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May the Wind Be With You

 

Yes, it looks like a tall ship but it's not.

It's a CLASSIC ship, Le Bel Espoir, from France,

sailing from the North Sea to Amsterdam, west to east across The Netherlands.

 

From Sail 2010 in Ijmuiden, Netherlands, last Thursday, 19 August.

 

In honor of all our French friends!

May the wind be with you.

 


May the Wind Be With You

 

Yes, it looks like a tall ship but it's not.

It's a CLASSIC ship, Le Bel Espoir, from France,

sailing from the North Sea to Amsterdam, west to east across The Netherlands.

 

From Sail 2010 in Ijmuiden, Netherlands, last Thursday, 19 August.

 

In honor of all our French friends!

May the wind be with you.

 


comments (57)

  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2010, 01:14
look at all that billowing smoke. looks like a busy spot.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid says these are steel factories and cement, some of the biggest in Holland. They made an interesting backdrop for the ships coming in from the North Sea on their 4-hour traverse to Amsterdam. The wind was definitely blowing in the right direction. smile Thanks.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2010, 02:06
it's like paradise here! man... love to take my lady out here for a nice walk enjoying this kind of view!
Ginnie Hart: We were high up on the bank of the North Sea Canal, Liang, and had a perfect view of the procession of ships. Astrid said they couldn't unfurl all their sails because the space was so narrow and there were too many boats. There would have been too much maneauvering. The road behind us was closed for the day, so lots of people were out taking their walks or just sitting/standing, watching. You and lady would have loved it.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2010, 02:50
What a view and a mix, the sail boat relying on nature to move and all the billowing smoke from the factories
Ginnie Hart: Actually, JJ, the sailboats were NOT allowed to operate by their sails alone in this narrow passage, which is why they're not all unfurled. That was our only big disappointment...to not see all the sails. Astrid said it would have been too dangerous with all the boats around to not have more control. Astrid was a sailor in her day and taught me a lot.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Aug 2010, 05:54
This brings back good memories of a perfect day, we sat there for almost 6 hours in a chair to watch them 'sail' by, never bored for a second.
I always try to picture these ships/boats a hundred years ago, when they were used for trade, explore.... a rough time.
Those Blast Furnace http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Umow9nZH4w did blow out a lot of smoke, a grand view in the back.
A great shot, it was not that busy yet wink
Ginnie Hart: The things you find on YouTube always amaze me, MLMA! After seeing the rain at the end of Sail 2010 on TV, we were so lucky to have those two gorgeous days at the beginning. I'll never forget it! Those 5 hours flew while we sat there...with not enough eyes to see everything in front of us!
Ha!!! I knew you had a photo of this beautiful boat, I've never seen it. Do you know its home base? A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: The link says it is located in Northern Finistère (Brittany), Valérie, but that doesn't mean anything to me. Maybe to you? It was so fun to see this in front of our very eyes. smile Merci.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2010, 06:12
Postcard day. Wonderfully composed smile
Ginnie Hart: We had two glorious days, SAVO, at the beginning of Sail 2010, compared to the end when it was raining. We were so lucky! Thanks.
I think about is what we breathe daily!!!
Ginnie Hart: For some more than others, Fabrizio, yes. sad
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Aug 2010, 06:45
A very industrial background - looks like some kind of steel plant. Glad you know the difference between a tall and classique ship smile
Ginnie Hart: Steel indeed, Louis. In fact, Astrid even found a YouTube on it! To the right was a cement plant. Interesting backdrop for the ships coming in from the North Sea through Ijmuiden on their way to AMS!
Lovely image, Ginnie. So much to see, and that smoke against the sky is fascinating. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: It was a much different setting than what people got in AMS 4 hours later, Roz, for sure. Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Aug 2010, 06:48
A classic ship eh Ginnie: does this mean it's of a certain age or disposition?
Ginnie Hart: I just found out it was born in 1944, Chris...a year my senior, so YES, definitely of a certain age. I have just replaced the above link with this one:
http://www.bel-espoir.com/navire/be
  • Tracy
  • Hulme
  • 25 Aug 2010, 07:12
LOL at Chris...smile
Very classy Ginnie, the shot and the ship.wink
Ginnie Hart: Some things just need to be a Class Act, Tracy, right? grin Thanks.
A fine vessel...I get sea sick if the bathwater is a bit choppy
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! You poor thing, Bill. And to think Astrid wanted to take you out for a sail one of these days! smile
Nothing better than sitting there watching the ships go past.
Ginnie Hart: The time just flew, Mick. It surprised us both. We'll never forget it.
I like the industrial look with the smoke of the chimneys...
Ginnie Hart: The steel factories of Ijmuiden, Chantal, and to the right the cement factories. I got my education. smile Thanks.
You've captured the beauty of the old against a backdrop of the less than beautiful now.

