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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.
One Long day of Sailing again
09/09/2008, Mariehamn N 60, 06 E 19,56

A slow progress in Weak winds and drizzling rain

We were under sail from 8.30 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon to make it to Mariehamn. The capital of ?.land. The forecast told us about NE 12-20 knots but we never saw more than 8 of those knots, and most of the time less. Thus we made very slow progress, and since it was raining all day long, it was actually one of those (few) days when I wonder why I am out on the water in the first place..

Anyway, after taking a mooring bouy in the picturesque marina at Vsterhamn, the W side of the peninsula the town is built upon, and within 15 minutes being properly installed in the sauna, all 'hardship' vanished from my mind and the evening was nice in our snug cabin with yet another delicious meal prepared by Isabelle and a glass of red wine to accompany it.
During the day we passed Kkar where this picture is showing the church, and Degerby and then Lemland on our Starboard side

A 12 hour Day Sail
09/07/2008, Skattskr

Going NW to Skattskr, just south of Sottunga on ?.land

Leaving Finland for the semi-autonomous province of ?.lsnd. With all it's beatiful islands and it's 25000 proud inhabitants, ?.land is definetely a place that holds a special palce in my heart.

We had a fine sail today, albeit long, and arriived after dark to this beatiful little anchorage that I found last year. No pic's this time, but the ones from last yeaar is still there on the Flickr site.

The picture shows a fish breeding plant we passed during the day. The Tug boat is moving a 'fenced' fish-filled net to a new location. A new kind off migrating salmon perhaps?

New Engine Problems?!!
09/06/2008, Jurmo

When I fired up the engine this morning it took at least 15 seconds of cranking before it started. A fair bit of unburnt fuel came with the cooling water and lots of grey smoke to follow.

And horror! As soon as it was was working normally again I could here the knocking sound. Could it be that some water had come into at least one cylinder and thus bent a valve or two???? I felt just devastated now, this is too much. Sorry, but the Estonians hadn't got a clue as how to install an engine. Despite me mentioning this issue and asking about a vacuum valve at least twice they just shrugged and showed no signs what so ever of even being aware of the existance of such an item.

OK, we HAVE to get a mechanic in Mariehamn, and tonight I HAVE to disconnect the water hose from the exhaust elbow to see if that helps. Then I have the diagnosis clear, I think. Unfortunately, this would mean that this brand new engine with 4 hours on the gauge has to be opened again in a half day job at least. Will this voyage ever get back to being normal I wonder?

A light headwind kept us motoring for 4-5 hours. You will probablyy not believe this, but after an hour or so the next engine problem arose. First the RPM gauge stopped working. Hmm, no big deal, but it suggests a wiring problem or a bad connection somewhere. Then after a while the Beeper and 'low oil pressure alarm lamp' started acting up. Not steadily though, but like a connection issue too. I shut the egine off and then started again, same thing. Shut it off - disconnected the wire harness and connected it again- Then it worked. Interesting isn't it?

Anyway, the effort of today took us to Jurmo, this lovely pearl among all the jewels of th Finnish Archipelago Sea. I described this last year in this blog, so let me just add that it was raining, we picked a litre of lingonberries while walking around the island for 3 hours in the afternoon. Then we cooked Lingonberry Jam! Mmmm, soooo nice.

To Hamn/Kasns

For obvious reassons we were not ready to take off until noon. The 30 ?'? in harbour fee must be a record high for me, but the luxurious sauna with it's large windows facing the sea and the archipelago, that Isabelle and I enjoyed yesterday afternoon for an hour or so was well worth it. We also took the opportunity to do our laundry. I e the sheets for the bed and towels. Our clothes usually get's washed underway.

The wind was still SW, but had decreased to 10-18 knots. Thus we sailed some 20 miles northward to Hamn just West of Kasns Port which has lots of slips for smaller craft and a tall ship at the dock too.

We wanted some privacy this time though, so we anchored a mile away in a little cove between some small islets.

The picture is of a tall ship at the dock at Kasns

40 miles north to Hang-Finland

SW to W 15-25 knots of wind and grey skies. Yesterday, we were busy, cleaning out the mess in the boat, and obtaining some means of mental soundness after this whole process with the engine exchange and spending 4 weeks at a wharf here.

At last under sail again! The sailing was fine enough albeit a bit on the 'bumpy' side. Our sealegs were still quite up to the task though. Obviously hence there was a lot of swell att the wharf in Dirham, and winds in the 20 knot range most of the time.

Sadly enough another mishap occurred with the egnine today, the new one that is. Halfway out in the Bay of Finland I accidentally touched the lever of the remote control for the gear/throttle wires. And much to my agony, it seized in reverse.

The sea state was way to uncomfortable to take the cockpit floorboarrd out to get access to the Beast underway. We were frequently getting splashed in the cockpit too, so it would not hve been a good idea to open up.

Upon our arrival at Hang, we had to discard the idea of entering the Guest Harbour or Marina. We anchored under sail at the leeward side of a ferry terminal where the chop was acceptable. Fortunately the anchor set right away, and kept us safe for the whole night. The wind increased to 25-30 knots during the night and stayed that strong during the entire day tomorrow too.

Before dinner I inspectted and disassembled the wire on the gear lever at the engine. It seemed OK. Then I got the idea to move the shaft and coupling and Eureka! 'clonk' and everything seemed to be back to normal.

A deep sigh....will I ever trust this engine, or more correctly, will I ever trust the installation?

I took the decision to have an experienced marine mechanic survey this whole installation sooner rather then later, maybe here in Hang? This is said to be the largest pleasure craft port in Finland so we'll see tomorrow...

The picture is of a superb little gaff-rigged vessel we met outside Hang

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