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122m Lurssen Kismet (previously Project Jag) on sea trials in Germany

Lürssen's 122m superyacht Kismet delivered

The 122-metre Lürssen superyacht Kismet has been delivered following successful sea trials off the coast of Kiel, Germany. According to BOATPro , her final destination is Troon, Scotland.

Previously known as Project Jag, Kismet was commissioned by repeat Lürssen client Shahid Khan, who previously owned the 95.2-metre Lürssen yacht Whisper (formerly Kismet ) . His new yacht reunites him with Reymond Langton Design for the interior, but the exteriors on the new build have been helmed by Nuvolari Lenard .

The delivery news follows the reveal of Kismet 's computer-rendered interiors by her central agency for charter, Cecil Wright . Kismet charters for €3,000,000 per week plus expenses.

Interiors have been described as a "beautiful, bespoke homage to the owner’s lifestyle" by the yard. The renderings show a dramatic theme, with an elaborate staircase that appears to have the same video walls as the original Kismet .  Fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling glass and intricate paint and marble detailing also feature throughout. 

Speaking about her entrance on the charter market, Chris Cecil-Wright said: "Having sold the previous Kismet in September last year, we are delighted to be able to continue our relationship with her owner as the central agent for charter for his stunning new vessel."

The charter yacht features accommodation for 12 guests in up to nine cabins. The crew quarters, meanwhile, will accommodate a staff of 40. Other key details include a beam of 17.8 metres, creating "extraordinary volumes" and "sleek and elegant lines", according to the yard.

Standout features include a helipad, beauty salon, spa, sauna, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor cinema, dance floor, gym and elevator. There will also be ample room for a selection of tenders and toys including a sailing dinghy, Sea Bobs, sea scooters, windsurfers and a submarine.

Kismet is one of the largest superyachts under construction in the world . She was sold by Moran Yacht & Ship in 2019, with the brokerage also managing the build throughout construction, including writing the technical specifications and negotiating the interior costs.

According to BOATPro , Lürssen has 12 yachts currently in build or on order. This includes the 107-metre explorer Project Icecap which, once delivered, will rank in the top 30 Lürssen yachts by size. Kismet first hit the water on August 11 at Rendsburg, following the drydock flooding on 10 August. 

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Why the Kiel Canal, shortcut to the Baltic, is a fascinating mini cruise all of its own

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The Kiel Canal can be a fascinating voyage in a yacht, as Detlef Jens reports

Kiel Canal

More than once I’ve sworn never to cruise through the Kiel Canal again, always after a seemingly endless stretch negotiated in foul weather or in an underpowered yacht. But when the weather plays ball and if time is on your side, a passage through the Kiel Canal can be one of the most interesting parts of a voyage to or from the Baltic.

Moored in front of the Gieselau-side lock gates or at anchor in the idyllic lake of Flemhude before Kiel, it is hard to believe the Kiel Canal – aka the North Sea-Baltic-Canal or Nord-Ostsee-Kanal (NOK) in German – is the world’s busiest shipping route. In total some 43,000 ships and around 20,000 or so private yachts go through the canal every year.

The idea for a canal to link the North and Baltic Seas came up in the Danish-German war of 1864. Otto von Bismarck recognised that a waterway would allow German ships to slip between seas undisturbed by Danish cannons. However, his contemporaries were not quite so visionary and planning did not begin in earnest until 1878, when Emperor Wilhelm I finally approved a vast budget of 156 million Goldmark. Just as impressive is that the huge project came in within budget.

In the end, it was Wilhelm II who finally opened the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal, as it was then called, in 1895. The second Wilhelm (half-English, incidentally) was partial to his racing yachts, so the canal was useful for more than warships. It helped establish Kiel Week, also founded by Wilhelm II, by considerably improving access to the Baltic for international yachts.

