' or 'Hola' and some asked where we are coming from. We are the only visiting boat anchored off the city wharf too.

Quiet evening in the cabin, tomorrow we will 'move a bit south' again. we are like migrating birds, escaping the northern winter. I must admit that if feeels good to be in T-shirt, shorts and sandals when I consider the usual weather in late September back in Sweden. At least two weekends usually are cold, windy and rainy and less agreable for sailing.

A Sunny Day
09/19/2009, Ria de Corcubion N 42,56 - W 09,11

After Rain comes sun as the saying goes. And at noon the sky was mostly blue and we weighed anchor. Before doing so, we rowed ashore and provisioned food and local wine at a near by 'supermercado' . Best to take advantage of the relatively short walking distance to buy 'heavy stuff' I e wine and canned food. Mostly 'mejillones' (mussels) and 'pulpa en su tinto' (octopus in it's ink) which we really love. Talking about mejillones, they were found in large numbers where we landed the dinghy. As it was low tide, I could not withstand the temptation to pick a good kilogram of the smaller ones for lunch. Yummy!

The only thing that was less than perfect today, was the lack of wind. Thus, motoring. Again. But it was quite enjoyable on a flat sea, To pass 'Finisterre' (land's end) the end of the known world for the Romans and Europe's most western cape I believe. The Romans might have been well organiszed and fierce warriors, but they were by no means seafarers, originally a small tribe from the Alps. When we passed by this rugged, rocky and several hundred meters high Cape, I could almost sea the roman legions - for my inner sight- marching to the end of this peninsula. Stopping, shrugging their shoulders when they found 'just water', and then turning eastwards again.

So did we. turn eastward that is... Finisterre is a 3 mile long peninsula stretching from North to south and inside another of these beatiful Galician Rias opened ahead of our bow. Ria de Corcubión, where we dropped anchor in some 20 feet of water a good hour before dinner time. Dinner time for us is usullay around 7.30-8 PM, french dinner time more or less. Here isn Spain, dinner time would typically be 9-9.30 PM.

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