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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.
An Overnighter to Denmark
09/25/2008, Klintholm, Men

Sunny! NE 17-25 knots predicted, slowly decreasing during the night and tomorrow. Then on Friday, this faithful NE will disappear, and leave a temporary calm. During Saturday morning the wind will return from W.

To utilize this 'dying' NE we set sail at noon to do an overnighter to Klintholm on the Danish Island of Men.

After an hour or so, we had to take a reef in the main and soon after the second one. Actually the first time this season. Another fact worth mentioning is that we have yet not had to beat to windward a single full day. Following winds is nice! ;-)

Despite the now diminished sail area, we made 6,5-7 knots, occasionally more on a short surf of course. The heading waas 220 degrees to start with, and we had a broad reach all the way down to Sandhammaren's Lighthouse at the SE point of the Scanian (swedish) mainland.

At sunset we arrived there and turned to 250 degrees. Obviously this was just about dead downwind, so I took the main down completely and lashed it to the boom. Easier and safer selfsteering during the night, and no need to go on deck. We were still making 5,5 knots so no worries.

In the early morning hours, when the wind had decreased noticeably, and so the boat speed, I went on deck again and hoisted the main with a single reef this time. An hour later the second reef was untied too.

We didn't get much sleep during the night, but it wasn't THAT cold and the starry sky was superb value for the inconvenience.

We arrived at Klintholm around noon, thus we covered the approx. 125 miles quite fast, considering that the last 3 hours, we only made 2-3 knots as the wind was dying already.

The village was a bit of a disappointment, though with a bunch of recently built an not too charming time-share appartmentts. More than 160 guest slips it has to be a busy place in vacation time.Except for us, a couple of Polish and German boats were the only visitors.

Needless to say, we went to bed early and slept like babies

To Han- 200 years after the British Navy
09/23/2008, Han N 56 01 E 14 50

Unbelievable! For the first time during this high pressure that has been around for two weeks, the sun showed enough strength today to push all those clouds away... and around 10 AM the sky was all blue. It actually felt almost like summer again.

So, I felt this was THE day to jump in the water, with the wetsuit on, to battle the barnacles that has settled on the propeller and in the through-hulls. 14 degrees C (57F) in the water is cold even here this time of year. I spent around 10 minutes tn the wet I guess and I could not have stayed much longer. The through-hulls will be in good working order during the winter now, and it feels good to know.

On the pic you can see yours truly a few seconds after climbing the cockpit again.

Around 4 PM, we felt it was time to 'change view' again and hoisted sails for the 6 mile trip to Han.

Regarding the British Navy; they spent 1810-1812 here at Han during the Napoleonic wars to secure their trading in the Baltic sea, and during that time a few of them died and was buried here on the island. The grave was visited in 1973 by 'HMS Plymouth' and during a memorial ceremony they raised a big black wooden cross. The wood was originally from a mast of an old Navy ship.

We just about managed to have a walk around the island before sunset. during the walk we met a local man, who spent most of his working life as a fisherman here. He assured us that there is still fish in the sea, so I guess we have to address our fishing methods a bit since we haven't been able to catch anything despite trailing a line during all passages.

Leisurely sailing and a Good Walk
09/22/2008, Trn - Hllaryds skrgrd

Gray skies and drizzling rain most of the day. The NE wind is still with us, but significantly weaker than the forecasteers would like to believe.

We left the anchorage after lunch, for a 3,5 mile move to the next island on the 'Must visit'-list. Trn.

Wlaked around the island for couple of hours, had a looka t the lighthouse on top and discoverd lots of lichens and ferns, as you could see in the photos.

Again, a relaxed evening in the cabin with a spicy chili and the wine we bought in Estonia. It's french, was quite cheap and tastes like grape juice with some alcohol added.Despite this its' enjoyable...

Enjoying the Archipelago
09/21/2008, Tjr N 56 10,3 E 15,02,5

...despite the cold and the gray skies. I could be repeating myself here, but it's sooo weird with a mighty high pressure system and yet we have hardly seen the sun in 3 weeks time.

We will not let our mood drop to much though, the positive side is we are having the whole little island world of Bleking all for ourselves.

When we sailed westward for 3-4 hours today we met 3-4 weekend sailors but at anchor we don't see a living soul.

Basically we are moving from one to the next of my fvourite spots here, just to relax and enjoy and obviously to show them to Isabelle.

Tjr is an island full of life, boats and people during vacation season and those summer weekends when the weather is sunny and warm. Now , there was only one other boat there while we had a 4 km walk around the island during the afternoon.

Around 4 PM we moved half a mile to a protected cove just south of Tjr to spend the night.

Warm and nice in the cabin, with our diesel heater running...

There are quite a lot of deers here, and usually one can hear the bucks 'screaming' when they try to impress each other during mating season.

This time we couldn't here them, I don't know it it is still too early in the fall...

Marine Museum in Karlskrona
09/20/2008, Arp Kalv N 56 07,8 E 15 25,7

Dead calm in the morning too. After breakfast we motored for an hour to the town. We wanted to visit the Marine Museum in the Navy town of Karlskrona, now a 'World Heritage'

It was so interesting that we spent five hours in the museum building, including having lunch in their restaurant.

At 4 PM, after filling water, we motored the few miles to Arp Kalv and yet another of the Cruising club's bouys. After passing under the opening Hassl Bridge we just about arrived before a marvelous sunset that we watched from the cockpit siping on a tiny glass of rhum.

The camera was forgotten below decks today, so the pic shows Isabelle changing head sail a couple of dys ago

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