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Ocean Passage from the Azores Archipelago to Normandy

Live the life of a square rig sailor but with a lot more comfort than sailors of the 19th Century. An ocean passage is the perfect antidote from modern life. Every sunrise and sunset is different and your phone never rings. In two weeks you could easily learn all the ropes on Eye of the Wind and understand how to set all the sails. You don't have to become a proficient square rig sailor but the opportunity is there. The beauty of being guest crew is you can get involved in all the best bits, and still have time in your off watch to write your travel journal, absorb the beauty of the ocean or just relax and do nothing.

Embark
Thu, 02-04-2020 - 19:00
Horta, Azores
Disembark
Fri, 17-04-2020 - 10:00
Cherbourg
Duration
15 Nights
Vessel
Eye of the Wind
Voyage No.
EYE20/11

Berths and voyage availability

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Eye of the Wind - Azores to Normandy

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

A decent length ocean passage without a long haul flight for European based sailors. Join square rigger Eye of the Wind for a 15 night voyage of mostly ocean sailing plus the excitement of spotting land and very different waters in the English Channel where the prospect of a port stop is possible. This is part two of her Atlantic West - East Crossing. This is an unforgettable active holiday under sail but at the same time, you will get to know the
ship as a place of tranquility and relaxation. Our destination is the port city Cherbourg on the French coast of the Channel.

Eye of the Wind has a keen professional crew to help train you, even if you have never sailed an ocean before. Adventurous beginners who want to try their first ocean passage and experienced ocean sailors who know they will revel in the blue ocean swell, peaceful atmosphere and sunshine as you make your way from the Azores across the ocean towards Ushant and the Western Approaches to the English Channel/La Manche.

Enjoy the culture and landscape of the Azores before setting off on the big blue ocean. Experience wide empty horizons, learn to make best use of the changing weather systems, stand watches and the novel experience of night sailing under the bright stars and help sail this traditional ship to the French Port of Cherbourg. There are ferries or trains here for your onward journey

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Horta and the island landscape.
  • Create a spectacle as you sail out through the volcanic islands
  • hassle free ocean sailing
  • The Azores is in the middle of whale migration routes
  • Become a true blue water sailor 
  • Shipping and English and French coasts to negotiate in the last part of your voyage
  • Possible stops in favourite ports like Brest or the Channel Isles
lush islands with waterfalls
Azores - lush islands with waterfalls

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

If you want to escape the world and get into the relaxed rhythm of sailing a small square rigger with only 12 guest crew then this is a great voyage to chill. If you need more action it is always there, from the responsibility of standing a watch or making the ship sail faster to climbing the rigging to fishing for game fish. Enjoy ocean sunsets and getting to know your ship mates from all over the world. 


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

ocean sailing on eye of the wind

Join in Horta - Famous Sailors Staging Post

The 16-day trip starts in the harbour of Horta on Ilha do Faial, which is also called Ilha Azul, the 'Blue Island', because of the blue hydrangea hedges that stretch for many kilometers across the island. This destination can be reached from many international airports with a stopover via Lisbon.

Embarkation takes place at 19:00 hours. Afterwards, there will be dinner together in the comfortable lounge, where you will quickly feel at home on the Eye of the Wind's deck and soon get to know your fellow sailors. Make the most of your stay with a day of exploration of the fifth-largest of the 'Hawk
Islands', the literal translation of the Azores. Thanks to the fact that there is little traffic and few tourists, you can go hiking in absolute peace and quiet. Breathtaking routes lead across the densely vegetated island, along the cliffs, around the crater lake and to the lighthouse in the west.


The picturesque port of Horta is a wonderful place for every circumnavigator to stop. The legendary Peter Café Sport is a popular meeting place where skippers, divers, whale watchers and locals can chat and enjoy a glass of the 'best Gin and Tonic in the world', surrounded by souvenir photos, ship models and tail flags.

Our tip: Don't forget to sign one of the 70 or more guest books. On the upper floor, the founder, one of the last whalers in the Azores, has set up a small scrimshaw museum with artistically crafted whale bones and whale teeth.

By the way, it is a custom among sailors to perpetuate their names on the pier of Horta with a picture. The Eye of the Wind's painting may need a touch up.

