True adventure charter – learn to sail on one of the last traditional sailing ships
Have you ever dreamed of an adventure charter; learning to sail on an Atlantic Crossing? Watching the dolphins surf the bow as you pretend to be Robinson Crusoe? Throwing off the bowlines and sailing away from safe harbor to catch the trade winds and find unexplored islands and remote beaches? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading.
Aboard Eye of the Wind you take a voyage that is beyond ordinary. You will be taken on a journey back to the days of pirates and explorers of old. Sail on one of the last traditional sailing ships to the most exhilarating sailing areas the world has to offer. You can relax and watch the nimble crew scamper up hundreds of feet of rigging, setting and trimming the sails; or overcome your fear of heights and join the fun.
With tales of ships and planes vanishing without a trace, haunting, unexplained weather patterns and other inexplicable phenomena there has been a shroud of mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle since the time of Christopher Columbus. Quench your thirst for adventure by travelling back in time on this historic square-rigger and take part in an unforgettable ocean sailing experience from the Caribbean to Bermuda.
If your baggage contains some sailors’ superstition, discover the beauty of the BVI instead. Unspoiled sandy beaches, tangled mangroves and reefs teaming with jewel coloured fish. Setting sail from the harbor of Road Town and exploring alluring places with names like Pelican Island, Dead Chest, Mosquito Island and Carrot Rock. After a day of adventure, swim ashore and find the notorious “Soggy Dollar Bar” set against a backdrop of palm treats on a beach of fine white sand. After a few Caribbean “painkillers” you may find yourself inadvertently digging for buried pirate treasure.
On Eye of the Wind you will discover destinations offering the best unspoiled coastal scenery, wildlife opportunities and sailing winds. You will be enticed by mountain backdrops and natural anchorages, self-sufficient local communities, historic ports and remote islands rather than tourist hotspots. On this voyage you will explore by wind power, sailing by hand, just as it was 100 years ago and creating a true adventure charter experience.
If a yacht charter through the Bermuda Triangle and British Virgin Islands isn’t enough, this romantic tall ship is an intoxicating destination all on its own. Everyone who steps aboard is captivated by her charm and splendor. You are bound to fall in love with the beauty of polished teak decks (reclaimed from and old dance floor) magnificent saloon and seemingly endless billowing brown sails.
Running your hands along her prow, feeling the weathered, yet warm wood, you can tell she has had a difficult, yet clairvoyant past. She started out as a topsail schooner built in over 100 years ago and she spent the first 13 years of her life as “Frederich”, after her captain.
Since then, she has had many titles , from “Sam” the schooner, to “Merry”, the cargo ship, to “Rose Marie” the motor driven fishing ship; criss-crossing the Baltic and North Sea and running aground off the Swedish coast in between. If you believe in sailing superstitions, her ever changing name could have been the cause of the devastating fire in 1970. After narrowly escaping the scrap yard and ending her days as an English pub, she was lovingly transformed into a brigantine and dubbed “The Eye of the Wind”
The Eye of the Wind has had many years of adventure, from circumnavigating the globe as the flagship for “Operation Drake” , starring in films such as “Blue Lagoon and “ The Perfect Storm”, winning awards for the most beautiful nautical photo subject and leading the longest ever sailing boat parade on her 100th year anniversary.
In 2000, she was fully restored and became the boat that will captivate your heart today. Her owners equipped her with the latest technology and electronics for navigation and comfort, using precious woods, brass and quality workmanship to preserve the character and distinctive atmosphere. A sail control system left out on purpose, meaning the 750 square meters of sail are still raised and lowered by sheer muscle power, as was intended.
Now she is owned by Forum Train&Sail, doing cabin and exclusive charters, themed events and management training. A unique sailing school, she teaches guests the true meaning of adventure charter and captivates the hearts and imaginations of those aboard; keeping the spirit of sailing alive.
Margot Jefferson – INTERSAILCLUB