Raise the sails and set out towards Szczecin. The biggest sailing event in the region is drawing nearer to showcase some of the finest sailing ships on both sides of the Oder River.
18–20 August – save the date! Żagle is a great family event with maritime vibes, attractions and some of the finest sailing ships in the world. This year's edition will welcome vessels hailing from Poland, Germany, Finland and the Netherlands. Szczecin will extend its hospitality to training vessels, old-timers, warships, as well as private yachts that will moor in the city's marina.
What can we expect? We will have with us the ORP Iskra – a Navy training barquentine and the first ship flying a Polish flag to have circled the world. The Morgenster will come from the cold North Sea to dock at the foot of the Chrobry Embankment. Featuring a figurehead in the shape of a siren holding the head of a galloping horse, this Dutch sailing ship is more than just a feast for the eyes, as it can also boast a captivating history. Our Polish vessel – the Baltic Beauty – will, too, showcase an interesting legacy. Of no less interest will be the oldest ship to visit this year's Żagle. Built in 1899, the German Ernestine has a capacity of 24 passengers.
Moreover, Żagle will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Nawigator XXI. Owned by the Maritime University of Szczecin, this research and training ship is well-known among Szczecin's residents and the University’s students. The vessels allows them to learn how to navigate the ship, operate its equipment and engine room, and how to cope with the daily challenges of living on a ship – the essential skills required for their future job.
This is only a foretaste of things to come. A lot more attractions will await visitors both at the Starówka Wharf and the Chrobry Embankment. During the event, residents and tourists will be allowed to board the ships, as well as to take a brief sail on them. Ticket sales for trips on board of our stellar vessels will start at the beginning of August.