21.09.2020

ALEX FROM MONTREAL PERSONAL BLOG

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PLEASURE BOAT

Sex fetish fans party on ‘Torture Ship’ vessel in Germany to celebrate annual S&M river cruise

A GROUP of sex fetish fans boarded a “Torture Ship” in Germany for a raunchy party despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Leather-clad passengers at the annual boat trip, between Konstanz and Friedrichshafen in the south of the country, were told to maintain social distancing and wear face masks.

Fetish fans gather near the 'Torture Ship' for the annual boat trip celebrating bondage and sadomasochism
Fetish fans gather near the ‘Torture Ship’ for the annual boat trip celebrating bondage and sadomasochismCredit: Picture Alliance/Avalon.red. All rights reserved.
Passengers had to wear face masks while onboard amid the ongoing pandemic
Passengers had to wear face masks while onboard amid the ongoing pandemicCredit: Picture Alliance/Avalon.red. All rights reserved.
Only around 200 people made the trip this year
Only around 200 people made the trip this year Credit: Picture Alliance/Avalon.red. All rights reserved.
The wearing of masks did not appear to be a major issue for many of the party goers
The wearing of masks did not appear to be a major issue for many of the party goersCredit: Picture Alliance/Avalon.red. All rights reserved.

Only 200 people turned up for this year’s celebration which usually attracts around 600 party goers.

The bondage fans paid €67 for the privilege of taking part in the 23rd edition of the event, Bild reports.

Typically, the cruise will bring thousands of onlookers to ports in Friedrichshafen and Constance, but this year the piers were closed in advance to discourage crowds from gathering, due to the virus

Security guards on the boat, named the “Torture Ship”, were told to make sure passengers followed the strict hygiene and distancing rules.

Thomas Siegmund, who organises the annual trip, said: “The mood was good, a wild party wasn’t planned anyway.”

A spokesman for Bodensee-Schiffsbetriebe (BSB), whose ship the party took place on, said the organiser had made every effort to comply with Germany's coronavirus restrictions

Asked about putting on such an event during a global outbreak, he added: “It’s not profitable. But it’s about giving people a perspective out of the dilemma.”

A participant of the "Torture Ship" gives a female spectator a pat on the behind with a rod before he goes on the ship

This year, because of the pandemic, the German ports which the boat visits were closed to onlookers who often gather to watch the eccentric latex-loving sex enthusiasts.

'Wolf', participant of the "Torture Ship" stands in front of the Zeppelin Museum before he goes on the ship with others

The trip organisers took every step necessary to comply with the government’s coronavirus guidelines, boat firm Bodensee-Schiffsbetriebe (BSB) said.

Germany has recorded 243,016 coronavirus infections and has suffered 9,363 deaths related to the respiratory disease.

Last year hundreds of people gathered to watch the leather-clad passengers board the ship
Last year hundreds of people gathered to watch the leather-clad passengers board the shipCredit: EPA
Previous years, have attracted more than 600 boat passengers
Previous years, have attracted more than 600 boat passengersCredit: Central European News
The S&M fans created a carnival atmosphere last year
The S&M fans created a carnival atmosphere last yearCredit: EPA
The trip attracts many couples who share a passion for leather and bondage
The trip attracts many couples who share a passion for leather and bondageCredit: EPA
A scantily-clad woman walks by onlookers at the event last year
A scantily-clad woman walks by onlookers at the event last yearCredit: EPA
Last year: The so-called 'Torture Ship' puts out to Lake Constance for a pleasure cruise at the harbor of Friedrichshafen, Germany, 29 June 2019
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