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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 part 2
07/12/2008, Klaipeda

This time the watchkeeping/sleeping pattern worked nicely for us on our three hours on- three hours off schedule from 9pm to 9am. In the first half of the night there were quite a bit of commercial shipping heading 20-30 deg. from the latter stage of the night and all the way to arrival at Kllipeda we didn't spot a single ship. Not a single pleasure vessel either by the way.

We sighted the lights from the harbour and the Light-Bouy marking the entrance around 4 miles offshore. This coastline is shallow with sandy beaches and since it was around midnight and needless to say pitchdark, I decided to heave-to under the mizzen sail 1,5 miles north and inshore of the Bouy during the rest of the night.

In the mornng we had made leeway with 3 miles in 6 hours. The wind had decreased even more and of course veered to E so we motored into the large commercial harbour. It took us a couple of hours to come to the town center where the small craft harbour was full. Therefore, we moored in the *Jachtklubi' harbour on the opposite side.

A ferry went back and forth to town every 20 minutes until midninght so everything was fine. In the very marina there was a rock festival during the weekend so the pro was free entertainment and access rto free internet too. The con was to share 4 showers (!) with 600-800 yungsters who slept in their small tents just 20 meters from the dock.

Since the harbour fee turned out to be a mere 2?'? we could definetely cope with this minor nuisance.

In the Town center there was an international folk miusic festival with participants fron all over Europe and probably beyond, so free entertainment here as well and we truly enjoyed our stay. I might add that the local beer was cheap and VERY good.

One other swedish sailing vessel in the marina and a couple of Germans. The rest of them locals. Interestingly enough quite a few of the local yachts were swedishbuilt good'ole boats from the 60-70ies. A Lithuanian sailor I talked to told me that he could make a profit from buying an older boat in Sweden and sell it over here and then sell it.

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.

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