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A sailing trip is always influenced by wind and weather-conditions. Here in the North-Sea and the Baltic-Sea, it may happen that it is a bit colder on the water than on land, or that a quick change of the weather changes sailing-conditions entirely.

On our trips there is always some time to introduce you to the “theory” of sailing (meteorology, navigation, sailing techniques, knotting and seamanship).

Nothing forgotten? Take a look at the pack-list. For the organization of beds on board we have provided a plan for you which is available here.



On the page “Directions” we’ve described our regular berths in Kiel and Rostock in detail.

“Links” to our partners and to sites where you can find more information



Sailing is a complex matter. As a sailor you have to be familiar with many disciplines, like:

  • Physics – understand how the wind acts on the sails and how it moves the ship through the water
  • Geography and Mathematics – for a safe navigation from point A to point B
  • Knots – so everything remains fixed when it has to stay fixed and can be released when it is necessary
  • Meteorology – knowledge of weather systems and regional weather conditions for accurate route planning of a sailing ship

On our trips there is always time to inform you on all matters of seamanship. Just ask the crew, they will be happy to answer your questions. There is always some time left for a lesson on sea marks, the principle of sailing or the weather in Europe.

Just ask the crew, they will be happy to answer your questions.


Various T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts with the Stortemelk print are on offer on board the Stortemelk. They are very comfortable t-shirts and warm sweatshirts to wear while traveling, but of course also as a souvenir or as a gift for friends or family.

We had a couple of bags sewn from our old sails. They are really unique, because every bag looks different.

Our bag manufacturers

Clarijs Covers B.V.

Take a look at the different shirts and sweaters that our “on-board boutique” has on offer for you:

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Men T-Shirt (ddark blue)

Color: french navy
A dark blue T-shirt with a white “Stortemelk 2021” print on the chest.
Size: S, M, L, XL und XXL
(100% cotton, 150g/qm)

€ 20,00 (plus shipping and handling)

Men T-Shirt (light blue)

Color: sky blue
A light blue T-shirt with a white “Stortemelk 2021” print on the chest.
Size: S, M, L, XL und XXL
(100% cotton, 150g/qm)

€ 20,00 (plus shipping and handling)

Navy blue Stortemelk sweater with zipper

Good quality hooded Navy blue Stortemelk sweatshirt. On the back the Stortemelk under sail print in blue and white. The Stortemelk under sail print shows the Stortemelk name in blue over five separate pictures of the ship at various wind speeds.

James+Nicholson Doublefleece Jacket
Color: Black/Carbon

Size: S, M, L, XL und XXL
Material: 55% Polyester, 45% Cotton, 380 g/qm

€ 60,00 (plus shipping and handling)

Canvas shopping bag

A shopping bag (on the right in the picture) with black shoulder straps and the Stortemelk-Signet.

€ 35.00 (plus shipping and handling)

Canvas shoulder bag

A shoulder bag (on the left in the picture) with a large flap incl. Velcro fastener, black shoulder strap and Stortemelk-Signet.

€ 50,00 (plus shipping and handling)

Route description

In Kiel:

In Kiel our berth is on the Blücherbrücke. Not all navigation systems recognise this bridge. Then you take the Bernhard-Harms-Weg, it leads towards the bridge.

In Rostock:

In Rostock our berth is in the Stadthafen, in the neighberhood of a big blue crane. This is on the Haedge Halbinsel on the Kohlenkai, opposite of the Stadttheater and the Braugasthaus “Zum alten Fritz” (which adress is: Warnowufer 65, 18057 Rostock)