|Fri 27-01-2023, 19:00Antigua, Caribbean||Fri 03-02-2023, 10:00Tortola, Caribbean||Eye of the Wind||7 Nights||EYE23/05|
Starting from Falmouth Harbour in Antigua be sure you visit the museums and shipyard of the British navy in the time of the Napoleonic era. The short sailing distances ensure a good mix of sailing experience during the daytime and sufficient time for shore leave and swimming and exploring pirates lairs.
After Antigua it is hoped we will have be snorkelling in paradise off Pigeon Island. Then we will sail through the northern part of the Leeward Isles and over to the British Virgin Islands and the capital Road Town on Tortola, with it’s reef lined beaches and rainforests.
Relaxing in good company and visiting unique islands.
The short sailing distances ensure a good mix of sailing experience during the daytime and sufficient time for shore leave and swimming stops in the afternoon and evening.
Lots to explore ashore in both Antigua and Tortola, so worth extending your holiday if you can!
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.
Once between the islands the sailing grounds are just about perfect for beginners and tall ship enthusiasts alike. The 80 miles to cross the open sea passage between St Martin and Virgin Gorda, so perfect for those wishing to disconnect from the digital world and live wi fi free for a couple of days. Look out for whales, frigate birds and turtles.
The crew will welcome you on board at the cosy marina of Jolly Harbour on the sugarcane island of Antigua. Opposite the bay lies a pink and white sandy beach that stretches for miles, attracting adventurers, water sports enthusiasts, sun worshippers and beach walkers alike. The breathtaking sunset is the highlight of a romantic evening stroll, but you can see it from the deck of a square rigger. 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.
The former British colony is not only famous for the annual Antigua Sailing Week, one of the most important regattas in the world, but also for its 365 dream beaches. After being discovered by Christopher Columbus, the settlement of the island was shaped by British colonial rule, which lasted around 350 years. The British Naval Fleet was based here and English harbour was one of the best hurricane holes to shelter in. Today instead of men o war careening their ships bottoms, or loading cannons, tourists enjoy restaurants in the old stone warehouse buildings and watch the pelicans diving into the harbour.
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. Where the ship goes ashore depends on the wind and weather conditions, and is decided at short notice by the captain, who will take your wishes into account whenever possible. This ensures that your sailing trip is a pleasant mix of adventure, relaxation, active participation and pure enjoyment.
Between Antigua and the Tortola are several islands, any of which we may stop by, including St Martin before our longest single passage over to the British Virgin Isles. Our tip: Saint Martin is considered the ‘culinary capital of the Caribbean’ – do not miss the local specialities made from the guava fruit.
Many nautical miles later, the first of the roughly 60 British Virgin Islands will appear on the horizon. The Eye of the Wind will drop anchor off Virgin Gorda, the third-largest island of the archipelago. Here, the randomly arranged granite boulders of “The Baths” form small caves and pools, and invite you to explore and snorkel. In this natural lagoon you can enjoy the tranquility and a first-class swim, too. After a trip to the beach and a swim in the sea, you can round off the day with a glass of quality wine from the onboard bar while watching the sun go down.
Average air temperatures are 26-28 degrees centigrade. Sea temperatures are a balmy 26-28 degrees.
If you are on the Atlantic ocean side of Caribean islands the seas can be boisterous and blue. In the lee of any big volcanic island or inside a protecting reef, the seas can be flat. The winds mixed with tropical sun are generally the reason why the Caribbean is a perfect sailing ground. Square riggers under full sail, generally create some shade somewhere on deck or in the rigging so you can always find a cool spot. There is air conditioning in the cabins.
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.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
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.
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.
Eye of the Wind is an experienced operator with many happy customers. She sails in Northern Europa nad the Baltic in Summer (Northern Hemisphere) and across the Atlantice to the Caribbean for some winter sunshine sailing holidays.
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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
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 measure, Susan.Eye of the Wind Faroes to Iceland Summer 2022
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