This lively scene is characteristic of Boudin's small paintings of the Normandy coast. Boudin deliberately placed the horizon low in the picture to emphasise the ever-changing sky, here filled with puffs of cloud blown by a strong wind. The wind also animates the sails of the many ships in and around the harbour. The port of Trouville was just a few miles to the west of Honfleur and was one of Boudin's favourite subjects. The building on the point has been identified as the Hotel Bellevue.