|Sun 18-02-2024, 19:00St Martin / St Maarten||Thu 29-02-2024, 10:00St Georges, Bermuda||Eye of the Wind||11 Nights||EYE24/08|
From the Caribbean to Bermuda – during this trip you will become “shorelessly happy”! Through seemingly endless distances, the trade wind pushes you through the azure water of the ocean. The soft, steady up and down of the ship’s hull in the waves, the expanse of the sea, and the permanent gentle creaking of the rigging are the ingredients for a relaxing and at the same time adventurous holiday experience. Trade the winter doldrums for a week of Caribbean magic. Set sail from Falmouth, Antigua, aboard ‘Eye of the Wind,’ meandering through the Lesser Antilles with a stop at St. Barth, and finally dropping anchor in Marigot, St Martin. Experience the perfect blend of peaceful days under sail and lively shore excursions, all against a backdrop of azure seas and tropical vistas.
This is a proper ocean passage; we’re talking non-stop sailing here. You’ll take part in our watch system for nighttime sailing—a deeply engaging experience that cements your bond with both the ship and the sea. During your shifts, you’ll feel the ship come alive, guided only by the light of the stars and the moon’s glow.
St Martin—a gem in the Caribbean where azure waters meet ivory sands. This is where your journey begins, aboard the ‘Eye of the Wind.’ As the sails unfurl and catch the wind, you’ll feel a unique blend of exhilaration and serenity. It’s a vibrant island, where French and Dutch cultures merge, offering a colourful backdrop as we make our way out to sea.
Along the way, you’ll encounter on the high seas, you’ll notice that the landmarks aren’t towering buildings but constellations arching overhead. In terms of wildlife, keep an eye out for playful dolphins surfing the bow wave or perhaps a distant spout from a migrating whale.
The trade winds will be our companions, pushing us along with a rhythmic pulse that matches the gentle rise and fall of the ship’s hull. The sea around you is a canvas of changing blues, and the rigging sings its own shanty—a creaking melody that tells tales of adventure.
Bermuda is not just a dot on the map; it’s a kaleidoscope of colour and culture. The skyline is punctuated by pastel houses and sturdy, whitewashed forts that nod to a rich maritime history. Once you disembark, if you’ve got the luxury of an extra day, here are a few suggestions:
February in the Atlantic offers a relatively stable sailing window. We’ll be capitalising on the North Equatorial Current and trade winds, which are generally east to southeast this time of year. Expect moderate seas, typically around Force 4 to 6 on the Beaufort scale. The air is cooler than the Caribbean but still mild.
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 tiny French-Dutch island of Saint-Martin, covering just 88km², is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and is renowned for its friendly welcome! The international airport is in the Dutch half of the island known as Sint Maarten. Ports like Marigot are on the French side to the North.
Much more than a beach lovers paradise, the island of St Martin with natural, cultural and amazingly friendly locals. Thanks to its climate and untouched natural heritage, the island offers unparrelleled year-round watersports and outdoor activity.
St Martin has its own unique identity, making it the perfect sunshine getaway to start or end a voyage. You will also find that the people of Saint Martin – fiercely proud of their “Friendly Island”, reputation – are very helpful.
Joining Blue Clipper in 2019 – the boat will plan to be anchored in Marigot Bay however its exact location will be open to change due to the port authorities.
The joining ports in Bermuda are usually either St Georges or Hamilton, once the port is known it will be communicated to you.
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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