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Through the scenic Kiel Canal to the German Bight

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2 Berth Cabin En-Suite Price per person

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€1850

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Sat 21-09-2024, 19:00Kiel, Germany Thu 26-09-2024, 10:00Wilhelmshaven, Germany Eye of the Wind 5 NightsEYE24/36

From Kiel to Wilhelmshaven in five days

Embark from Kiel on Eye of Wind for an unforgettable journey through the Kiel Canal, a spectacle of maritime activity and engineering. Experience the serene beauty of Schleswig-Holstein’s landscape and the rich avian life along the way. Conclude your voyage in Wilhelmshaven, a city steeped in naval history and natural wonders, leaving you with lasting memories of a sailing adventure like no other.

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • En suite cabins & elegant interior
  • Learn to sail a tall ship!
  • Enjoy Summer 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

stowing sails on the bowsprit

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Setting Sail from Kiel

Embark on an unforgettable journey aboard Eye of the Wind, setting sail from the vibrant port city of Kiel, Germany. Kiel, renowned for its maritime charm and rich naval history, serves as the perfect starting point for our voyage. As we depart, the bustling harbour fades into the background, marking the beginning of an adventure through the heart of Schleswig-Holstein.

Along the Way

Navigating the Kiel Canal, we traverse the world’s busiest artificial waterway, a marvel of engineering and a bustling artery of maritime traffic. Eye of the Wind glides smoothly under ten towering bridges, each a spectacle in its own right. Keep your eyes peeled for an array of vessels, from colossal container ships to elegant cruise liners and nimble pleasure boats. This stretch is also a prime spot for birdwatching; you might catch glimpses of herons, ducks, and perhaps even the elusive kingfisher.

The scenic journey through the canal offers a unique perspective on the German countryside, with lush greenery and quaint villages dotting the banks. The tranquil surroundings contrast sharply with the canal’s lively nautical activity, creating a blend of serenity and excitement.

Arriving in Wilhelmshaven

Our voyage culminates in the historic port of Wilhelmshaven, a hidden gem on Germany’s North Sea coast. If you have the opportunity to extend your stay, Wilhelmshaven offers a treasure trove of attractions. The Maritime Meile is a must-visit, showcasing the city’s rich maritime heritage. Delve into history at the Deutsches Marinemuseum, or explore the wonders of the Wadden Sea at the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea Visitor Centre. For a leisurely day, stroll along the scenic Jade Bay, soaking in the serene coastal ambiance.

Kiel town

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

September voyages through the Kiel Canal into the North Sea generally promise mild and manageable sailing conditions. Expect brisk but pleasant temperatures, with occasional breezy spells. The North Sea’s character can shift swiftly, so while generally calm, be prepared for moments of choppier waters, especially near the Weser estuary. Rest assured, Eye of the Wind’s experienced crew are well-equipped to navigate these waters, ensuring a safe and exhilarating experience.

A NOTE ON VOYAGE DESCRIPTIONS

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. 

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

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.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

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

Wilhelmshaven, Germany

Content…

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 

Electricity

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. 

Review

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 measure

Susan

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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