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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.
The pilot's watch
07/26/2008, Bunger, Frsund

Hot. I spent the whole morning own below tinkering with a 12/220 V inverter, installing a depth sounder and the likes. Uploaded photos and wrote some blogg entrys.

After a minor provisioning in the town, we motored the few miles over the strait to Bunger, an old Pilot's watch facing the open sea Eastrwards.

Lauterhorn, Fr and a BBQ
07/25/2008, Frsund

We sailed the 15 miles remaining to Frsud where we took a mooring bouy at the boat club. 'Rute Btklubb'.

This meant that we had to tack u couple of times, life is hard at times, mind you!

After a trip to the local Chandler for a few of the ever present odds and ends that needs attention on a cruising boat, and some chats with the local sailors we prepared for a major event.

Just north of here, on the adjacent island of Fr,my old school mate Erik lives since 12 years.

He was so kind and invited us to a BBQ with some of his friends, right on the beach. Grilled salmon, homemade potatoe salad and even a cake with the coffee. Stylish!

Before eating though, he drove us to the western shore, where the largest Rauk field is. More than 10 km long and with thousands of Rauks at different size. From a meter or two, to twenty m,eters high and in all kinds of shapes. In this 'moon landscape' we climbed and walked for half an hour, a bizarre but very nice experience.

Thanks a lot for a superb evening Erik!

P.S. I forgot my camera on board, so unfortunately no pics of this event D.S.

Small steps towards Fr
07/23/2008, Enholmen, Fjaugen

A slow but very enjoyable downwind sail in some 6 knots of wind, sometimes less, took us to Enholmen just at the inlet to Slite. A busy port for celcium and cement, it was considered so important for the country that Enholmen was heavily fortified during the 1700's to protect Slite against Danish or Russian intruders.

The fort was obsolete before finsished, much in the same way as the Danish island of Christianopel in the S baltic.

Very interesting to see though.

23rd July

A nice 4 hours of beating to windward saw us anchor outside Fjaugen, an islet with very interesting nature and a ruin, reminding of the ancient Greece perhaps.... Much more prosaic than that, it used to be apartment for the workers at the stone 'plant' that once was busy here

A Thunderstorm and a meeting with a Pilot
07/21/2008, Vndburg, Ljugarn - Gotland

20 July

Woke up at 8 AM from a tremendous thunderstorm that kept us in the v-berth for a good hour-and-a-half.

The rain poured down like from a shower tap on full pressure.

A bit lazy as we were after the crossing, most of the day was just spent tinkering with all those odd jobs around a boat.

Late in the afternoon we took off for a slow sail to the little fishing port of Nrshamn, further north. we arrived at 10PM and hit the bunk almost immediately.

21 JUly

Left early to arrive Ljugarn at mid day. We are to team up with Staffan on 'Dorinda' here. S is a retired pilot and he sails a L-28. He is also the one who gave us the tip about The Curonian sea in Lithuania. He is now on his way there himself.

We had a potluck BBQ party at the dock in the evening, and had a very nice time. The mighty high pressure system seems to hae parked outside the Norwegian Coast now, and that usually means very stable nice weather and light variable winds for days to come. So we intend to enjoy life at its fullest, and just make short hops northward along this coast, until the winds will give us a fast and easy crossing to Latvia anf Estonia

Overnighter to Vndburg, Gotland
07/19/2008

Sun from a clear blue sky, and a light SW breeze saw us leave in the morning.

There were some swell at sea, and this combined wth a rather weak wind made the sails and booms hit back and forth dispite our rigged preventers. We made a decent speed of 4-5 knots but as everyone knows, who'd tried it, a sail like this is not that nice for any longer stretch of time. After a couple of hours we decided to change course for Vndburg on the SE tip of Gotland. A beam reach at 5 knots with the booster, main and mizzen was a lot more pleasant.

It looked to be one of those spectacular sumer nights, with a clear sky and a full moon (!) but just before sunset, and sadly enough, they skies turned gray, and we were denied the spectacle.

As a sailor you have to take is at it comes, and at 2,30 in the morning, the wind died out completely. Becalmed and still 60 M to go. Down with the booster and then we both hit the bunk to get some sleep. Since it was officially my watch, I woke up when the wind came back at 4,30. Hoisted the booster, sheeted them and set Helmer, the trustworthy old Aries windvane to work. Then a 15 minutes cat-nap as usual.

We made 3-4 knots the rest of the trip and arrived at Vndburg in the afternoon. It is a small fishing harbour with no village or other signs of human settlings nearby. Actually it is two harbours. The first one, buit in the 20-ies when the fishing fleet was motorized and needed better shelter from the sea. This harbour has been exposed to sanddrift over the years and has a depth of a mere 1,50 meters now. The new harbour, was built with dynamite. They simply blewed the limestone away in teh early 80-ies to make a 4,5 meter deep harbour for the now bigger trawler fishing vessels.

Shortly after, the fishing declined here as elsewhere, and the harbour is now mostly used a few busy summer weeks for guesting pleasure craft.


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