The 26th edition of the Hanse Sail Rostock which will be held from 11th to 14th August was traditionally opened with the sounding of the ship’s bell by Erwin Sellering, Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and Roland Methling, Mayor of Rostock. The Prime Minister describes himself as a “proud patron” of the event. “Since its opening in 1991, the international dimension of the Hanse Sail attracts around 180 ships and a huge number of visitors from near and far”, states the Mayor. “Every year, the sail takes place in the heart of the city where the maritime event started twenty-six years ago. This is where it has to continue to be developed.” One successful example is the partnering country Poland which is represented with its own culinary offers at various market stands in the City Harbor.
Eleven nations are participating guests during the 26th edition of the Hanse Sail. Among these are two ships from the Japanese Navy which have berthed in the transatlantic harbor. Mayor Methling offered Kazuhiro Kuwahara, Defense Attaché of the Japanese Embassy, his first German beer after the beer barrel-tapping by the Hanseatic Brewery.
The maritime event offers four days of pure entertainment and pleasant coastal weather. More than one million visitors are expected. As one of the first highlights, the first day of the sail included the nomination of the Miss Hanse Sail. Presented by LT-Club and Antenne MV, Natalia Surova (29 years) from Rostock was awarded with the annual title. Congratulations!
Traditional sounding of the ship’s bell: Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Erwin Sellering and Mayor Roland Methling. photo: Hanse Sail Rostock / Lutz Zimmermann