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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.
To Lithuania!?
07/09/2008, on the water

We were planning to make a three day 300 miles crossing to Klaipeda in Lithuania and set off in a fresh SW breeze. The wind increased during the afternoon and for whatever reason neither of us could get any decent sleep during our off-watch. Around midnight when I was on watch hte seastate became so choppy and cinfused that I made a decision to change course. At this point we were a couple of miles NW of Bornholm, the Danish island in the southern Baltic, nad instead of our previous course of 78 degrees, I jibed and continued at 45 degrees towards the SE point of the Blekinge Archipelago.

From there we would have more options. Either continue to Klaipeda at 92 degrees or go to the eastern coast of Gotland at approximately 45 deg or go up in the Kalmar strait.

We arrived at the most SE part of Karlskrona skrgrd in the afternoon and moored in shelter from the sea on the northern side of the tiny island named Flakskr. The Swedish Cruising Association, SXK, has a mooring bouy here free to use for it's members. A night of deep dreamless sleep left us in fine shape in the morning and we went on in a light SW breeze under full sails this time towards Klaipeda, 180 miles to the east.

And the last comment about Croatia
07/07/2008

In this picture you can see a very picturesque and nice medieval town on a peninsula. Behind this peninsula, we spent our first night at anchor..

more Croatia
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
Magnus
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.

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