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 Life at the Marina

07 October 2009 | Leixoes/Porto
N 41,11 W 08,42
Among sailors a k a 'harbour rot' is a phenomenon that I guess affects all of us. For good and for bad. We took shelter here from a frontal passage that was connected with a nasty low that provided storm force winds over southern Sweden and elsewhere further north. Here, the winds have been in the 30 knot range for 2-3 days now and LOTS of rain. As opposed to the higher latitudes I (Magnus) am used to, it's still warm though. Around 20 degrees so still shorts and t-shirts mostly.

Needless to say the laundry does not dry in these conditions, making the boat look like an alley in southern Italy or maybe an old style gypsy camp. We have been able to take advantage of shore power (for our tools) to rebuild the navigation table. Will post a few pictures in the 'Photo Gallery'.

Functionally, we are satisfied with it, but since we had to reuse the old teak pieces the finish wasn't 100 %, but that can be dealt with later with some teak trim...

We've also explored Porto - a very charming city- and in the middle of the city, on the river, we found 'Zephyr' from Jersey again and reunited with Steve and Colin. We did the day trip to Porto (by bus) with Alistair, an English single-hander in a Tradewind 35 and had a very nice evening in the cockpit of 'Zephyr' over a glass of wine, or erhhh, maybe two ;-)

As it seems they will sail to Cascais before us since they will have friends flying in who are supposed to sleep onboard. We do not envy them the 170 miles beating to windward....but wish tehm good luck.

Being on a schedule is always what makes you end up in the 'bad stuff' when sailing.

We also visitied Croft's, one of the many usually English own Port wine caves here. A guided tour through the cellar with all it's casks and barrels sharing their special smell with us. After the tour a sample was offered us for free consisting of one white Port and a Ruby. We decided to add to the experience with a Vintage 1995. Cream of the crop to say the least.

Tomorrow the wind will calm down a bit and turn NW, so we'll do the 1,5 day passageto Cascais then as it seems now
Vessel Name: Röde Orm
Vessel Make/Model: Laurin 32 ketch built in 1965
Hailing Port: Falsterbo -Sweden
Crew: Magnus & Isabelle
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. [...]
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 [...]
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Who: Magnus & Isabelle
Port: Falsterbo -Sweden