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Explore the Heart of the Baltic in late Spring

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Wed 21-05-2025, 19:00Kiel, Germany Tue 27-05-2025, 10:00Eckernforde, Germany Eye of the Wind 6 NightsEYE25/16

This short cruise is an excellent way to get a taste of seafaring adventure without huge tossing seas. The Baltic has land and islands all the way around offering sheltered conditions but still a good sailing breeze.

Starting from Kiel, Eye of the Wind will explore the Danish South Funen Archipelago and the lovely Schlei Fjord, sailing within sight distance of the coast most of the time. At this time of year, a fresh sea breeze is guaranteed in the Western Baltic area. Enjoy the comfort and excellent cuisine of a great ship, experience real traditional seamanship, call at several ports and experience how it feels to go ashore in the evening after a day at sea.

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  • Endless places to explore around the South Funen archipelago
  • Great tall ship taster voyage
  • Varied sailing, with some longer passages and some coast hopping
  • Time to spend exploring ashore
  • Explore the bustling city of Kiel and Eckernförde’s quieter charm

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 Kiel

Known as the gateway to the Baltic Sea, Kiel is a bustling port city. Rich in maritime history and culture, it’s a fine place to whet your appetite for the open sea before you set sail! Stepping aboard Eye of the Wind, you’ll get to know your fellow crew over dinner and receive a full safety briefing, plus an up to date itinerary based on the latest weather forecast.

Along the Way

Eckernförde is only 30km north west of Kiel, which means there’s no pressure to sail long distances in a short time. The itinerary can be planned to make the most of the weather and allow for a great mix of sailing and exploring ashore. The captain decides the course of each day’s leg and an accessible harbour or anchorage for the night. This is based on the current wind and weather conditions and – whenever possible – the wishes of the guest crew.

En route the crew will get you as involved as you like with the sailing of the ship, and will teach you to steer, keep lookout, haul lines and set and trim sails.

Arriving in Eckernförde

Eckernförde is a charming town and well worth a visit. Disembarkation is at 10.00 after another famous Eye of the Wind breakfast! If 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 there are lovely walks to be had on the sandy beach or through the surrounding nature reserves.


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.

Start & End Port

Kiel, Germany

Colourblind sailor and jumped-up cook

Eckernforde, 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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