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Mon 13-05-2024, 19:00Hamburg, Germany Fri 17-05-2024, 10:00Kiel, Germany Eye of the Wind 4 NightsEYE24/15

Through the scenic Kiel Canal

Embark on an enchanting journey from Hamburg to Kiel aboard the historic Eye of the Wind. This voyage offers a well-rounded blend of sailing and shore leave, making it the perfect “taster trip” for sailing novices and a delightful escapade for experienced sailors. Witness engineering marvels, busy waterways, and scenic coastal beauty as you traverse Schleswig-Holstein’s diverse landscapes.

  • Voyage
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  • Great voyage for beginners
  • En suite cabins & elegant interior
  • Learn to sail a tall ship!
  • Enjoy Spring time sailing
  • Friendly professional crew

Eye of the Wind

Sailing Areas New Zealand
Vessel type / Rig 2 Masted Brig
Guest Berths 12
Beam 7.01m (23ft)
Draft 2.7m (8.9ft)
Overall Length 40.23m (132ft)
Year Built 1911
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Voyage Description


Setting Sail from Hamburg

Step aboard Eye of the Wind in Hamburg, a bustling port city known for its maritime heritage and modern architecture. You’ll get a taste of both as you prepare to cast off from this lively hub. It’s not just a start; it’s a statement—a gateway to the voyage that lies ahead. This voyage is great for newcomers and experienced sailors alike. You’ll work together with the crew to set the sails and make your way down the Lower Elbe.

Along the Way

As you navigate through Schleswig-Holstein, you’ll be captivated by the remarkable diversity of the landscapes. We’ll pass under a series of towering bridges, each an engineering marvel in its own right. And that’s just the beginning. The Kiel Canal, the world’s busiest artificial waterway, will unfurl before us, teeming with a varied flotilla of container ships, cruise liners, pleasure boats, and ferries. It’s a maritime parade, and you’ve got a front-row seat. Wildlife enthusiasts, keep your binoculars at the ready—birds like the sea eagle or cormorant are not uncommon sights.

Arriving in Kiel

As you make your final approach towards Kiel Fjord, the experience culminates in a scenic stretch of coastal beauty. Kiel itself is a vibrant city with much to offer. If you decide to extend your stay, you might explore the German Maritime Museum or take a leisurely stroll along the Kiel Fjord’s beaches. For the more adventurous, why not explore Kiel’s local cuisine or engage in some water sports? The city is your oyster.

Kiel town


Considering the voyage is set for May, you can generally expect mild to warm weather, with daytime temperatures ranging between 12 to 20 degrees Celsius. The waters of the Kiel Canal are typically calm, making it a great choice for those who are new to sailing. However, always pack layers and prepare for the unexpected—it’s still the sea, after all!


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.

Start & End Port

Hamburg, Germany

Kiel, Germany

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on the Eye of the Wind

Working Language on Board is German and English

Practical Advice for Eye of the Wind   

Practical Advice for Covid 19 and Eye of the Wind

What is Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board
  • Any entry visas required

What to Bring

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.

  • Eye of the Wind does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Eye of the Wind has electric sockets in all the cabins 240 V 
  • Cameras, spare batteries, chargers if you need them
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill 
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.
  • The ship provides hand towels but please bring a beach towel
  • snorkel and mask for caribbean if you like snorkelling (travel tip: swimming goggles pack up smaller than a facemask)
  • Bring insect repellant for Caribbean as can get mosquitos ashore in evening (rare at anchor)
  • ear plugs can be handy 


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!


Now that was a voyage! The EYE crew - all 10 - five women and five men - embody two words:


And such a beautiful ship. Thank you beyond measure


Vessel Gallery

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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