verein seglerhaus am wannsee - VSAW
Our club is located in Berlin, Germany, and was founded in 1867 by 14 people owning 8 boats. VSaW is the second in the row of the oldest sailing clubs in Germany. Since 1877, our boats were anchored in Berlin-Wannsee. The first clubhouse (left photo) was built in the 1880's and is still used as home of our youth group. By 1910, we opened the current clubhouse, which became a centre for sporting, cultural and social life for the club's membership
The focus of the club is sponsorship of water sports, particularly of sailboat racing and training of young members to become race sailors.
Today, a Modern and Active Sailing Club
Today, the club boasts nearly 1,000 members, of which 160 represent the youth section. We are one of the largest clubs in the German Sailing Association and we play an important role in international and national organizations.
Racing is one of the principles of the VSaW. Members have sailed to victory in Olympic Games in 1936 and 1964, as well as in World and European Championships and countless international and national regattas. The club is the co-organizer of the Kiel Week along with Kieler Yacht-Club (KYC) and Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV). Also, we are co-initiator of the German Sailing League (“Segel-Bundesliga”) in which eighteen German clubs meet in five to six regattas during the year to determine the national club sailing champion. In 2019 we won the title for the first time. This league is the most forward-looking format of race-sailing in Germany, perhaps worldwide.
The club strongly supports youth activities and has 160 young sailors in its programs, supported by two full time coaches. We have 40 Optimists for training and the youth section has its own facilities in the old clubhouse. Recently members have been Junior World Champions and Junior European Champions in the 470 class and Laser 4.7.
updated Monday, January 20, 2020