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Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee

On 6th October 1867 the club (Verein) was founded with 14 members and 8 boats on the banks of the Havel. It is the second oldest German sailing club, and was founded shortly after the Segelclub RHE in Königsberg. In 1877, with the foundation of Kolonie Alsen, then later Wannsee, the yachts were anchored in the largest bay in the Wannsees. The Club accquired  a ground site in 1881 and the first Yacht house was erected, a part of which still survives today. In 1910 the new Clubhouse was opened, a centre for a varied sport, social and cultural clublife, which is still in existence today. This clubhouse, together with approximately 10.000 sq.metres of water and sport facilities, counts among one of the finest clubhouses in Europe.

With approximately 1000 members the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee is one of the largest clubs in the German Sailing Association ( Deutschen Segler-Verband). The Youth section of the club has over 100 young sailors. Because of the VSaW size and history, the members have input in the sailing sports of national and international organisations.

According to the club rules, the aim of the club is the sponsorship of watersport, particularly the sailing race sports, and the training of the younger members as race sailors.

Since at least the end of the last century, yachts from the VSaW have sailed to victory in national and international competitions. At the 1936 Olympics the first gold medal for sailing sports was won by the German team, Bischoff / Weise from the Vereins-Starboot "Wannsee".  In 1964 Willy Kuhweide won for Germany the second gold medal  for sailing, when competing in the Finn Dinghy class. Since then members of the VSaW have achieved numerous victories in national and international Regattas. In June 2001 the VSaW Olympic team was founded.

The Kieler Yacht Club, the Norddeutschen Regatta Verein , the Hamburger Segel-Club and the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee are the four clubs which build the Kieler Woche, the main International Sailing event. On home ground there are approximately ten Regatta events throughout the year. One of them is an International German Championship and at the end of each season is the Berlin Match Race, with participation of the world's best sailors. Alongside the race sailing, there is also the cruise sailing. Lots of members of the club have their yachts in the harbours of the Ostsee and the Mediterranean, and from their home harbour in Wannsee many leave each season to cruise.

Berliner Yacht-Club

German sailing sports originated in Strahlau. Here the Tavern community started the first sailing club in 1835.

Under the name of the Berliner Segler-Club, the BYC was founded on 25 November 1867 in Strahlau . Since the amalgamation with the Berliner Segelverein in 1885 the name "Berliner Yacht Club" has been used. Beginning with 40 founding members, the membership has now risen to 127.

At first the yachts, with sails measuring 15 - 40 sq.m, were anchored in front of the property belonging to the members (next to the "Eierhäuschen" and "Abtei"). The members met each other at Zenner or Reimers Hofgarten. Since 1897 the BYC has had its own property in Grünau. The Club has been a member of the DSV since 1892.

In 1927 the BYC accquired a property with a fishing house on Scharmützelsee. At this time the 30th Schärenkreuzer was a successful boat class. The most successful yacht was the “Kickerle” with Willy Raatsch as helmsman.

This yacht won in  America, in 1929, the President Hoover prize competing against all the German and American competitors. Before 1936, prior to the Olympics , the sailing clubs orientated towards Olympic class standard.

After the destruction of the clubhouse in 1944, Willy Raatsch, the Chairman (from 1938 – 1968), maintained the contact between the members. The get-togethers were at first held in the Berliner Kindl in Kurfürstendamm with the BYC- Donnerstagsrunde. The Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee gave the Club the right to use the ground from 1949. The BYC amalgamated with the " Segler Verein Wannsee" in 1959, and they still use the same site together.

After the Reunification of Germany, the sports activities developed steadily at the old sites, and the hope for the return of the property in Grünau was realised in 1998. With the " Segelgemeinschaft Scharmützelsee" (SGS) using the area in Scharmützelsee, we all became connected through our sports activities. Some BYC members are also members of the SGS.

Since 1991 the Berliner Yacht Club has been one of the organisers of the Wärnemünder Woche. There is also now accessibility to an area by the Ostsee which gives the possibility to prepare numerous European and World Championships. In 2008,  the Berlin-Matchrace together with the VSaW, led the way with a new Olympic-style Ladies Match Race. This was held for the first time after many requests were made during the Kieler Woche.