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Fyn Rundt 2007
 

(The "race" round island Fyn, 2007)



The "race" around Island Fyn this year was seen from my position a much better success than last years "race", where the ships left Middelfart without hoisting sails!
What a disappointment, - because what is a great sailing ship without all sails up????

This year the ships certainly did hoist the sail, and the wind was quite strong on that day, - July 25.2007 -, which was very good for the around 35 old sailing ships, - but for me and my little boat and my camera, it was not optimal conditions!
It is quite difficult to take photographs in a small boat that moves violently, - with constant sea spray all over -, when you at the same time have to steer the boat, - protect the camera for water, - and keep a safe lookout - - -

Consequently it was VERY difficult to take the pictures I actually wanted, - and the rough weather also prevented me from following the fleet to more open waters - - -
The good thing about it was, that it was one of those fantastic opportunities, when you actually had all four seasons within just one day!
"Mother Nature" really performed well day with fantastic clouds, - glittering sunbursts in the water , - wind and waves, - and combined with an ocean full of immaculately maintained old sailing ships, - it was a fantastic show - - -
Therefore I have NOT only photographed old sailing ships this year, - but also let "Mother Nature" play a major role.
In other words, - there are two stars this year, - the fleet of old sailing ships and "Mother Nature" - - -
Denmark at its best you could say  - - -

Please enjoy my images from the "race" as the old ships left Middelfart on their way to the next destination, - Haderslev.
 
 


The ships gather at the starting position, preparing for the official start signal for the next leg of the "race" - -
Take note of the fantastic sky - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Anna Elisa"
 - arriving to the start area - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


A splendid look over Lillebælt -
- island Brandsø is seen in the horizon -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


More ships arrive -
The red painted "Lilla Dan" to the left, - and in front the "Aron" hoisting sails -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


- another splendid look over Lillebælt -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


The fleet waiting for the start signal -, almost ready to go -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


To the left 3-master "Maja" and in front schooner "Aron" -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Two 3-masters, - the "Madonna" to the left, - and "Maja" in the center -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Aron"
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Top sail schooner "Lilla Dan" left, - and 3-mast schooner "Fylla" to the right -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Aron" and "Maja"
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Maja" in all her splendour -
- 3-master "Madonna" in the background -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Finally, - the "race" is on - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


3- master "Maja" in the foreground, - and "Brita Leth" to the right
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 


"Madonna"
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Aron" and "Maja"
- spreading their wings, - flying over the ocean -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 


- a magnificent fleet of traditional sailing ships -
-and a magnificent ocean -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Racing over the ocean -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


- towards the horizon -
- unfortunately I could not follow the armada in my small boat due to the strong wind and the waves -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Magnificent ships, - magnificent ocean, - magnificent sky -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Jensine"
- this is true sailing -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)

"Jensine" deserves a special introduction - -
Being built way back in 1852, - she is in fact Denmark's oldest wooden sailing ship that still is going strong - - -
Also she is quite rare, being the only active and sea worthy ship of this particular type in Denmark.
And just see how beautiful this old ship performs in strong wind, - she actually seems to enjoy it - - -
 
 





"Elsa Margrethe"
- to the left -, showing the flag -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Jensine" to the left , and "Anna Møller" to the right -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Flying over the ocean, - with island Brandsø in the background -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Bolette" to the right, - and ?????  to the left -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Meta"
- one of the most beautiful schooners -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Another one of "Meta"
- take note of the beautiful clipper style bow, which is quite uncommon on Danish schooners -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Meta"
- a great aft quarter view of a beautiful ship -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Meta"
- a final stern view -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


- and a final view over the sea and the sky -
 - and a lonely sail boat in the middle of an incredible universe of beauty -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 

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Initiated:  July 27.2007
Updated:  July 28.2007, - Dec.11.2008