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Mon 12-05-2025, 19:00Hamburg, Germany Fri 16-05-2025, 10:00Kiel, Germany Eye of the Wind 4 NightsEYE23/15

This 4 night tall ship taster has relatively flat water in the Kiel Canal so ideal if you want to try a tall ship but are worried about your sea legs. Your voyage starts on the mighty Elbe River with fast tides and a river that slowly turns into a seascape. Let a German owned ship show you her home waters. Explore the Schelswig-Holsteinisches Wattermeer National Park at the entrance to the Elbe and then the ship enters the Kiel Canal. Enjoy the bizzare sensation of crossing Germany on a tall ship. Look down from the rigging over rural life and be amazed at the amount of river traffic on the busiest waterway in Europe.

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Voyage Highlights

  • Ideal Taster Voyage for Eye of the Wind
  • Hands on Tall ship Sailing
  • Great addition to a bigger exploration of Europe
  • Good transport links to whole area
  • Experience the Kiel Canal with its enormous variety of marine traffic
  • Flat seas and interesting maritime history
  • Busy sailing ground with lots of sail manouevres

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

Why are sailing holidays great value for money? Read the page.


Setting Sail from Hamburg

Step aboard Eye of the Wind in Hamburg, a bustling port city known for its maritime heritage and modern architecture. If you’re able to arrive a little early, don’t miss the iconic Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse district in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Elbphilharmonie, with its stunning modern architecture, offers musical feasts for the ears, but is worth a walk-by even if you don’t have time to catch a concert.

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

There should be an opportunity to sail from Hamburg to Brunsbuttel ( the start of the Kiel Canal) if the winds co-operate. The Elbe gets wider and wider as you head out towards the North Sea. This is your chance to get involved with setting sail, bracing the yards and learning how to hand or take down square sails and fore and aft sails like jibs or the staysails between masts. You will have time during the Canal transit to think about what you have learned and perhaps have a go at learning how to find the right ropes on the pin rails. The crew are there to ask and learn from.

Whilst the Kiel Canal (in German: Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, literally ‘North-to-Baltic Sea canal’) is not permitted or possible to sail, but this is a fascinating passage regardless. The ship passes under ten high bridges and will experience the endless shipping traffic of container ships, cruise liners, pleasure boats and ferries. Every year, around 40,000 ships pass through the exits of the Kiel Canal. The journey will take you right through Schleswig Holstein, along green banks and under high railway bridges which almost seem to touch the top of the masts.

If you have come to sail and this bit is not your favourite part of the voyage – we recommend you try out the bowsprit netting or climb the mast and go out on the yards. It is a bizarre feeling to see a vessel cross under your feet or be high above cows in a canal-side field. If using the rig as your adventure climbing frame is not your thing then during the canal voyage you will have time to make yourself comfortable on deck or in the comfy lounge and browse through the extensive on-board library.

There will be more chances to sail on the other side of the canal when you reach Kiel Fjord.

Arriving in Kiel

As you make your final approach towards Kiel Fjord, the voyage culminates in a scenic stretch of coast. Kiel itself is a vibrant city with much to offer. If you decide to extend your stay, you might explore the German Maritime Museum or take a leisurely stroll along the Kiel Fjord’s beaches. For the more adventurous, why not explore Kiel’s local cuisine or engage in some water sports? The city is your oyster.

Kiel town


Considering the voyage is set for May, you can generally expect mild to warm weather, with daytime temperatures ranging between 12 to 20 degrees Celsius. The waters of the Kiel Canal are typically calm, making it a great choice for those who are new to sailing. However, always pack layers and prepare for the unexpected—it’s still the sea, after all!


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

Hamburg, Germany

Colourblind sailor and jumped-up cook

Kiel, 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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