|Mon 13-05-2024, 19:00Hamburg, Germany||Fri 17-05-2024, 10:00Kiel, Germany||Eye of the Wind||4 Nights||EYE24/15|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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