Indeed, the Kiel Canal has always been a door to the east for foreign sailors. Frank Mulville transited with his family on Transcur in 1967. As he writes in his book Terschelling Sands : ‘We started motoring down the canal after a very expensive lunch at a restaurant near the jetty, keeping well into the side out of the way of the stream of ships. The banks of the canal soon became wooded and rural, with occasional vistas over the countryside of Schleswig-Holstein, which was a pleasant agricultural land – not unlike parts of Essex.

‘The volume and diversity of the shipping was extraordinary. The boys soon devised a game of guessing the nationality of passing ships and Patrick drew up a complicated scoring sheet. There were tankers and freighters from 20,000 tons downwards as well as small German, Dutch and Danish coasters. Sometimes we were unable to identify the ensigns even with the aid of the almanac – countries like Kathiri, Gabon, Dahomey and Chad defied identification.’

It can seem like nothing has changed. I have been through the canal many times, but the transits that linger in my mind are those slow passages made on hot summer days. Once or twice I have dropped anchor at a wider section and dived overboard to cool off in the peculiar, brackish water. Much of the canal is too narrow for this and sailing is not allowed, but you can motorsail if there is a good following breeze.

Given the canal’s length of just over 50 nautical miles, you can cover it in a long day of motoring; yachts are restricted to daylight hours only. But it is better to split up the trip and stop for a night at one of the permitted berths. The most peaceful are: off the Gieselau Lock at 40.5km; in Lake Obereider (entrance off 66km); Lake Borgstedt (67.5km and 70km); and in Lake Flemhude (85.4km). Kilometres are counted from west to east, from Brunsbüttel to Kiel and clearly marked ashore.

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To the editor: When passing from southern Denmark and the Baltic Sea to the North Sea, the shortest route is via the Kiel Canal. To do so is also quite scenic and good fun. In July of 2010, we had occasion to sail from Svendborg in southern Denmark to Scotland and took advantage of the opportunity to transit this historic passage from east to west in our J46 Cielita .

After a fine sail across the Kieler Bucht, we entered the Kiel Fjord and made our way into a small marina adjacent to the east end of the canal where we tied up for dinner ashore and a quite night. The city of Kiel is a major German yachting center, as well as a large industrial port. There is undoubtedly plenty to see and do there for those who wish to linger. But we were in a hurry to be on our way to Scotland. So the next morning, we joined several other yachts entering the lock, and after paying the lock master, we were locked through and on our way for the 53-mile passage across the base of the Jutland Peninsula.

The canal is properly known as the Nord-Ostsee Kanal and was originally constructed between 1887 and 1895 by Kaiser Wilhelm II to facilitate the transit of the German naval fleet from the Baltic to the North Sea. It is a remarkable feat of engineering. It is amply wide enough to accommodate large freighters passing in both directions. It has since been modified to include additional larger locks at both ends in order to accommodate more modern shipping, but the original locks are still in use for smaller vessels such as yachts. It is dredged to a minimum depth of 36 feet throughout and has a minimum height under the bridges and power lines of 118 feet.

After a short wait, we entered the eastern locks in mid-morning with several other yachts via the old, smaller locks and tied up to a string of very old, heavy wooden floats along one side, where we climbed the ladder up to the central section and proceeded on to the control tower to pay the fare for transiting the entire canal, including the lock at the western end (about $56 in our case). When the lock gates opened, we entered the canal itself and began the long motor through the German countryside, passing huge freighters, tankers, and ferries and enjoying the flat, bucolic scenery, punctuated by the occasional village and the odd bridge or power line. The canal is well marked, and no chart is necessary. About half way along is one of the world’s last remaining “transporter bridges” that carries cars across the canal on a platform suspended under a railroad bridge, which is a remarkable sight to behold.

Since one is not allowed to be under way after sunset, after about 20 miles along the canal from Kiel, we pulled over to starboard and entered a side channel leading up to the town of Rendsburg, where we tied up in a marina at the head of the harbor. We were joined there by an additional crewmember who had come on from Hamburg by train and taxi; and we enjoyed a walk about the town, showers for all hands, and dinner ashore. The next morning we were off again to re-enter the canal proper and motor on to the west for more of the same pleasant scenery and heavy shipping.

