|Thu 08-09-2022, 19:00Torshavn, Faroes||Wed 14-09-2022, 10:00Kirkwall, Orkney||Eye of the Wind||6 Nights||EYE22/33|
Islands and Atlantic
Welcome on board for a late summer sailing trip in an extraordinary sea area. This is what you can expect: two very special archipelagos in the North Atlantic and off the north coast of Scotland, surrounded by endless waters. Breathtaking coastal landscapes, impressive wildlife, ancient archaeological sites, picturesque beaches. Between the starting point and the destination of our journey: relaxing days at sea, fresh Atlantic winds and a varied mix of shore excursions, island explorations, nature experiences and longer stretches under sail by day and by night
This is a real sailors voyage, it’s not impossible for beginners but it would be better if you have sailed before.
|Sailing Areas||New Zealand|
|Vessel type / Rig||3 Masted Gaff Rigged Schooner|
|Overall Length||40.23m (132ft)|
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.
Sailing from the Faroes to Orkney
This is what you can expect: two very special archipelagos in the North Atlantic and off the north coast of Scotland, surrounded by endless waters. Breathtaking coastal landscapes, impressive wildlife, ancient archaeological sites, picturesque beaches. Between the starting point and the destination of our journey: relaxing days at sea, fresh Atlantic winds and a varied mix of shore excursions, island explorations, nature experiences and longer stretches under sail by day and by night!
On the Faroe Islands begins the Eye of the Wind’s most exciting expedition of the year: from the volcanic islands located in the North Atlantic, we will sail on a northwesterly course to Iceland! The destination of this trip is the Icelandic capital Reykjavík. The focus of this sailing trip is to experience nature on the ocean. We will sail continuously during the day and at night without any stopover or shore leave. After a few days, the fascinating landscape of Iceland’s south coast will appear on the horizon – a breathtaking and unforgettable moment!
To get to Kirkwall you will probably have to pass John O’Groats and sail through the Pentland Firth with strong tidal flows between the Atlantic and the North Sea turn north and into Scapa Flow for Kitkwall.
The Orkneys has its one distinctive character and a lot of history with early prehistoric settlements, standing stones and a graveyard of German First World War battleships sunk in Scarpa Flow.
There are places with fast tides so you can get some exciting choppy water in very localised spots but mostly this is sailing in flat waters without big swell.
The climate on the shores of the Baltic is more continental than maritime so summer temperatures can be hot but spring and autumn will be colder than Britain or Atlantic facing countries.
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.
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, 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
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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