Sailing Area Rügen - Sailing off the Pomeranian Baltic coast

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The island of Rügen has a 547 km long coastline and is a varied sailing area with good infrastructure for sailors.

  • Very good infrastructure
  • Modern Marinas
  • Many piers
  • Changeable weather conditions
  • Charter season: May to September
  • Bath time: July and August

Rügen is located off the Pomeranian Baltic coast and belongs to the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Rügen covers an area of 926 square kilometers and is the largest German island. It is separated from the mainland by the Strelasund inlet. Rügen includes the central part of the island Muttland, the larger peninsulas, Jasmund Wittow in the north and Mönchgut Zudar in the south. The landscape of the island is diverse and varies noticeably from east to west. The western coast is flat, whereas the eastern coast is known for its high chalk cliffs, the most famous being ‘the king's chair’. The highest point on the island is Mount Jasmund at 161 m in the Jasmund National Park. The 574 km long coastline is highly fragmented with many headlands, peninsulas and bays. Lush forests, sandy beaches and cliffs dominate the landscape. Rügen is surrounded by 11 islands: Hiddensee Ummanz, Vilm, Liebitz, Heuwiese, Öhe, Liebes, Urkevitz, Beuchel and Tollow. Known towns are Sassnitz, Putbus, Garz / Rügen and the Baltic resorts Binz, Sellin, Göhren, Baabe and Thiessow. The island is a popular sailing spot in Germany and there are many opportunities for Yachtcharter Ruegen.

Rügen has a good sailing infrastructure and there are many small natural harbors, marinas and modern ports distributed along the coast. There are good opportunities to anchor in the Jasmunder, Bodden Wiek, Ralswiek and Breege. On the outer coast of the island there are protected ports in Lohme, Glowe and Sassnitz. Further south in the Bodden, there is Lauterbach, Thiessow, Gager, Baabe and Seedorf. Across from Hiddensee there is a ferry port and marina, and on Schaprode Strelasund the natural harbor Gustrow. The sailing area around Rügen offers enough berths for all tastes - from traditional to modern. The sailing area seems easy to navigate, but the lack of depth which does not excess 160 m at any point should not be underestimated. Spontaneous storms sometimes result in choppy seas. Navigation wise - experienced sailors will get their money’s worth. In the lagoon areas between Rügen, Stralsund and Greifswald, the coast is quite winding. The water is often very flat and there are many shoals and sandbanks, and often the water just half a meter off the fairway is only knee deep. One should keep strictly to the fairway and the buoys. Sailing in this area requires an increased level of attention.

Airports nearby Ruegen

  • Ostseeflughafen Stralsund-Barth to Lauterbach harbor 64,9 km, 1 hour and 6 minutes
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Climate & Weather in Ruegen

The best time to sail around Rügen is during the summer months. The season is short, and the weather is at its best in the months of June, July and August. Nevertheless, the weather can change suddenly and sometimes cause rough conditions. Caution is advised when the wind turns to the east. It is important to listen to the weather forecast regularly. Due to the continental east winds, the sea cools quickly in the autumn and can freeze during winter. Air and water temperatures are very low up until May.