Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Y is for Yacht Parade in Grimstad

According to Wikipedia,

A yacht is a recreational boat. It designates two rather different classes of watercraft, sailing and power yachts. Yachts are differentiated from working ships mainly by their leisure purpose.
Each year on the Norwegian Midsummer Night Eve ("St. Hans" - June 23), the local Red Cross in the small Norwegian town Grimstad (on the southern-most part of the Norwegian coast), arranges a parade of local yachts. The parade includes many competitions, for instance best decorated boat, most original boat, smallest boat, best wooden boat etc etc. This year I was lucky enough to be present. Here is a small sample of what my camera found:

Above, three veterans are preparing for the parade.

The yachts came in all sizes and shapes, from the fairly lage schooners...

... to the rather small rubber dingy.

Obviously the most original participant...

The smallest participant was towed into action.

Nothing beats wood in elegance.

My favourite in decoration.

And some of finest old, wooden motor yawls didn't even compete.

Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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47 comments:

Dina said...

What fun. So much imagination at work on the water.

itsnotjustapicture said...

wow...what an amazing parade of yachts and boats of all kinds. i am a sucker for anything water related :)
have a great evening.

Marie said...

Masse fine båtar her og det er nå noko eige med dei av tre!

Abe Lincoln said...

I like the wooden ones RuneE. The others are fine but the wooden ones are much like those I grew up around. I knew a man who made boats for people who sailed them on the Great Lakes. He made models of each one to show to the owner. I got one of them. It didn't weather well as I used to float it in flooded side ditches and get in it or set on it to float around in the muddy water. The cabin with the glass windows was the first to come off and was never replaced. Now, my daughter owns it. It must be close to 125 years old now.

This man who made the boats was a farmer in Darke County Ohio. He made the boats in the winter in his barn. One boat a winter was his goal and I think he reached it every year he did that kind of work.

Dagrun said...

Det så ut som en fantastisk plass å være, med eller uten kameraet på skakke;)

Du er båtmann du også da eller? (eller JEG er jo strengt tatt ikke båtmenneske, men mer som et påheng å regne, umotorisert sådann)

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Her har du fått samlet sammen mange fine båtbilder Rune. Artig at de steller i stand slike ting.


Ja,var det ikke fint å se en ekte Drammenser,hehe. Mange fine av dem :)

Svein said...

Der var det jo et sabla liv !
Må spole tilbake noen tiår til da jeg bodde i nabobyen, - var ikke noe slikt da tror jeg.

PERBS said...

Interesting parade of yachts but that red "boat" with the people in suits and hats is ridiculous. I hope no one drowns in that boat. I like the tallest one and the teensy one best.

GAWO said...

Så sommerlig og hyggelig :-)

Trebåter har en egen sjarm men jeg hadde ikke sagt neitakk til båt jeg,... uansett, bare den holdt seg flytende.

VALKYRIEN said...

Det var skikkelig fine sommerbilder! Og masse flotte båter! Er nok veldig glad i trebåter uten motor jeg da....men sitter gjerne på en flott en! Det første bildet er bare så sommerlig og fint - og med trebåter i front med blomster og greier, da er jeg solgt! :)

Du har det kjekt skjønner jeg! :)

Lara said...

a really nice event! must be fun to watch all those boats!

Prospero said...

I like the original participant! We do much the same in Bermuda (it's very festive, too). Actually, I thought I was looking at shots of Bermuda!

Anne-Berit said...

Så fint det så ut der,og med så mange fine båter.Selv er jeg veldig svak for trebåter,og her var det jo en del av dem også.

imac said...

Really enjoyed looking at these boats Rune.
Great shots too.

Tom said...

I like very much 'What your camera found'... and I agree about the use of wood... I miss working with wood if only for the smells produched.... never mind the craftmanship.
If you can please stop by Wiggers World... you commented today about my canal shots, and how they might look in B&W... well tomorrows post is for you my friend and it is up and running now.. :O)
Tom

Sara said...

Such gorgeous photos, Rune. The colors are so vibrant; it looks like it was a very fun day out too.

Reader Wil said...

What wonderful boats in this bright summerweather! These photos are so excellent and a very good choice for Y! I was in a French mood, so I looked for a French name, and that's why I came up with Yves Montand, though my favourite singer was Gilbert Bécaud, and I also like Charles Aznavour.

Miss_Yves said...

Grimstad, the town of poets ...the most sunny place in Norway ..I'd like to live here !
"midsummernight eve"...this reminds of me a famous film of Ingmar Bergman...
Your beautiful colours , so vivid, are a tribute to summer !

photowannabe said...

