|Mon 03-06-2024, 19:00Eckernforde, Germany||Sat 08-06-2024, 10:00Flensburg, Germany||Eye of the Wind||5 Nights||EYE24/19|
Embark on a brief yet enchanting voyage aboard Eye of the Wind, setting sail from Eckernförde and arriving in Flensburg. Ideal for those dipping their toes into traditional sailing, this journey promises the comfort of excellent onboard amenities and the excitement of hands-on seamanship. Along the way, delight in the Baltic’s coastal charms and wildlife, rounding off your trip with optional explorations in Flensburg.
Eckernförde is your starting point for this short yet fulfilling journey. The ship departs from this charming Baltic Sea town, offering you a taste of life aboard a traditional windjammer. As you cast off, you’ll feel the invigorating sea air typical of the Western Baltic in June, tingling your senses and priming you for adventure.
As you and your fellow shipmates make your way from Eckernförde to Flensburg, expect coastal vistas that are a feast for the eyes. Eye of the Wind will keep within sight of the coastline, offering views of rugged cliffs, quaint fishing villages, and perhaps even a glimpse of a castle perched dramatically on the shore. Keep your binoculars handy; seals and sea birds, like the Black Guillemot, are common in these waters. It’s the kind of journey that invites contemplation while offering little moments that make you reach for your camera.
Once you arrive in the bustling port city of Flensburg, the adventure doesn’t have to end. For those able to stay an extra day in the city, there’s much to see and do. Maritime enthusiasts should consider a visit to the Maritime Museum, filled with naval history and artefacts. If you have a taste for local brews, the Flensburger Brauerei offers tours that quench both curiosity and thirst. Nature lovers can escape to the nearby Glücksburg Castle, surrounded by scenic gardens and a lake.
Given that you’re sailing the Western Baltic Sea in June, you can expect relatively mild weather and gentle sea conditions. The climate this time of the year is usually stable, offering moderate winds ideal for both novice and seasoned sailors. However, as with any sea journey, it’s best to come prepared for a bit of variety—the Baltic can surprise you!
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice.
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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.
We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.
On Ascension Day every year this seafaring city celebrates its history as one of the most important commercial ports for the sailing ships of the East Indies fleet with the Annual Rum Sailing Regatta. In the18th Century merchant ships would make regular cargo runs to the West Indies and bring back rum. It has always been a lively sailors port with cobbled streets and over 200 ‘rum houses’ in its day. Perhaps not so wild today but it will see a gathering of surviving wooden sailing ships arrive together and moor along the waterfront.
Square rigger Eye of the Wind is one of the vessels participating and you can join her in Kiel and sail here with the fleet.
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.
A fabulous adventure! Words cannot convey the experience.John, Tortola to Bermuda
Tortola to the Azores! What a great time. Thanks to Captain Pit and the crew. An awesome adventure with awesome people!"F Coutreau
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
Now that was a voyage! The EYE crew - all 10 - five women and five men - embody two words:
COMPETENT and KIND
And such a beautiful ship. Thank you beyond measureSusan
With red sails against a blue sky, Eye of the Wind is a photogenic ship. If you have any new images we would love to see them since Eye of the Wind has only recently returned to our website.
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