Excuse me while I cough smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Odd. Sigh. Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 25 Aug 2010, 08:47
Old wind driven ship contrasted against the modern factories, very green to environmental yuck
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tony. This is the world we live in. (sigh)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Aug 2010, 09:09
Oh, what a contrast of worlds : the old classic sailing ship with the beautiful, hopeful name -and the thick dirty industrial clouds sailing away...- hopefully!
Ginnie Hart: There's always hope, Philine, isn't there! This was such a different view from Amsterdam where they all ended up. But much fewer people! No one was in front of us and we were able to sit in chairs for the entire 5 hours...even if we WERE looking at the industrial smoke. It seemed cleaner because it was mostly white. smile
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Aug 2010, 09:27
Now I know why I'm always coughing whenever I'm in Amsterdam smile. Very nice shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: This was actually in Ijmuiden, Scarlet, at the beginning of the sail in to Amsterdam, another 4 hours down the line to the east. The good news is this was NOT the backdrop in AMS. But I'm sure they have their fair share of smog, at least outside city centre.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan
  • 25 Aug 2010, 09:30
Such a nice international visit. I love these ships.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ruth. We only wished they had been in full sail when we saw them! Astrid said the canal was too narrow and too busy for the maneuvering it would take. There certainly was plenty of wind. I can just imagine the thrill Bennett had years ago in NYC...with all the room in the world. I tried to get info on helicopter rides but found/saw nothing...except for the police. Too bad. Oh well, we did at least see tall ships! Thanks for stopping by.
A great little ship Ginnie but all that heavy industry in the background makes me want to explore the area, it looks so interesting.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Les. You would have a heyday there. In fact, nearby there was a ship/barge that had you written all over it. I'll try to do it justice one of these days!
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 25 Aug 2010, 10:48
So much going on here and that ship is in the middle of it all. I think large sail ships are so beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: I agree with you, Frida. There's something majestic about them. Thanks.
So much to see here, I like it!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marion. And thanks also for the new links in your post which I have started to look at...and will continue later.
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2010, 12:56
Excellent ! What a fabulous, original mood in this shot .
Ginnie Hart: This is what Sail 2010 was all about, Mariana...seeing these fabulous ships. Thanks.
Great title for this fantastic capture, Ginnie. I can understand how you & Astrid could spend almost six hours watching this scene. So much activity going on it's hard to know where to look first.
Ginnie Hart: There was never a dull moment, that's for sure, Beverly! smile Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2010, 13:13
'Classic' or 'tall - either..or. It doesn't matter. They're both majestic and beautiful. Love the processing here..just the hint of color!!
Ginnie Hart: As far as I was concerned, Marcie, they were all tall ships. smile Thank you.
I just cant help but stare at these wonderful ships Ginnie...They have to be photographed,where ever they are...Love the toning too.
Ginnie Hart: I so totally agree, Ron. They are thrilling to see in person. Thanks.
Fabulous sight to see, sails or not, it looks like the wind is blowing in the right direction, super capture Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: The wind was definitely blowing in the right direction, Linda. I wonder what it was like, though, when they sailed back? Thanks.
Mixture of everything here. But that billowing smoke is what makes the picture for me.
Ginnie Hart: Thayt billowing smoke just wouldn't stop, Sheila, so it became part of the extravaganza! Thanks.
Your little ship is the same age as me Ginnie, the 1944 models were always the cream of the crop grin Seriously I do like the image but can't be sure about the industrial background.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. I knew there was something important about the age, Brian. grin Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Aug 2010, 15:32
Totally gorgeous, Ginnie.

Even if that smoke is toxic, it still looks good in your picture.
Ginnie Hart: Since we couldn't do anything about it, Ray, we just lived with it. Thank you kindly.
I like how the steam/smoke makes it look like a giant cloud above your shot!
Ginnie Hart: It was that way the entire morning, Heather! Thanks.
great shot of the boat, i like the contrasting background as well, very good
Ginnie Hart: Some things you just have to accept, Derek, and this was one of them. I'm glad it didn't look like this in Amsterdam. Thanks.
I like the contrast between the industrial background and the sailing ship
Ginnie Hart: Well, there was nothing we could do about it so it had to stay, Calusarus. smile Merci.
Enjoy so much the smokes like a boat steam in this busy frame with rich brown-green tones !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Karine. I had fun seeing your French boat, too. smile
  • Sunder
  • India
  • 25 Aug 2010, 17:49
Well composed picture of this ship...
Love the smoke which make great subject for phtos, not sure about the effects on environmnet though...
Superb photo, Ginnie, Well done
Ginnie Hart: The good news, Sunder, is Astrid says it's steam and not smoke. So apparently it's not bad for the environment at all! YAY. Thanks.
  • Elaine-
  • Germany
  • 25 Aug 2010, 17:50
with the factories in the background and the boats in the foreground it takes me back to the good ol' days, haha just kidding, i wasn't there for the good ol' days, fabulous shot my dear!!!
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're so funny, Elaine. grin Astrid says it's steam and not smoke, so now I'm a happy camper. smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Aug 2010, 17:50
I'm not sure but the industry in the background could be the important factory Hoogovens (I remember that Wim mentioned that): It "serves manufacturers and processors with steel and aluminium products and services. Its core markets are mainly in automotive, car components, aerospace, shipbuilding, rail transport, packaging, building, furniture and optics."
British Steel is co-partner of Hoogovens.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Philine, it IS Hoogovens and Astrid says that's steam, not bad smoke. So YAAAAAY. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2010, 18:08
hopefully winds that don't look like the ones coming from those pipes.. grin
Ginnie Hart: Astrid says it's steam, Rian, so maybe it's not that bad after all! That's the good news.
Nice busy image Ginnie. I guess they have an alternative engine for these kind of occasions
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Janet. They all have motors/engines for alternative power. Not like the old days, right?! smile Thanks.
lol sometimes it is and I regret what I ate.
Ginnie Hart: Chad...you should hear Astrid right now! You and only you. That's a good one. grin
It's going to need a bigger sail than that smile
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Tom. grin I guess half a sail is better than no sail at all.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Aug 2010, 19:51
Ik denk ook dat de tijden toen er was veel weerstand tegen de milieuverontreiniging door het grootste Europese staalbedrijf als de grootste "bron van dioxines, cadmium, lood en kwik in Nederland", nu eindelijk zouden voorbij zijn en de lucht heel veel reiner is. We kennen hetzelfde probleem uit het 'Ruhrgebied'! De tijden hebben zich ook daar veranderd naar het betere toe.