Azores Backdrop

There are a few islands in the Azores archipelago to pass, but after that, you are out in the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. The brief spell of sheltered water might be an opportune moment to try out the bowsprit netting or climb the rigging whilst everything is steady. It could be that the crew want to show you a favourite lunchtime anchorage and swim before you set off on this 800 mile journey, but we think they will probably be 'champing at the bit' to get to sea once more. In these latitudes who can blame them.

 

Azores chart with deep seabed and seamounts
Azores chart with deep seabed and seamounts

More Hands-On Sailing

The price of this voyage is cheaper than the Caribbean cruising so there is an assumption you are up for an adventure and taking part in a watch. This is an ideal voyage for potential career sailors who want to get their face known to the Eye of the Wind crew. Who knows, you might be back as a deckhand one day.

With experienced crew to show you the ropes, sails and general crew behaviour on board you will also learn how to spot wildlife, learn how to steer the ship, learn why the sails are set a particular way. Watch the pattern of the waves and understand the swell and how it is affected by the weather hundreds of miles away. Always keep an eye to the sky and try to foretell what the weather is going to do next. 

Once out into the ocean, a relaxing and comfortable routine will be established. Night sailing with absolutely no light pollution allows you to see the stars like you have never seen them before and a sight that you will not forget.  All of the seas moods will be encountered, from glassy calms to white capped swells where flying fish are launched from crest to crest.

With decent sunshine, it is a great time to catch up on ship maintenance tasks from marlinespike seamanship to leatherwork and sail repairs. A chance to learn these skills with time on your hands is priceless.

The Art of Setting Stun'sails

The winds are likely to be light near the Azores so rollng out the stun sail booms and setting the giant light wind stun sails can occupy a fair bit of the day. It is a good idea to practice getting them down quickly too.As you move North you enter the climatic belt where Westerly depressions sweep from West to ast bringing changable but never dull sailing conditions.

Stunsails set on Eye of the Wind
Stunsails set on Eye of the Wind

 

English Channel

There are easy ports for a tall ship to sail into on the coast of Cornwall and Devon so you may take a pit stop before Cherbourg. The North Brittany ports are more tricky to navigate into but also rewarding. Whether you can stop depends on the progress so far and whether ther weather means it is best to anchor for a bit and wait for more favourable winds. Usually the winds blow from the SW so you should have a fast sail on this part of the voyage.

You may even stop in places like Brest as a ship the sizes of the Eye can sail up the Rade de Brest and into the huge port.

St Helier is Eye of the Wind's - Registered Home Port

Stopping on the Channel Island of Jersey may well be on the cards as it is the ships registered port as she is still British registered even though German owned. This pearl in the bay of Saint-Malo is not only the Eye of the Wind's home port, but also the sunniest of the 'Norman islands'. In a remarkable coastal formation, green banks, rugged cliffs and long sandy beaches alternate and invite for long walks. Enjoy the island flair during a visit to the bustling market hall or a coffee break at Liberation Square. Jersey was occupied by the Germans in WW2.

Eye of the Wind - interior by HP Bleck
Eye of the Wind - interior by HP Bleck

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

The Azores has typical temperatures around 14-21 degrees C. The sea is warm enough for swimming at 18 degrees but quite bracing. Cherbourg in April is likely to be a lot cooler. You may get some big ocean swell and rough weather at some point in the voyage.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

 

 

Horta, Azores

Latest port updates

The ships exact location in port is often controlled by the port authorities and they will only allocate a docking position a few days before. 

Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.

Horta harbour is approximately 10km from the airport on the island of Faial, Azores.

How to get here

Air & transfers

Horta Airport (HOR) on Faial is the airport to fly into, to join our voyages in The Azores. Regular flights link Lisbon to Faial and flights take about 2 hours. SATA, the regional airline, flies daily to Horta from S. Miguel and Terceira.

Getting Around

Horta is also a port of call for a ship that carries passengers and cargo between the Portuguese mainland and the islands. Rental cars, taxis and local bus lines are all options for getting around the island. The main bus stop in Horta is at Avenida Marginal. Minibuses cover the central area of Horta.

