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This is dedicated to the Danish 49’er team, who after the most dramatic 24 hours in the Danish history of the Olympics, finally had their gold medals confirmed.

This is just a low-res. picture taken a couple of years ago of an IMX match-race held off the coast of Bornholm. It has nothing to do with the very light 49’ers competing in the Olympics. It is, however, the only sailsport photo I’ve got.

After 12 preliminary races the Danes were 1st. On the way out to the start of the final so-called medal-race, which is a final between the best 10 boats, their mast broke. They desperately headed back to port while the 9 others made a start in very rough weather. They borrowed the Croatian boat (thanks awfully from the whole of Denmark, Croatia), races out to make a start just within the time limit and started the troublesome hunt for the others. As mentioned, the weather was quite nasty on the light craft, and every boat capsized at least once.

In some way, the Danish team managed to finish as no. 7, which was enough to hold the accumulated first place.

As if this wasn’t troublesome enough, there were several protests after the race. Some of these were quite understandable, the ones complaining about the harsh weather conditions. While others, complaints on the Danish team using another boat than their own, to us show a great lack of Olympic spirit and sportsmanship.

Fortunately the committee rejected all protests, and the much earned gold medals were safe in the hands of the Danish team. This was, however, not decided until this morning, 24 hours after the race, and the two young lads, Martin Kirketerp and Jonas Warrer had a terrible night.

Congratulations lads.

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Based on the Danish island of Bornholm.

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  • Maximus
    Maximusover 6 years ago

    Great effect Keld, us Aussies seem to keep winning sailing gold. :)

  • Thank you very much, Max.
    Yes, you do. But this one is our’s.

    – Kofoed

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 6 years ago

    A splendid picture Kofoed with golden sails as to announce the coming victory.
    Congratulations Denmark on your Golden Medal!!

  • A double thank you very much, Gilberte. I appreciate your wonderful comments a lot.

    – Kofoed

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 6 years ago

    Magic shot, & a great start. well done

  • Thank you very much, Warren.
    It was a great start here, and wonderful entertainment.

    – Kofoed

  • Þórdis B.
    Þórdis B.over 6 years ago

    Wow, Kofoed! Beautiful image!

  • Thank you very much, Thordis. I appreciate that a lot.

    – Kofoed

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the gold for Denmark Kofoed. We’re having our best gold medal haul since 1920 and with a couple in the sailing this story hit our news too. The colour of your sails nearly match the colours of your medals too.

  • Thank you so very much, Stuart. Yes, your fellow countrymen are doing pretty good.

    – Kofoed

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 6 years ago

    Wonderful image – and love the narrative Keld!

  • Thank you so very much, Rosalie. I’m glad you like it.

    – Kofoed

  • GailD
    GailDover 6 years ago

    Going for gold. Great Keld.
    Unfortunately I didn’t see this event.. I did hear there was some wild weather though.
    Congrats on the win.

  • Thank you very much, Gail.
    Well, I was set to enjoy the lads defending their 1st place in a calm mood..
    It turned out to be quite distressing, though!

    – Kofoed

  • midzing
    midzingover 6 years ago

    brilliant image,,, well done,,,and congrats to the Danes!!

  • A double thank you so very much. It is much appreciated.

    – Kofoed

  • julie08
    julie08over 6 years ago


  • Thanks a lot, Julie. Much appreciated.

    – Kofoed

  • SharonD
    SharonDover 6 years ago

    Wow gorgeous colours and lighting Kofoed.

  • Thank you very much, Sharon. I appreciate that a lot.

    – Kofoed

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