|Sat 22-07-2023, 19:00Stockholm, Sweden||Sat 29-07-2023, 10:00Stockholm, Sweden||Eye of the Wind||7 Nights||EYE21/28|
Summer exploring Sweden, and Finland’s Aland Isles on a tall ship. Join 100 year old windjammer Eye of the Wind in Stockholm – the Venice of the North – with water everywhere. From here we first explore this scenic seascape with its numerous bays called “Fjärdar”. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the idyllic Ålands, once home to the last of the cargo carrying windjammer fleet in Europe. When you go ashore, you will discover the cultural sights and the magical nature of both archipelagoes.
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.
Start your adventure in the ‘Venice of the North’, Stockholm.
You will embark at 7pm. Worth arriving early to explore one of Sweden’s most beautiful cities. 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 Stockholm archipelago, offshore sailing en route to Aland and then unlimited island hopping adventures. There are over 6000 islands in the Aland group, and evenings will be spent in a mixture of lively harbours and secluded anchorages.
Plenty more to see on the return leg, with coastal meanderings and a constantly changing landscape. You’ll disembark in Stockholm after a hearty breakfast, ready to continue your journey ashore.
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
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
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
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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