|Sat 15-06-2024, 19:00Kiel, Germany||Fri 21-06-2024, 10:00Kiel, Germany||Eye of the Wind||6 Nights||EYE24/21|
Set sail on the Eye of the Wind for a six-day voyage where spontaneity reigns and traditional seamanship is the order of the day. Launching from Kiel, you’ll experience the rugged Schleswig-Holstein coastline and venture into Danish waters, propelled by the reliable June breezes of the Western Baltic. Days will be marked by the camaraderie of the crew, the thrill of open sea sailing, and the sanctuary of quaint ports where you can explore or simply enjoy a sundowner. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or new to the world of tall ships, this journey promises an intoxicating blend of adventure, relaxation, and pure maritime romance.
Kiel, your starting and ending point, is a maritime city steeped in seafaring tradition. Located in Northern Germany, it’s not just a bustling port but also a gateway to the Baltic. Rich in maritime history and culture, it’s a fine place to whet your appetite for the open sea before you set sail and to reminisce once you’re back on solid ground.
Mother Nature herself is your guide for this adventure and the course through the Baltic Sea is set by the wind. You’ll take in the rugged beauty of the Schleswig-Holstein coast and venture into Danish waters. Keep your eyes peeled for porpoises playfully darting near the bow, and sea birds circling overhead. And let’s not forget the landmarks like the chalk cliffs of Rügen or the ancient lighthouses that have been guiding sailors for centuries. With a good wind filling the sails, you’ll feel like an adventurer from yesteryear, albeit with better catering.
Upon your return to Kiel, should you fancy extending your seafaring sojourn, the city offers plenty to explore. The Maritime Museum and the German Submarine U-995 turned museum are must-visits for maritime enthusiasts. You could also take a leisurely stroll along the Kiel Fjord, enjoying the mix of natural beauty and urban sophistication. The local cuisine, particularly the seafood, is not to be missed and provides a fitting end to your journey.
June in the Western Baltic area usually means steady, favourable winds—a sailor’s delight. A fresh sea breeze is pretty much a guarantee, so you can anticipate good sailing with the occasional choppy day for a bit of exhilaration. Just enough to remind you you’re not in a pond, but a grand sea where the wind and waves are your dance partners.
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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