At the western end of the canal, we again had a brief wait to enter the older lock that would take us into the Elbe River and our subsequent exit down river to the North Sea. This was followed by a brief passage out to Helgoland for an evening in its protected harbor. We also went ashore for a visit to this German resort town with all its advantages as a duty-free port.

For the typical yacht, a transit of the Kiel Canal is a two-day affair. The only locks are at either end, and they are relatively easy to negotiate. Despite the heavy traffic, this passage is remarkably hassle free and well worth it for those traveling between the Baltic and the North Sea who are not inclined to take the longer route over the top of the Jutland Peninsula.

—Ned Cabot is a retired surgeon from Boston who is an avid voyager aboard his J46 Cielita, having recently sailed to the Arctic and crossed the North and Baltic seas.

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The entrance to the Kiel Canal near Port Holtenau

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If you ever wondered where the Holstein cow comes from, you’ll find out by traveling along the Kiel Canal, which cuts diagonally 98 kilometers (61 miles) through Schleswig-Holstein. Passengers crossing the canal from east to west enter at Holtenau, a town just north of the port of Kiel. The northern German state is a far cry from the tourist image of beer halls, lederhosen and dirndls: Up here, Germans are known for lounging on the beach in  Strandkörbe  (shaded canvas beach chairs) or watching the sea from covered wicker sofas out of a Thomas Mann novel. The heaths and low hills that reign allow wind farms to harness energy, while the nation’s largest national park, the Wadden Sea, is made up of vast estuaries that in 2009 earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status. 

Called the Nord-Ostsee in German, the Kiel Canal, which connects the Elbe River with the Baltic Sea, was a pet project of Wilhelm II; he finished it just in time for World War I, sparing ships then and since the 400-kilometer (250-mile) journey around Denmark. Today, you sail quietly past waterfowl in the marshes, as well as cows, sheep and bike riders along the banks. You’ll witness small freight ships sharing the water with pleasure craft helmed by serious sailors heading to their yacht clubs, all of which make the Kiel Canal the world’s most trafficked manmade waterway.

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General info about kiel canal.

Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee Kanal) is a 98 km long artificial canal located in Germany. It was built in 1895 to fulfill the needs of the German Navy and merchants to connect the Baltic Sea with the North Sea. Now, after more than a century, it still provides vessels with a shorter and more protected route, avoiding Danish Straits.

It’s the busiest man-made waterway in the world with an annual average of 32 000 ships transporting 100 million tons of goods. It’s 90 ships daily! 

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Why should you choose Kiel Canal?

Navigating through the Kiel Canal saves approximately 243 NM compared to the route through the Danish Straits. Not only it saves the time (and fuel), but also provides good protection over storm-prone routes around the Jutland Peninsula.

How to pass the Kiel Canal with a sailboat?

Now, let us guide you through the whole Kiel Canal transit. We will start from the West, as it was exactly our case. But no worries – coming from the East is pretty similar, you just need to reverse all information given here.

Kiel-Holtenau lock

There are two locks in Kiel-Holtenau : smaller and bigger. At the time of writing (2024), only the big locks are operational, so do not proceed to the small, northern locks as advised in many outdated publications or pilot books. 

Approaching from Kiel, recreational vessels must wait in the designated waiting area (red triangle on the map below).

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When to enter the lock?

The most important thing while waiting in the designated area are the signal lights located on the mast of the lock island (red dot on the map above). The first light to look for is white over red, which means “ prepare to enter ”. It is followed by intermittent white light signalling that recreational craft are permitted to enter. All other light combinations you can simply consider as “ do not enter ”.

It is mandatory to monitor VHF channel 12 for any additional instructions. You can also seek clarification or confirmation with lockmaster on VHF 12 or phone number +49 (0)431 3603 152. 

Once you have entered at the lock you need to tie up to the jetty. The wooden jetties are very low, so make sure your fenders are on the water level. 

A horn will sound to advise you that the gate is closing and the water level will start to drop. After a short time, another horn blast will announce that the exit gate is opening and you can proceed. 

