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Atlantic Crossing – Getting to the westerlies.

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2 Berth Cabin En-Suite Price per person

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€1600.00

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Mon 28-02-2022, 19:00St Martin / St Maarten Thu 10-03-2022, 10:00St Georges, Bermuda Eye of the Wind 10 NightsEYE22/08

10 days of Ocean Sailing in azure tropical waters

This is mini ocean taster voyage where you have many days out of sight of land and good warm weather sailing. Time to relax and feel yourself become a deep sea sailor, watch keeping, helming and team work with the sails.

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IDEAL VOYAGE FOR…

Keen newcomers to sailing who want to try their first ocean passage in the sunshine and experienced ocean sailors who know they will revel in the blue ocean swell, peaceful atmosphere and sunshine as you make your way from St Martin in the Caribbean across the ocean to St Georges’ in Bermuda.

Lap up the Caribbean sunshine and cooling trade winds before setting off on a 900 mile journey to Bermuda. Experience true blue ocean sailing, night sailing under the bright stars and help sail this traditional ship to the buzzing waterfront port of St George. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Soak up the Caribbean vibe on St Martin /St Maarten
  • hassle free ocean sailing
  • good whale and turtle spotting 
  • Avoid the Bermuda Triangle (sailing East of it!)
  • approx 900 nautical miles to Bermuda
  • Tropical nights – timeless in warm breeze
  • Bermuda and its pink sand beaches & sailors waterfront

Eye of the Wind

Sailing Areas New Zealand
Vessel type / Rig 3 Masted Gaff Rigged Schooner
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…

Keen newcomers to sailing who want to try their first ocean passage in the sunshine and experienced ocean sailors who know they will revel in the blue ocean swell, peaceful atmosphere and sunshine as you make your way from St Martin in the Caribbean across the ocean to St Georges’ in Bermuda.

Lap up the Caribbean sunshine and cooling trade winds before setting off on a 900 mile journey to Bermuda. Experience true blue ocean sailing, night sailing under the bright stars and help sail this traditional ship to the buzzing waterfront port of St George. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Soak up the Caribbean vibe on St Martin /St Maarten
  • hassle free ocean sailing
  • good whale and turtle spotting 
  • Avoid the Bermuda Triangle (sailing East of it!)
  • approx 900 nautical miles to Bermuda
  • Tropical nights – timeless in warm breeze
  • Bermuda and its pink sand beaches & sailors waterfront
last night in the caribbean
last night in the caribbean

 

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

If you want to escape the world and get into the relaxed rythmn of sailing a small square rigger with only 12 guest crew then this is a great voyage to chill. If you need more action it is always there, from the responsibility of standing a watch or making the ship sail faster to climbing the rigging to fishing for game fish. Enjoy tropical sunsets and getting to know your ship mates from all over the world. Your reward after 1000 miles of starlit tropical nights, fresh air and pulling on ropes will be the archipelago of islands known as Bermuda. Let the barman pour you are dark and stormy rum, and admire the pinky white beaches an colonial architecture.

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.

Next Stop Bermuda….or one more beach anchorage?

St Martin is an island split down the middle with a French and a Dutch side. Join in Marigot wher there are gorgeous white beaches but also evidence of the hurricane damage a few years ago. The locals are a resourceful bunch and life goes on in paradise. You might swing through the British Virgin Isles archipelago or Anguilla, but after that, you are out in the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. The brief spell of sheltered water might be an opportune moment to try out the bowsprit netting or climb the rigging whilst everything is steady. It could be that the crew want to show you a favourite lunchtime anchorage and swim before you set off on this 870 mile journey, but we think they will probably be ‘champing at the bit’ to get to sea once more. In these latitudes who can blame them.

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 decent sunshine, it is a great time to catch up on ship maintenance tasks from marlinespike seamanship to leatherwork and sail repairs. A chance to learn these skills with time on your hands is priceless.

Serving the standing rigging is a messy job but very absorbing
Serving the standing rigging is a messy job but very absorbing

Sargasso Sea & Wildlife

The Sargasso Sea, in the north Atlantic is the only sea to have no coastline and is named after the the free floating golden-brown seaweed known as Sargassum. The North Atlantic Drift current starts here. Due to the ocean current the coastless sea has a vast amount of wildlife so there should be many opportunities to use your camera. 

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. Always keep an eye to the sky and try to foretell what the weather is going to do next. 

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.  All of the seas moods will be encountered, from glassy calms to white capped swells where flying fish are launched from crest to crest.

A turtle rescue on another tall ship - shows how big they can be
A turtle rescue on another tall ship – shows how big they can be

The Art of Setting Stun’sails

The winds are likely to be light so rollng out the stun sail booms and setting the giant light wind stun sails can occupy a fair bit of the day. It is a good idea to practice getting them down quickly too, as this part of the world can get a bit thundery and squally. No doubt there will be much reference to the movie “White Squall” as Eye of the Wind was the star of that movie with Geoff Bridges.

Stunsails set on Eye of the Wind
Stunsails set on Eye of the Wind

White Sand Beaches of Bermuda Archipelago

Bermuda is only 21 square miles but comprises of 181 named islands sitting way out in the Atlantic, hundreds of miles from the USA and several thousand from the UK. An elegant destination of perfect sandy beaches palms and colonial old world charm Bermuda is decidedly British compared with the Bahamas. The beautiful colonial town of St George’s is sure to entice you, with it’s waterside bars and restaurants. Don’t forget to try a Rum Swizzle or a Dark and Stormy, the famous Bermudan cocktails.

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

Hard to predict the wind direction here. In 800 miles you are likely to experience the whole range of ocean sailing from trade wind blasts to oily calms and days when your best friend is the engineer. Luckily in the modern era you don’t have to wallow in the Sargasso sea. Strategetic use of the engine and the weather forcasts means the captain will be trying to find the most sailing for each section of the route.

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.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

Start & End Port

St Martin / St Maarten

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.

St Georges, Bermuda

The joining ports in Bermuda are usually either St Georges or Hamilton, once the port is known it will be communicated to you.

For Blue Clipper 2019 season, St George’s will be the start or end port.

Kit List

Working Language on Board

German and English

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, but she is new to Classic Sailing website. We will post the first Classic Sailing guest feedback from 2019-2020 voyages as soon as we have some, it but here are a few from last year. 

Facebook Reviews currently 5 out of 5 stars Oct 2019

 

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

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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