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

Back to Spain - The Rio Guadiana

24 April 2010 | Ayamonte - Andalucia - Spain
N 37,10 W 07, 24
The weatherforecast 'promised' us a northerly breeze of some 10 knots today, so a brilliant day to preceed the 13 odd miles to the Rio Guadiana.

Unfortunately we didn't find much of that breeze, when we left around 9 in the morning when the flood just started. So the engine got a lttle workout while we enjoyed the sunny weather and the warmest day this far during 2010. Around 27 degrees, means at sea one needs a t-shirt at least, because it feels a bit more chilly than on land. the water temp. is still 15-16 degrees in the sea so keeps a nice chill in the bilge where we store provisions that benefit from a cool place.

The river is wider than we expected inside the entrance. To our left - the Portuguese town of 'Vila Real de San Antonio' and at our right the spanish 'Ayamonte'. A choice to be made....

Since it's almost 6 months since we left Spain for Portugal, we thought it was time for a return, and anchored just north of the centre of Ayamonte. Right opposite a yard where 2 laarger fishing vessels was on the slipway with shafts out and propellers on the ground. A regular maintenance session apparently.

The tide, and especially the ebb of course, runs very strong here.... look at tha photo of our bow and the anhor chain. We are NOT making 4,5 knots through the water.... the river is making 4,5 knots around us!

Speed enough to make the anchor snubber (line to take the load of the windlass) vibrate at around 200 a minute producing a very unfamiliar singing noice inside the boat, especially in the fore cabin where we sleep.

Thus, the Captain, didn't sleep all that well the first night
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