At Sea under Sail

Jun 19, 2018 - Sea Cloud


First-time guests on Sea Cloud often wonder if we are ever going to set sail, after having seen so many glorious pictures in the brochures and online. So, it is always great fun to give them the play-by-play explanation as the yards are braced and the sailors climb the rigging to set the sails on the first day. There is much more intricately coordinated activity involved than most people anticipate, and then suddenly we are on the fo’c’sle (the forecastle on the bow) and we can’t quite believe what has just unfolded before our eyes.

This is what we dream of, and on this first day we had strong winds of 25 knots in the morning. By mid-afternoon, they had dropped enough to set the royal and sky sails──the uppermost sails on the masts──as we all found our favorite places for viewing and photographing this unimaginable experience. Captain Komakin and his crew were all heroes by the time of the Welcome Cocktail Party at the end of the first day on board.

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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

Lauren Buchholz

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lauren has lived, worked, and traveled from the historic districts of the northeastern U.S. to the dramatic landscapes of the American west. 

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