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DIETER BETHKE

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  • Flags / The flags of various nations greet numerous international sailors and guests to the harbour.
  • En route to the regatta / Preparations for the day's competitions are almost complete at the Schilksee dock. The first boats make their way to the regatta raceway as I wait for Christophe and our dinghy.
  • Christophe Sorenti / Christophe Sorenti specialises in water sport photography. With his practical experience and helpful tips (shutter speeds of 1/1000, aperture of 5.6 and try not to lean on the boat), we start off together on the hunt for great shots.
  • Close race / It was a tight race between the 420s. As the foredeck hands leaned like trapeze artists far outside the boats to trim them, the spinnakers opened to reveal one of this sport's more colourful sides.
  • Hard work / Race drivers of the water. I got the urge to go out there and tug at the sheet ropes myself, but I was really just satisfied being so close to the real competitors. It also didn't hurt to know I'd be taking home some great images at the end of it all.
  • Race management / The race management has a perfect view of all of the raceway happenings from their boat. With a coloured flag and a horn, they give the signal for participants to set themselves and to start the race. In addition, there's a display showing which boat classes will follow which course.
  • Bad luck / This sailor had some bad luck and probably put a little too much faith in the wind. Her boat capsised just metres from our dinghy. She thankfully refused help and set her boat right side up on her own. Easy if you know how. Respect!
  • Large lock / The shipping traffic to and from the NOK is regulated by locks in Brunsbuettel near Hamburg and in Kiel-Holtenau. The two large areas of the lock in Kiel-Holtenau (310m in usable length) primarily receive large freight and cruise ships of up to 235m which come through about every 45 minutes. The Norweigian Dream is a regular here.
  • Smaller lock / Sport boats use the two older, smaller lock areas (125m in usable length) to cross out of the North Sea into the somewhat milder sailing area of the Baltic Sea or, as in this case, just to take part in the festivities of Kieler Woche.
  • Passenger ferry ADLER / In lock area, the passenger ferry ADLER I takes people back and forth on the NOK between Kiel-Wik and Kiel-Holtenau. The ride is free, and you get a great view of the lock.
  • Hot air balloon / After so much water, I've resolved to spend the evening on dry land. Although the hot air balloons at the Nachtglühen, or night glowing, remain on the ground, they put on a spectacular show with their colourful envelopes and burners lighting up the night sky.
  • Evening entertainment / With background music from
  • Masts / The masts of the SEDOV soar into the morning Kieler sky. They're almost higher than the
  • Docking / The tugboat BUELK assists the SEDOV in docking and brings her more or less into the same position she was in this morning. The StenaLine car ferry visible on the right side of the photo, the STENA GERMANICA, commutes daily in alternation with her sister ship, the STENA SCANDINAVICA, between Kiel and Gotenburg.
  • Cadets at work / Despite their lack of experience, the cadettes still have to give it all they've got. The manoeuvres require seamless teamwork. Each of the cadets pulls on the hawser until he's reached the front, then he turns and heads to the back again, meanwhile collecting strength for the next go.
  • Pulley / Almost every task on board is completed with human muscle alone. These pulleys, however, can provide some assistance.
  • Anchor chain / A view out of the starboard hawse of the anchor chain. The tall ship moves slowly into formation for the Windjammer Parade and the smaller ships all line up one after the other in a formation behind the leading ship. Amidst it all, dinghies carrying members of the press zoom to and fro.
  • View on deck / A view from the middle deck of the bow. Visitors are everywhere, and it was difficult to grab a good lookout point on the deck in time. During the manoeuvres, even the workboats have to be partly cordoned off in order for the parade to have the room it needs to move.
  • Rescue cruiser / A small emergency rescue cruiser passes, portside.
  • Windjammer parade / The Windjammer Parade in the Kiel fjord as seen from the leading ship.
  • Wet polished brass / Shortly after the previous panorama was shot, we got caught in a brief rain shower. Thanks to the rain drops, the surface of the polished brass pieces on the deck took on an even more interesting gloss. I could take these kinds of shots for hours, but unfortunately this portion of my trip must come to all too quick of an end.
  • Submarine / On the schedule for late afternoon:
  • Sand castles / You're allowed to keep whatever you find washed up on the beach. Well great, but now how do I get this home in one piece?
  • Sunset / Sunset over the Kiel fjords. It's a sight better experienced than described.
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