On TV I have just seen the Sail 2010 in Bremen- really wonderful (till Sunday)- not comparable to your own experiences, of course! I assume that the same ships may take part in this big sailing party!
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Philine. We're all learning the importance of being Green and environmentally correct. Thank God!

I was in Bremen years ago, so I can just imagine the tall ships there. It is such a wonder! Thanks for sharing. Bremen and the "four musicians." smile
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 25 Aug 2010, 20:31
What is it this smoke?
Ginnie Hart: The good news, Oscar, is that it's steam...and not bad for the environment! smile
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 25 Aug 2010, 22:14
wow..what the seeen!!!!God the smoke view is great...so special
Ginnie Hart: And the smoke is steam, so it's not even bad, TM. smile Thank you.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Aug 2010, 23:03
I love that steam in the background, such a perfect backdrop!
Ginnie Hart: After we got used to it, Cherie, we accepted it and saw the beauty in it. Thanks.
Nice contrast between the old - air powered industries and the "newer" air polluter industries.

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Ginnie Hart: Yes, John. The good news is that this is stesam and not smoke, so that helps! Thanks.
An amazing photo for this tribute Ginnie, we would like to thank you with as much grace! Great tone! Ginnie thank you and good day to you.
Ginnie Hart: We always need to take care of our friends, Mathilde. smile Merci.
Great with the Hoogovens in the background!
Ginnie Hart: After we accepted they were there, we liked them, too, Wim. smile Bedankt.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 26 Aug 2010, 17:33
il est superbe ce trois mats
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Rem. And it's YOURS. smile
  • tede
  • France
  • 26 Aug 2010, 20:21
Impressive the smoke coming out of factories, splendid shot and framing, well done Ginnie. Nice evening.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Tede. Astrid says it's steam, so at least it's not all that bad!
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 26 Aug 2010, 21:07
That's quite a sight Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: We sat there for 5 hours and were not bored one minute, Ellie. Thanks.
Superb shot Ginnie - that smoke is spectacular
Ginnie Hart: We sat and watched it for 5 hours, Pamela. It never gave up. smile Thanks.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 27 Aug 2010, 18:21
From windmill sails to tall-ship sails. Great shot Ginnie with a magnificent contrast between the smoky industrial background and the life of fresh air on the ship.

And a belated birthday greetings to Astrid....
Ginnie Hart: I never thought of the fun connection, George, between the windmills and the ships. THANK YOU for that thought. And thanks for the birthday greetings to Astrid. We had such a grand celebration.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 28 Aug 2010, 04:35
It is a great shot Ginnie....Le Bel Espoir with only one bright white sail unfurled is quite the contrast to the smoke billowing out of the factories behind them....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: I loved that one tiny sail unfurled, Peter. It was a big disappointment that no one had their sails opened for this sail-in, but Astrid said it would have been too dangerous because of the narrow canal. So I was very happy for this one sail I got. smile Thanks.
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Aug 2010, 13:46
great capture
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 28 Aug 2010, 16:20
I understand about the Tall Ships not being able to unfurl their sails for the armada to port....Penny were in Halifax a few year ago to see them and it was the same problem with all the other boats out to follow the parade but they were able to use much more sail then in your shot....it was simply majestic ......petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Some ports/harbors are tighter than others, Peter, but at least they were able to come in and we were lucky to see them. I'll never forget it.
Amazing! The tall ship, the tugs and small boats, and the factory steam all combine to make a memorable scene. I like the muted color processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Mark. It was a great photo op, the whole event! smile

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