Sailing in Stralsund: Maritime flair between harbour bars and Gothic architecture

Why Arne Möhring loves his home and sailing in Stralsund so much? Because the youngest sailmaker of the Hanseatic city can’t live his maritime lifestyle better anywhere – between harbour bars, brick Gothic and of course at the wednesday sailing race.

Teamwork - Arne Möhring and crew start in the boat of the sailing school Dänholm. The backdrop is the Hanseatic city of Stralsund in Germany.

Teamwork – Arne Möhring and crew start in the boat of the sailing school Dänholm © TMV/Gaensicke

Salt water splashes over the rail, the slender hull vibrates from the beating of the waves, the mainsail flaps on the mast. Wind comes from the west with 15 to 17 knots, the Farr 30 named Sputnik is approaching the starting line with her competitors. At 6.30 pm, this week’s Wednesday regatta takes its course while sailing in Stralsund.

Sailing in Stralsund – A Sailor and a Sailmaker

Sailor's yarn - Arne produces high quality sails in his company "Wasserstoff". A sailmaker at work in Stralsund-Germany at his sewing machine.

Seamen’s yarn – Arne produces high-quality sails in his company “Wasserstoff” © TMV/Tiemann

On board the Sputnik is Arne Möhring, who steers the fast boat with a few friends. On the north pier the spectators crowd. As every Wednesday, a triangular course is sailed between Sundpromenade, the seaside resort Altefähr on Rügen and the Strelasund crossing. Arne loves the wednesday sailing race and Arne loves his job. In his mid-20s he is Stralsund’s youngest sailmaker. “My boat is only a few metres from where I work in the harbour, so I can go out to sea at any time”, he says. There is a lot of work to do, because his business called “Wasserstoff” has already achieved cult status. Together with a buddy, Arne opened the shop as a “Transparent Factory” – a cool combination of bar and sailmaker.

Maritime Life

Sail-making and bar in one - after the regatta perfect for a nightcap

Sail-making and bar in one – after the regatta perfect for a nightcap © TMV/Tiemann

Stralsund’s lifestyle is maritime through and through, ranging from White Fleet ships to harbour bars and wednesday sailing races. Shortly before 10 pm: In front of the pub “Zum Goldenen Anker” on the harbour island, the sausage grill smells, the Störtebeker beer flows from the tap. Then the award ceremony, Arnes Sputnik has taken third place in sailing in Stralsund. The “Oldies & Friends” play “Wonderful Tonight” to it – and the Hanseatic city swings through the night that it is a joy.

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