The Hanse Sail regatta in Rostock, capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, was the result of a great sea change. During the first summer after German reunification, the town and the region hosted the first Hanse Sail to celebrate the freedom of their reopened sea borders. Every year since 1991, this big, exciting maritime festival has attracted up to a million visitors to Rostock's shores.
Every year on the second weekend in August, up to 300 tall ships, schooners, sloops, cruise ships, ferries, museum ships, vintage yachts and other sea-going vessels make the trip to Rostock to be paraded in front of delighted spectators. There are opportunities for trips and short cruises on the Baltic Sea on most of the ships. One of the regatta's undisputed highlights takes place on Saturday evening, with two simultaneous fireworks displays creating a half-hour spectacle of magical beauty. The particular year's selected partner country and other Baltic countries present their food and crafts at the museum port. There's also a medieval fair, several stages, a Ferris wheel and plenty of other attractions spread out along nearly four kilometres. Unlike Kiel Week, there are no sporting regattas at Hanse Sail except for the nostalgic Hiorten regatta between Rostock and Karlskrona in Sweden to commemorate the mail boat that operated between Stralsund and Ystad from 1692 to 1702 – a somewhat older tradition than the wonderful Hanse Sail.
09.08.2018 - 12.08.2018
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