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How much does the Kiel Canal transit cost?

Current Kiel Canal transit fees for recreational craft are as follows:

up to 10 m€12
over 10 m to 12 m€18
over 12 m to 16 m€35
over 16 m to 20 m€41
over 20 m€43
each additional 1 meter per meter started€1

Where to pay for Kiel Canal transit?

Payment for Kiel Canal transit is possible at payment machines or designated harbor masters. The whole process is pretty straightforward and fees are modest.

From March 2023, as part of a pilot project, it is possible for pleasure craft fees to be paid in advance online for sailing. You can find further information on the website www.wsv-webshop.de

This is an example of a payment machine at Kiel-Holtenau :

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Once in the canal

Once you’ve completed locking, you have around 98 km of relatively easy journey. Assuming average speed of 5 kts, it’s quite a long trip and some sailors prefer to split the route over two days. 

If you decide to take the pace a little slower, you can stay overnight in these designated berths:

  • Berth in Kiel-Holtenau
  • Recreational craft roadstead in Lake Flemhude
  • The Anchroage in Lake Borgstedt
  • Marina in Lake Obereider
  • Berth before Gieselau lock
  • Brunsbüttel recreational craft berth

It is prohibited to berth or moor at any other structures, dolphins or Canal installations, and recreational craft are not allowed to navigate the canal outside daylight hours.

Sidings in the Kiel Canal

Sidings are passing places, where the canal is significantly wider than the rest of the waterway. It makes it possible for a large ship to pass other ships or to overtake. If it’s necessary, signal lights on the masts will advise you of the proper action to take:

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Ferries crossing the Kiel Canal

Along the canal, there are several ferry crossings, which you need to look out for. Adjust your speed to let them pass safely.

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The Rendsburg transporter bridge

About halfway down the Canal, there is the Rendsburg transporter bridge . It is unique because as well as being a transporter bridge, it is a railway viaduct. The bridge opened to traffic in 1913 and continues to carry it to the present day. 

Despite the fact that the bridge itself has 42 m of clearance, the ferry hangs lower. It runs daily every 15 minutes from early morning until late at night. There have been many collisions between the gondola and passing vessels. The gondola has now been equipped with an AIS transponder to help with safe passage. 

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Other rules in the canal:

  • Keep to the right.
  • Maximum speed is 8kts (15km/h) over ground.
  • Sailing is prohibited, however recreational craft may additionally set sails (a black cone pointing down must be displayed).
  • Waterskiing, jet biking, windsurfing is prohibited.
  • In case of fog, if it is unsafe to continue to the next siding, vessels can moor at a suitable site on that stretch of the canal.
  • Recreational craft with a length of 20m or more must operate an AIS Transponder.
  • Recreational craft with a draught exceeding 3.1m are subject to mandatory pilotage.
  • Multi-hulled vessels used for recreational purposes are exempt from the mandatory pilotage requirement up to a total width of 12m and length of 20m.
  • Towing – a powered recreational craft may only tow one recreational craft whose length must not exceed 15m.

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Brunsbüttel lock

If you transit Kiel Canal to the West, Brunsbüttel lock is your exit into the Elbe River. Recreational craft waiting areas are shown in red on the chartlet below:

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Leaving Kiel Canal via Brunsbüttel lock should be timed with favorable currents in the Elbe river. Brunsbüttel recreational craft berth on the North side of the locks is a convenient place to stop and wiat for a favorable current.

Often, you’ll have to raft with other boats, as the space is limited. It will also be noisy, as you are moored very close to the large locks with constant commercial vessel traffic, but the views are quite unique. 

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Summary – Kiel Canal with a sailboat

To sum up, the Kiel Canal transit can be a very pleasant experience. Apart from the benefits we have mentioned, it is also a very interesting green inland route, which, as sailors, we don’t have many occasions to navigate. Thanks to the availability of well written and often updated recreational craft guidelines, it is a straightforward and hassle-free experience. This route is open to everybody, not only to commercial shipping. At no point did we feel that we were not welcome there.

