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9.-12. August 2018

Minister-President Manuela Schwesig opens 27th Hanse Sail

At the sound of the ship’s bell, Manuela Schwesig, the minister-president of Mecklenburg-Pomerania, officially opened the Hanse Sail for the first time together with the first mayor of the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock, Roland Methling.

Minister-president Manuela Schwesig and Oberbürgermeister Roland Methling open the 27th Hanse Sail. Foto: Hanse Sail/Lutz Zimmermann <div>Minister-president Manuela Schwesig and Oberbürgermeister Roland Methling open the 27th Hanse Sail. Foto: Hanse Sail/Lutz Zimmermann</div>

“Welcome to all the guests from all the world,” the patron of the 27th Hanse Sail greeted the visitors of the maritime festival.

Until 13th August, Rostock is the centre of the maritime world. Ships and crews from twelve nations are present this year. In order for it to remain that way in the future, representatives of the traditional ships handed over a symbolic lifebuoy to the minister president. “Save the traditional ships before they go down,” Jan-Matthias Westermann pleaded, chairman of the joint commission for historical watercrafts. Currently, the draft of a new safety regulation threatens the continuance of the German fleet due to high bureaucratic hurdles. “The federal government supports the preservation of traditional ship as well as strengthening voluntary work,” the minister president assured.


“We are looking forward to four days of joyful international atmosphere that connects people from 27 different nations and provides a platform for economic and political collaboration. In other words, the boards that mean the world,” the first mayor Roland Methling summarized. Next to the delegations from the USA, Poland, Russia and Croatia, he emphasized the visit of the Brazilian marine ship “Cisne Branco” and its captain who participated in the opening of the festival. As representative of this year’s partner country Iceland, Ambassador S.E. Guomundur Arni Sefansson delivered greetings from the island nation.

Eva Weidemann is crowned Miss Hans Sail 2017
At the same time of the opening, Miss Hanse Sail 2017 was eleted on the Hanse Sail & Antenne MV. The jury crowned the twenty-year old Eva Wiedemann from Neuenkirchen the most beautiful of the Hanseatic City. The moderator Thorsten Dück crowned her in the presence of the tourism director Matthias Fromm. Second-placed Sara Scherf (17) from Sweden and Samantha Hill (20) from Greifswald in third placed completed the podium.

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