|Fri 03-05-2024, 19:00Elsfleth, Germany||Wed 08-05-2024, 10:00Hamburg, Germany||Eye of the Wind||5 Nights||EYE24/13|
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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