|Fri 09-02-2024, 19:00Antigua, Caribbean||Fri 16-02-2024, 10:00St Martin / St Maarten||Eye of the Wind||7 Nights||EYE24/07|
Trade the winter doldrums for a week of Caribbean magic. Set sail from Falmouth, Antigua, aboard ‘Eye of the Wind,’ meandering through the Lesser Antilles with a stop at St. Barth, and finally dropping anchor in Marigot, St Martin. Experience the perfect blend of peaceful days under sail and lively shore excursions, all against a backdrop of azure seas and tropical vistas.
Romantics, solo travellers, sun lovers, sailors and novices who want to see the Caribbean as working crew on a square rigger. Feel less like a tourist and experience island life as a sailor. No experience is needed as the professional crew will teach you to find buntlines and braces, clewlines and yard halliards. If you would rather be outdoors and active this winter and feel the wind in your hair then sign up before the mast. Eye of the wind is a sail training ship, but there is no deck scrubbing (unless you like the exercise). Guest crew can dip into the exciting stuff and not feel guilty resorting to the mattresses on the sun deck when there are enough volunteers to set a sail or take a turn on the helm.
The Eye of the Wind is not a ship that likes to lie idle in the harbour, so it is time to cast off the lines the next day. After receiving safety instructions and an introduction to sailing by the ship’s crew, you will soon be able to take part in sailing yourself – no previous knowledge is required.
Cast off those winter blues and hoist the mainsail in Falmouth, Antigua, the starting point of our week-long jaunt aboard the ‘Eye of the Wind.’ The Antiguan sun is a far cry from the February chills you might be used to. And what could be better than swapping your snow boots for deck shoes? From the moment you step aboard, you’ll sense the freedom that only traditional sailing can offer. The seasoned crew, well-versed in the ancient arts of seafaring, will welcome you as part of our maritime family for the journey ahead.
Our course sets for St. Barth, an island as chic as it is scenic. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for frigate birds soaring high and dolphins frolicking in our bow wake. You’ll get a front-row seat to the Caribbean’s azure expanse and its underappreciated landmarks, like the craggy cliffs of St. Kitts or the remote coral reefs teeming with colourful marine life. Far from being just a passage, this stretch offers you an intimate view of the Lesser Antilles’ natural splendour. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a landlubber making your maritime debut, you’ll find that life under sail can be as invigorating or as relaxing as you wish. You can lend a hand on deck or simply relish the tranquillity of being propelled by wind alone.
Our final port of call is Marigot, St Martin—a town with a Franco-Caribbean pulse. If you’re considering extending your stay, you won’t be short on choices. Consider a hike to Fort Louis for panoramic views of the island. Those inclined to sample the local flavours should pay a visit to the Marigot Market. Here you’ll find a medley of spices, fresh produce, and unique crafts. Alternatively, you could indulge in water activities like jet skiing or paddle boarding for a more adventurous spin on the Caribbean waters.
February in the Caribbean offers ideal sailing conditions. Expect the wind to be easterly, with speeds ranging from 15 to 20 knots—ideal for sailing these traditional vessels. Sea conditions are usually moderate, making for a comfortable journey even for those new to the sailing world.
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.
Classic Sailing vessels generally use either Falmouth Harbour or English Harbour in Antigua for crew changes. Both harbours are in the SW of the island and virtually next door to each other. The ships operators will send your joining details once they have a berth confirmed by the harbour authorities, but both locations are a great place to start or finish your sailing holiday.
The tiny French-Dutch island of Saint-Martin, covering just 88km², is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and is renowned for its friendly welcome! The international airport is in the Dutch half of the island known as Sint Maarten. Ports like Marigot are on the French side to the North.
Much more than a beach lovers paradise, the island of St Martin with natural, cultural and amazingly friendly locals. Thanks to its climate and untouched natural heritage, the island offers unparrelleled year-round watersports and outdoor activity.
St Martin has its own unique identity, making it the perfect sunshine getaway to start or end a voyage. You will also find that the people of Saint Martin – fiercely proud of their “Friendly Island”, reputation – are very helpful.
Joining Blue Clipper in 2019 – the boat will plan to be anchored in Marigot Bay however its exact location will be open to change due to the port authorities.
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
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
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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