Be part of amazing sailing events
The white sails of the racing regatta ships, the faded cloth of sedate traditional sailing boats or the red-brown garb of the quaint Zeesen boats – all manner of sailing ships are guests at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's top maritime events. They form a backdrop to a programme of entertainment with markets and music and often you can sail on board with them too.
The highlight of the maritime events on the Baltic Coast is the Hanse Sail in Rostock on the second weekend in August. More than 200 traditional sailing boats, their sails billowing in the breeze, pass the pier heads of Warnemünde. Huddled together along the quayside, the ships moor in the city harbour against the backdrop of the Hanseatic town. Many a crew member mixes in with the audience of millions to explore the variety of different activities on land.
The Warnemünde week is a popular sailing highlight in the first full week of July. For a whole nine days, around 700,000 visitors descend on the entertaining summer festival to watch top yachtsmen from all over the world compete. The beach, the pier or accompanying regatta trips provide plenty of opportunity for spectators to watch the Baltic event close up.
Every year, a jaunty maritime festival takes place on the "little sea" in the Mecklenburg Lakes, the Müritz Sail. Several sailing festivals take place at the same time in June. The largest water sport event on the Stettin Lagoon is the Haff Sail in the city harbour at Ueckermünde. More than 800 years of history are brought to life at the Wismar Harbour Days. The red-brown sails of more than 20 traditional wooden ships get underway at the Dierhäger Zeesen boat regatta. And at Stralsund's Sailing Weeks, sportsmen compete with the silhouette of the historic old town in the background or on the Baltic Sea around Rügen and Hiddensee.