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EYE OF THE WIND


Vessel stats

Class A
Nationality UK
Year Built 1911
Rig Brigantine

Specification


  • Name: EYE OF THE WIND
  • Class: A
  • Nationality: UK
  • Year built: 1911
  • Home port: St Helier, Jersey, UK
  • Rig: Brigantine
  • Height: 26.30 m
  • Length: 40.20 m
  • Entered by: Forum Train & Sail GmbH

About


  • Areas of operation: Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Atlantic/Caribbean
  • Number of trainees: 12
  • Number of permanent crew: 8
  • Berth types: Bunks, Cabins, Single, Mixed
  • Showers: Yes
  • Operational language(s) on board: English, German
  • Other language(s) spoken on board: Danish, Spanish, Swedish
  • Special diets catered for: Yes
  • Special needs catered for: Yes

Biography


Eye of the Wind, originally called Friedrich, was built in 1911 in Germany for the South American hide trade. In 1923, she was sold to Sweden and carried general cargo under the name Merry. Three years later her first engine was installed and gradually her rig was reduced and altered to a ketch, but after a fire in 1969 when her wheel house and poop deck were destroyed, her old iron hull was sold to square rigger enthusiasts who began rebuilding her.

During the 1970s she was fitted out as a brigantine in Faversham, Kent and circumnavigated the globe as her first voyage as the Eye of the Wind. She has since appeared in many films including Blue Lagoon, Savage Islands, Taipan and as the ill-fated Albatross in White Squall. Eye of the Wind raced in all five races of Tall Ships 2000.