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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.
Back to Square One
09/28/2008, Falsterbo Canal

For unknown reasons, we were not ready for take-off until noon.

Yet another sunny day, but the Mets have promised an end to that beginning already on Monday. One of these nasty lows of the latter part of the year is approaching from the Atlantic Ocean.

It's also windy. 22 knots sustained gusting to almost 30. Since we are still a bit sleepy, and defintetly not in a hurry, we hoist the jib only and move almost dead downwind at 5-6 knots. The 17 or there-about miles SE to Falsterbo mustn't pass by too quickly. We are really trying to enjoy this last day of this Journey. We are not talking much, each of us are contemplating everything we have experienced during the summer, and each of us are trying to deal with the melancholy that always comes while one is returning to the 'ordinary' life again...

We are looking forward to meeting some friends of course and getting updated on all events within our respective families.

We are dropping the 'hook' today, but are already planning next years sailing. Until then, we hope to, weather permitting, do a few shorter cruises during the winter season. Thanks for following our adventures.

Some 15 miles further north
09/27/2008, Dragr (just south of Copenhagen

Sunny again today. However the rainy weather is said to arrive on Monday, so this will be our last stop before turning back to Falsterbo on Sunday.

The wind was weaker than predicted, so it took ua a few hours to make those first 10 miles. we were quite happy with this, since we could have a close look at Stevns Klint (yesterday's picture) when we slowly moved by it at a little less than half a miles distance.

The wind picked up considerably the last few miles though, and when we took the sails down and entered the Port in Dragr it blew 20-25 knots on the nose. we found a large and stable steel sloop of 40-42 feet to tie up alongside so everything was fine despite the port was much more crowded than in Februari when we last visited it. Since it's Saturday and also in some sense 'Le Grand Final'of this years cruise, we dressed up as nice as we could (not too impressive I assure you) and had dinner at the same restaurant as in Februari. Tuna steaks w sauce hollandaise and fresh potatoes and a really nice South African white wine with the for sailors so suitably name 'False Bay'.

There is nothing more I intend to share regarding the further proceedings of this evening ;-)

To Rdvig; Sjaelland-Denmark

We woke up at six after nine hours uninterrupted sleep. The sun just about showed over the horizon, causing the morning mist to vanish. Dead calm and almost painfully beautiful. After a quick breakfast we left at 7.45 to arrive at the next port early. Rdvig on the southern part of Island Sjaelland. 25 miles north.

First we rounded the eastern point of Men, with the steep 'klint' which is a slope of sand that just raises from the sea and some 85 meters high if I rememebr it correctly. See the picture from yesterday's blog entry.

Since it was calm, and we motored, and weren't in a hurry, we stopped halfway to Rdvig on a little bank to try and catch a cod or two. Now I would have loved to be able to tell you that we caught a cod weighing a kilo and then cooked it for dinner later tonight.

Obviously that was the plan. Nothing or no one alive in the water showed any interest whatsoever in our lures. As a result we had to consider other options available for dinner. Luckily enogh there were a couple of restaurants to be found just opposite the harbour.

We kept motoring the last 8 miles too and entered the busy little fishing port at 3PM. Definetely a nicer village than Klintholm, with a very lively fishing port and a shipyard.

Shortly after the docklines were tied we went for a hike on the beach towards the 'Stevns Klint' just east of the village. Not as high as the famous Klint on Men but very interesting with lots of flintstone, sandstone and some fossiles amongst it too. After this we found some fish at one of the restaurants.

Not likely fresh from the local fishermen but it filled the void to some degree.

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.

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