|Sat 08-06-2024, 19:00Flensburg, Germany||Sat 15-06-2024, 10:00Kiel, Germany||Eye of the Wind||7 Nights||EYE24/19|
Take a break from the mundane and step into the extraordinary as you set sail from Flensburg aboard Eye of the Wind. This week-long journey offers you not just a voyage through the Baltic Sea, but a journey through time, sailing on a ship built over a century ago. From the ever-changing landscapes around the Danish islands to the vibrant city of Kiel, every moment promises a blend of adventure and serenity.
Replace your daily grind with the call of the sea as you embark on a journey aboard Eye of the Wind, our venerable two-masted square-rigger. Built in 1911, this majestic tall ship loves to sail these waters. Your voyage sets sail from the historic port city of Flensburg, a gem on the Baltic Sea that’s rich in maritime heritage.
As you navigate the azure waters of the Baltic Sea, you’ll witness a captivating water tapestry that unfurls between the Langeland Belt, the Great Belt, and the Little Belt. Keep your eyes peeled for the Danish islands of Fyn, Langeland, and Ærø, each a unique vignette of natural beauty and nautical charm. From stunning cliff faces to quaint coastal villages, the scenery will be a visual feast. And let’s not forget the local wildlife—expect to see seabirds soaring above and perhaps even a harbour seal or two!
Kiel offers more than just an end to our voyage; it presents an invitation for further exploration. Renowned for its maritime festivities like the Kiel Week, the city offers vibrant museums and historic ships to explore. If you decide to extend your stay, you might enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Kiel Fjord or indulge in some local seafood delicacies. For those interested in military history, the Laboe Naval Memorial and U-Boat Museum offer a deep dive into Germany’s naval past.
Given that the voyage is planned for June, you can generally expect mild to warm weather and relatively calm sea conditions. However, it’s always wise to prepare for all contingencies when you’re out on the Baltic. A mix of sun and sea breeze would likely be the day’s special.
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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