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If you would like to know more, then please ask a question in the comments section. You can also find more information on my personal blog linked in my bio.

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My name is Aleksandra and I am from Poland. I am cruising full time with my husband on our Malo 39 "Tranquility". It is our home, base for our adventures and floating diving center, as we are divers too! I am also a photographer and we run a blog, where we share our lifestyle, sailing guides and technical tips.

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One should make sure to have enough diesel. It’s possible to fuel in Rendsburg, but that’s the only possibility inside the locks. Rendsburg is also the only possibility to stop in a civilised place. We once arrived from the west with almost empty tank, expecting to be able to fill up in Brunsbuttel. It was a miracle that we managed to get all the way to Rendsburg.

The two last items on the signal list may need some better explanation.

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Hi Aleksandra, nice blog on a very useful subject! As Tobias mentioned diesel is a problem, we ended up catching a lift to a petrol station and filled up some additional jerrycans. Also the current in the Elbe shouldn’t be underestimated, we managed (twice!) to mess up the tidal times and found ourselves with 5 knots against. As an alternative route to avoid Skagen (the Nothern point of the Danish peninsula Jutland) I suggest passing Limfjorden (Thyborøn-Hals). You will need to sail further North and battle with the North Sea a little longer but once there beautiful sailing grounds are waiting to be explored.

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Guide to Transiting The Kiel Canal

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

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At approximately 60 miles long, the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal (North Sea-Baltic Sea Canal) or Kiel Canal as it is most commonly known, is the route most often used by yachts visiting the Baltic Sea and is frequently used by Oceantrax on yacht deliveries.

For many people, navigating inland waterways can be quite daunting, especially when shared with large commercial vessels, however it need not be. To help aid a smooth passage we have put together this brief guide from our experiences.

Firstly, for the average pleasure yacht there is little to worry about when it comes to height or depth restrictions. Vessels with an air draft of 40 metres are permitted to use the canal, well above the height an average pleasure yacht will need. The depth is kept at 11 metres which again is far beyond the requirements of the average yacht, although close to the edge it can be less and in certain places signs will indicate a minimum distance to stay away from the bank because of shelving.

APPROACHING THE BRUNSBÜTTEL LOCK

It is worth noting that the tide combined with river flow can be quite strong in the Elbe, so timing your approach to and from the canal is essential if you have an underpowered vessel.

The small vessel lock is the furthest east, although there is a small chance you could be directed into the commercial ship lock depending on how busy it is and if there is space available. If you are directed into the commercial ship lock, beware of turbulence from larger vessels’ props as you enter. Allow any larger commercial ships to enter first unless told differently by the lock keeper.

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There is no waiting dock outside of Brunsbüttel Lock. The waiting area is to the east of the approach boundary staying clear of pilot boats and commercial shipping. The lock keeper will have seen you on their camera and will open the lock gates. Ensure you are on the correct VHF channel (13) and watch for the signal lights:

Single red light, entry is forbidden.

Flashing white light, proceed in to the lock.

Be aware that the pontoons in the lock are very low, only fractionally above water level and there are no lines set up, so you must have lines ready to tie off to rings on the floating pontoons. Fenders should be at water level. You will notice some yachts will actually have fenders in the water lying on their sides.

TRANSITING THE CANAL

There is an 8kts speed limit throughout the canal and yachts may only transit during daylight hours and not in reduced visibility. Official daylight hours vary according to the time of year and at the time of writing are:

