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From 28 June to 2 July 2017 the European Championship of the famous 12mR yachts took place on the Flensburg Fjord. 9 North German Realists used this race for a 4-day Plein Air Symposium.
Storm and calm, rain and bright sunshine, fog and easels rocking on waves in front of the elegant big 12mR yachts made the symposium an open air experience of the very special kind. Until 5 November all works can be seen in a large sales exhibition on our premises.

What the Oscar is to the film industry, is the Silver Triennial to the international silversmiths’ scene. Until 1 October 2017 the Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Centre will present the results of this world's largest design contest among silversmiths. Also a lot of up-and-coming artists present their ideas on the themes of jugs, bowls, cups, cutlery, candlesticks and accessories. Wide space is also covered with small function-free objects. A top-class jury has selected the best of the best. A total of 67 artists from 17 countries.


Kennedy – the sailing President
May 29, 2017 – the 100th birthday of JFK

With the speech of John Fitzgerald Kennedy at the Berlin Wall on June 26, 1963 at the latest, the American President became one of the most popular statesmen of his time in Germany. To understand JFK, his actions and the magic he spread all over, one must also know the passion of the Kennedy family for sailing and the sea.

The day after his assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963, a sketch of a sailboat that JFK had drawn during his stay there was found at the Rice Hotel, just hours before his death.

The Kennedy family, descendants of Irish immigrants owned a beach house in Hyannis, on Cape Cod in the North East of the USA. For his 15th birthday, JFK was given the dinghy VICTURA, a small boat not even 8 meters long with gaff rig. John and his brothers Edward and Robert did not miss any opportunity to sail the boat at regattas. When John survived the sinking of his patrol boat in the Second World War, his family was convinced that without his experience on the VICTURA he would not have escaped with life. The home story with the bride Jacqueline Bouvier, also on the sea and, of course, on the VICTURA, the high-gloss pictures of the later married couple on board the motor yacht HONEYFITZ and their accompaniment of the Americas Cup of 1962, when Australia with the 12mR race yacht GRETEL aimed for the “Cup” for the first time, underline the importance of sailing for the Kennedys. His instruction that the yacht MANITOU, built at Sparkman & Stephens in 1937, was to be converted into a sort of floating White House, from which he could take his official business at sea, is another proof of this enthusiasm.

John F. Kennedy was born 100 years ago on May 29, 1917. With the exhibition "Kennedy - the sailing President" the YACHTING HERITAGE CENTRE would like to pay tribute to the President of the USA, the charismatic politician, but especially the enthusiastic sailor.

The exhibition is daily open from May 2 – July 10, 2017 (assembly works, holidays excluded) from 11h00 – 18h00.


Under the title NORTHERN LIGHTS the Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Centre presents in its second major exhibition on nearly 900 m2 the most spectacular photos from two photographers who for many belong to the absolute stars among the yacht photographers: Nico Krauss and Ulf Sommerwerck. Classic yachts in very special moments. Photos for dreaming that make every sailor's heart beat faster.


The history of yachting gets a new, international stage on October 2, 2016: The “Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Centre”

It is 21 years ago that the silver manufactory Robbe & Berking for the first time organised the Robbe & Berking Sterling Cup that has since been an annual event. Only a few days ago, hundreds owners of Riva motorboats, skerry cruisers and yachts built to the famous metre-class rule met for this Concorso d´Eleganza for the 22nd time. It is 15 years ago that Robbe & Berking organised what then was the very first World Championship for metre-class yachts, together with the Flensburg Sailing Club. Many World and European Championships have since followed, among them in 2008 and 2011 the Worlds and in 2015 the European Championship for the famous 12-metre class yachts. This former America’s Cup class will again be our guest from June 29 to July 2, 2017. And it is 8 years ago that the silver manufactory got a sister in the form of the Robbe & Berking Classics yacht yard, which is specialized on the build, refit and repair of especially elegant yachts made from wood only. From these humble beginnings a maritime group of companies has grown. Today also the classic yacht broker Baum & König and the quarterly magazine GOOSE belong to the Robbe & Berking family.

Flensburg has been an inside tip for friends of classic yachts since 1995, but in the past, only the customers and invited guests had access to the yacht yard which is situated in Flensburg harbour. Now, yachting aficionados from around the world wait with anticipation for the opening of the “Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Centre” on October 2. Already during the launch of the Robbe & Berking Classics yacht yard in the spring of 2009, Oliver Berking, owner of the silver manufactory that dates back to 1874 and also founder of the yard, spoke about his plans to create a centre for yachting history in which the yard itself would only be one piece of the overall picture.

This goal is now nearly achieved with the opening of the “Yachting Heritage Centre” that will open its doors to the public on October 2. And until spring 2017, two more buildings on this site will be opened: The “Baum & König Yacht Humidor” in which classic brokerage yachts will be presented, and an office building for mainly maritime companies which are friends of the Robbe & Berking family.

Already the very first exhibition in the “Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Centre” shows the ambition of the founder and initiator to create the Mecca of classic yachting in Europe. Bearing the title “Royal Yachting”, the exhibition shows the passion of European Royalty for yachting from the ending 19th century until today. Spectacular exhibits, on loan from nearly all European Royal houses, many Royal Yacht Clubs, other museums and private collectors will be on display on nearly 1500 square metres in the new museum building, many of which have so far never been shown in public. This has been made possible for Berking and the curator Dr. Eva Nielsen by the museum’s partners which very quickly embraced Berking’s vision. “With the opening of the Yachting Heritage Centre not only a truly special yard, but a maritime hotspot with European dimensions will be created that will attract visitors from all over the world. We are fascinated by the largest yachting library in the world that is being presented to the public here, containing nearly 9000 yachting books. When Oliver Berking told me of his plans for the first time it was soon clear that we, as a company that has always been closely involved with the sport of yachting, should be involved in this”, said Anna Baum, associate of Pantaenius, the leading European specialist for yacht insurance. Together with Jaguar and Land Rover through their sales partner for Schleswig-Holstein, Nehkorn, the Nord Ostsee Sparkasse NOSPA, the Hamburg boat show hanseboot and the large, north German building contractor HÖFT which has been responsible for constructing all new building on the yard site, she belongs to the friends and patrons of the new museum.

“We plan to do three to four exhibitions per year and I can already promise you now that the first will not remain the most spectacular one”, said Oliver Berking. And alongside the changing exhibitions he also plans permanent features. “Apart from the many maritime items we will also always show classic cars, create a Hall of Fame for the great men and women of yachting history and run a small but special museum shop.” Another permanent exhibit will be a painting by a special artist: Pal Sarkozy, father of the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. A life-long yachtsman himself, Sarkozy quickly warmed to Berking’s ideas and promised a painting in time for the opening. Finally, the new “Gallery4” is also in the final preparations. The four north German artists Susanne Westphal, Ines Ramm, Heinke Böhnert and Christine Aulbach will permanently display and sell their works here. Sarkozys painting however is not for sale.

Already at the end of August, the “Ristorante Italia il Porto“ opened as the new museum restaurant. Since 25 years this has already been one of the best Italian restaurants in northern Germany and is now at home in the “Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Centre”. Demand for the 200 places in the restaurant has been high ever since. Amilcare Patrevita, proprietor of the restaurant, said: “Many people from northern Germany were eagerly waiting for our re-opening and I think everyone also wanted to use this opportunity to have a look at the new centre in advance.”