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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.
Isle of Wight and Portsmouth

After a really lazy and peaceful morning we moved into a Marina in Gosport, next to Portsmouth.

My old friend Dave, who sailed with me in the Baltic sea 2 years ago will come to meet us here together with his girlfriend Jen(-nifer)

An impressive 5 hour drive from the Manchester area where he lives. With him he will also have the extensive first aid and medical kit that he has put together for Röde Orm and us. Dave has just finished his medical school exam and is now a Doctor.

When they arrived around 7 PM we went 'downtown' and had dinner at a local Pub.

Needless to say, we had to sample a 'good old' Yorkshire Pudding. It does admittingly not look all that appealing on the picture, but tasted great. Very rich and a huge portion though. The Pudding consists of what reminds of a Swedish pancake in the bottom in the shape of a bowl. Inside the bowl a large chunk of mashed potatoes and French fries(!) with gravy, and on top of it 3 sausages at least partially made of liver. All in all rich oldfashioned farmer food. We sampled a few different Ales and Cider with it. After this dinner reunion we could barely make it back to the boat where we all 'dropped dead' and slept like logs

Along the South Coast

Most things in life are temporary. Isabelle woke me up at five in the morning for my watch and I had just enough time to see the sun rise behind us before the fog banks came rolling in from East. The next few hours gave me an intense practical exercise in radar plotting again. A bunch of local fishing boats and God knows what, gathered around us and was moving along at hour pace. For a while we were five boats within a 1,5 mile radius which is just a little bit too crowded for my liking when the visibilty is around 75 meters.

At 9AM the fog lifted again, revealing a clear blue sky indicating that the HIgh Pressure system is still around.

We were logging 3,5-4 knots dead downwind, leisurely spending time in the cockpit studying Reed's to figure out a nice place further west to go into for a few days. The Solvent seems 'too close' so we are considering Plymouth or Dartmouth or even Falmouth. That will sort itself out in time.

So it did. The wind died out and we motored to The Solvent where we anchored outside Bembridge on Isle of Wight in the dying daylight.

The White Cliffs

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.

And more of the same

The fog was dense all nigth, and sadly staid dense all day long too. In addition to this, the sea was dead calm. After more than 24 hours of motoring, it gets a little boring. I am sure there was still sunshine somewhere over the fog, but it was less than enjoyable when the second drizzling cold night approached and with 34 miles left to Dover, where we now planned to fill diesel and water and check the weather forecast, we decided to simply shut the engine off and leave the boat slowly drifting in the tide during the night. This way we would arrive in daylight instead of 3AM. We took watches anyway though, checking the radar screen for hazards every ten minutes. By now we were in the coastal inshore zone away from the heavy traffic. At once today we had 11 radar echoes simultaneously on the 6 mile-radius screen. Interesting as radar navigation practice, but hardly in any other way. The barometer is still quite high, but obviously we expected more from this high pressure sailing than slowly motoring with close attention to the radar.

The North Sea

Most of last night was spent going far enough to the north to be able to turn westward well outside the TSS (trafic separation zones) a sort iof highways for the commercail shipping. Not too far from the island of Helgoland we changed course to 280 and kept going for another 100 miles. The wind was E from 6-24 knots approximately which provided us with opportunities for reefing a couple times.

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