|Wed 17-04-2024, 19:00Amsterdam||Tue 23-04-2024, 10:00Elsfleth, Germany||Eye of the Wind||6 Nights||EYE24/12|
Embrace the perfect blend of tranquillity and adventure on a six-day voyage from Amsterdam to Elsfleth aboard Eye of the Wind. Traverse the IJsselmeer and the North Sea coast, exploring both picturesque landscapes and historical landmarks. It’s a journey that takes you back in time, all while offering modern comforts and newfound revelations.
As the Eye of the Wind casts off from the vibrant heart of Amsterdam, you’ll feel the pulse of modern life slip away, replaced by the timeless rhythm of wind and wave. The IJsselmeer, a unique inland sea surrounded by charming Dutch villages, will be your first playground as you begin this six-day sailing adventure. Hoist the sails as you leave the Amsterdam metropolis, giving you an immediate immersion into the age-old art of traditional sailing.
The voyage will carry you through the captivating waters of the IJsselmeer before venturing out to the raw beauty of the North Sea coast. Expect to sail along the stunning Frisian island chain—a tapestry of green dunes, historic lighthouses, and an abundant variety of birdlife like terns and oystercatchers. You may even spot seals lounging on sandbanks as you pass by. You’ll navigate the ship past quaint fishing villages that look almost suspended in time, offering an intriguing contrast to the urban beginnings of our journey.
Our sails will finally catch the winds leading us to Elsfleth, Germany, a destination with significant historical ties to Eye of the Wind; The ship was first launched over 110 years ago at Lühring shipyard at Brake/Germany – just a few kilometres away from Elsfleth. Even today there is a shipyard plaque on board, which documents the year of construction 1911 – let us know if you find it!
If you choose to stay an extra day, you can visit the Maritime Museum, which offers fascinating insights into local nautical history. For those with a penchant for natural beauty, take a leisurely stroll down the idyllic Elsfleth Beach. Another option is to explore the Elsfleth Fairy Tale Path—a delightful walk that weaves folklore into the natural landscape.
In April, the IJsselmeer and North Sea can be pleasantly brisk, with daytime temperatures averaging around 10°C. The winds are generally westerly, ranging from moderate to fresh. While it’s spring, keep in mind the North Sea is never to be underestimated; it can throw in a good swell and choppy conditions. Layers and waterproofs are your friends.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice.
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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.
We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.
The exact location may not be known until closer to the time, make sure you have a note of the ship’s phone number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day. The map below shows the likely joining place.
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.
A fabulous adventure! Words cannot convey the experience.John, Tortola to Bermuda
Tortola to the Azores! What a great time. Thanks to Captain Pit and the crew. An awesome adventure with awesome people!"F Coutreau
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
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 measureSusan
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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