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Explore the German Baltic Coast & learn to sail a square rigger

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Sat 05-08-2023, 19:00Stralsund, Germany Wed 09-08-2023, 10:00Rostock, Germany Eye of the Wind 4 NightsEYE23/30

The best way to explore a new sailing ground is to sail with the locals. Eye of the Wind is a German-owned ship that wanders the world’s oceans with charter guests, but you can explore home waters with her this summer in Europe A great chance to try this 100 year old brig on a short tall ship taster and learn to climb the rigging for a better view.

The ship is heading for Hanse Sail Festival, meaning there will be countless other impressive sailing vessels en route too, providing opportunities for sailing in company. The festival is a huge celebration of seafaring camaraderie with boats from all over the Baltic and beyond. What better way to arrive than on the deck of a windjammer?!

We’d recommend staying a couple of extra days ashore in Rostock after getting off the Eye, to experience all the fun of the festival, and spend time admiring the fleet.

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Voyage Highlights

  • Short but sweet: 4 days of fantastic sailing
  • Learn to sail a square rigger in the ship’s home waters
  • Set the sails, steer the ship, even climb the rigging!
  • Be part of the flotilla sailing to Rostock ahead of Hanse Sail 2023
  • Perfect opportunity to extend your holiday shoreside and enjoy the festival

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

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR…

Tall ship fans wanting to try a different tall ship or beginners experience tall ship sailing on a short voyage in relatively sheltered waters. There is also more sail handling in coastal waters and places with a lot of waterborne transport than on a trade wind passage so it is great for experienced sailors too who want to brush up their skills with some fast maneouvres.  Square rig sailing is very different from yacht sailing and there is a whole new language to learn.

Come and explore a part of Europe where it is a short distance to sail between Germany, Denmark and Sweden, plus lots of inland waterways and coastal islands. Even today cargoes are transported by ship in this region. The Southern Baltic had huge strategic importance in the 18th and19th century and there are many forts and castles. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sail to where tall ships are gathering for Hanse Sail 2023 Festival
  • Ideal Taster Voyage for Eye of the Wind
  • Maximum of 12 guest berths – all in ensuite cabins
  • Hands on Tall ship Sailing
  • Great way to explore Europe
  • Good transport links to whole area
  • Flat seas and interesting maritime history
  • Busy sailing ground with lots of sail manouevres
Eye of the Wind brig
Eye of the Wind brig

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

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.

The aim of this trip is to get as much fantastic sailing in as possible, and enjoy the company of a host of other ships en route to Rostock for Hanse Sail.

 

Stralsund

You will get aboard in Stralsund at 7pm, but we’d recommend arriving early and taking 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.

The captain and crew will welcome you aboard with a tour and a briefing, going through safety information, the latest weather forecast and the itinerary. You’ll also enjoy dinner while getting to know your fellow sailors.

The morning sees you slip lines and set sail on your mini-adventure in the Baltic!

Learn to Sail a Windjammer

The crew of the Eye will help you get to grips with all the lines and sails, as you help them set a course for Rostock. You’ll have the chance to climb the rigging (if you want to!) and maybe even steer the ship. Each day your knowledge will grow and you’ll be surprised how much you’ve learned by the time you reach your destination.

Nights will be spent anchored or moored in a variety of fascinating places, from lively ports to secluded anchorages, and you’ll have time for shoreside exploration (or chilling on board with a book and a glass of wine from the well stocked bar).

Eye of the Wind deck from aloft
Eye of the Wind deck from aloft

Arrival in Rostock

You will arrive in Rostock the evening before disembarkation, with the chance to enjoy some of the festivities with the crew. In the morning you’ll have a hearty breakfast and wave goodbye to the Eye at 10am, ready to start the next part of your adventure ashore.

Rostock has very good transport links for your onward journey, but make sure you take some time before you leave to experience the festival

Eye of the Wind tall ship in Baltic waters
Eye of the Wind tall ship in Baltic waters

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

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.

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.

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.

AGILITY & FITNESS

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 INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks, but you can buy from the bar on board
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

 

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR…

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

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FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

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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. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

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Start & End Port

Stralsund, Germany

Rostock, Germany

Kit List

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

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 

 

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

Dear Adam,

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

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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