01 Jan. to 15 Jan. 07.30 to 17.00 hrs

16 Jan. to 31 Jan. 07.30 to 17.30 hrs

01 Feb. to 15 Feb. 07.00 to 18.00 hrs

16 Feb. to 28/29 Feb. 06.30 to 18.30 hrs

01 Mar. to 15 Mar. 05.30 to 19.00 hrs

16 Mar. to 31 Mar. 05.00 to 19.30 hrs

01 Apr. to 5 Apr. 04.30 to 20.00 hrs

16 Apr. to 30 Apr. 04.00 to 20.30 hrs

01 May. to 15 May 03.30 to 21.00 hrs

16 May. to 31 May 03.00 to 21.30 hrs

01 Jun. to 30 Jun. 02.30 to 22.00 hrs

01 Jul. to 15 Jul. 02.30 to 22.00 hrs

16 Jul. to 31 Jul. 03.00 to 21.30 hrs

01 Aug. to 15 Aug. 03.30 to 21.00 hrs

16 Aug. to 31 Aug. 04.00 to 20.30 hrs

01 Sep. to 15 Sep. 04.30 to 20.00 hrs

16 Sep. to 30 Sep. 05.00 to 19.30 hrs

01 Oct. to 15 Oct. 05.30 to19.00 hrs

16 Oct. to 31 Oct. 06.00 to 18.30 hrs

01 Nov. to 5 Nov. 06.30 to 17.30 hrs

16 Nov. to 30 Nov. 07.00 to 17.00 hrs

01 Dec. to 31 Dec. 07.30 to 17.00 hrs

Full details can be found on the official guide for pleasure vessels can be found here .

This does not apply to craft making for the approved berths in Kiel-Holtenau Lock approach and Brunsbüttel recreational craft berth, or to craft locking out to the Elbe after notifying the lock keeper. If in any doubt the lock keeper can be contacted on Brunsbüttel: +49 (0) 4852/885-252 Kiel: +49 (0) 431/3603-152.

Once in the canal transiting is relatively straight forward, although you may be in close proximity to large commercial vessels and there are numerous car ferry crossings to be aware of. There are signs on the bank of the canal warning of the approaching ferry crossings.

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All vessels are required to keep a VHF listening watch and channels are designated to areas of the canal. These are:

VHF channel 13 (call Kiel Canal I) Brunsbüttel lock area

VHF channel 2 (call Kiel Canal II) Brunsbüttel – Breiholz reach

VHF channel 3 (call Kiel Canal III) Breiholz – Kiel-Holtenau reach

VHF channel 12 (call Kiel Canal IV) Kiel-Holtenau lock area

Yachts must transit the canal under power, although sails are permitted to aid propulsion. Tacking however is prohibited. Vessels that can keep 6kts can transit within a day, even on the shortest of winter daylight hours. If it is not possible to complete the transit during daylight hours there are places where pleasure craft can berth or anchor for a night.

These can be found at:

Brunsbüttel recreational craft berth north side of the canal just past the lock. This berth can suffer from wash from passing commercial vessels.

Berth in the turning area of Dückerswisch siding – north side (km 20.7), maximum draft 2.40m.

Berth before Gieselau lock– (entrance at km 40.5), maximum draft 2.40m. Canal fees can also be paid here at the lock keeper’s office.

Berths in Lake Obereider. Possibly the best stop if you need provisions, fuel, yacht services or if you just want to stop for a few days break. The town of Rensburg offers most things a visiting yacht could need including bars, restaurants and good rail links. (entrance at km 66)

Berths in Lake Borgstedt (entrance at km 67.5)

Berths in Lake Borgstedt (entrance at km 70). Head to the bridge middle section in Lake Borgstedt air draft of 22m. There are power lines at the entrance of the lake also with 22m air draft.

Recreational craft in Lake Flemhude (entrance at km 85.4)

Kiel-Holtenau (km 98.5) Pass through Holtenau lock in to the Baltic immediately to the north. Yachts arriving at night can wait here until daylight hours to enter the canal. There are limited facilities here, with no shore power and there can be wash from passing vessels entering and leaving the canal. There is a berthing fee which can be paid at the pay machines. Canal fees can also be paid at the same machines by card or cash.

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HOLTENAU LOCKS

At arrival at the Holtenau end of the canal the small/pleasure craft locks are to the north of the commercial ship locks. However at the time of writing this lock is closed for maintenance and will probably be for some time, so yachts are directed to the bigger commercial lock and will be passing through with large shipping. The pontoons here are the same as Brunsbüttel, very low and again care should be taken when passing large ships due to turbulence from props. In Brunsbüttel and Holtenau locks there are ladders however these are only there for emergencies and should not be used for any other reason.

