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Explore the Heart of the Baltic in late Spring

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Fri 16-05-2025, 19:00Kiel, Germany Wed 21-05-2025, 10:00Kiel, Germany Eye of the Wind 5 NightsEYE25/15

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 flat seas but it can still be windy. Starting from our berth in Kiel, we will explore the Danish South Funen Archipelago and the lovely Schlei Fjord, while we will sail within sight distance of the coast most of the time. At this time of the year, plenty of fresh spring air can be expected in this area of the Western Baltic Sea. Even in these few days at sea, you will enjoy the comfort and excellent on-board cuisine, experience genuine traditional seamanship, and get a taste of how it feels being back on shore after a day at sea. 

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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
  • Round trip from Kiel: easy travel planning

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

Eye of the Wind sailing in Kiel

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Your Host Port is Kiel

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 explore at either end of your voyage.

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

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.

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.

Shore excursions offer an exciting change to life on board. 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. In this way, you will experience the trip as a pleasant mixture of active holiday, relaxation, adventure, sail training and shoreside exploration.

Return to Kiel

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.

Kiel town

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

May 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.

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

Colourblind sailor and jumped-up cook

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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