Traditional wooden sailing boats

The Fischland Regatta, held annually on the last Saturday in July, is a sailing completion for the small wooden boats that were traditionally used to set up fishing nets and traps in the shallow waters of the lagoons along the German Baltic Sea coast. In 2018, Wustrow celebrated the 20th anniversary of the regatta which is now the largest of its kind in northern Germany.

Before the start of the regatta, the colourful boats are tightly packed in Wustrow’s harbour. This is an excellent opportunity to have a closer look at these beautiful traditional sailboats. The entire course of the regatta can be seen from the harbour jetty.

At the same time as the regatta, the festival is in full swing in the harbour. Visitors can stroll along the stalls, enjoy culinary delights, explore the children's programme and listen to live music. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 7 pm on the festival stage and is followed by music and merrymaking. If the weather is favourable, a light show illuminates the harbour at 10.30 pm.

The brown sails of these traditional fishing boats are quite striking and are reminiscent of the sails of the larger zeesenboote. In both cases, the sails are made of cotton and impregnated to improve longevity and durability. The Holzbootfreunde Fischland e.V. association is committed to preserving and maintaining these small boats.

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