|Tue 16-05-2023, 19:00Eckernforde, Germany||Sat 20-05-2023, 10:00Flensburg, Germany||Eye of the Wind||4 Nights||EYE23/17|
Sail a square rigger in the Baltic from Eckernforde, culminating in the Flensburg Rum Regatta. After some sailing in the Kiel Fjord, a scheduled port of call will be Sønderborg on the island of Als. Here numerous sailing ships will moor up near the impressive castle, ready to join a cruise in company to Flensburg and the Flensburg Rum Regatta. This annual gathering of the old sail cargo ships along the waterfront of historic Flensburg is a sight to behold, and made even better if you’re arriving on board!
This is a brilliant voyage for beginners, those that enjoy a festival, oh and rum-lovers of course.
|Sailing Areas||New Zealand|
|Vessel type / Rig||2 Masted Brig|
|Overall Length||40.23m (132ft)|
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports.
Eckernförde is a German town in Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Rendsburg-Eckernförde, on the coast of the Baltic Sea approximately 30 km north-west of Kiel. The population is about 23,000. Eckernförde is a popular tourist destination in northern Germany.
You’ll embark at 7pm, and enjoy dinner on board and an evening getting to know your fellow sailors before a cosy nights sleep. The morning will bring a hearty breakfast, slipped lines and setting sail!
Flensburg is a town at the tip of the Flensburg Fjord in northern Germany and is steeped in maritime history. The town’s association with Rum is age old, as this commodity was the primary trade resource for ships on round trips to Danish-run distilleries in the Caribbean.
Well worth a visit are the Flensburger Schifffahrtsmuseum which chronicles the town’s seafaring past. Nearby, the shipyard museum Museumswerft displays recreated historic ships and hosts boatbuilding classes.
The Rum Regatta often boasts vessel attendance of 200 or more ships from all along the Danish and German coasts, and the event is a fantastic celebration of seafaring camaraderie, good food and drink.
There are places with fast tides so you can get some exciting choppy water in very localised spots but mostly this is sailing in flat waters without big swell.
The climate on the shores of the Baltic is more continental than maritime so summer temperatures can be hot but spring and autumn will be colder than Britain or Atlantic facing countries.
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.
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.
Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.
On Ascension Day every year this seafaring city celebrates its history as one of the most important commercial ports for the sailing ships of the East Indies fleet with the Annual Rum Sailing Regatta. In the18th Century merchant ships would make regular cargo runs to the West Indies and bring back rum. It has always been a lively sailors port with cobbled streets and over 200 ‘rum houses’ in its day. Perhaps not so wild today but it will see a gathering of surviving wooden sailing ships arrive together and moor along the waterfront.
Square rigger Eye of the Wind is one of the vessels participating and you can join her in Kiel and sail here with the fleet.
Practical Advice for Eye of the Wind
Practical Advice for Covid 19 and Eye of the Wind
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.
Eye of the Wind is an experienced operator with many happy customers. She sails in Northern Europa nad the Baltic in Summer (Northern Hemisphere) and across the Atlantice to the Caribbean for some winter sunshine sailing holidays.
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