Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Wooden Boats Festival

Do you care for heights? If not, don't try to do what these young Russians are doing - managing the top sail on the foremast of the Russian frigate Shtandart, a replica of a man-of-war from 1703. If you think this is not so high - look below ...

If you look closely, you will see someone at the top.
BTW, the naval ship moored beside Shtanart is KNM Hitra, a famous (at least in Norway) veteran from WW2. And it was of course made of wood.

And why all this emphasizing on wood? Because each year, a festival for wooden boats only takes place in Risør, a small idyllic town on the southern coast of Norway.

And not only sailing vessels - wooden boats of all sizes and shapes are welcome. And so were we - even without a boat.

25 comments:

imac said...

Most interesting My friend, no heights for me, unless I feek safe,lol.
Oslo to follow soon Rune.

Sylvia K said...

What fantastic captures for the day, Rune!! I think I told you before that we have a wooden boat festival here on the Sound and I love being close enough to go to it! Such beautiful boats, beautiful water and reflections! I do think I'll let those young men take care of the top sail!!! I'll just watch -- from below!! Hope your week is going well!

Dina said...

There is nothing quite like wood, especially when it is in the form of a boat.
Beautiful craft you show here, and brave sailors up there!

Cheri said...

These photos are truly beautiful

Malyss said...

Fantastic! Each year you say? I HAVE to come and see that!I love wooden boats so much!Thank you for this beautiful report!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Whoa, that's way up there, I bet the view is spectacular! The wooden boats are beautiful.

VALKYRIEN said...

Ha - ikke søren om jeg hadde turt meg opp i en slik en! Men det er nok spennende for de som liker denslags. Flotte bilder av rikt båtliv - og så likte jeg bildet av steder der turister ikke går: tror jeg har vært i de bakgatene en gang for lenge siden. Veldig sjarmerende! :)

Petra said...

I love harbours and the shot with the clouds is perfect! :)
I believe this was a great opportunity to take great photos, I'd love to be there. I admire those old ships full of masts but I wouldn't manage to climb to such heights...

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I did once own a punt on the River Cam. That boat was made of wood but would not have made the passage to Norway! Some fine pictures of these lovely craft.

HansHB said...

Herlige bilder, - og godvær registrerer jeg!
Ønsker deg en sommerlig kveld!

Irene said...

Flotte bilder av noen staselige båter. Skulle gjerne vært der, men ikke noe kjekt å dra alene på tur ... håper det passer til neste år for Risør besøker jeg mer enn gjerne igjen.

Fortsatt god uke til deg!

Irene

Banjo52 said...

They are such handsome things that I sometimes wish I knew more about them, or even enjoyed being on them. Motion sickness prevents that, but I can admire the beauty from shore.

becky said...

These boats are simply awesome!!! Of course, we already know the Norwegians are genius wooden boat creators ! :)

Ken Mac said...

sweet blue sky

Ida said...

Som smykker i vannet.
Som perler på en snor ligger de der, side ved side og forskjønner
omgivelsene. Flotte bilder,
og helt sikkert en flott opplevelse også. Å være der.

Birdman said...

My knees be shaking a bit up there, I'm afraid.

Anne said...

Bilder som vitner som sol og sommer!! og det har vbi vel ikke hatt flust av i sommer, så bare det var kjekt å se Rune.

Sagt det før, men gjentar så gjerne :-) trebåter har en helt egen sjarme, men om jeg hadde hatt is nok i magen til å klatre i en så høy mast, vites jammen ikke helt du :-)

Klem.

becky said...

And I'm back with my congratulations on Norway's Olympic Gold Medal win in the K-1 500 canoeing race...Erik Larsen's a winner!!

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Absolutely fabulous images! The sky, the boats, the water, just to see the event on your post is wonderful.-- barbara

Darlene said...

I am so afraid of heights, I would never be able to climb up there. The pictures you took of those guys were awesome. I absolutely loved all of these marvelous pictures!! One of my favorite things to do is to go to the marina and watch the many boats there. My daughter's husband bought a beautiful 36 foot sailboat made of teak. He didn't even know how to sail it!! We went on its maiden voyage and my poor husband got so sick. To make it worse, he went below. I must say, it was pretty awful. That was our first and last ride on that boat!! Our son in law did get better at sailing though and quite a few of out kids would sail with him to Catalina, one of their favorite places to go. "26 Miles Across the Sea", the song made popular by The Four Preps. That's exactly how far Catalina was from Marian del Rey, where they had their sailboat docked.

Yes, I love to look at sailboats as long as I never have to ride in one again. I especially loved looking at your delightful pictures of them

Gunsside said...

Nydelige der de ligger på rad og rekke, og for en flott dag å ta bilder på - sol og sommer :)

Emm in London said...

Woah!! What amazing photos! I don't mind heights but my body has other thoughts - I have a classical physical response to heights and get dizziness and vertigo. Pity as I like the views.

Rizalenio said...

Beautiful blue skies. What a wonderful world. :)

truels said...

Uhhhhh- deroppe i masten ville jeg ALDRIG komme op!!
Men flotte billeder - af flotte træskibe i Risør havn.

Wenche said...

Skikkelig sommeridyll dette båtfestivaler hører sommeren til :0) Flotte bilder Rune - bare kjenner sjøluften...spesielt i det siste :=)