|Thu 11-07-2024, 19:00Aalborg, Denmark
|Sat 20-07-2024, 10:00Inverness, Scotland
|Eye of the Wind
Join us on Eye of the Wind for a thrilling sail from Aalborg to Inverness. This voyage offers a blend of peaceful coastal sailing through Denmark’s Limfjord and adventurous bluewater cruising across the North Sea. En route, experience diverse wildlife, captivating seascapes, and the thrill of traditional sailing. The journey concludes in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, leaving you with unforgettable memories and stories to share.
Embarking on an extraordinary journey, Eye of the Wind readies to leave the historic city of Aalborg. Nestled in Northern Denmark, Aalborg acts as a gateway to maritime adventures. As your vessel departs, the Limfjord stretches before us, a testament to Denmark’s breathtaking natural waterways. The Limfjord, with its serene beauty, offers a harmonious blend of historical sites and a rich array of wildlife. Keep an eye out for seals basking on the banks and a variety of birdlife soaring above.
As we voyage through the Limfjord and venture into the open North Sea, you transition from tranquil coastal sailing to the exhilarating experience of bluewater cruising. This leg of the journey promises a dynamic mix of calm stretches and more challenging waters, ideal for those seeking a taste of traditional sailing. The North Sea, known for its rich history and diverse marine life, may grace us with sightings of dolphins or even the occasional whale. The route also offers a kaleidoscope of seascapes, from the rugged coastlines to the vast open horizon, painting a picture of the maritime world in its most authentic form.
Your journey culminates in the picturesque city of Inverness, a gem nestled in the Scottish Highlands. This historic city, known as the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, welcomes sailors with its charming blend of culture and nature. Upon arrival, the sight of Inverness Castle overlooking the River Ness offers a majestic welcome. The city’s vibrant atmosphere, coupled with its rich history and proximity to the famous Loch Ness, makes it an ideal destination to conclude our memorable voyage.
In July, the North Sea presents a moderate climate with the potential for variable winds and mild temperatures, typically ranging from 12°C to 18°C. While generally calm, the sea can be unpredictable, offering a true sailing experience. It’s advisable to prepare for both sunny spells and occasional rain, ensuring a comfortable journey regardless of the weather’s whims.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice.
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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.
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.
Make sure you have a note of the ship’s number for any joining problems on the day, the exact location may not be known until a day or two before joining. If in doubt, call the ship’s mobile on the day of joining or use the ship’s tracker to locate the ship.
The exact location for joining your vessel isn’t likely to be known until closer to the time, make sure you have a copy of the ship’s phone number to find them on the day.
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.
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.
A fabulous adventure! Words cannot convey the experience.John, Tortola to Bermuda
Tortola to the Azores! What a great time. Thanks to Captain Pit and the crew. An awesome adventure with awesome people!"F Coutreau
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Thanks again for this wonderful experience. I miss you guys!Andrea
Now that was a voyage! The EYE crew - all 10 - five women and five men - embody two words:
COMPETENT and KIND
And such a beautiful ship. Thank you beyond measureSusan
With red sails against a blue sky, Eye of the Wind is a photogenic ship. If you have any new images we would love to see them since Eye of the Wind has only recently returned to our website.
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