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.

13 September 2010
11 September 2010 | Nantes, Bretagne-France
07 September 2010 | Bretagne (or Normandie?)
02 September 2010 | still the same...
31 August 2010 | Rezè- Bretagne (boat in Rio Guadiana)
09 August 2010 | Rezé//Bretagne//France
18 July 2010 | Clisson/La Sèvre
15 July 2010 | Nantes/ Brittany
14 July 2010 | Nantes/Bretagne/France
25 June 2010 | Gamleby- Sweden
05 June 2010 | Mértola// Minas San Domingo
27 May 2010 | Alcoutim
24 May 2010 | of the River
21 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
21 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
16 May 2010 | Alcoutim
10 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
30 April 2010 | Alcoutim-PT// Sanlucar- ES
24 April 2010 | Ayamonte - Andalucia - Spain

The White Cliffs

29 June 2009
At 9AM having breakfast in the 'go' we rired up the engne again and went on,,, in fog so dense that on could see 50 meters. Still calm. Once in awhile the fog lifted termporarily, just enough to let us know that it was indeed very nice summer weather a few hundred meters above us.

At 3PM we approached Dover and called the port control in the VHF( marine radio) since this is a very busy ferry harbour, all plesure craft must wait for clearance to enter and exit through the entrys (i e the openings in the giant breakwaters. Just upon our arrival here the fog lifted, just to get over us so densely that we could just about see a boat length ahead. Add to this that we heard a huge ferry behind usm that we akready knew was supposed to enter before us, and the situation was a bit stressful. We turned starboard, heading to the shore just East of the brakwater just to see a HUGE ferry appear seemingly out of the fog just
some 75 meters behind. We had barely got our breath back before the famois 'white cliffs of Dover' materailized aboove our heads some 100 meters away. And as from a magician's stick a gust of wind from land, swept the fog away completely and allowed us to find our way into the outer harbour and further to the fuel dock without more horrors, Enough excitement for today,,,

After filling diesel and water and getting a weather forecast in the process we were soon enough out of the harbour again just to get into the fog and continue to westward. Since the easterly wind is supposed to continue we really want to move on. Next alternative is The Solent, with Isle of Wight and Portsmoth/Southhampton 85 miles away and a little mire than 20 miles further comes Dartmouth and Plymouth. We'll see how we feel about it tomorrow to start with.

At 8PM the fog lifted as we passed Dungeness and the sunset could be nejoyed in style in the cockpit, A half moon did it's best to make the scenery even more pleasant.

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Vessel Name: Röde Orm
Vessel Make/Model: Laurin 32 ketch built in 1965
Hailing Port: Falsterbo -Sweden
Crew: Magnus & Isabelle
About:
MAGNUS, Swedish skipper. Navigation teacher and a Commercial Yachtmaster. After many years of dreaming, recently sold off his business since over 20 years. Left swedish waters in June 2009 and hasn't yet looked back ISABELLE, Born in Brittany/France & First Mate. [...]
Extra:
During 2008 we cruised during two and a half months in the Baltic Sea as covered in the older posts on this blog together with Magnus's 2007 cruise to 66 degrees North in the Baltic Sea. During this spring of 2009 we completed an extensive exterior refit of Röde Orm, and untied the docking [...]
Home Page: www.sailblogs.com/member/rodeorm
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