Photographer's Note

As we started on this cruise of the Grenadine Islands, the sun was setting. When we cleared the wind shadow of Barbados, the passengers were invited onto the deck to watch the sails being raised to inspiring music. We were sailing on the world’s largest sailing ship, the Royal Clipper. This 5-mast sail cruiser can accommodate 228 passengers and 106 crew. With 42 sails, totalling some 5,000 m2, the boat can move at an exciting 20 knots without the engines.

This is a completely relaxed affair, with no organized entertainment, no smart dressing and easy-going meal times with no fixed seating. A naturalist joins passengers in snorkeling and diving, the captain loves to talk to the passengers about sailing and Passengers can climb to the first crow's nest on each mast to enjoy the view, (shown up the foreground mast.)

Although at first glance the ship appears entirely traditional, she is equipped with the very latest in advanced technology and materials. As a result, operation is simple, and the vessel requires relatively little maintenance. The masts are made from tapering steel tubes, to which the entire rigging is attached. All sails are raised, lowered and positioned from the security of the deck by skilled sailors who use power winches and hand controlled horizontal and vertical power furling. The complete rigging is hydraulic remote controlled from several control stations on deck. The ship is fitted with a special ballast system to help the ship ride smoother and not list in high winds. For more specific information, this is the link.

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