Sail and explore the German Baltic coast for a tall ship taster with Eye of the Wind.
Eye of the Wind will welcome you aboard in Holtenau, situated on the western shore of the Kiel Fjord. After a welcome drink and dinner in the deck lounge, you will have the opportunity to observe the lively coming and going at the locks of the Kiel Canal. From small sports yachts to ocean liners, vessels of all kinds and sizes can be seen passing by around the clock on the world’s busiest artificial waterway. On the walk to the small Holtenau lighthouse, you will get a taste of the nostalgic harbour atmosphere – numerous old cargo ships and schooners are often anchored on the quay at dusk.
Life at Sea
This trip is a great way to get a taste of seafaring adventure: at this time of the year, only low waves and moderate wind speeds are to be expected in the area of the Western Baltic Sea. Think plenty of fresh sea air, on-board comfort, delicious food from the excellent onboard kitchen mixed with genuine, traditional seamanship. Sail from Kiel to discover the Danish Archipelago before finishing in the German port town of Flensburg.
Setting the Sails
As with all our sailing holidays, the exact route and harbour stops won’t be known until you board and will entirely depend on the weather forecast for that week. After receiving safety instructions as you board and an introduction to sailing with Eye of the Wind from the ship’s crew, you will soon be able to take part in sailing yourself. Eye of the Wind have a fully experienced and professional crew onboard so taking part in the physical aspect of sailing with Eye of the Wind is not mandatory but is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity!
After breakfast, it will be time to set the sails towards the eastern shore of the fjord, where will see Laboe’s naval memorial. After a day’s sailing, we will cross the invisible German-Danish maritime border and find ourselves in the sheltering harbour of Sønderborg, on the island of Als, which will be our anchorage for the night. A major attraction is the castle, with its gardens, within clear sight of our anchorage. Take a walk along the harbour with the historic merchant’s houses and a stroll through the Old Town with its typical Danish tranquillity.
The Baltic Coast
Known for its good sailing and trade routes, the winds across the Baltic remain fairly stable in the summer months providing great conditions for a full set of sails. The Baltic coast along Germany is by far the most sheltered and sailing here provides the perfect opportunity to experience the very best of this coastline. With a multitude of traditional German harbour towns, Eye of the Wind is not short of choices to stop overnight and gives guests a chance to explore ashore. Pass the busy shipping lanes of the Kiel Canal and perhaps stop overnight nearby to watch a plethora of ships and yachts pass through towards Scandinavia.
This coastline also neighbours with the Danish islands of Langeland, Lolland and Ærø which could also be possible stops for Eye of the Wind.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Scandinavian Sailing in the Baltic Sea||23 May 2022||6||£1,280||Enquire now|
Eye of the Wind
Guest berths: 16 Rig: Brig
With incredible amounts of character, Eye of the Wind has all the modern amenities and an authentic interior, with a teak maritime décor. Oozing with maritime history, the opportunity to sail on Eye of the Wind is one in a lifetime. This beautiful ship is as eye-catching as they get and she has even featured in several movies, including White Squall, due to her breath-taking appearance as a 1911 brig.
This windjammer offers luxurious holidays on board, cruising some of the most stunning locations in the world.
Although the ship has a large, capable engine, traditional sailing is naturally the preferred mode of travel so there is plenty to get stuck into on deck. The crew are extremely experienced and ready to teach you the workings of a classic tall ship, so no prior knowledge is necessary. Join the crew at any number of the large maritime festivals they appear at, cruise the European coast, or relish some winter sun and climb aboard for their voyages in the Caribbean – including a transatlantic crossing back from the Caribbean to Portugal.
Thanks to the 6 luxurious cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms, Eye of the Wind can sleep a total of 12 guests ensuring ocean passages can be travelled in true comfort. A large dining area, library and sun deck offer a multitude of different spaces to unwind and to get to know your fellow guests and crew.
Deck planMore about Eye of the Wind
Are all meals included?
Yes. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot and Soft drinks are included in your ticket price. Alcohol can be purchased as extra onboard
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
What language is spoken on board?
English and German
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 6 cabins and a total of 16 guest bunks.
How many bathrooms does she have?
Each cabin has its own ensuite.
Is there an age limit?
No! Please double check for under 8's.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily reach 3/4G from the shore, just make sure your phone is set up for international roaming. There may be some locations that will not get good signal.
Can I charge my phone/camera?
Yes, 12V sockets are available
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
No, please bring your own.
Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like.
Will I be seasick?
Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure, we recommend taking tablets up to 24 hours travelling.
Is there air conditioning?
Yes, Eye of the Wind has air con in each cabin.
From: Holtenau, Kiel