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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.
Stonehenge and back to Portsmouth
07/04/2009, N 50.48 - W 1.07

Everything has an end, even these ineresting and enjoyable days in the NW part of England. Today a new car drve back to the boat for us, and Dave continuing to London by himself to meet an old friend on his Birthday-

We made a stop at Stonehenge where we spent an hour or two admiring these 'Pyramids of Europe'.

Just before Portsmouth, we had dinner at Pub where the menu was very modern, 'Med Style' and the surrounding countryside as nice as ever.

For myself, I spent the latter part of the evening installing a new harddrive and Win Vista + Nav. software and charts on Isabelle's laptop. The symptoms weere there for some time, but a few days ago the computer could simply not find the Harddrive on start-up.

When it comes to charts, we carry three computers. The work-horse, the backup and then the backup on the backup. Furthermore a couple of external drives plus the installation discs. Additionally we carry some paper charts too, including large scale charts (plotting charts) of the waters we plan to sail the nearest six months or so.

Speliology, Walking and BBQ
07/03/2009, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire

Jen, the poor girl, had to work today from 7 AM to 7 PM but Isabelle, Dave and I took of for a drive around this breathtakingly beautiful landscape where one hill followed another in a labyrinth-like pattern for many many miles. we visited the nice llittle town of Buxton and a large Cavern in the limestone structure and had a long walk on the hills to see a little Shrine on a slope and a 'Hall' or the ruins of one, several hundred years old. A huge building almost liek a castle, built of large stone and situated in pristine environment.

After all that walking were starving of course and had a BBQ in Jen's garden with Scottish Beafs, sallad and accessories. As if this wasn't enough we took off by foot again to the Pub in the next village. Not by car but by an interesting 'shortcut' over the hills, over a bridge crossing a river and through the darekest forest. All this without flashlights and with wet mud all over the place after the THunder storms we experienced in the morning.

Very interesting expedition where the rest of us learned that Dave has a terrific night-vision. He claimed that to be caused by his slightly defect ability to see the difference between different colours which might well be true. The Ales at the Pub tasted wonderful after thsi little adventure, but that must me obvious for anyone by one.

The New Forest National Park and more...
07/02/2009, Whaley Bridge

After shower and breakfast and a thorough briefing on the Medical kit during the morning, we all took off Northward in Daves car. The plan is to go to Jen's house in Derbyshire for the next couple of days, and on the way there, we spent a couple of hours in a National Park called New Forest. Beautiful scenic landscape with 'wild' horses running freely in this large area. In the evening when we arrived to Jen's home town - Whaley Bridge in the Peak District we went to one of the ever present Indian restaurants where we tried out a variety of currys.

Isle of Wight and Portsmouth
07/01/2009

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
06/30/2009

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.

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