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Fri 03-05-2024, 19:00Elsfleth, Germany Wed 08-05-2024, 10:00Hamburg, Germany Eye of the Wind 5 NightsEYE24/13

Sailing in a fresh North Sea breeze

This voyage aboard Eye of the Wind from Elsfleth to Hamburg is more than a journey between two ports; it’s a nautical narrative steeped in history, culture, and the allure of the sea. From the moment you leave the maritime heritage of Elsfleth, you’ll be captivated by the changing landscapes, the bustling river traffic, and the wildlife of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park. The ship herself is a living museum, and by the time you dock in Hamburg, you’ll have both hands and heart full of experiences that transcend any ordinary trip.

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  • En suite cabins & elegant interior
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Eye of the Wind

Sailing Areas New Zealand
Vessel type / Rig 2 Masted Brig
Guest Berths 12
Beam 7.01m (23ft)
Draft 2.7m (8.9ft)
Overall Length 40.23m (132ft)
Year Built 1911
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Voyage Description

Hamburg at Sunset


Setting Sail from Elsfleth

It’s poetic to think you’d set sail from Elsfleth aboard Eye of the Wind, given she was crafted not a stone’s throw away back in 1911. As you cast off from this historic maritime town, you’ll feel the pulse of a bygone era humming through the ship’s timbers. This small, charming port serves as the perfect jumping-off point for an authentic sailing adventure, encapsulating centuries of maritime history that tie ship and sailor to land and sea

Along the Way

Your voyage between Elsfleth and Hamburg will offer a buffet of sights that’ll enchant even the most seasoned seafarer. The Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park offers salt marshes, sandbanks, and potentially a seal or two basking in the sun. On the nautical front, you’ll encounter everything from traditional fishing boats to hulking cargo ships. The Elbe River will guide you like an old friend, leading you past historic lighthouses and thriving wetlands, teeming with birdlife—perhaps an avocet or a redshank.

Arriving in Hamburg

When you make port in Hamburg, you’re met with a city that’s both cosmopolitan and steeped in maritime tradition. If you decide to extend your stay, don’t miss the iconic Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse district in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Elbphilharmonie, with its stunning modern architecture, offers musical feasts for the ears. Fancy some fish? The Fischmarkt is a Sunday-morning institution, bustling with everything from fresh seafood to antiques.

Visit hamburg by traditional sailing boat


May’s a fine month to be on the North Sea. The brisk air is tinged with the promise of summer, and the sea generally behaves itself. Still, this is the ocean we’re talking about—always one to keep you on your toes. Prepare for a mixed bag: mild temperatures, perhaps a shower or two, but often clear skies that make for great sailing. Winds are usually moderate, ideal for both experienced hands and newcomers to feel the ship respond to the elements.


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.

Start & End Port

Elsfleth, Germany


Hamburg, Germany

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on the Eye of the Wind

Working Language on Board is German and English

Practical Advice for Eye of the Wind   

Practical Advice for Covid 19 and Eye of the Wind

What is Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board
  • Any entry visas required

What to Bring

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.

  • Eye of the Wind does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Eye of the Wind has electric sockets in all the cabins 240 V 
  • Cameras, spare batteries, chargers if you need them
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill 
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.
  • The ship provides hand towels but please bring a beach towel
  • snorkel and mask for caribbean if you like snorkelling (travel tip: swimming goggles pack up smaller than a facemask)
  • Bring insect repellant for Caribbean as can get mosquitos ashore in evening (rare at anchor)
  • ear plugs can be handy 


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!


Now that was a voyage! The EYE crew - all 10 - five women and five men - embody two words:


And such a beautiful ship. Thank you beyond measure


Vessel Gallery

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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