At Sea

Jun 02, 2019 - Sea Cloud

Sea Cloud rounded the south end of the Peloponnesus peninsula at first light, and by 0900 we were well into the Ionian Sea with the island of Kythera in our wake. We were facing a westerly headwind, and since a true square-rigger such as Sea Cloud can only sail 70 degrees into the wind, we positioned ourselves to set sails southward with the wind on a starboard beam reach for the day. It’s always nice to have the first day on Sea Cloud at sea under sail, not only to get to know the sails and the ship, but also to get to know the 60 crew that operate the vessel and tend to the 54 guests.

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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 nearly three decades. 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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