Monday, October 5, 2009

Hello sailor!

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The 109 metre sail-training ship NADEZHDA out of Vladivostock is making a courtesy visit to Hamada this weekend.

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When we got there on Sunday afternoon they were already almost finished furling the sails,

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But there were still lots of crew up in the rigging.

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There was a very festive atmosphere with local people putting on kagura and folk songs,

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And the crew reciprocating with Russian songs and dancing.

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We were allowed to wander around onboard, but weren't allowed below decks.

I spent an afternoon sailing on similar boat a few decades ago when I lived in Falmouth while it was hosting the Tall Ships Race. Coincidentally that boat was also built at the Gdansk Shipyards in Poland.

4 comments:

  1. Interesting photos! We don't seem them that often in Yokohama. There was an occasion, but have to wait very long ques.

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  2. Falmouth as in Falmouth, Massachusetts?

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  3. No, the one Falmouth, Mass. is named after :)

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  4. haha, the real one...we get tall ships from time to time in Mass., so I was curious.

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