Not so far from that part of the Danish coast on which Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, looked down in melancholy from Elsinore, two sailors who seem intent on getting their breeches wet are shown racing toward a finish line off Copenhagen in their Flying Dutchman. Hans Fogh (left) is hiking out, supported only by ankle straps, and Ole Petersen is hung precariously in a "trapeze," countering the tendency of the boat to tilt sideways and, in consequence, slow down. At the point in the race shown above, Hans and Ole were in the lead. Then the wind died suddenly. Hans and Ole fell in the water, thereby recalling Horatio's warning (Hamlet, Act I), "What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord?", and also Laertes' lament (Act IV), "Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia." However, by acting with un-Hamletlike alacrity, the boys got their boat righted, bailed and sailing in time to finish first and become, for the moment, most unmelancholy Danes.
POISED PERILOUSLY OVER WATER, HANS FOGH (AT HELM) AND OLE PETERSEN (IN "TRAPEZE") SHOOT THEIR FAST BOAT "SKUM" INTO LEAD OVER REST OF FLEET DURING A RACE OFF COPENHAGEN FOR POPULAR FLYING DUTCHMAN CLASS PLANING HULLS