We would recommend taking a taxi to the harbour, and would advise that you fix the price before you depart. That way there won't be any surprises.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Horta is used by transatlantic sailors as a good safe place to break their journey. This is reflected in the cosmopolitan feel to the town, and the many paintings that are now infamous in and around the harbour.

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Top Sail Sailing Insurance

We are pleased to advise that Topsail Insurance Ltd offer Tall Ships Travel Insurance Policies with security provided by Canopius Underwriting Limited on behalf of Syndicate 4444 at Lloyd’s of London.

Topsail’s policies are tailor-made for tall ship holidays, whether pilot cutter, ketch, lugger or tall ship, and have no restrictions as to how far offshore you can sail including Antarctica. 

Link to Topsail Insurance

 

Cherbourg, France

Latest port updates

For Joining Morgenster - head to the Bassin du Commerce which is roughly ten minutes walk from the train station. The ship will be located in front of the casino. 

How to get here

Cherbourg is well connected  by regular ferry services across the Channel from Portsmouth, Rosslare and Dublin. 

http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk

https://www.irishferries.com/uk-en/to-ireland-from-britain/

https://www.stenaline.co.uk/

 

 

 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Eye of the Wind

'Eye of the Wind' is one of the most photogenic and well loved tall ships in the world. She has sailed around the world to legendary locations like Pitcairn Island, New Zealand and Cape Horn, been the star of films like White Squall' and has spent decades as an adventure charter vessel and expedition ship. Today she sails 12 months of the year, offering a mix of adventure and themed travel holidays. Tropical and offshore island paradises feature strongly in her winter sailing programme as well as being the most photogenic ship at summer tall ship festivals and entering some of the great waterfront cities of Northern Europe.

 

Statistics

 

  • Length overall: 40m (132ft)
  • Length on deck: 32m

 

  • Year built: 1911
  • Vessel rig: Brig 

 

  • Guest berths:12
  • Crew berths: 10

 

Eye of the Wind in the Caribbean. Photo by H P Bleck
Eye of the Wind in the Caribbean. Photo by H P Bleck

Ocean Wandering & Island Paradises

Eye of the Wind has a tried and tested formula for winter sun escapes. Following the old trade wind routes you would expect for a square-rigger that likes to sail as much as possible, she heads South for a short season in the Canaries. The North East Trades whisk her across the Atlantic for those who fancy a classic ocean passage in the sun as a way of digital detoxing for a month. 

Christmas and New Year are usually spent in the Caribbean. With only 12 guest crew on a 132ft ship the experience is pretty exclusive and there are plenty of places to seek some space, so Eye of the Wind is a good choice for couples and romantics. 

Eye of the Wind Anchored off Guadeloupe

Beautiful Wooden Interior

She wears her 100 years well, having undergone several quality restorations, all of which have helped create a ship interior full of beautiful wood and salvaged antique fittings. Her square rig is totally traditional and all sails are hoisted by human power and blocks and tackles.

Englishman Tiger Timbs and a bunch of tall ship enthusiasts started the story when they converted her to a brigantine. The ship's hull is steel, but the whole feel of the ship is wood. The deck was created from a teak dance floor, the benches in the saloon where salvaged from a church. A wealthy Danish owner lavished money on turning her into a luxury private sailing ship capable of global cruising, but kept the square rig totally authentic and human powered. Today she is available for all to sail again with German owners who love tall ships, team building and old style adventuring on the seven seas.

Below decks style on Eye of The Wind
Below decks style on Eye of The Wind

A Stylish Way to See Europe

The Baltic is a hot place in summer and steeped in maritime history. Bounded by Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia you can visit more than one country in a voyage easily. There are hundreds of islands, intricate navigation and some of the most iconic waterfront cities in Europe. If you are looking for a unique way to understand European culture and history, then sailing between ports on a multi-nationally crewed ship that once carried cargoes through the 1920's and 30's all around the Baltic.

There is a huge fleet of wooden sailing ships around the Baltic, as well as numerous large windjammers so tall ship festivals here are well attended. Outdoor parties, music and parades of sail are a colourful way to see ports like Hamburg, Copenhagen or any historic city with enough dock space to create a tall ship gathering. Let Eye of the Wind show you here home sailing ground during the summer, or try out a short taster in preparation for a more exotic adventure on her further afield.

