Copenhagen waterfront is an impressive place to start your voyage. The ship will be between Nyhaven – a historic canal often packed with traditional boats – and the Royal Palace which is situated grandly on the waterfront. Wander towards the sea and you find the little mermaid statue. Rostock has architectural gems too with many brick buildings from the Hanseatic era, fortified towers and monasteries with walled gardens.
Your voyage will take you East, exploring the island of Bornholm before heading North to Kalmar, which boasts some of Sweden’s best preserved 17th century buildings and famous Renaissance-Style castle with its ornate turrets and drawbridge.
There’ll be lots of fantastic Baltic sailing in the usually fine summer weather, as well as opportunities for shoreside exploration, swimming and relaxing.
Great trip for beginners and experienced sailors alike, with a real variety of activities for all levels.
Explore some of Southern Sweden’s most beautiful places.
Learn to sail a square rigger, under the friendly guidance of the crew.
Tall ship fans wanting to try a different tall ship. European tall ships are run very differently from UK sail training ships. Eye of the Wind offers both a luxury feel to the accommodation and customer service with only 12 guest crew, but the potential for active participation is there. Her professional crew like to set lots of sail and do as much as possible under sail. In Europe, particularly Scandinavia there are a lot of historic waterfronts in the centre of towns. It is part of the summer entertainment to create a good spectacle sailing away from the dock whenever possible.
The Baltic Sea around Copenhagen has many islands and straits offering relatively sheltered waters for beginners.
The Eye will make a stopover at Bornholm (Denmark’s ‘Sunshine Island’) during this passage, which is famous for its culinary delights and beautiful villages, as well as stunning cliffs, medieval castle ruins and coastal rock formations.
Then on to Kalmar, itself steeped in architectural and maritime history.
You will embark in Copenhagen at 7pm and receive a briefing from the Captain and dinner with the crew, before a cosy night’s sleep. The morning sees lines slipped and sails set.
Your 7 nights aboard will largely be spent anchored or moored, but there may also be a chance for some night-time sailing. Days will be planned to make the most of the sailing breeze, but also to allow you to explore ashore if you wish.
You will disembark at Kalmar at 10.00 after a hearty breakfast, ready to get ashore to enjoy the town and start making your onward journey.
There are places with fast tides so you can get some exciting choppy water in very localised spots but mostly this is sailing in flat waters without big swell.
The climate on the shores of the Baltic is more continental than maritime so summer temperatures can be hot but spring and autumn will be colder than Britain or Atlantic facing countries.
Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.
After receiving safety instructions and an introduction to sailing from the ship’s crew, you will soon be able to take part in sailing yourself. On Eye of the Wind Hands-on assistance on deck is always voluntary, so if you want, you can just relax and enjoy watching the sailing manoeuvers and the traditional seamanship in action every day. If you like, you can make yourself comfortable below deck in the comfortable lounge, browse through a good book from the large on-board library.
Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.
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Copenhagen the capitol city of Belgium is one cool city and oozes Danish style and ethos.
There are many connections to Copenhagen by train and plane so it should be easy to arrange transportation.
Dominated by its impressive castle guarding the Kalmar Straits, Kalmar is a city surrounded by water.
There are beaches and a great outdoor vibe in summer. If you have time after or before your voyage, you can hire a kayak and canoe in the channels around the city center. Kalmarsundsleden is a biking and hiking trail that passes many interesting and beautiful places along the coast.
Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.
All the power to your plug sockets comes from the ship's generator which runs on deisel. The less the generators have to run to top up power, the nicer it is for the guests on board and also greener for the planet. Please don't bring loads of hairdriers, electric devices to charge.
There is no internet on board whilst at sea.
Eye of the Wind is an experienced operator with many happy customers. She sails in Northern Europa nad the Baltic in Summer (Northern Hemisphere) and across the Atlantice to the Caribbean for some winter sunshine sailing holidays.
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Tortola to the Azores! What a great time. Thanks to Captain Pit and the crew. An awesome adventure with awesome people!" F Coutreau, New England
What a wonderful, lovely, great, awesome trip we've had from Malaga to Lanzarote! I loved and enjoyed every minute.
Thanks again for this wonderful experience. I miss you guys! Andrea Schwartz
Now that was a voyage! The EYE crew - all 10 - five women and five men - embody two words:
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And such a beautiful ship.
Thank you beyond measure, Susan.Eye of the Wind Faroes to Iceland Summer 2022
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