Cornel & Michael

The Eye of the Wind has 2 skippers, and they change roughly every 3 months or so. At the moment, taking the helm of this fabulous ship are Cornel and Michael, providing the Eye with an immense amount of knowledge and experience.

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After growing up in southern Switzerland and spending his childhood sailing small boats on Lake Constance, Cornel soon branched out into sailing yachts at sea. Once amongst bigger boats, Cornel became fascinated with old squareriggers, and when he finished school he took his first paid position as a sailor on board a three-masted ship that sailed the Mediterranean. After a few years, Cornel moved to Enkhuizen in the Netherlands and qualified for his Master’s/Captain’s license, allowing him to sail on many different ships across the world.
He joined the Eye of the Wind in September 2009, after being a long-time admirer of this breathtaking boat. His pride in captaining the Eye is always apparent to guests, and the enthusiasm with which Cornel engages with the boat’s history means that he has a lot to teach his guests about the Eye. He is passionate about ensuring the Eye’s working history is not forgotten, and encourages the crew to keep the older sailing traditions associated with such a ship alive on board.

Michael’s love affair with the sea and sailing was passed down to him by his father. He was told tales of Joshua Slocum, first hand accounts of Count Felix of Luckner’s adventurous voyages under sail and his dad’s own experiences on the Pacific – so it’s not really a surprise that Michael too developed a love for all things nautical. With several other relations being experienced seafarers too, it is clear that seamanship runs throughout Michael’s family.

Michael has sailed an number of impressive tall ships during his sailing career, taking a small detour via the German Merchant Marine in order to obtain his captain’s license – but he quickly returned to square sail ships.
To be able to speak from experience when he says that the Eye is an incredible ship to sail is one of the highlights of Michael’s sailing career.

tall ship on the horizon during sunset

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Cornel & Michael

The Eye of the Wind has 2 skippers, and they change roughly every 3 months or so.

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Life onboard

Eye of the Wind

From luxury food and sunbathing on deck to nautical charts and the hoisting of sails, here's what to expect from a journey on this traditional Windjammer.

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The History of

Eye of the Wind

Built in 1911 as a topsail schooner, the Eye of the Wind, built by C Lühring of Brake, West Germany, and was intended to work in the South American hide trade.

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