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English Channel and the Bay of Biscay Tall Ship Adventure

SPECIAL – NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

2 Berth Cabin En-Suite Price per person

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€1620

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Sun 10-10-2021, 19:00Cherbourg, France Tue 19-10-2021, 10:00La Coruna, Spain Eye of the Wind 9 NightsEYE21/40

Are you up for this voyage, can you handle crossing the Bay of Biscay in the Autumn, it could be calm, it could be rough, but with nine days the Captain has time to avoid really bad weather as far as possible.

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR…

This is a voyage for the adventurous sailor, you are highly recommended to have had previous sailing experience. Its not that a beginner could not do well but you really do need to know you can handle rough weather with a smile. The Eye of the Wind is a well built ship and the professional crew have done this many times before so you know you will be in good safe hands.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ideal Ocean Taster on the Eye of the Wind
  • Maximum of 12 guest berths – all in ensuite cabins
  • Hands on Tall ship Sailing
  • Watch keeping day and night

Eye of the Wind

Sailing Areas New Zealand
Vessel type / Rig 3 Masted Gaff Rigged Schooner
Guest Berths 12
Beam 7.01m (23ft)
Draft 2.7m (8.9ft)
Overall Length 40.23m (132ft)
Year Built 1911
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Voyage Description

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR…

A Biscay crossing has all the ingredients of a mini ocean passage without taking too much time off, or purchasing a long haul flight. This is a voyage pretty much out of sight of land once you set off, so perhaps this is not a voyage for a beginner, unless you are feeling particularly intrepid. If you get a good wind your ship could cross Biscay in 2-3 days, but with winds predominantly from the West or South West, it could to take a lot longer and could be spectacularly rough. With winds from the West, the ship will have to beat out into the Atlantic some way before she heads South.

If you get lucky with the wind direction and make a fast passage on a beam reach or a following wind then there may be time to explore  Galicia and the Spanish Rias. Expect to have some tough continuous day and night sailing for a few days. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Possibly some time in the West Country before setting off.
  • Digital detox away from phone signals 
  • hassle free ocean sailing
  • Likelihood of strong winds and exciting sailing
  • Nearly 500 miles of autumn sailing on a square rigger for career sailors
  • La Coruna and coast of Galicia to explore if you make a fast passage.
crew and guests aloft on eye of the wind
Going aloft is awesome but only if oyu want to.

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Live the life of a square rig sailor but with a lot more comfort than sailors of the 19th Century. An ocean passage is the perfect antidote from modern life. Every sunrise and sunset is different and your phone never rings. In two weeks you could easily learn all the ropes on Eye of the Wind and understand how to set all the sails. You don’t have to become a proficient square rig sailor but the opportunity is there. The beauty of being the guest crew is you can get involved in all the best bits, and still have time in your off watch to write your travel journal, absorb the beauty of the ocean or just relax and do nothing.

Eye of the Wind has a keen professional crew to help train you, even if you have never sailed an ocean before. Experience wide empty horizons, learn to make best use of the changing weather systems, stand watches and the novel experience of night sailing under the bright stars, or more dramatic nights with fast clouds wizzing past the moon. 

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. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

ocean sailing on eye of the wind
ocean sailing on eye of the wind

 

More Hands-On Sailing

The price of this voyage is cheaper than the Caribbean cruising so there is an assumption you are up for an adventure and taking part in a watch. This is an ideal voyage for potential career sailors who want to get their face known to the Eye of the Wind crew. Who knows, you might be back as a deckhand one day.

With experienced crew to show you the ropes, sails and general crew behaviour on board you will also learn how to spot wildlife, learn how to steer the ship, learn why the sails are set a particular way. Watch the pattern of the waves and understand the swell and how it is affected by the weather hundreds of miles away. 

Once out into the ocean, a relaxing and comfortable routine will be established. Night sailing with absolutely no light pollution allows you to see the stars like you have never seen them before and a sight that you will not forget. 

 

Eye of the Wind - interior by HP Bleck
Eye of the Wind – interior by HP Bleck

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

Mild but possibly wild with potential for big waves and no shelter from the land.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

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.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

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.

AGILITY & FITNESS

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.

 

Start & End Port

Cherbourg, France

For Joining Morgenster – head to the Bassin du Commerce which is roughly ten minutes walk from the train station. The ship will be located in front of the casino.

La Coruna, Spain

The exact location of your ship within the harbour will be given in time for your voyage.

Kit List

Working Language on Board

German and English

What is Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board
  • Any entry visas required

What to Bring

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.

  • Eye of the Wind does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Eye of the Wind has electric sockets in all the cabins 240 V 
  • Cameras, spare batteries, chargers if you need them
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill 
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.
  • The ship provides hand towels but please bring a beach towel
  • snorkel and mask for caribbean if you like snorkelling (travel tip: swimming goggles pack up smaller than a facemask)
  • Bring insect repellant for Caribbean as can get mosquitos ashore in evening (rare at anchor)
  • ear plugs can be handy 

 

Electricity

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. 

Review

Eye of the Wind is an experienced operator with many happy customers, but she is new to Classic Sailing website. We will post the first Classic Sailing guest feedback from 2019-2020 voyages as soon as we have some, it but here are a few from last year. 

Facebook Reviews currently 5 out of 5 stars Oct 2019

 

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

Vessel Gallery

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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