Taster Sailing in the Baltic Sea
- Vessel: Iris
- Where: Kiel, Germany
- Duration: 3 days
- Embark: Kiel, Germany - 8 September 2023, 20:00
- Disembark: Kiel, Germany - 10 September 2023, 16:00
Get to grips with Baltic Sea sailing on tall ship Iris as she takes guests to explore the coast of Germany on a weekend taster sailing.
Join tall ship Iris in the Baltic sea in the bustling port of Kiel as you prepare to set the sails on your Baltic Sea taster sailing weekend.
This voyage is perfect for those wanting to explore those wanting to grips with a traditionally rigged tall ship. Anchor in secluded bays and explore bustling German harbour towns.
- Coastal Sailing
- Fully crewed
- Private cabins
- Hands-on tall ship
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Sample menu
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
Your Sailing Area
The Baltic Sea
This Baltic Sea sailing voyage is a great way to get a taste of a 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.
Get to grips with life on board a traditional tall ship as you set the sails, take the helm and learn some basic rope-work. The itinerary is never set in stone as Iris will make best you of the wind at the time but it’s likely you’ll stay close to the coast exploring the quaint harbour towns of Kappeln and Eckernförde.
Read more about what it’s like to sail the in the Baltic Sea here.
All voyages for Iris
Guest berths: 10 Rig: Ketch
Commissioned as a herring drifter in the North Sea over 100 years ago, Iris has been giving a new lease of life, converted into a comfortable charter vessel and now spends her summers sailing guests on the Baltic Sea.
Her traditional ketch rig combined with her sturdy steel hull make her a great tall ship to learn the ropes and get involved with all aspects of sailing such a historic vessel.
Sleeping 10 guests in 5 private twin cabins, she has generous and considered communal spaces below decks. Guests can relax in the large saloon with dining area, separate sofa area and even a small onboard library! A designated chef cooks all meals aboard in the spacious galley so after a day of exhilarating sailing on the water, you’ll be treated to delicious home-cooked, fresh meals.
Iris is perfect for those seeking an adventure sailing experience exploring the coasts and islands of Sweden and Denmark, crossing the Bay of Biscay or discovering the Breton coast.More about Iris
Life on board
Sailing with tall ship Iris is perfect for the adventure traveller looking to explore harder to reach destinations under sail. With private cabins, she’s great for solo travellers and active couples alike, looking for new adventures and exhilarating experiences.
Operated with a professional and friendly crew, guests are invited to get actively involved with all aspects of sailing the ship. From hoisting the 9 sails, taking the helm, learning some basic navigation and rope work – there is no experience needed to climb aboard!
A typical day
Begin the day with breakfast at 8am before discussing the plan and then setting to work, hoisting the sails. Spend the morning exploring the coast under sail, feeling the force of the wind power in the sails and switching off from the demands of the modern world.
The onboard chef will serve lunch at about midday whether under sail or anchored in a secluded bay. Depending on the forecast, spend the afternoon tucking some more sea miles under your belt or exploring ashore before dinner at 7pm.
Sleeping and Relaxation
Below decks the space has been carefully considered from its previous life as a live aboard meaning that the communal spaces are generous and comfortable. You’d be hard to pushed to associate the space with a historic working cargo vessel! A large sofa area and a bespoke dining table sit in the midships with an impressive open plan galley. There are four twin bunk cabins located through a separate deck hatch in the fore that share a toilet and shower, while another twin and double cabin sit towards the stern.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, hot and soft drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheet & duvet)
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Use of the small on board dinghy
What’s not included
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Are all meals included?
Yes - all meals are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks) Please note that alcohol/soft drinks are not included. There is an honesty bar onboard.
Are there any added extra's?
No, unless you go ashore. Excursions are not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Vegetarians, please check for other dietary requirements
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
5x twin bunk cabins each with a sink and storage space.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
There are two showers and two toilets for guest use
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes when connected to shore power or the generator is on, please bring EU adaptors
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a need for adventure.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure. Ginger tea and biscuits also help with sea sickness.
Is bedding included?
All bedding is included. Please bring your own shower and/or swim towels
From: Kiel, Germany
To: Kiel, Germany
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
For travel to the UK you are best flying to/from Hamburg Airport.
Flights go direct to Hamburg Airport (HAM) from London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), London Stansted (STN), Edinburgh (EDI) and Manchester (MAN) with easyJet, Ryanair, Eurowings or British Airways.
Hamburg Airport (HAM) is about a 1 hour 45 direct bus ride from Kiel with either Deutsche Bahn Regional on the 4550 route which runs every 3 hours or FlixBus on the N73 or 172 bus route which run twice daily.