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.

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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