Sailing Style

No sailing experience is needed as full training is given so you can learn take part in sailing this well maintained and authentically rigged sailing ship. With square sails on both masts and stun'sails for ocean passages you have a great square rig classroom for those who want to learn as much as they can. She has 8000 square foot of sail (750 sq metres) which is quite a spread of red canvas, so good speeds are possible.

Sun deck cushions - not your average sail training ship
Sun deck cushions - not your average sail training ship

Life on Board

Guest crew are all encouraged to take part in the active assistance in sail handling and on board routine of watches and steering the ship. No one is obliged to co-operate. It is your holiday and there is a professional crew of up to 10 for 12 guests. If you are in the mood for a challenge climbing the rigging is possible but don't worry if you have never been up before. You will always be under the guidance of the ships crew and is a great thrill.

The ships crew are typically 20-40 and a mix of all nationalities. They are pretty dedicated to the lost art of traditional seamanship and rope work so you will have plenty of teachers if you want to help maintain the ship. 

If you just want to chill on a deck cushion or hope for dolphins in the bowsprit netting that is ok too. The ship has a library and characterful spaces to relax below decks too.

there is always a reason to go aloft on a brig
there is always a reason to go aloft on a brig

 

Social Areas on Board include:

There is a lower saloon with a library and skylights above for natural light.

The upper saloon is close to the galley for meals

There is a sun deck area to relax on deck

There is a ships bar to purchase drinks

Eye of the wind - cabin Photo HP Bleck
Eye of the wind - cabin Photo HP Bleck
interior on eye of the wind
upper saloon and galley

 

Guest Cabins

There are 6 luxurious cabins, all with en suite bathrooms. All have air conditioning and bed linen is provided. There are 230v sockets (British? or Euro pin?)

There are 16 berths within these 6 cabins, but generally, she only takes 12 guest crew so the cabins are ideal for couples, friends or solo travellers happy to share a cabin with a guest of the same sex.

Sole occupancy.

If you do not want to share a twin cabin they are available for sole occupancy, there is an extra charge of 50% of the voyage fee subject to availability.

eye of the wind-interior layout

 

Eye of the Wind - Full Ship Specification

Year built: 1911 in Brake, Germany

Rig: 3 masted Gaff rigged Schooner

Length overall: 40.23m (132ft)

Beam: 7.01m (23ft)

Draught: 2.7m (8.9ft)

Sail Area: 750 m² (8000 sq ft)

Areas of operation: Worldwide

Number of guests: Up to 16

Number of permanent crew: 8-10

Berth types: 6 Luxury cabins with ensuite bathroom and air conditioning. Typically cabins used for 2 people only but some have more than 2 berths.

Generators - 240v

Navigation & Comms:

Radar, VHF, MF and HR (worldwide) and GPS

Fax and Satellite coms

British flagged vessel.

Captain Fabian on Eye of the Wind
Captain Fabian on Eye of the Wind

The ship has a crew and relief crew for a proper crew rotation

Captain Fabian

I've been sailing since I was five years old, even though I grew up far from the seashore: I'm from Munich/Germany.

After my boatbuilding apprenticeship, I spent a lot of time on the water, mainly I delivered yachts from A to B. With the completion of my nautical studies came the opportunity to eventually sail on larger ships. I am very much looking forward to meeting interesting people on every new sailing trip, from whom I can learn something, and in return I can teach them a little bit about sailing a windjammer.

My dream destination with the Eye of the Wind would be the island world of Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. Maybe one day we will even go there together ...?

Captain Pitt

Since the age of 26, I am working in seafaring. In Enkhuizen, the Netherlands, I attended the Seafaring School, and at the end of my entire training, I earned the title "Master (all ships)". After a long time on mechant ships, my way now led back to sailing - finally!


I've known the Eye of the Wind for a long time, because a colleague from the Nautical School was her captain for nine years - so my predecessor. Sailing is a beloved and lived passion for me. The special thing about this ship is: I am the captain on board, but I can not sail alone from A to B - here everyone works together.


My dream destination with the Eye of the Wind? - The island world of the South Pacific!

