Traditional sailors on the pier
Since yesterday, Thursday, August 10, the German Navy's training ship, the “Gorch Fock”, has been at the passenger quay in Warnemünde. The gleaming white ship is the flagship of this year's event.
With the 16th Hanse Sail, Rostock is also applying for Olympic sailing in 2016. This was announced by Mayor Roland Methling at the opening of the event. "As the number 1 traditional sailing town on the Baltic Sea, Rostock sees it as an obligation and an opportunity to further develop and use the potential of the Hanse Sail as an economic and cultural factor", OB Methling had previously emphasized. "The Hanse Sail is the top event of the summer in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and one of the largest traditional sailing meetings in the world”, emphasized Prime Minister Dr. Harald Ringstorff in his address. He praised the university and port city of Rostock as a place of maritime superlatives, which is at the same time an economic center, an attractive holiday destination and a bridge to the Baltic Sea region.
The 16th Hanse Sail Rostock began yesterday punctually at 5.30 p.m. with the ship's bell jaring. Federal Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück, Prime Minister Dr. Harald Ringstorff and Lord Mayor Roland Methling performed the festive act together. The maritime festival started with gunfire from historic cannons and with seaplanes in the sky.
The sailing training ship of the German Navy, the “Gorch Fock”, and the frigate “Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania” docked at the passenger quay in Warnemünde yesterday. Numerous visitors came to the pier to greet the two ships. The frigate can be viewed by the public in the coming days. Visiting times are posted on the pier.