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