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 land in Between

30 April 2010 | Alcoutim-PT// Sanlucar- ES
After a few lazy days, when we moved a few miles with the tide, from one sleepy village to the next, yesterday we arrived at Alcoutim at the Portuguese side, and Sanlucar at the Spanish side.

Each little town is overlooking the other one, divided by approx. 100 meters width of river water. Both towns also has an old fortress overlooking it's counterpart.

Interestingly enough, the last time these neighbour countries actually were at waar with eachother, was in the later 1600s, the same time as the last war between Sweden and Denmark.

Perhaps we could label the 17th century as the 'great neighbor war-century' ?

Hard to imagine the fierce battles that probably took place here, because there's difficult to imagine a more idyllic place on earth....

Both the villages has pontoons where visiting boats can tie up, there is water and power at the pontoons, and even a dedicating building with showers (!)

Pure luxury, for us since we can hardly remember the last time we had a hot shower indoors...

Tomorrow, the 1stof May and on Sunday, there will be PARTY here. A 'spring welcoming part' of sorts and in both villages, so we can pick the raisons out of the cake.

Today, we went to buy some food, in the morning to Alcoutim, and in the afternoon in Sanlucar.

Sometimes, life is truely beautiful.
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