|Mon 25-03-2024, 19:00Horta, on Ilha do Faial, Azores||Mon 08-04-2024, 10:00||Eye of the Wind||14 Nights||EYE24/10|
Embark on a remarkable two-week voyage aboard Eye of the Wind, sailing non-stop from the lush Azores to the historic port city of Brest, Brittany. Experience authentic tall ship sailing, join a night watch, and revel in the simple joys of maritime life. Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in the elemental dance between sea, wind, and sail.
This is a proper ocean passage; we’re talking non-stop sailing here. You’ll take part in our watch system for night-time sailing—a deeply engaging experience that cements your bond with both the ship and the sea. During your shifts, you’ll feel the ship come alive, guided only by the light of the stars and the moon’s glow.
There’s no better starting line for a grand sea adventure than the Azores, a chain of volcanic islands where the word ‘pristine’ is an understatement. As Eye of the Wind steadies her anchor and unfurls her sails, you’ll feel the Atlantic air, tinged with a mildness courtesy of the Gulf Stream. Spring temperatures here usually hover around a pleasant 20°C, making for a comfortable setting as we prepare to cast off into the great blue yonder. With the first wind in the sails, it becomes clear: the Azores aren’t just a picturesque backdrop; they’re the prologue to an epic narrative written by sea and wind.
While this voyage is open to new comers and experienced sailors alike, this isn’t a voyage for the faint-hearted; it’s an ocean passage that heeds no borders but those set by Neptune himself. Guests can expect to participate in a rotating watch system for night sailing, ensuring the Eye of the Wind remains safely guided through the moonlit waves. The journey won’t offer many landmarks—but chances are good for sightings of dolphins or perhaps even a breaching whale! But oh, what you’ll see: the celestial dance of the stars above, the phosphorescent sea sparkling below, and the endless horizon stretching as far as the imagination. Consider this a pilgrimage to the roots of traditional sailing, a rite of passage that culls from you a deeper understanding of the sea and sky.
After two weeks of thriving on salty air and camaraderie, the rugged coastlines of Brittany will loom into view, with Brest harbour waiting to embrace us like a long-lost friend. The adventure doesn’t have to end the moment the anchor drops. If you fancy lingering in Brest a bit longer, consider visiting the National Maritime Museum or sampling the local cuisine—Brittany is renowned for its seafood. Alternatively, a stroll along the Moulin Blanc Beach offers a landlubber’s respite with its fine sand and scenic views.
In March and April, the area benefits from the North Atlantic Drift, a branch of the Gulf Stream, creating mild and relatively stable conditions. Winds are generally from the west or southwest, ranging from Force 4 to 6. The seas are typically moderate, but always respect the ocean; she can surprise even the most seasoned sailor.
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.
Travel Guide: Horta, Azores
How to Get There
Getting to Horta, Azores depends on your starting point. Here’s a general guide:
From the UK and Europe: Flying is the most direct option. Usually, you’ll find a flight to Lisbon and from there catch a connecting flight to Horta Airport.
From North America: Flights often transit through Lisbon. Some major U.S. cities offer direct flights to Lisbon, from where you can get a connecting flight to Horta.
From Australia: Be prepared for at least one layover, typically in a major European city like London or Lisbon. Then continue with a smaller flight to Horta.
Since Horta is an island, there are no trains or buses going there directly. However, if you’re already in the Azores, you can take a ferry to Horta. On the island itself, coaches and buses are more for tours rather than transit from other places.
What to Do in Horta
History: Visit the Horta Museum to delve into the island’s rich maritime past. Peter Café Sport is also worth a visit; it has been serving sailors for more than 100 years.
Culture: Experience local festivals like the Semana do Mar, which celebrates the region’s maritime heritage.
Sites of Interest to a Sailor: The marina in Horta is a key stopping point for transatlantic yachts. You’ll also find a variety of sailing tours that offer a different perspective of the island.
Entertainment: For a small place, Horta has a lively nightlife scene. Expect a relaxed atmosphere, local music, and friendly bars.
Eating Out: Seafood is king in Horta. Restaurants by the marina offer not only fresh catch but also incredible views.
Nature: Horta offers stunning natural beauty. From hiking trails to volcanic landscapes and whale watching, there’s plenty for outdoor enthusiasts to explore.
Unique Features: One unique feature is the sailor’s tradition of painting a mural on the marina wall before setting sail again. It gives Horta a communal feel that’s quite special.
If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.
Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes
By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.
Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.
UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.
North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.
Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.
Australia: “Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.
Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs.
If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.
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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