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MARINAS NEARBY

If you know you will be at the entrance to the canal outside of the operational daylight hours, it can be worth considering a marina close by rather than Brunsbüttel recreational craft berth or the berths just outside the lock at Holtenau, both of which have limited facilities and can be effected by wash from passing shipping.

The options at the Brunsbüttel end are limited. For the purpose of a yacht delivery, Cuxhaven is our preferred option with several places available including LCF Cuxhaven and Segler-Vereinigung however it should be noted that Segler-Vereinigung closes from October 31st to 1st of April every year.

There is also the possibility of berthing in the heart of Cuxhaven. However if you are planning on spending one night before entering the canal in the morning, the above marinas are a better choice as they allow easy access without having to pass through lock gates or swing bridges. Cuxhaven to the canal entrance is approximately 15 miles up the river Elbe. If you catch the tide right this can be completed very quickly, however if you get it wrong it can be a long and slow motor.

At the Holtenau/Kiel end the choices are better with a wide range of marinas close to the entrance and minimal tide to account for. Again for the purpose of a yacht delivery we tend to choose the closest to the canal entrance so we can start our transit as soon as daylight hours allow. For this we have found Sporthafen Stickenhörn Marina perfect.

All yachts must pay to use the canal. Sometimes it is possible to pay at the recreational craft berth just inside the lock at Brunsbüttel if there is an inspector present. The fee can also be paid in the office at Gieselau Lock or at the control tower at the Holtenau Locks. At the time of writing neither of these locations accepts cards.

There are also two pay machines at the recreational craft berth at Holtenau which take both cash and card payment (although from past experience occasionally card payment is not functioning).

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As the British Kiel Yacht Club is wound up, its boats have been transferred to the Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre (JSASTC) in Gosport.

British Kiel Yacht Club boats leave Germany for the UK

Credit: Adrian Pery

After 71 years, the British Kiel Yacht Club in Germany is being wound up.

It comes following the closure of the Ministry of Defence’s Kiel Training Centre in the Baltic Sea as a result of the retrenchment of British troops back to the UK.

The British Kiel Yacht Club began in northern Germany following the Second World War. All the yachts used by the Kiel Training Centre were provided by the club.

British Kiel Yacht Club boats leave Germany for the UK

Leaving Germany for the last time. Credit: Adrian Pery

These vessels have now been transferred to the Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre (JSASTC) in Gosport.

The ten Hallberg Rassy 342s and one Comfortina 42 left Kiel on 22 September, 2016 and took 10 days to sail back to the UK via the Frisian Islands.

They were then officially transferred to the JSASTC on 5 October, 2016.

The Commandant of the Kiel Training Centre and Flag Officer for the British Kiel Yacht Club, Major Adrian Pery said it was an emotional time.

“I am deeply saddened to see the end of an era,” said Pery. “The Kiel Training Centre and the British Kiel Yacht Club provided fantastic sail training for so many, in a fantastic place to sail – the South Baltic.”

British Kiel Yacht Club boats leave Germany for the UK

The boats make their way to England. Credit: Adrian Pery

“It was, for me, a very emotional way to finish off. I am very proud to have been a part of it,” he added.

The staff from Kiel will now join their Royal Navy and civilian colleagues at Gosport, where they will continue to provide adventurous sail training opportunities for service personnel.

Back in August, there was an official ceremony and parade marking the closure of the Kiel Training Centre.

The centre was also presented with the federal Fahnenband (honour ribbon) – one of the federal German government’s highest military honours.

The British Kiel Yacht Club came into existence on 11 June, 1945 and was started by Colonel W G Fryer, the Deputy Chief Engineer of 8 Corps.

Recalling how he started the club, Colonel Fryer said: ” I found the Olympia Haven full of yachts and the Kieler Yacht Club locked up and empty. So I told the Chief Engineer and the Assistant Quarter Master General (AQMG) of 8 Corps that I was going to requisition some yachts from the harbour and form a yacht club. They both nodded, so I went ahead.”

