Hildur starts heading home!
Hildur has departed Denmark, where it has been stationed for renovation as a schooner for the last 10 months, or since september 2009, and is finally heading home. Hildur was primarily stationed in Egernsund where most of the work was carried out and it was made seaworthy in its new form, but was also sailed the short distance to Flensburg in Germany in May this year. That was for the sailing festival Rumregatta, which Hildur attended, making it the first Icelandic schooner to do so, albeit without any sails. The delivery of the sails had been delayed, but in other aspects the boat was mostly ready. Once the sails had arrived and been fitted, it was taken out for a testrun, in which it performed admirably.
Thus, this past Friday the 9th of July, it left harbor, and sailed up past the eastern coast of Denmark. As this is written, Hildur is now on the way, and if all goes as planned it should be in harbour sometime next weekend. Here below are some pictures of Hildur as it was starting to head out, and on the way past Denmark.
Starting to sail out, with some of the sails up but more yet to be raised.
More sails being hoisted.
A view from the back, the wind clearly tugging on the sails.
Another sideview with all sails raised now and a beautiful blue sky!
Some of the crew. Rémy in the front, easily recognizable in the orange jacket and with his mass of hair, and General Manager Hörður further back, cellphone in hand.
Sailing under Kong Christian X’s Bro in Sønderborg, or “The Bridge of King Christian the 10th.”
Hörður stands on the deck and looks at the beautiful sunset.
Sailing under full sails at a speed of 9 knots.
Getting lucky with the wind to the back, allowing them to turn the sails to catch the wind fully.
After looking at the beautiful pictures of Hildur in it’s present state, it’s amazing to see how it’s changed, but here you can see what it looked like the very day it was heading out of Húsavík harbour last year!