1st Mate Megan

Megan from Australia is now First Mate of Tall Ship Eye of the Wind. She joined the crew in 2014 and brings a lot of sailing experience with her. She introduces herself:

I'm from Western Australia, where my father took me sailing as a child. As I got older, I sailed on an Australian sail training ship as a volunteer watch leader - that was in 2008.

Before I attended the Sailing Academy in Fremantle/Australia, I worked on several ships. After finishing my education there, I sailed overseas for the first time and took part in Tall Ships' Races in European waters.

I first saw the Eye of the Wind in 2013, when she was cruising off the Caribbean island of Saint-Barthélemy under full sails, and I instantly fell in love with the ship. One year later, I joined her crew as a deckhand, today I work as a first mate. As a Master, I am allowed to operate vessels up to a size of 200 GT, as a Chief Mate up to 300 GT (Gross Tons).

I would love to sail around Cape Horn with the Eye of the Wind one day. Until then, I love to share my experience with our fellow sailors. I hope that I can make you feel as passionate for sailing as I do!

Eye of the Wind First Mate - Megan
Eye of the Wind First Mate - Megan

1st Mate Moritz

Chef Alex

Chef Esme

Engineer Jarek

Engineer Xavier

Bonjour, I'm from Rouen in French Normandy. At the age of 19, I began to study Naval Architecture in England for four years.

I discovered sailing in 2007 - I was so enthusiastic that I spent an entire year on a yacht in the Caribbean. After that, I went back to France, where I attended the Merchant Navy School for another two years. After five years as an engineer on different supertankers, I switched to a private yacht in 2016, where I worked as a machinist.

In the meantime, I also worked for the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd before volunteering aboard a cargo ship, sailing into Barbados. There I met the Eye of the Wind for the first time in 2019. The decision to join her crew was easy.

On board, I'm often "invisible" when I'm in the engine room, because I like to work thoroughly - and that may take a little bit longer. I look forward to meeting you aboard! Visiting the port city of Valparaiso in Chile one day with the Eye of the Wind ... that would be the fulfillment of a dream for me.

Xavier - Eye of the Wind engineer
Xavier - Eye of the Wind engineer

Deckhands vary but currently we have:

Ayla, Lea and Manja

Eye of the Wind - Kit List

clothing tips and packing lists

Working Language on Board

German and English

What is Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board
  • Any entry visas required

What to Bring

Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.

  • Eye of the Wind does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Eye of the Wind has electric sockets in all the cabins 240 V 
  • Cameras, spare batteries, chargers if you need them
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill 
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.
  • The ship provides hand towels but please bring a beach towel
  • snorkel and mask for caribbean if you like snorkelling (travel tip: swimming goggles pack up smaller than a facemask)
  • Bring insect repellant for Caribbean as can get mosquitos ashore in evening (rare at anchor)
  • ear plugs can be handy 

 

Electricity

All the power to your plug sockets comes from the ship's generator which runs on deisel. The less the generators have to run to top up power, the nicer it is for the guests on board and also greener for the planet. Please don't bring loads of hairdriers, electric devices to charge.

There is no internet on board whilst at sea. 

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Eye of the Wind - Reviews

crew and guests aloft on eye of the wind

Eye of the Wind is an experienced operator with many happy customers, but she is new to Classic Sailing website. We will post the first Classic Sailing guest feedback from 2019-2020 voyages as soon as we have some, it but here are a few from last year. 

Facebook Reviews currently 5 out of 5 stars Oct 2019

 

Tortola to the Azores! What a great time. Thanks to Captain Pit and the crew. An awesome adventure with awesome people!" F Coutreau, New England

 

What a wonderful, lovely, great, awesome trip we've had from Malaga to Lanzarote! I loved and enjoyed every minute.

Thanks again for this wonderful experience. I miss you guys! Andrea Schwartz

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Itinerary

On a sailing voyage, we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her.

Visas and Vaccinations

Classic sailing is unable to be an expert for advice on visas and vaccinations for customers traveling outside their own country.

Please seek advice relating to your nationality traveling to the countries of your voyage from the country you will be setting off from and returning to.

Passports

In most instances, you will need a passport that expires six months or more after your return to your home country.

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