|Mon 30-09-2024, 19:00Wilhelmshaven, Germany
|Mon 07-10-2024, 10:00Amsterdam
|Eye of the Wind
This one-week sailing adventure aboard Eye of Wind offers a unique blend of active sailing and tranquil relaxation. From the historic Wilhelmshaven to the vibrant heart of Amsterdam, this journey along the picturesque North Sea coast is an ideal escape from the daily grind. Experience the serene IJsselmeer and Markermeer, and relish the tranquillity these waters bring.
Embark on a remarkable journey from Wilhelmshaven, a gem of a port city nestled at the river Jade’s estuary in Germany. This location is not only steeped in maritime history but also boasts a unique blend of urban charm and serene coastal landscapes. As Eye of the Wind casts off, feel the excitement of setting sail from a port that has long been a gateway to the North Sea’s wonders.
As you navigate the waters, the voyage will unveil the enchanting beauty of the German and Dutch North Sea coast. You’ll be graced with views of the East and West Frisian Islands, a string of pearls each with its distinctive character. Keep an eye out for the rich birdlife that calls these waters home – a true delight for nature enthusiasts. The IJsselmeer and Markermeer inland lakes, renowned for their tranquil beauty, offer a serene sailing experience. The shifting landscapes, from rugged coastlines to peaceful lakes, create a mesmerising tapestry that’s sure to captivate.
Amsterdam, your final destination, is a city where history, culture, and modernity dance hand in hand. Should you have an extra day to explore, consider a visit to the Van Gogh Museum or a leisurely canal cruise to admire the city’s iconic architecture. The bustling Albert Cuyp Market offers a taste of local life and cuisine, perfect for those seeking an authentic Amsterdam experience.
In late September and early October, the North Sea presents a mix of conditions. You can expect mild temperatures with a crisp autumn air. The sea can be moderately lively, adding an element of adventure to your voyage. While the weather is generally stable, occasional rain and brisk winds are part of the North Sea’s charm during this season, making for an authentic sailing experience.
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 may not be known until closer to the time, make sure you have a note of the ship’s phone number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day. The map below shows the likely joining place.
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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