Sailing On The Sea Cloud

May 30, 2018 - Sea Cloud

“Do you think we are really going to sail?” That’s often the first question I’m asked from first-time guests on the Sea Cloud, looking for reassurance that the experience will live up to the beauty of the brochures. Fortunately, about half of our current guests have travelled on previous Sea Cloud voyages, so their enthusiasm for the journey was evident.

Although there was no wind during the setting-of-sails and the expedition leader’s “play-by-play” explanation, I reassured everyone that the wind would come up steadily as the land warmed. And come up it did, as we ended up with a spectacular sail. First, the ship heeled, followed by a sudden need to come about; the movement had all the tall-ship-sailing-action we only dream about. What a day! This is what we came for . . .

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About the Author

Tom O'Brien

Expedition Leader

Tom O’Brien has been leading and designing expeditions for Lindblad Expeditions since 1985. With a background in physical geography and conservation, a Bavarian heart and a Celtic soul, Tom has been one of the most passionate advocates of the expedition experience around the world for the last twenty years. Many of the local people and communities that we work with today are the result of friendships that Tom and his expedition mates developed many years ago.

About the Photographer

Massimo Bassano

National Geographic Photographer

Massimo Bassano has worked as a freelance photojournalist since 1990. His work appears in National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic online edition, as well as many publications throughout Europe. Massimo's photographic subjects know no bounds—his recent assignments have covered social issues, international travel, fitness and health, fashion, and portraiture. In 2004, he was awarded a Ph.D. in journalism from the Italian Association of Journalism.

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