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An old Star is being reborn

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In the heading 'An old Star is being reborn' numerous of great stories are hidden:

First of all, a Star Boat 'Leise' from the year of 1952, no. 3261, is at the moment beeing repaired and getting ready for show of in Troense Marina when the Star World Championships 2017 takes place.

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Photo: Armed with a heat gun, volunteer Klaus ‘Baba’ Jensen is removing the paint off the star boat inch by inch at The Danish Yachting Museum in Svendborg.

But 'Leise' is more than just and "old Star" getting a serious facelift. It has a very special history of its own - as well as previously owner, yachtsman Ejnar Christensen!

'Leise' has, at a very young age, on the 29th of June 1952 transported the Olympic flame across Lillebælt (the small strait between Jutland and Funen)!

The torch had been flown from Athens to Aalborg in the north of Jutland, before being carried southwards by several athletes.
Ejnar Christensen took over the torch at the old ferry pier at Snoghøj, and then proceeded to cross Lillebælt.
There was a strong wind that day, and when he approached Funen, the magical flame was blown out!
Luckily, Ejnar Christensen never went anywhere without a glowing cigar, and he quickly lit the Olympic flame again. After spending the night in Odense on Funen, the torch then continued on its way towards the Olympic host city of Helsinki!

Read many more details about 'Leises' condition at the moment, and the efforts beeing made to repaire this particular Star Boat at The Danish Yachting Museum in Svendborg.
The Danish Sailing Association has also set up a crowdfunding plan, allowing Star sailors from across the world to chip in to help save the historical boat.

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