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The club’s Hallberg Rassy 342s set sail for Gosport. Credit: Adrian Pery

These yachts, known as windfall yachts, were built in Germany in the 1930s to provide training for the German armed services.

Owned by the German government, they were taken by the British government as reparations and were initially allocated to Navy, Army and Air Force of the British and Commonwealth Services.

The windfall yachts to remain at Kiel included the likes of Avalanche, Overlord, Seascape and Flamingo, which, in 2015, was the last windfall yacht to be sold.

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Kieler Woche : Behind the scenes of the mega event

Tatjana Pokorny

 ·  26.06.2024

Kieler Woche: Behind the scenes of the mega event

Without them, the Kieler Woche sailing festival could not take place: Around 350 men and women are once again helping to organise the event this year as volunteers. For many, the work begins long before the major event, and some are involved at regular intervals throughout the year.

The Regatta Committee

For example, Head of Organisation Dirk Ramhorst and the Regatta Committee, in which 13 members from all areas of Kieler Woche discuss the weal and woe of the Grande Dame of German regatta sport every fortnight, plan, solve problems and hatch ideas. Sporting directors such as the Principal Race Officers Fabian Bach (inshore) and Eckart Reinke (offshore), jury members, staff from the Kiel Yacht Club, from the marketing organisation Point of Sailing and media experts are all involved here.

In addition, the race organisers discuss their plans for the very different classes and regatta courses every six weeks. The to-do lists were also long before the 130th Kiel Week. The harbour masters at the Olympic Centre helped with the partial clearance of the harbour. 26 large and small Kieler Woche partners prepared their action programmes for employees and guests, show performances and stands in Schilksee.

All the preparations of the large Kieler Woche ensemble traditionally culminate in the nine-day summit festival in the third full week of June each year, during which the volunteers work hard to ensure that the sailors can enjoy the best possible service and good sport on land and on the water.

The regatta secretariat

The core team in the regatta secretariat of the Kiel Yacht Club (KYC) ensures that this large sailing orchestra of helpers behind the scenes is well and harmoniously staffed. Jan-Ole Scholz and Kathi Hauck are where all the threads that have to do with sailing on the water come together. As the executives of the sporting organisation manager Dirk Ramhorst, they are everything at the same time: tacticians, navigators, pit people and grinders in the Kieler Woche organisation team.

"Everything away from the harbour edge is our daily bread," says Jan-Ole Scholz, summing up the huge and constantly changing range of tasks. The KYC duo plans the race programme, communicates with the race committee, the class associations, the clubs and sailors. Kathi Hauck and Jan-Ole Scholz are the contact persons for all Kiel Week water issues, including infrastructure. All coordination with harbour masters, the waterway police, the harbour office, the Lübeck shipping office and the DSV is handled by the stress-free North Germans. The same applies to the coordination of jury and race officials and media requirements such as the press boat fleet. Resources on the water are a key issue.

Jan-Ole Scholz: "We are also responsible for organising the volunteers, staffing and team cohesion." The 29-year-old worked as a volunteer at Kiel Week during his Master's degree in Agricultural Sciences, became enthusiastic about the job in a lively environment and came on board at the Kiel Yacht Club. His colleague Kathi Hauck studied law and supported Kieler Woche in race management for many years from 1999. She has been supporting the crew in the regatta secretariat for three years. For the nine-day regatta summit, the two Kielers and many team members move to the event office in the Regattahaus in the Kiel-Schilksee Olympic Centre, where all the wires come together. Here, a handful of event professionals merge with the dedicated army of volunteers to form a team. Together they form the engine of Kiel Week.

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In the Kiel Canal and the locks in Holtenau and Brunsbüttel, ships can be seen practically around the clock. With more than 50 ships crossing the canal every day, the Kiel Canal is one of the busiest waterways in the world. A few ships were again in the Channel on Friday, including the usual suspects: tankers, cargo ships and container ships. And a special highlight, because on this day the brand new Lürssen Megayacht 1601 was also underway in the Kiel Canal.

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