|Fri 19-01-2024, 19:00Martinique, Caribbean||Fri 26-01-2024, 10:00Martinique, Caribbean||Eye of the Wind||7 Nights||EYE24/04|
Kick-off and round-up your journey in Martinique, an island that’s the epitome of Caribbean allure. Sailing through the Windward Islands, you’ll make stops at spellbinding harbours and bays, with Saint Lucia’s Pitons serving as a high point—literally and metaphorically. From marine life to stargazing, each day promises a fresh dose of natural wonders. Ideal wind and sea conditions round out a voyage that’s more than just a holiday; it’s an investment in life-affirming experiences.
Romantics, solo travellers, sun lovers, sailors and novices who want to see the Caribbean as working crew on a square rigger. Feel less like a tourist and experience island life as a sailor. No experience is needed as the professional crew will teach you to find buntlines and braces, clewlines and yard halliards. If you would rather be outdoors and active this winter and feel the wind in your hair then sign up before the mast. Eye of the wind is a sail training ship, but there is no deck scrubbing (unless you like the exercise). Guest crew can dip into the exciting stuff and not feel guilty resorting to the mattresses on the sun deck when there are enough volunteers to set a sail or take a turn on the helm.
Martinique, often referred to as the “flower island,” serves as your starting and finishing point. And it’s not hard to see why the nickname fits. This French Caribbean gem is a melange of vibrant rainforests and postcard-perfect beaches. It’s the ideal spot to cast off the bowlines and set sail, but not before you take in the island’s unique blend of French and West Indian culture. A hot cuppa of local Ti’ Punch anyone? It sets the mood for what promises to be an adventure to remember.
If you’re able to, why not spend a few extra day in Martinique before or after your voyage. Rent a car to explore the north of the island right up to the green rainforest wilderness of Morne Rouge on the Route de la Trace, a route created by the Jesuits. The church square of the Sacre Coeur de Balata offers a stunning view of the mountainous tropical island. After a few minutes’ drive, you will reach the Botanical Garden, which charms its visitors with a stunning variety of tropical flowers and plants. Our tip: Before you set off home, try the island’s speciality: Rum punch – it is said to be the best in the whole Caribbean.
You’ll be sailing through the Windward Islands, a chain that’s no stranger to any seasoned sailor. Your eyes will be treated to varying shades of turquoise as Eye of the Wind cuts through the Caribbean Sea. Among the jewels of this region is Saint Lucia, home to the awe-inspiring Pitons—volcanic cones that are more than just a nautical landmark; they’re an iconic symbol of the Caribbean’s geologic and scenic diversity. You will get to explore the most beautiful harbours, palm beaches, bays and anchorages around Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
This voyage promises an odyssey through some of the most captivating scenery on Earth. Each day brings a new harbour to explore, it could be the rustic charms of Saint Vincent or the luxury that is the Grenadines. But let’s not forget Mother Nature’s own contributions: dolphins skimming the water’s surface, exotic birds wheeling in the sky, and the occasional sea turtle for good measure. The coral reefs, too, are vibrant canvases teeming with life—ideal for an afternoon snorkel. As the sun sets, we’ll find a secluded bay to drop anchor, where the twinkling night sky offers its own kind of spectacle.
There are few things which beat a tropical sunset below the yard-arm whilst at anchor in a timeless setting. A sailing ship as your base gives you access to the unspoilt Caribbean; Fishing villages where the chickens roam the shore, or landing like an early explorer on a remote beach anchorage under a forest covered volcanic peak.
If you have been dazzled by the natural scenery in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies then both Guadaloupe and Dominica are much closer to that lush volcanic island paradise than more well known Caribbean tourism locations. The second movie ‘Dead Mans Chest’ and 3rd Capt Jack Sparrow adventure At ‘World’s End’ were filmed in the rainforests of Dominica, close to Martinique.
While the UK shivers, you’ll be soaking up tropical climes. Expect northeast trade winds ranging between 15-25 knots, making for a splendid sail. Seas are generally moderate, but it’s always wise to hold onto your hat!
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.
For Joining Morgenster, the ship is likely to be at anchor in Fort de France Bay. The ship will text you a meeting point and pick you up in the RIB.
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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