Aug 25, 2017 - Sea Cloud

Once out of the shelter of Cape Sounion the night before, we could feel the developing meltemi wind from the north, but the Sea Cloud rode the waves with a seasoned ease and grace. In the 20 to 25 knot wind of morning, the chief mate of the vessel, Phil Sacks, gave an introduction to the sails and sailors of this elegant, hand-sailed, four masted barque.  South of the Cycladic island of Paros, the sailors took to the masts, and soon we were sailing only under the power of the wind in the lower and upper top sails and a jib sail, moving the ship at an impressive 6.7 knots even under partial sail. We continued in this way, passing through the strait between Ios and Sikinos to arrive in late afternoon at a protected anchorage south of Santorini.  Although the weather conditions had made it seem unlikely, the ship’s captain positioned the ship to create a lee where a safe first swim could take place … and the guests rejoiced in the water!

Our first day at sea also afforded time for Jose Calvo to offer “Photography Techniques” and Dr. Rebecca Ingram to present “The Middle Ages and More: Greek Islands after Antiquity”. After the refreshing swim, we gathered for the Welcome Cocktail and Dinner, feeling at ease and at home on our Cycladic adventure aboard Sea Cloud.

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About the Author

John Frick

Expedition Leader

Although he didn’t set out for a life of travel, John has combined his passions for education and exploring the world and turned them into a successful career leading trips around the globe. 

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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