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A discovery sailing holiday down the west coast of Spain and Portugal

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Sun 30-10-2022, 10:00La Coruna, Spain Tue 08-11-2022, 10:00Cadiz, Spain Eye of the Wind 9 NightsEYE22/39

Europe’s sunny South-West Coast – From Galicia to Andalusia


This autumn sailing holiday takes you down the Portuguese coast and into Spain once more. Two notable port cities form the starting and finishing points of the trip. A Coruna in Norther Spain and  Cádiz in Andalusia. Enjoy Spanish culture on departure and arrival – and in between, endless and landless days on the sea … and the nature of the ocean! Look forward to a wonderful time for you to simply relax and enjoy the freedom out at sea.
The coast you will be sailing along has many ria’s deep estuaries and famous port that could be visited if the weather and time allow. I’m thinking Vigo and Lisbon in the main.

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Ideal Voyage

Discovering the Ria Coastline of Spain and Portugal

Voyage Highlights

  • Famous Ria Coastline
  • Maximum of 12 guest berths – all in ensuite cabins
  • Hands on Tall ship Sailing
  • Autumn sailing holiday.

Eye of the Wind

Sailing Areas New Zealand
Vessel type / Rig 2 Masted Brig
Guest Berths 12
Beam 7.01m (23ft)
Draft 2.7m (8.9ft)
Overall Length 40.23m (132ft)
Year Built 1911
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Voyage Description

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR…

Testing out how you enjoy a longer voyage but with plenty of opportunity for stopping in famous harbours. You are sailing on the edge of Atlantic so you can expect all levels of weather. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hassle free coastal sailing holiday
  • Time for your sea legs
  • Famous Ria Coastline
eye of the wind back in europe
Sailing the eye of the wind.

 

Europe’s sunny South-West Coast
From Galicia to Andalusia

This autumn sailing trip takes you down the Portuguese coast and into Spain once more. Two notable port cities form the starting and finishing points of the trip. A Coruna in Norther Spain and  Cádiz in Andalusia. Enjoy Spanish culture on departure and arrival – and in between, endless and landless days on the sea … and the nature of the ocean! Look forward to a wonderful time for you to simply relax and enjoy the freedom out at sea. The coat you will be sailing along has many ria’s deep estuaries and famous port that could be visited if the weather and time allow. I’m thinking Vigo and Lisbon in the main.

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Live the life of a square rig sailor but with a lot more comfort than sailors of the 19th Century. An ocean passage is the perfect antidote from modern life. Every sunrise and sunset is different and your phone never rings. In two weeks you could easily learn all the ropes on Eye of the Wind and understand how to set all the sails. You don’t have to become a proficient square rig sailor but the opportunity is there. 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 the ocean 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.

ocean sailing on eye of the wind
ocean sailing on eye of the wind

 

More Hands-On Sailing

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. 

 

Eye of the Wind - interior by HP Bleck
Eye of the Wind – interior by HP Bleck

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

Mild but possibly wild with potential for big waves and no shelter from the land.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

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.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

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.

AGILITY & FITNESS

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.

 

Start & End Port

La Coruna, Spain

The exact location of your ship within the harbour will be given in time for your voyage.

Cadiz, Spain

Kit List

Working Language on Board is German and English

Practical Advice for Eye of the Wind   

Practical Advice for Covid 19 and Eye of the Wind

What is Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board
  • Any entry visas required

What to Bring

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.

  • Eye of the Wind does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Eye of the Wind has electric sockets in all the cabins 240 V 
  • Cameras, spare batteries, chargers if you need them
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill 
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.
  • The ship provides hand towels but please bring a beach towel
  • snorkel and mask for caribbean if you like snorkelling (travel tip: swimming goggles pack up smaller than a facemask)
  • Bring insect repellant for Caribbean as can get mosquitos ashore in evening (rare at anchor)
  • ear plugs can be handy 

Electricity

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. 

Review

Eye of the Wind is an experienced operator with many happy customers. She sails in Northern Europa nad the Baltic in Summer (Northern Hemisphere) and across the Atlantice to the Caribbean for some winter sunshine sailing holidays.

Facebook Reviews currently 5 out of 5 stars 

 

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

Dear Adam,

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 measure, Susan.

Eye of the Wind Faroes to Iceland Summer 2022

Vessel Gallery

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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