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.