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Old Jul 12, 2011, 1:25 PM   #31
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Old Jul 13, 2011, 11:06 AM   #32
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Thank you, Ordo, for your ever so kind words!

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Old Jul 16, 2011, 12:11 PM   #33
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Last picture of the first day of the Rally. Tomorrow, sunday, is race-day for the big ships.


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Old Jul 16, 2011, 12:33 PM   #34
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Sunday morning is here. The big race starts today!



A lot of preparation is due.
Checking the rig is always the maintask befor a race. But hundreds of details have to come together.

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This is a typical Norwegian design old wooden boat, going back to the 1890-ties.
Most of these round-bellied sloops and cutters have lines after the famouse Colin Archer-design. Most people think that Colin Archer was an English of Scottish boat designer. Truth is that the Archer family was living and working in Larvik / Norway, though of Scottish ancenstry. Check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Archer

The seaworthiness and fame of C.A.'s design is well known in the boating community. And C.A. himselv became world famous when 'The Norwegian Lifeboat institution' --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redningsselskapet commissioned C.A. to design and build sturdy rescue ships for the protection for the many thousands of fishing vessels off the coast of Norway, and theses new lifeboats gathered admiration for their seaworthiness, specially in heavy weather.

There are today still 34 vessels designed AND built by C.A. afloat today, while another 15 vessels who are designs by C.A. but who have been built by other shipyards than C.A.'s own, are still in commission. http://home.online.no/~jeppejul/Coli...nvaerende.html

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Old Jul 16, 2011, 12:44 PM   #35
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The vital rigging must be in working order.

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Newly musterede crewmembers must be trained and told what to do and what to expect. This young girl on her first race has been given the task to watch and handle the aft boom-preventer, which is quite important, preventing the boom to smash the aft stays (aft mast on a ketch-rig) when the boat is jibing. She is repeating the grips on the rope that she needs to remember. You can almost feel her concentration.






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All the time, while the capt'n of "ANNA MINDE" is tigthening the haleyard and shouting instructions....

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The heavy bow of one of the C.A.-vessels. Full bodied bows where vital in rescue work, because it gave the ship extra buoyancy in steep waves, sa as not to bury it's bow in oncoming heavy seas, risiking damage and in the worst case, to fill the boat with water.
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The ketch - RS (Rescue Vessel) "KRAGERŲ" - on the inside (the heavy one)...



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...and the sloop "ELSE" on the outside, both buisy preparing for departure to the big race!

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While some boats have it all under control, crew cool on deck just passing time with idle talk...

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Like these ones here.





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There are others buisy doing last minutes chores...





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...and getting all kind of diffent sail out and ready.




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Last minutes pep-talk and going through the racing-rutines and winning tactics is very important. Every crew-member must know his position and task.


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Time to cast off...




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While his boat is pulling away from the pier, the helmsman on the sloop "KYRRE" is anxiously looking forward to see if his extra long bowsprite is clearing the pier while moving slowly (and cautiously) by engine...







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...another one of "THE BIG ONES" is pulling out of another berth, going backwards. These big and heavy boats (most of them are built in solid oak) are not known to be easy controlled when powered by engine in tight quarters, especially in revers, because the stern-hung rudder must have some flow of water (that means boat-speed) to be of any good.








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Here, the helmsman is judging the drift of the boat going in reverse and trying to assess whether he should set the gear in forward to stop the boat now, or wait som more...





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