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Overcast with partly showers with SW to W breeze between 14 to 25 knots said the weather forecast on Saturday 28th of June, the sailors’ but not the photographers delight!
On the second Saturday of the Kiel Week, this year it was the 28th of June, a special program highlight always takes place: the traditional sailing ships gathering in the inner-firth for the great windjammer (tall ships) parade. This spectacle is also always a magnet for tens of thousands of spectators, who gather along the inner-firth to watch this grand event. The windjammer parade is featuring more than 100 sailing ships, both large and small. And at least the same number of boats is accompanying these tall ships, bringing spectators who paid a nice amount of money for this passage, close to the parade. The Kiel Fjord is really crowded. It is a magnificent sight indeed, over one hundred gaff riggers and topsail schooners, barquentines, brigantines, brigs, barges and full-riggers from a host of nations under sails.
In the background you can see the ferry from Kiel to Göteborg, this day also bringing paying guests close to the parade, the price for a ticket was 99 €.
The ship in the foreground is the barge “Alexander von Humboldt”, that has served as a fire ship until 1986. Today the “Alex” is a training vessel and she is well known all over the world because of her green sails, originally just a gag in an advertisement campaign launched by a large German brewery. Since the campaign has been very successful she kept the green sails. So the “Alex” is quite a nice example for the power of advertisement.
In app. two years she is supposed to be replaced by a new ship, the “Alex II”, because the preservation of the old Alex has become too expensive.

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Additional Photos by Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2451 W: 0 N: 6449] (23055)
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