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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.
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07/06/2008, Croatia

It wasn't that easy, but at times you could find a cove of your own, like on this picture.

Since the waters in this Archipelago are mostly 60-80 meters deep, most boats end up in the relatively few protected anchorages at night. Typically we would motor into a little bay and just drop the hook as soon as the depth sounder was down to 10 meters. The water was clear down to 15 meters, so it was an interesting practice to watch the anchor set and to be able to dive down on it if need would be.

In the Baltic Sea, you can rarely see more than 1 meter deep.

Apart from this we didn't see THAT many boats during daytime. Most of them where charterboats though and this industry is growing raoidly it seems.

Marinas are never far away, and are really nice, close to pure luxury at times. Evertyhing comes at a price and the fee seemde to be around ?'? 45 for 'our' 33-footer

That's a lot of money for access to a bathroom and shore power in my humble opinion. each to his owm though

Sailing in Croatia during a week
Warm and sunny :-D
07/05/2008, Marina Kremik; Split

I got the opportunity to be skipper on a charter boat with four swedish guys onboard plus Isa and me. On a 33 ft boat, that was a bit cramped, but worked out quite fine. To a large degree because all four of them were soldiers and thus used to living close to others, even strangers.

A really nice contrast to the nordic sailing we are doing in the Baltic. Interestingly enough, Split is pretty much the same longitude as where Rde Orm is docked. 17 degrees something East. Instead of 55 degrees North, the aeroplane landed at 43 N.

Temperature in the air hardly ever under 30 C (86F) even at night. Nearly as warm in the water. Needless to say, we were all snorkeling quite a bit, even though there wasn't that much of interest to see under the surface. In that respect, Greece's many islands are a lot more rewarding.

The boat was an Elan 333 as shown in the pic.

Lots of weather here now
06/27/2008, Falserbo

dark clouds hastily passing by. A couple of thunderstorms with squalls. And sometimes some sunshine in between.

Reminds me of the Scot who said:

-don't you like the weather?? Well, just wait five minutes then...

In a few hours, at 3AM we'll be on our way to Split,Croatia.

That'll be interesting for a change.

Getting almost ready
Magnus/after rain comes sun
06/25/2008, still there!

It's just the radar.... well, fingers crossed. Tonight we will be able to try out the v-berth after fitting a board in between the bunks, and changing all the soggy mattresses out for new, soft and THICK ones. Mmmmm, it's like sleeping on a little cloud

Working on the boat...
06/24/2008 make her ready for departure when we return from Croatia.

I have installed two new solar panels as you can see on the picture above. The radar, that failed to work last september (when I really needed it in thick fog!) is still on repair. Boatnav in Lund kindly offered to lend me another display unit for this summer's sail. Happy enough with this, I installed it. Sadly enough only to discover that it didn't work. Dead. Black screen. A new phone call... and he 'almost' made me a promise to come here before Friday to try to figure it out...

Meanwhile, Isabelle has been very busy installing lots of smart little things that will make life onboard more convenient. Like custom made bags and nets and baskets to store all those small items that are almost never found where you'd expect to find them.
Experience pays off, especially when combined with some good thinking.

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Port: Falsterbo -Sweden
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