This year we almost missed out on the greatest local maritime event: The Windjammerparade, where the entire fjord is veiled by spreads of white canvas, most notably of the majestic four- and three-mast barques, but also many other historical vessels. My boat was on the trailer still and a new coating of anti-fouling was drying. But on the eve of the parade, I found two volunteers – Leif and Magdalena – who helped to slip the boat. Next morning the boat was leaking heavily as the planks had formed many dry-cracks. But we were determined to participate, so they were caulked with ettan.

We were caught in the doldrums with almost no wind, as the parade passed along our side. Black clouds were emerging, and with it a freshing gust of wind and an even more refreshing rain, that later turned into hail.  We were returning to our marina in style, accompanied by thunder and lightning.

Skíðblaðnir in 3D

Last Saturday we finally set sail again after a lengthy period of maintenance works and waiting for the delivery of the new oars. They arrived a couple of days ago and are way more solid than the “toothpicks” which we had before. Although we are close to the end of the sailing season, the weather couldn’t have been better: We spent a sunny day on Kiel Fjord, with nice wind of 3-5 bft and some nice wave action. Three large cargo ships anchored off Friedrichsort and we cruised around between them. When we passed the bow-nose of one of them, I jokingly remarked that it would be quite “funny” if they decided to weigh their anchor now. Just few seconds later we were shaken by a loud rattling noise and noticed that the anchor cable was moving as we were just passing the bow. That was quite tight, as we were in the ship’s blind spot.

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The wiggle-effect

We had not only opportunity to test the new oars, but Florian took also some photos with his new 3D-camera, which you’ll find in the gallery below. Click to open the gallery to see the images fullscreen and with anaglyph glasses (red-cyan).

Windjammerparade 2012

Having just launched the boat, it was heavily leaking as the planks still have to swell before the hull becomes watertight. Also the shrouds haven’t been under tension yet. But we – Florian, Leif, Olga, Susann and myself – wanted to partipate in this year’s Windjammerparade so badly, that we willingly put up with constantly having to bail out the boat and tightening the lee shrouds while sailing. With following winds of intially 4-5 bft we sailed…no…raced out Kiel Fjord with exceptional speed.

Following the “herd” from a distance like a lone wolf, we finally closed up to our prey.

Here we were hunting down a Dutchman, who got intimidated by our “grapnel”.

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