|Tue 09-04-2024, 19:00||Wed 17-04-2024, 10:00Amsterdam||Eye of the Wind||8 Nights||EYE24/11|
Set sail from Brest and make your way through the challenging waters of the English Channel. Enjoy the ever-changing scenery and diverse marine traffic before arriving in Amsterdam’s vibrant port. Wildlife sightings, historical landmarks, and unique maritime experiences make this a voyage for both seasoned sailors and adventurous newcomers.
When we cast off from Brest, you’ll immediately feel the Atlantic wind fill our sails. This historic Breton port has a maritime legacy that goes back centuries. Expect a warm send-off from the locals, who have saltwater in their veins and a kindred respect for sailors. Your journey begins by navigating through the Raz de Sein, a strait known for its strong tidal currents—a good warm-up for the adventure ahead.
Once you’ve left the comforts of Brest, you’ll set course through the English Channel, a body of water know the world over. On a clear day, you might catch sight of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover or perhaps some historical lighthouses that dot the coastlines of both France and the UK. As for wildlife, you may spot some playful dolphins riding the bow wave or various seabirds circling overhead.
Here you’ll get to experience the true force of tidal currents, where nature dictates our speed. Whether you’re an avid “ship spotter” or not, you’ll appreciate the variety of vessels you’ll encounter—everything from enormous cargo ships to small fishing boats. As a maritime treat, the Eye of the Wind crew will conduct a “zero meridian christening ceremony” and perhaps even a quick shore excursion if the winds are in our favour.
We’ll end our expedition by sailing into the bustling Noordzeekanaal, leading us straight into the heart of Amsterdam. If you choose to stay an extra day, a visit to the Maritime Museum is almost obligatory for any sailor. The Anne Frank House offers a sobering but important experience. Or perhaps you’d enjoy a canal tour, only this time you can let someone else handle the ropes!
April in the English Channel tends to offer mild temperatures but be prepared for variable weather. Winds are usually westerly and can range from moderate to fresh (Force 4-6). Make sure to pack layers, as sea conditions can change swiftly. As for the Noordzeekanaal, winds are often lighter, but tidal currents still play a significant role.
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 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.
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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