The Noah's Ark StoryIn 1959 the economic miracle prevailed in Germany. The cars graced large tail fins, Ted Herold, Freddy, Dalida and Peter Kraus dominated the hit parades. In Hollywood, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor conquered their first Oscars. The time was characterized by upswing, optimism and unclouded progress thinking. The holiday and bathing business on the coasts experienced a visitor record after another. So too and especially in St. Peter-Ording. This year, the Ordinger Urgestein Horst Wieben erected his first pile construction on the sandbank and called it "Noah's Ark". Unfortunately, he had underestimated the elemental force of the sea and built it too deep. It was destroyed in the great storm surge of 1962. Wieben, who until recently tried to save what was to save, could barely escape drowning.The second ark NoahIn 1963 he built the second Noah's Ark, this time on piles that towered 6 meters above the water. Today, the terrace is reminiscent of the first height of Noah's Ark. It was built on some remains of the first wooden piles. During this time, the Noah's Ark became the "port" of the famous Ordinger Strandsegler. Wieben's father Otto had in the 1920s, together with the spa physician. Felten the beach sailing quasi "invented". His son Horst was the winner of various national and international championship titles. Unforgettable is also the "largest beach sailor in the world" with a mast height of over 20 meters, where Wieben (of course against payment) could accommodate up to 15 people and race across the entire sandbank. Before the increasing bathing business called for the demarcation of demarcated areas for the beach sailors in order to prevent accidents, so led regatta right past the Noah's Ark. The award ceremonies after the races and the subsequent parties are legendary today. The hobby has become a recognized international sport today. By the mid-1960s, you could even land on the sandbank with airplanes.
October 4, 2018
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