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Anchored after the long sail from Kiel.
Anchored off the beautiful Poel Island near Wismar.
An old sailing ship anchors off Poel Island.
‘Free’ approaches Wismar
The first of the Hanseatic ports I visited
The sun sets on the old harbour in Wismar.
First day alongside in Rostock, an old city I have always wanted to visit.
Rostock is an interesting fusion of Eastern Bloc and Hanseatic.
Anchoring off before leaving for Rügen Island.
Approaching the top of Hiddensee Island with a big sea pushing me off.
Big angry seas forced me to put on my engine in an attempt to round the headland into the backwaters.
Here comes the huge storm. If you look closely you can just see the lateral buoy marking the channel up ahead.
The channel winds tenuously across the backwaters, marked by lateral buoys which must be followed to avoid grounding.
Anchored off Stralsund. Far from the oppressive tourism.
Once a Swedish city and a major Hanseatic port.
Under sail on the beautiful Peenstrom between Stralsund and Wolgast.
A small freighter glides past my anchorage on the Peenestrom.
‘Free’ lies anchored off Ziemitz. The backwaters of the Peenestrom are very special to me.
The voyage through the Peenestrom was an unexpected delight.
Miles of beautiful, tranquil waterways grace the waters around Rügen Island.
Wolgast: A lovely little town with an authentic Hanseatic feel. No ugly marinas here… a proper harbour front just like the old days.
‘Free’ along side in the harbour. My favourite of all the Hanseatic towns.
Time for a relaxing coffee in the market square.
‘Free’ close-hauled and sailing beautifully on her way towards Poland.
Arriving at Swinoujscie breakwater.
Approaching the harbour at Swinoujscie, my first taste of Poland
I decided to visit Wroclaw to see a different Poland.
Many Polish people sell from small stalls in the streets.
It isn’t all concrete blocks and market stalls though…
Returning from Poland to Sassnitz on Rügen.
Final preparations in Sassnitz before the voyage to Bornholm. Would I have been so relaxed knowing what the next day would bring?
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