Absolutely gorgeous yachts. What a photo opportunity.

Granny Smith said...

Wonderful parade of yachts and beautiful photos of them. I agree that nothing beats wood for elegance. Port Townsend, Washington, where my oldest son lives, holds a wooden boat festival every year.

foto CHIP *Birgitta* said...

Fantastiskt härliga havs- och båtbilder!
Må så gott!

ArneA said...

Sommer.
Slik er det i Norge (om værgudene er på vår side)

Anna said...

What a lovely event - great fun must be had by one and all:)

Petunia said...

Her var det båter for en hver smak - til mor og far, lillesøster og bror:)
Flotte bilder, Rune!

Jay said...

I love that last picture, but what amazes me is the blueness of the sky! It makes the scene so colourful!

Janie said...

Must've been a fun yacht parade. I like the "original" photo and the little boat being towed!

AVCr8teur said...

It looks like a fun and festive event. Nice pirate yacht, probably the only of its kind. As for the dingy, it looks like fun to maneuver.

Regarding your electric car comment, the designers have the right idea, but most people are not willing to give up their gas guzzlers for an overpriced electric vehicle.

Carol said...

Beautiful! Every one! I posted two photos of yachts from a trip to MD last week. We were walking over a bridge with a marina below and we were on the way to dinner with friends. In the few minutes I had to snap, I hardly knew what to take first, or how to take it.
I especially like your last shot...the simplicity of the composition.

Grace and Bradley said...

Enjoyed your photos immensely, beautiful vivid color and some great composition. Thanks for sharing.

Rose said...

Your photos are stunning with such rich color! I should have guessed today's choice would be yachts:) Looks like a fun day for everyone involved.

Lew said...

Quite a festive occasion! You captured the fun of Norway's water ways well.

Roger Owen Green said...

Lovely photos. Still, I'm reminded about what one person, talking about the burden and responsibility of possessions, once said: "The two happiest days in a boat owner's life - the day s/he buys the boat and the day s/he sells it."

Marie Reed said...

This transports me to my childhood of sailing and entering boat shows with my Father's pride and joy of a boat!

Malyss said...

I love those boats meetings!
My favorite are the old wooden boats. They have a particular charm, they make typical sounds, they smell good, they have a long and rich history.The way to use and "drive" them is also special, more complicated but so much more interesting...
You surely had a great time there!

Sailor Girl said...

S P E C T A C U L A R!!!!!!!

(your beautiful country's flag appears on my «Y» post today!!!!)

Q said...

Beautiful! I so love the small wood yawl....
The word alone is fantastic!
Happy ABC Wednesday.
Sherry

Babooshka said...

Beautiful day for messing about on the water. I am surrounded by yachts, and no never thought about having them. Beautiful blue water too.

Lara said...

may I please bother you with a question? how can I post my photos in a bigger format, such like yours? I tried different things into the blogger setting, but I am stuck with those tiny little photos... If you would be so kind as to leave a comment on my blog with the answer, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

Dragonstar said...

I was certain you'd post something like this, but you've exceeded my expectations. So many perfect photos! The flower-decorated boat is very pretty, but the last picture is my favourite - the reflection of the Yawl in the water is lovely.

Lara said...

thank you so much! now I have to find the time to get down to this matter, and play some HTML :)! thank you again!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

this looks beautiful - what a great day for everyone

Marie said...

This is great. I would have loved being there for the event.

Barbara Martin said...

My preference are the wood boats. All in all a glorious day with the sun shining.

Regina said...

Great photos. I enjoyed very much. Thanks for sharing.

Ida said...

Du vet hvilket bilde som er min favoritt, vel? ;)
Det nest siste, ja.
Blomster og greier. ;)
Hva er den hun har i båten der?
Er nysgjerring, ja.
Det siste bildet er i en klasse for seg selv, uansett!
NYDELIG serie!

Hinker rundt her med tanker om å kjøpe meg et speilreflekskamera. Diskuterer litt ang. valg med husbonden.
Må ha Canon iallefall. ;)
Vet at du bruker det.
Har du noen anbefalinger?

Tumblewords: said...

What fun - nothing better than a yacht parade - some gorgeous boats - the old wooden ones are yummy!

Beate said...

Fantastiske st.hans i grimstad bilder! Det er sånn st.hans skal være :) Vi har bare vært i grimstad 1 gang siden jeg gifta meg, og da øse pøse regna det så mye at det bare 5 båter i havna, så jeg måtte vise mannen min disse bildene og si at sånn er det egentlig :)