|Sat 24-08-2024, 19:00Inverness, Scotland
|Mon 02-09-2024, 10:00Gothenburg
|Eye of the Wind
Join us on Eye of the Wind for a nine-day sailing adventure from Inverness to Gothenburg. This journey offers a perfect blend of serene natural beauty, rich maritime history, and vibrant cultural experiences. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a first-time adventurer, this voyage promises a unique and enriching experience, set against the stunning backdrop of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
Embarking on an unforgettable journey, your voyage aboard Eye of the Wind commences from the vibrant port city of Inverness, nestled at the northern tip of the mythical Loch Ness. Inverness, a city rich in history and culture, serves as the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Before setting sail, you might relish exploring the city’s historic landmarks, such as the Inverness Castle and the St. Andrew’s Cathedral, offering glimpses into Scotland’s fascinating past.
As you chart your course along the 57th parallel, the bracing winds of the North Sea will be your companion. This nine-day adventure promises an array of enchanting sights. Keep your eyes peeled for diverse marine wildlife like playful dolphins and majestic whales, a common spectacle in these waters. Your journey takes you past the rugged beauty of the Skagen headland, a beacon for artists and nature enthusiasts alike. As you approach the western Swedish archipelago, prepare to be captivated by its serene beauty, considered a jewel of the Baltic Sea. This pristine region, dotted with quaint fishing villages and unspoiled nature reserves, offers breathtaking vistas and a tranquil escape from the everyday hustle.
Your voyage culminates in the bustling city of Gothenburg, a Nordic metropolis brimming with cultural and gastronomic delights. Should you choose to extend your stay, Gothenburg offers a myriad of experiences. Explore the enchanting Universeum, a science center that promises adventure for all ages, or stroll through the picturesque streets of Haga, brimming with charming boutiques and cozy cafes. Art enthusiasts would appreciate a visit to the Gothenburg Museum of Art, home to an extensive collection of Nordic art.
Embarking in late August, you can anticipate a mixture of calm and moderately brisk sea conditions, typical for the North Sea and Baltic Sea areas during this time. Weather-wise, expect mild to warm temperatures with occasional brisk winds, ideal for an exhilarating sailing experience. While rain is a possibility, it often adds to the dramatic beauty of the sea, creating a truly memorable adventure.
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 for joining your vessel isn’t likely to be known until closer to the time, make sure you have a copy of the ship’s phone number to find them on the day.
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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