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North Sea and English Channel Tall Ship Adventure

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Sat 02-10-2021, 19:00Amsterdam, the Netherlands Sat 09-10-2021, 10:00Cherbourg, France Eye of the Wind 7 NightsEYE21/39

Set out into the North Sea from Ijmuiden the port of Amsterdam and get to grips with Tall Ship Sailing. Entering the English Channel on the shore closest to England you will head West and stop over in any number of potential ports on the British and French Coasts.

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Tall ship fans wanting to try a different tall ship or beginners experience tall ship sailing on a short voyage in relatively sheltered waters. There is also more sail handling in coastal waters and places with a lot of waterborne transport than on a trade wind passage so it is great for experienced sailors too who want to brush up their skills with some fast maneouvres.  Square rig sailing is very different from yacht sailing and there is a whole new language to learn.


  • Ideal Taster Voyage for Eye of the Wind
  • Maximum of 12 guest berths – all in ensuite cabins
  • Hands on Tall ship Sailing
  • Good transport links to whole area
  • Busy sailing ground with lots of sail manouevres

Eye of the Wind

Sailing Areas New Zealand
Vessel type / Rig 3 Masted Gaff Rigged Schooner
Guest Berths 12
Beam 7.01m (23ft)
Draft 2.7m (8.9ft)
Overall Length 40.23m (132ft)
Year Built 1911
More about the Vessel

Voyage Description


A short tall ship taster with plenty of coastal and offshore sailing in European waters. Eye of the Wind has very comfortable ensuite cabins with a max of 2 bunks in each and some lovely spaces below decks to socialise and relax. With an international professional crew mostly aged 20-40 and only 12 guest crew, you can use the voyage as a romantic way to relax and absorb all the sail handling or you get really stuck into the whole square rigged sailing experience. For guests nothing is compulsory but if you want the thrill of sailing a powerful square rigger in the middle of the night or climbing aloft to stow sail, then the opportunity is there. The professional crew will show you what to do, or help you advance existing skills.


  • Learn Square Rig Skills if you want
  • Short Tall Ship Taster for romantics of all ages
  • Sail Eye of the Wind inthe North sea and English Channel
  • Learn about the ships adventures and plan for next time


stowing sails on the bowsprit
Real hands on sailing


You don’t have to become a proficient square rig sailor but the opportunity is there. The sail handling for one square rigger is similar to other ships the world over, so they really are useful skills. The beauty of being the 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 being away from land, or just relax and do nothing.

Eye of the Wind has a keen professional crew to help train you, even if you have never sailed an ocean before. 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, or more dramatic nights with fast clouds wizzing past the moon. 

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.

eye of the wind from classic sailing
sailing on eye of the wind


More Hands-On Sailing

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. 

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. 


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


Mild but possibly wild with potential for big waves and no shelter from the land.


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.


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.


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 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.


Start & End Port

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The exact location may not be known until closer to the time, make sure you have a note of the ship’s phone number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day. The map below shows the likely joining place.

Cherbourg, France

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.

Kit List

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 



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. 


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

Vessel Gallery

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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