|Sat 29-07-2023, 19:00Stockholm, Sweden||Sat 05-08-2023, 10:00Stralsund, Germany||Eye of the Wind||7 Nights||EYE23/29|
Summer exploring Sweden, the Danish Islands and Baltic Germany on a tall ship. Join 100 year old windjammer Eye of the Wind in Stockholm – the Venice of the North – with water everywhere. From here we first explore this scenic seascape with its numerous bays called “Fjärdar”.
This 7 night voyage will give you a real flavour of three countries that border the entrance to the Baltic sea – Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Travelling by sailing ship feels so appropriate for a location where sea transport is the best way around and has been part of the seafaring culture here for centuries. Being crew on an eye-catching windjammer is a great way of meeting the locals too.
|Sailing Areas||New Zealand|
|Vessel type / Rig||2 Masted Brig|
|Overall Length||40.23m (132ft)|
Tall ship fans wanting to try a different tall ship. European tall ships are run very differently from UK sail training ships. Eye of the Wind offers both a luxury feel to the accommodation and customer service with only 12 guest crew, but the potential for active participation is there. Her professional crew like to set lots of sail and do as much as possible under sail. In Europe, particularly Scandinavia there are a lot of historic waterfronts in the centre of towns. It is part of the summer entertainment to create a good spectacle sailing away from the dock whenever possible.
You will embark at Stockholm at 7pm (worth arriving early to explore the ‘Venice of the North’, one of Sweden’s most beautiful cities). The Captain will give a briefing on safety, the latest forecast and the itinerary, and you’ll enjoy dinner on board while getting to know your fellow sailors.
After a cosy night’s sleep it’s time to slip lines and set sail!
The Baltic Sea around between Sweden, Denmark and Germany is a glorious location for summer cruising. The Stockholm archipelago offers a relaxed and interesting start to the trip, weaving between islands and skerries before heading out into deep water en route South.
The Eye will likely make a stopover at Bornholm (Denmark’s ‘Sunshine Island’) during this passage, which is famous for its culinary delights and beautiful villages, as well as stunning cliffs, medieval castle ruins and coastal rock formations.
Your 7 nights aboard will largely be spent anchored or moored, but there may also be a chance for some night-time sailing. Days will be planned to make the most of the sailing breeze, but also to allow you to explore ashore if you wish.
You will disembark in Stralsund at 10.00 after a hearty breakfast. Make time to explore this stunning gothic town, with it’s multitude of 13th century buildings, and maybe pay a visit to the original ‘Gorch Fock’, now a floating museum in the harbour.
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.
After receiving safety instructions and an introduction to sailing from the ship’s crew, you will soon be able to take part in sailing yourself. On Eye of the Wind Hands-on assistance on deck is always voluntary, so if you want, you can just relax and enjoy watching the sailing manoeuvers and the traditional seamanship in action every day. If you like, you can make yourself comfortable below deck in the comfortable lounge, browse through a good book from the large on-board library.
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.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
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.
Facebook Reviews currently 5 out of 5 stars
A fabulous adventure! Words cannot convey the experience.
John, Tortola to Bermuda, Feb- March 2023
Tortola to the Azores! What a great time. Thanks to Captain Pit and the crew. An awesome adventure with awesome people!" F Coutreau, New England
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 Schwartz
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.Eye of the Wind Faroes to Iceland Summer 2022
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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