|Sat 02-03-2024, 19:00St Georges, Bermuda||Fri 22-03-2024, 10:00Horta, on Ilha do Faial, Azores||Eye of the Wind||20 Nights||EYE24/09|
Embark on an unforgettable Atlantic crossing aboard Eye of the Wind, setting sail from Bermuda to the Azores. Dive headfirst into the enriching complexities of oceanic sailing, from standing watch at all hours to basking in the boundless horizon. Encounter marine wildlife and enjoy the deep-rooted camaraderie that comes with life at sea, finally landing in the enchanting Azores where natural wonders beckon for your exploration.
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.
As Eye of the Wind lifts her anchor and sets her sails in Bermuda, you’ll feel the thrill that only true seafarers can understand. This isn’t a jaunt around the harbour; it’s the beginning of a transformative journey across the Atlantic. The distinct scent of salt in the air mixes with the subtle aroma of seasoned wood underfoot—a reminder that you’re aboard a vessel rich in history and character. As Bermuda fades into a watercolour smudge on the horizon, you’ll know you’re answering the age-old call of the sea.
While this voyage is open to new comers and experienced sailors alike, this journey isn’t for the faint of heart—it’s true bluewater cruising, a deep dive into the world of oceanic sailing. Here, you become an integral part of the ship’s operations, participating in a watch system to ensure smooth sailing day and night. You might wonder what sights you’ll see in the middle of the Atlantic; while it’s true you’ll be exchanging cityscapes for seascapes, the panoramic views of open water have their own form of majesty. The ever-changing textures of the sea are mesmerising, and the celestial navigation under an unobstructed sky is spellbinding. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the occasional pod of dolphins playing in the ship’s wake or a shearwater or petrel gliding effortlessly over the swells. There’s a profound beauty in the solitude and teamwork that define this open-ocean voyage.
As you approach the Azores, the archipelago appears like an emerald oasis amid the blue expanse. Sailing into port, you’ll experience the sense of accomplishment that can only come from crossing an ocean under sail. If you choose to spend an extra day in this Portuguese paradise, consider hiking up to the crater of a dormant volcano for panoramic vistas or perhaps take a dip in one of the natural thermal pools that dot the islands. For those interested in marine life, a whale-watching tour is often a breath-taking experience; the Azores are one of the world’s premier locations for spotting a variety of whale species.
In March, the North Atlantic is waking up from its winter slumber, ushering in a more stable sailing season. While the weather is generally cooler, you can expect winds from the west or southwest—perfect for your eastbound voyage. Seas can be moderate to rough, but ‘Eye of the Wind’ is built to take it all in stride. Nonetheless, make sure to pack layers and some solid waterproofs, as squalls and showers aren’t uncommon. The joy of this voyage lies not just in the destination, but in the ever-changing character of the sea itself, testing and teaching you as you go.
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.
The joining ports in Bermuda are usually either St Georges or Hamilton, once the port is known it will be communicated to you.
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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