Welcome to the HVS
From the North Sea to the Baltic, from the South Atlantic to the far oceans, from the Fastnet to trans-atlantic races, in international regattas and countless training and racing trips the Sailing Group Stoertebeker has proudly shown the flag of its parent association the Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt e.V. (HVS).
Under its constitution HVS as the yacht owner makes blue-water sailing yachts available to its Sailing Group Störtebeker where young sailors train and develop inter-personal skills in teamwork, fairness, leadership and, of course, sailing. The HVS strongly believes in a professional approach at every level and ensures that the yachts and their equipment are at or near the state of the art so crew training is always up-to-date.
The youngsters learn and practice many skills including hands-on knowledge of racing rules, tactics, sail setting and trimming, navigation, electronics, weather and pilotage. Their skill set becomes the more important as they progress from crew member to watch leader and even skipper of the HVS yacht.
Of course there is a lot of fun - foreign ports and far away dream resorts will be "discovered" by the crews. Adventures together create long lasting friendships. Ashore a programme of monthly meetings run by HVS encourages new members to learn about the sailing programme and get involved.
club priority: training to become ocean sailers
Baltic, North See, Atlantic: For our yachts these are no unknown areas. With our two club owned yachts we show our flag regularly at many sailing events starting from the "Kieler Woche" and also on ocean regattas. Training and cruising complete our programme.
The club's purpose is to promote the youth and turn them into ambitious off-shore and ocean sailors. For this we communicate practical knowledge of sailing which will later enable the youth to take resonsibility as watch officer or skipper on our yachts. Of course the fun does not come to short: foreign harbours and far away dream cruising grounds are explored and many friendships formed on board.
A modern club with tradition
Nearly 100 years ago the HVS was founded by Albert Ballin, a ship owner from Hamburg, in order to send a competitiv yacht under the flag of Hamburg into the race against Kaiser Wilhelm''s yacht "Meteor". Within the club the crews were trained under the aspect of "youth fitness by off-shore sailing". With success: The emperor immediately recruited the first captain of the "Hamburg". Buisenessmen and ship owners supported the training on board our yachts in good old hanseatic tradition.
Apart from the usual sailing in the North See and in the Baltic the club yachts can look back on several Atlantic crossings and one circumnavigation.