Tall Ship Sailing in the BVI, Caribbean
- Vessel: Eye of the Wind
- Where: British Virgin Islands
- Duration: 8 days
- Embark: Road Town, Tortola - 17 February 2023, 19:00
- Disembark: Road Town, Tortola - 24 February 2023, 10:00
Discover the paradise of the British Virgin Islands as you sail and explore these beautiful islands with Eye of the Wind.
Explore the British Virgin Islands with a skippered Caribbean sailing holiday adventure to remember. Set sails from the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to discover a sailors paradise from the comfort of historic tall ship Eye of the Wind.
Explore remote anchorages and traditional colourful Caribbean villages as you immerse yourself into a traditional tall ship sailing experience in the Caribbean. This voyage is perfect for those looking to discover true tropical paradise and experience the relaxed Caribbean lifestyle.
- Fully crewed tall ship
- Caribbean island hopping
- Great for couples or solo travellers
- Private ensuite cabins
- Winter sun
YOUR SAILING AREA
British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a paradise for sailing enthusiasts and sailing beginners offering numerous uninhabited islands with great bays and beaches to explore.
This necklace of volcanic islands consisting of the main islands Tortola and Virgin Gorda are encircled by the enchantingly named islands Fallen Jerusalem, Dead Chest, Salt Island Peter, Cooper and Ginger Island. These smaller islands conjure up tales of treasure maps and piracy offering a unique sailing holiday experience. These extraordinary names hark back to the days of explorers and pirates, made accessible by sailing across the aptly named Sir Frances Drake Channel named after the Queen’s favourite Privateer and Westcountry hero, Frances Drake.
The beauty of being on a ship in these breathtaking islands is that we can take you to the unspoilt, authentic Caribbean, away from the busy resorts and beaches. Experience true Caribbean culture, from small fishing villages to lively, colourful carnivals. The crew will aim to give you time to explore the islands as you wish, finding harbours to berth at and secluded bays to anchor in. Feel the sand between your toes, soak up the wonderfully colourful culture, snorkel with the fantastic marine life or simply kick back and relax on the beach.
Wildlife in the Caribbean
Spot graceful Green and Loggerhead Sea Turtles gliding effortlessly through the water and Bottlenose Dolphins swimming with the wake of the bow. Whales also frequent the Caribbean sea, with the warm water providing the perfect breeding grounds at this time of year for the humpback whale. Birdlife in the Caribbean is an incredibly beautiful sight. Keep your binoculars at the ready to spot these colourful delights. With species only native to the Caribbean, these are once in a lifetime encounters!
All voyages for Eye of the Wind
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 12 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 planMore about Eye of the Wind
Life on board
Sailing with Eye of the Wind is an experience that will sit close to your heart as you learn the ways of traditional, authentic sailing and explore breath-taking destinations. Sailing with such a historic vessel is a wonderful privilege and the pride that the crew have for working with such a vessel, is truly inspiring.
With her impressive red sails and traditional square rig, guests are actively encouraged to get involved with all aspects of sailing Eye of the Wind. The crew are friendly, professional multi nationals, who are well-versed in showing guests the ropes, so you don’t need any experience to climb aboard her voyages. There is no expectation to get involved with sailing this magnificent vessel but guests are encouraged to take part in sail hoisting, navigation and taking the helm. A good sense of humour and a sense of adventure is a must and if guests just want to sit back and relax with the harmony of the sails, that’s fine too!
A Typical Day
Most of Eye of the Wind’s voyages are designed to sail by day to explore new destinations and spend the nights in harbour or on a sheltered anchorage. The day to day itinerary is not set in stone so the Captain can make best use of the weather and winds. Once you board, a rough plan for the week will be explained and some basic sail functionings explained too!
Sailing on the high seas is hungry work, and your appetite will be easily satiated by our excellent on-board kitchen. From morning till evening, the chef will surprise you with varied recipes from his gourmet cookbook. Depending on the sailing season, local food and ingredients often end up in the cooking pot or on the plate. From a continental breakfast to lunch served either at anchor or underway. Dinner and drinks are normally served at around 7pm as you relax with your fellow guests and crew.
The day is a good balance of authentic traditional sailing with time to explore secluded bays, different cultures, cuisines and history ashore. Down-time is as encouraged as hands-on sailing, with air-conditioned bunks, comfortable lounges and a sun-drenched deck, ensuring that there are plenty of spaces to relax on board.
Sleeping and Relaxation
Thanks to the 6 luxurious cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms, Eye of the Wind can sleep a total of 16 guests ensuring voyages can be travelled in true comfort. A large dining area sits with the galley at deck level offering 360 degree views of the horizon. A library and cosy saloon sit below decks – the perfect place for relaxation and sharing sea-faring tales after a day at sea.
Above decks there’s cushioned bench seating, sun decks and a multitude of different spaces to unwind. Out at sea, you have time for yourself and time to get to know the ship as a place of rest, where you can leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind you. Stress has no place on the ocean, and you will find yourself unwinding in harmony with the wind and the sea on board Eye of the Wind.
What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Eye of the Wind?
All guests must either be fully vaccinated or have a relevant recovery certificate which is required upon booking.
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
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 6 cabins and a total of 16 guest bunks.
How many bathrooms does she have?
Each cabin has its own ensuite.
Is there an age limit?
No! Please double check for under 8's.
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?
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.
Is there air conditioning?
Yes, Eye of the Wind has air con in each cabin.