|Mon 21-08-2023, 19:00Copenhagen||Sat 26-08-2023, 10:00Gothenburg||Eye of the Wind||5 Nights||EYE23/33|
The Øresund Sound is a fascinating place to sail, with islands, forts and maritime history. Helsingor, at the Northern end of the Straights, has the 15th-century Kronborg Castle, setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. Once out into the Hesselø Bay and the Kattegat, the horizon opens to Port, and Sweden’s stunning coastline stretches away to the North on your Starboard side.
Your 5 days on board provide the perfect escape, and it’s entirely up to you whether you sit back, relax and enjoy the view, or get involved and let the crew guide you through setting sails and steering the ship.
This is a brilliant voyage for beginners
You will step aboard Eye of the Wind at 7pm, but we recommend arriving early to give yourself time to explore Copenhagen. Denmark’s capital is famous for many things but the ‘Little Mermaid’ has to be the key spot for sailors! Also worth a visit is Indre By, the city’s historic centre, which includes Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace.
Once on board, the captain and crew will greet you with a tour and a briefing, covering safety information, the latest weather forecast and the itinerary. You’ll also enjoy dinner aboard getting to know your fellow sailors.
After a comfortable night’s sleep it’s time to slip lines and set sail! The first part of your journey will take you up the Øresund Sound, watching Copenhagen slowly disappear from view as you make your way North to Helsingør.
With the 16th Century Kronborg Slot Castle passing to port (the Helsingør setting for ‘Hamlet’), the Kattegat opens up before you.
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. You will make various overnights stops along the way, from fascinating ports and harbours to more secluded anchorages, and there will be plenty of opportunity for exploring ashore.
Sweden’s 2nd city has a fantastic sea port, with lots to look at as you make a scene sailing in. You will have an evening to celebrate a fantastic voyage with the crew, before your final night on board. Disembarkation is at 10.00 and, following a hearty breakfast, you can get ashore to explore this very cultured city (the Maritime Museum is a must-visit) before starting your onward journey.
There are places with fast tides so you can get some exciting choppy water in very localised spots but mostly this is sailing in flat waters without big swell.
The climate on the shores of the Baltic is more continental than maritime so summer temperatures can be hot but spring and autumn will be colder than Britain or Atlantic facing countries.
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.
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.
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.
Copenhagen the capitol city of Belgium is one cool city and oozes Danish style and ethos.
There are many connections to Copenhagen by train and plane so it should be easy to arrange transportation.
Sweden’s second largest city, the biggest port in Scandinavia and International Headquarters of Volvo Cars. Great flight connections to the rest of the world and a cheap quick coach connection between the airport and city centre. (About €10.00 in 2016) Maritime Museum afloat and lots of Cultural attractions.
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.
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.
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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
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Thanks again for this wonderful experience. I miss you guys! Andrea Schwartz
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
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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