Hanse Sail Rostock 2014Each year during the 2nd weekend of August more than 100 sailing ships come and see Rostock. I use the occasion to watch the sailing ships standing close to one of the small lighthouses in Warnemünde and taking many photos. The Hanse Sail Rostock is a colourful festival with many attractions on land and at sea. A big interest is spent on the sailing ships which you can see standing at the piers or during a daysailing trip on board. Each year some new sailing ships come to Rostock or you can see special presentations. Some of them I have captured and published here.
You have to have luck and the weather must be fine to see the gaff ketch "Elida" all sails up. Usually she is moored on the pier all the time during the Hanse Sail Rostock and at similar occasions. The sailing ship is operated by an association for missionary and non-profit purposes. There are more than this one ship carrying the name "Elida". It has the meaning of "precious light". And it surely is not an accident when the ship has the letters Joh.3.16 in her brown sails. It stands for the slogan and rhyme in the Gospel of John: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
The "Tres Hombres" has been in Rostock visiting the Hanse Sail for the first time. This sailing ship hasn't an engine. The sails only are the power to transport freight between Europe, the islands in the Atlantic and South America: rum, cacao, wine, coffee, olive oil. Fairtrade and transport technologies free of any emmission, in addition traditional sailing, these are the topics discussed and demonstrated by the crew of the "Tres Hombres" in the different harbours the ship is calling.
Traditionally the Dutch fleet is well represented at the Hanse Sail of Rostock. One of the debutants of the Hanse Sail Rostock 2014 was the "Avatar". Looking at the ship you cannot believe that she has been a so-called Kriegsfischereikutter. Todays owner purchased the boat in 2010 and has converted her into a topsail schooner. She is fitted and well equipped for sailing with charter guests. During the Hanse Sail Rostock she sailed a lot of trips with guests and so there have been numerous possebilities to take photos of her under sails. A great show was made by the crew of the bark "Stad Amsterdam" as well.
Each year you can see sailing ships at the Hanse Sail in Rostock which fly the Swedish flag. In 2014 there has been a new guest. The brig "Tre Kronor af Stockholm" is a Swedish sail training ship and ambassador of her hometown Stockholm. After sucessful participation in the anual regattas and festivals organised by the International Sail Training Association she visited Rostock and was presented to the public very well. We could see excellent maritime skills. The crew operated the ship very well what was dignified by many visitors of the Hanse Sail.
The "Santa Maria Manuela" is a 4-masted schooner with an eventful and long history. She belonged to the Portuguese fleet used for cod fishing at the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. This sea area is well-known for forced waves but also for the richness of the fishing grounds. After decommissioning she escaped from being scrapped, has been laid up for a long time and finally was restored. Since May 2010 she is used as a sail training ship what makes many shiplovers happy. It was her first calling of Rostock in 2014.
The todays "Kapitan Borchardt" is one of the sailing ships which I have already seen during one of my first Hanse Sail events in Rostock. At that time her name still was "Najaden" and she sailed under Swedish flag. Later it became quiet and no further news about the 3-masted schooner came up. At any time she was for sale and on the end she got to Poland. Today she sails with the new name as sail training ship and has visited Rostock in 2013 too.
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