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Sat 29-04-2023, 19:00Elsfleth. Germany Thu 04-05-2023, 10:00Hamburg, Germany Eye of the Wind 5 NightsEYE23/13

A mini North Sea Adventure, 5 nights aboard the stunning tall ship Eye of the Wind, sailing from Elsfleth to Hamburg, the port where she was launched in 1911.

Time for you to experience an active sailing holiday and at the same time get to know the ship as a place of tranquility, where you will leave the information overload and the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind. At the end of the summer season we will explore a fascinating sailing area: the German North Sea coast. Starting from the harbor town of Elsfleth on the banks of the river Weser, the voyage takes us out to Heligoland, Germany’s only offshore island, and then up the river Elbe into Hamburg.

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Ideal Voyage

Beginners keen to try some deep water sailing on a beautiful tall ship, as well as experiences sailors looking to explore this fascinating coast.

Voyage Highlights

  • Visiting Heligoland, with its striking red sandstone
  • Maximum of 12 guest berths – all in ensuite cabins
  • Hands on Tall ship Sailing
  • Coastal Sailing holiday

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

You are part of the crew.

Eye of the Wind has a keen professional crew to help train you, even if you have never sailed before. Ideal for beginners who want to try their first voyage, as well as for more experienced sailors keen to have a go at a square rigger.

This trip will be a great mix of deep ocean sailing, island exploration, coastal meandering and a river cruise up the Elbe.

You’ll get to know the Eye incredibly well, with lots of manoeuvres, sail setting and trimming, and climbing aloft (for those that want to!)

crew and guests aloft on eye of the wind
working aloft (not compulsory!)
Eye of the Wind - interior by HP Bleck
Eye of the Wind – interior by HP Bleck


You may get some big seas and rough weather at some point in the voyage, but the Eye is well set up to cope, and the crew will take good care of you.


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.


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.


Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.


Start & End Port

Elsfleth. Germany

Hamburg, Germany

Kit List

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. 


Eye of the Wind is an experienced operator with many happy customers. She sails in Northern Europa nad the Baltic in Summer (Northern Hemisphere) and across the Atlantice to the Caribbean for some winter sunshine sailing holidays.

Facebook Reviews currently 5 out of 5 stars 

A fabulous adventure! Words cannot convey the experience.

John, Tortola to Bermuda, Feb- March 2023


Tortola to the Azores! What a great time. Thanks to Captain Pit and the crew. An awesome adventure with awesome people!" F Coutreau, New England

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 Schwartz

Dear Adam,

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, Susan.

Eye of the Wind Faroes to Iceland Summer 2022

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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