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For years I attend Pijnacker on the birthday of the queen at 30 April. First by moped, later on by car. Every year they organize plays with water around the pond near the sport park. Several times the participants have to jump with a pole to a afloat five meters ashore. The same happens on the canal to the end of the pond. Once there was a rope over the pond. With the boat on rails from the shore to the water you have to ring the bell. It isn't wise to take a friend with you. Under you see two participants trying to stay as dry as possible. One is climbing in the pole. The other is standing on the boat. To reach the shore they have to wade and the water is much deeper then...

The sponsor is a building company. There are a number of derricks, palettes en there are floating devices on the water. From a high position you have to swing to the raft. When you managed to reach the raft dry, then they pickup  you with a boat. Otherwise you have to walk. It wasn't easy. The speed was high and the raft not very big. Especially when going with a friend. I suppose, that most of the participants beneath should walk... 

The games started at noon and last until 4 o'clock. Then started the cleaning and schoolboys were looking for girls and boys to give a fully clothed dunk in the water. Once I came at 11 hours and everything was done already. The only thing left was a raft with some boys trying to dunk each other. Most of them were still dry. This last chance to get wet and to dunk some guys has to be taken. I entered the raft and attacked the boy in the front, who was still dry. He wasn't really afraid for the water, but he thread me to take me with them. I was by moped and in a hurry. So I was not really prepared for a swim (wallet, diary, heavy coat, jeans, sweeter, shirt, t-shirt, etc.), but I have to take some risk. Nevertheless I was much stronger, we ended in the water both... 

 

The rope across the water makes a lot of victims. The first time I reached the other site quiet dry, because onlookers push the rope higher. Later on they weren't that nice anymore. The second time after five meters I ended completely soaked in the pond, because the pulling and pushing on the rope. Dramatically was the passing of the boy in his best clothes. After some meters and return out of the question, the boy in the white shorts entered the rope to from the other site. Two of them were much to heavy to reach the other site dry. The boy in his best clothes continues desperately. While the rope bend he touched the water and worse. He was almost completely submerged in between. His head, knees and arms are the only dry parts.

The only game returns was the railway. It was a rope between two cranes with a pulley and intended for the younger kids. Now and then some older guys did try it too. The result was remarkable different. While the kids reach the other side without any problem, the older ones get troubles and ended at the deepest part in the middle of the pond. The cranes were lowered and the water rises. Whatever you try the shoes and the knees reached the water and farther until the victim let go and have to wade to the shore with perhaps some dry spots on the shoulders. Some guys doesn't wait that long and let the pulley go intentionally for a complete soaking. Last year I was late. First I toke a complete soaking. Then I took in dry clothes a next swim just before they stopped and had two quick soakings within half an hour. The three above didn't have any chance. They are lucky and reach 2/3 of the rope, but after that they have to walk...

Younger kids are safe on the pulley. When they accidentally got stuck in the middle they are pulled back. The boy above pushed his luck to the very end. He did the ride at least 10 times alone or with his friends. Left you see a narrow escape. In the middle the boy doesn't want to survive another time and let down his legs in the water. With a big splash they end almost in the middle of the pond. The boy in shorts let go and pulled the legs of the girl. After a short while three of them wade a shore without a single dry part on their clothes.

Later on the organization become more professionally. There came platforms in the pond and sometimes the games where transferred to the canal. The same boy doing the ride 10 times goes with the same friend once. After a short while they let go the pulley and ended with a great splash completely soaked in the water. Not everybody was that fast. Other boys have to walk back around the pond to do another ride. Beneath you see two boys, that doesn't want to take the short way. Still completely dry they push there legs in the water for a wade. That wasn't really a good idea. In the middle of the canal the water reach to the middle of the chest. Wet except there shoulders they reach the other side for a really spectacular soaking...

The number of older participants is small. Just for the end of the festival these three guys ask for a ride. After this was granted it was absolutely clear what should happen. I did the complete registration of there misfortune. Just in the middle of the pond the pulley stops. Desperately they try to keep there legs dry. The rope is lowering. The oldest guy surrender. The water comes higher and higher. Then the second one capitulate and after a while they wade completely soaked to the shore.

 

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