|Sat 08-07-2023, 19:00Kalmar, Sweden||Sat 15-07-2023, 10:00Stockholm, Sweden||Eye of the Wind||7 Nights||EYE23/26|
Explore Sweden by Tall Ship. Sail out past Kalmar Castle and around the island of Oland. Learn how to sail this 100 year old square rigger on an offshore passage to the island of Gotland. The route to Stockholm from here gets more intricate as you approach the mainland again. Enter the narrow fjords and rocky skerries of the Swedish Archipelago – a unique navigational challenge with beautiful locations to anchor overnight.
Tall ship fans wanting to try a different tall ship. European tall ships are run very differently from UK sail training ships. Eye of the Wind offers both a luxury feel to the accommodation and customer service with only 12 guest crew, but the potential for active participation is there. Her professional crew like to set lots of sail and do as much as possible under sail. In Europe, particularly Scandinavia there are a lot of historic waterfronts in the centre of towns. It is part of the summer entertainment to create a good spectacle sailing away from the dock whenever possible.
Starting your adventure in the Kalmar Sound offers relatively sheltered waters for beginners, and the rest of the Baltic is also pretty calm (although winds can pick up at times).
You will embark at Kalmar at 7pm. Worth arriving in the town early to explore some of Sweden’s best preserved 16th century buildings, as well as Kalmar’s famous renaissance-style castle, with its ornate turrets and drawbridge.
The crew will greet you and show you around the ship, and the Captain will give a safety briefing and discuss the itinerary based on the latest weather forecasts. You’ll also enjoy freshly cooked dinner on board and get to know your fellow sailors.
After a comfortable night’s sleep it’s time to slip lines and set sail!
Your week aboard will bring variety and constant interest, exploring the differing landscapes of the Gotland islands and the Stockholm archipelago. You’ll enjoy offshore sailing en route to Gotland, as well as coastal meanderings along beautiful coastlines, and evenings spent in a mixture of lively harbours and secluded anchorages.
You will disembark at Stockholm at 10am after a hearty breakfast, ready to explore the ‘Venice of the North’.
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.
After receiving safety instructions and an introduction to sailing from the ship’s crew, you will soon be able to take part in sailing yourself. On Eye of the Wind Hands-on assistance on deck is always voluntary, so if you want, you can just relax and enjoy watching the sailing manoeuvers and the traditional seamanship in action every day. If you like, you can make yourself comfortable below deck in the comfortable lounge, browse through a good book from the large on-board library.
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 NOT INCLUDED
Dominated by its impressive castle guarding the Kalmar Straits, Kalmar is a city surrounded by water.
There are beaches and a great outdoor vibe in summer. If you have time after or before your voyage, you can hire a kayak and canoe in the channels around the city center. Kalmarsundsleden is a biking and hiking trail that passes many interesting and beautiful places along the coast.
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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Now that was a voyage! The EYE crew - all 10 - five women and five men - embody two words:
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And such a beautiful ship.
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