|Mon 02-09-2024, 19:00Gothenburg
|Mon 09-09-2024, 10:00Gothenburg
|Eye of the Wind
Join us aboard Eye of the Wind for a unique maritime adventure through the stunning western Swedish archipelago. Experience the tranquility of sailing on a traditional tall ship, explore picturesque landscapes, and witness the rich wildlife of the Baltic Sea. This voyage offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion, making it an ideal escape for both seasoned sailors and newcomers alike.
Embarking on an unforgettable journey from Gothenburg, Sweden, prepare to immerse yourself in a nautical experience like no other. Gothenburg, a charming port city known for its rich maritime history, serves as the perfect backdrop for the beginning of this extraordinary adventure. Here, the blend of modern urban life with a deep appreciation for nautical traditions sets the stage for your voyage aboard the venerable Eye of the Wind.
As you sail through the western Swedish archipelago, you’ll encounter the raw, unspoiled beauty of the Baltic Sea. This route, treasured by experienced sailors and Scandinavia enthusiasts alike, is celebrated as the most picturesque part of the Baltic. You’ll witness a kaleidoscope of landscapes – from rugged coastlines and serene beaches to an array of small, idyllic islands. The archipelago, stretching from Västergötland to Bohuslän, offers a visual feast: quaint fishing villages, historic lighthouses, and a rich diversity of wildlife, including seals and an array of seabirds. The tranquil waters, dotted with sailing boats and framed by the fairytale-like scenery, create a dreamy, almost ethereal experience.
Upon your return to Gothenburg, if time allows, there’s an array of experiences awaiting you. Delve into the city’s maritime heritage at the Maritiman museum or wander through the picturesque Haga district, with its cobblestone streets and historic buildings. For a taste of local cuisine, the Feskekôrka, an iconic fish market, offers fresh seafood in an architecturally unique setting. And for a tranquil end to your journey, the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, one of Europe’s largest and most diverse, provides a peaceful retreat amidst its beautiful flora.
In September, the Baltic Sea around the Swedish archipelago is typically calm, with mild winds perfect for sailing. The weather, generally mild and pleasant, occasionally sees brief showers, adding to the region’s verdant charm. With daytime temperatures averaging around 15-20°C, it’s an ideal climate for enjoying the outdoors and the serene beauty of the sea.
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.
Sweden’s second largest city, the biggest port in Scandinavia and International Headquarters of Volvo Cars. Great flight connections to the rest of the world and a cheap quick coach connection between the airport and city centre. (About €10.00 in 2016) Maritime Museum afloat and lots of Cultural attractions.
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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