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Devon, Channel Islands and Brittany

  • Vessel: Eye of the Wind
  • Where: Devon
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Plymouth - 8 October 2019, 19:00
  • Disembark: Brest, France - 15 October 2019, 11:00
TicketPriceDepositPassengers
Single berth £1,590 £398

Sail the English Channel from Plymouth, stopping off at the smaller islands off France and heading east to Brest on this exciting tall ship Channel crossing.

Sail with Eye of the Wind as she leaves Plymouth, setting the sails out to open waters. Once at sea, this voyage will take on the English Channel, and enjoy the trade winds that rush between England and mainland Europe.

Depending on wind speeds and the weather, Eye of the Wind’s next stop may be Roscoff – a great destination for ship spotters, before sailing out to the western islands of Brittany. After stopping at these small islands, Eye of the Wind will then head toward mainland France before finally anchoring in Brest.

The heave of the sea and fresh sea air are known to make sailors hungry. You can look forward to our excellent onboard cuisine, which will surprise you every day with varied creations from the galley cookbook. In cooler hours, you can just make yourself comfortable below deck in the comfy lounge, browse through the onboard library and our collection of DVDs. To get warmed up, you can, of course, get a cup of tea or coffee at any time.

A longer stay is planned on the Channel Island Jersey – it is here in St Helier that the Eye of the Wind reaches her home port! This pearl in the bay of Saint-Malo is not only the largest but also the sunniest of the “Norman islands”, as they are called in French. In a remarkable coastal formation, green banks, rugged cliffs and long sandy beaches alternate and invite for long walks. Enjoy the typical island flair during a visit to the bustling market hall, a coffee break at Liberation Square or a guided tour of the Maritime Museum right next to the port. Or, from the Jardins de la Mer park, you can watch the speedboats that connect Jersey with its neighbouring islands and the mainland as a ferry service. A trip to the valley of Saint-Pierre with its historic Quétivel water mill from the 14th century is also worth visiting.

At the end of the journey, we shall reach Brest in Brittany, France also known as “end of the earth”. For more than 350 years, the port city of Brest in the bay of the same name has been an important maritime and naval base. The cityscape is characterised by fortifications, maritime buildings, and bridges. Make the most of your stay by visiting the Océanopolis theme park with its 42 seawater aquariums, or learn about the history of the port at the Musée de la Marine in the Château fortress.

This is a very relaxed sailing holiday, spent mingling between French and British culture – all butter croissants for breakfast and cosy pubs sipping ale in the evening. These are amazing sailing grounds and beautiful scenery – what’s not to love?

Schedule

VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Devon, Channel Islands and Brittany8 October 20198£1,590Enquire now

Eye of the Wind

Guest berths: 16 Rig: Brig

With incredible amounts of character, Eye of the Wind has all the modern amenities and an authentic interior, with a teak maritime décor. Oozing with maritime history, the opportunity to sail on Eye of the Wind is one in a lifetime. This beautiful ship is as eye-catching as they get and she has even featured in several movies, including White Squall, due to her breath-taking appearance as a 1911 brig.

This windjammer offers luxurious holidays on board, cruising some of the most stunning locations in the world.

Although the ship has a large, capable engine, traditional sailing is naturally the preferred mode of travel so there is plenty to get stuck into on deck. The crew are extremely experienced and ready to teach you the workings of a classic tall ship, so no prior knowledge is necessary. Join the crew at any number of the large maritime festivals they appear at, cruise the European coast, or relish some winter sun and climb aboard for their voyages in the Caribbean – including a transatlantic crossing back from the Caribbean to Portugal.

Thanks to the 6 luxurious cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms, Eye of the Wind can sleep a total of 16 guests ensuring ocean passages can be travelled in true comfort. A large dining area, library and sun deck offer a multitude of different spaces to unwind and to get to know your fellow guests and crew.

Deck plan

More about Eye of the Wind

FAQ

  • Are all meals included?

    Yes. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot and Soft drinks are included in your ticket price. Alcohol can be purchased as extra onboard

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please let us know when making your booking.

  • What language is spoken on board?

    English and German

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    There are 6 cabins and a total of 16 guest bunks in the former cargo hold.

  • How many bathrooms does she have?

    Each cabin has its own ensuite.

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily reach 3/4G from the shore, just make sure your phone is set up for international roaming. There may be some locations that will not get good signal.

  • Can I charge my phone/camera?

    Yes, 12V sockets are available

  • Are there life jackets provided?

    Yes.

  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    No, please bring your own.

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like.

  • Will I be seasick?

    Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure, we recommend taking tablets up to 24 hours travelling.

Locations

From: Plymouth

To: Brest, France