|Sun 26-09-2021, 19:00Wilhelmshaven, Germany||Sat 02-10-2021, 10:00Amsterdam, the Netherlands||Eye of the Wind||6 Nights||EYE21/38|
This amazing chain of islands stretches from the German Danish Border all the way to Den Helder in norther Holland just a short hope from the canal to Amsterdam.
The Frisian Islands have a very distinctive laid back atmosphere and are a bird watchers delight. The Channels are often changed by wind and tide making for interesting navigation.
Tall ship fans wanting to try a different tall ship or beginners experience tall ship sailing on a short voyage in relatively sheltered waters. There is also more sail handling in coastal waters and places with a lot of waterborne transport than on a trade wind passage so it is great for experienced sailors too who want to brush up their skills with some fast maneouvres. Square rig sailing is very different from yacht sailing and there is a whole new language to learn.
Come and explore a part of Europe where it is a short distance to sail between Frisian islands of Germany, and Holland.
|Sailing Areas||New Zealand|
|Vessel type / Rig||3 Masted Gaff Rigged Schooner|
|Overall Length||40.23m (132ft)|
A short tall ship taster with plenty of coastal and offshore sailing in European waters. Eye of the Wind has very comfortable ensuite cabins with a max of 2 bunks in each and some lovely spaces below decks to socialise and relax. With an international professional crew mostly aged 20-40 and only 12 guest crew, you can use the voyage as a romantic way to relax and absorb all the sail handling or you get really stuck into the whole square rigged sailing experience. For guests nothing is compulsory but if you want the thrill of sailing a powerful square rigger in the middle of the night or climbing aloft to stow sail, then the opportunity is there. The professional crew will show you what to do, or help you advance existing skills.
Live the life of a square rig sailor but with a lot more comfort than sailors of the 19th Century. An offshore passage is the perfect antidote from modern life. Every sunrise and sunset is different and your phone never rings. You don’t have to become a proficient square rig sailor but the opportunity is there. The sail handling for one square rigger is similar to other ships the world over, so they really are useful skills. 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 being away from land, 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.
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.
Mild but possibly wild with potential for big waves and no shelter from the land.
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
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.
German and English
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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