Sport and recreation

Student sports, sailing and local sports clubs

The student body of the Maritime Faculty offer an attractive range of sporting activities. Currently sailing, football, volleyball, dancing, Tae Bo, women’s fitness and “Kutterpullen” are offered. The latter is a type of rowing which is very popular in Elsfleth. Between March and December the various teams use two boats almost daily for training.

Since 2001 sailing in Elsfleth has been possible on the sailing dinghy “Calypso”. Demand was such that in the spring of 2011 two more RS-Vision dinghies were purchased. The dinghies lie in the grounds of the Weserstrand sailing club (SWE). The yacht harbour, which is independent of the tide, is used for training. Experienced sailors can also sail on the river Weser. Sailing is open to anyone who can show evidence of knowledge and skills in a small test.

In the town there are numerous clubs which accept students as members at reduced rates. TennisHandball, volleyball, riding, swimming and football are among the sports on offer. Additionally, the sporting activities offered by Oldenburg University are also open to Elsfleth students.

Check the notice board outside the cafeteria for the latest information.

Nautical Associations

The close traditional ties with seafaring are an important part of life in Elsfleth, and two associations help keep them alive: "Roter Sand" and "Visurgis".

Culture and Events in Elsfleth

The high point of the social year for Elsfleth students is undoubtedly the annual large-scale festivity, the Seefahrtschulfest which takes places each May. The long day begins with a rowing race with participating teams from far and wide on the River Hunte, and an international football tournament on land, and ends in the early hours of the following day.
In addition there are several other maritime events – a weekend when traditional sailing ships converge on the town, and a harbour festival.

Maritime tradition can be seen in the shipping museums in Elsfleth and  Brake.