|Tue 28-05-2024, 19:00Kiel, Germany||Mon 03-06-2024, 10:00Eckernforde, Germany||Eye of the Wind||6 Nights||EYE24/18|
Savour six days of classic sailing aboard Eye of the Wind as you traverse the Baltic Sea’s captivating fjords and inlets. From Kiel’s maritime allure to the serenity of the Schlei and the charming final port of Eckernförde, this voyage offers an authentic blend of seamanship, on-board comforts, and exploration. It’s an inviting introduction for those new to sailing and a scenic playground for experienced mariners.
Embark on a six-day nautical adventure aboard the venerable Eye of the Wind, setting sail from the bustling port of Kiel. Known as the gateway to the Baltic Sea, Kiel offers a blend of maritime heritage and modern charm. As we cast off, the scent of briny air fills your lungs, reminding you that you’re stepping into a different world—a realm where traditional seamanship and camaraderie reign.
As you navigate the coastline of Schleswig-Holstein, keep your eyes peeled for an array of landmarks and natural wonders. The Kiel Fjord serves as a picturesque backdrop, punctuated by charming coastal towns and the silhouettes of other vessels. In spring, the Western Baltic Sea awakens: porpoises make occasional appearances, and seabirds like guillemots and cormorants swoop low over the water. Forested cliffs and sandy beaches come into view as we enter the Schlei, an inlet that offers a more tranquil sailing experience.
Eckernförde welcomes you with open arms—a charming town that combines maritime flair with German cosiness. If you you’re able to, why not stay for an extra day to explore the town? The old fishing port is a haven for delicious seafood, and the sandy beach invites for a leisurely walk. For those intrigued by history, the Ostsee Info-Centre offers insights into the marine environment and the region’s maritime past. A cycle or hike through the surrounding nature reserves provides a final touch of escapism before you re-enter the everyday world.
Late May in the Kiel and Schlei area usually brings mild temperatures and relatively calm seas, ideal for both seasoned sailors and newcomers. While a fresh spring breeze is a given, offering an invigorating sailing experience, conditions are generally stable, letting you relish the ship’s passage through these iconic waterways.
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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