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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.
Reinstalling radar and meeting with Parents
09/13/2008, Nynshamn

Anders, the Yanmar mechanic, had a look at the engine issue, and concluded:

1. That the installation was not quite professionally made
2. That this was not serious enough to keep us from sailing back south and use the engine, and;
3. He gave me a few useful hints as to how a could address the problems during the upcoming winter season.

Good; I wo'nt torture you with more talking about this.

My parents came down here from Gvle, to meet us and we had a very nice time during Friday-Saturday including two very good dinners at the restaurant 15 meters from the bow of Rde Orm. This was a bit funny, since Dad asked me to have a look at this restarurant before they arrived in the afternoon and we walked around the whole town center before we realized it was the one right at the dock...

My parent also brought the radar, that after it's repair was sent to them, since it wasn't ready in time for our departure in early July. In Saturday morning, I hoisted Isabelle up the mizzen mast to reinstall the dome, after I had plugged the 14 different cables back in place.

Nynshamn Harbour
09/11/2008, N 58 54,1 E 15 57,5

High Pressure taoday aswell. A giant high has parked over Scandinavia, providing us with this unusual NE wind. Normally we have SW wind 80 % of the time in September, but we surely don't mind...

With the wind comes cold air from the north of course, and it's quite gray with occassional showers despite the pressure.

With an equally fast trip as yeaterday, we passed the southern half of the Archipelago and took a mooring in the Guest Harbour in Nynshamn. I phoned the local Yanmar dealer on the way, and he promised to have a look at the engine installation tomorrow at noon. Great, since I want to obtain some peace of mind regarding this issue...

during the day we passed Dalar, and Dalar skans which is shown in the pic

Great sailing to the Stockholm Archipelago
09/10/2008, Ostholmen N 59 23,5 E 18 53,5

We left early in the morning to take advantage of the ENE wind between 20-25 knots. A really exhilirating sail during which we never logged less than 6,5 knots.
Gray skies though, and the only downside (?) was that Isabelle hardly saw much of the archipelago I have been bragging about so much. The 25 miles of open sea between ?.land and Sweden was done and over with at noon, the rest of the day we broadreched at 7-7,5 knots southwards in the fairway. At sunset, we went in to the cove at Ostholmen, close to the Mja Island where we anchored around 6.30 PM

After dinner we went to bed early and slept like babies.


The Harbour Master helped me find the company that dealt with Yanmar engines in town, and when I called them the mechanic came to our boat within an hour. Superb service. It was raining again, but the near gale force NE winds forecasted were not to be percepted. I rigged a tarp over the cockpit to accomodate the mechanic.

Unfortunately it turned out that his firm had just recently taking up Yanmar service, and he didn't really have the experience to 'examine' our engine problem. At least he was honest and straight-forward enough to say so.

Next option is to sail west to the Stockholm Archpelago. Just south of it lies the town of Nynshamn, where it is very convenient to make a stop for provisioning anyway, and there is a Yanmar dealer there too. The next possibility further south would be Oxelsund which is also easily accessed from the sea.

During the afternoon I showed Isabelle around in the town. Admittingly it appears a lot more interesting in the vacation period in the summer but there was actually more people in the streets than I expected.

Just before we left the dock for the walk, a significant thunderous sound, apparently from huge diesel engines caught our attention- It turned out to be a former Swedish Navy LAnding Craft 200 with a crew of three who docked just ahead of us. Since those guys obviously had a keen interest in marine diesel engines (three of them on board 300 hp and 11 litres cylinder volume each and all built in 1958!!) I consulted them about my 'tiny' little auxiliary.

Interstingly enough they discarded my theory of water entering the cylinder right away and insted voted for an injector problem. Not uncommon on a new engine, according to their collective wisdom. Just a tiny bit of paint or whatever would make the injector work unproperly, and furthermore would most likely 'heal' by itself, or more correctly solve itself over a few hours more of motoring...

Interesting theory, obviously I hope it's the correct one too.... we'll see. Anyway they didn't think it would be hazardous to keep using it though, which gives me some comfort in heading southwest tomorrow.

The landing craft on the pic.

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

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