Sailing Greece and Turkey on board the Sea Cloud

Sea Cloud is one of a kind... she's one of the last hand sailed square riggers in the world, and by far the most elegant. Square riggers are basically sailing ships where the sails are carried on horizontal spars which are perpendicular to the masts. While they were once very popular, they have largely been replaced by traditional sailing ships with the sail running vertical to the ship (a much more efficient way of sailing) and thus only a handful of square riggers remain, and those that do are machine operated. Sea Cloud, on the other hand, is unique in that she is completely hand sailed - meaning there is a crew of 30 + men that have to climb the riggings every time she either sets sail or takes down her sails. It's an amazing show to watch, and unbelievable how much work is involved to maintain such an elegant ship.

 It's been an amazing experience sailing the Mediterranean aboard Sea Cloud this last week, and I'm very excited for the next two weeks as we continue to set sail across the Greek Isles. We just arrived in Athens after a week of cruising, and we're now taking on some provisions before heading back out to sea for many more adventures to come.

 As a photographer, this is a dream trip... I've enjoyed every minute of every day, and I often find myself wishing there were more hours to the day!  Unfortunately internet is very limited on board, and I've been very pressed for time so this blog post will have to remain brief, but I wanted to post a few images from the last week for all of you who've been dying to see what I've been up to. More to come later as I find a more reliable internet source off the boat, but in the meantime, enjoy these photos from the beautiful Aegean!

 

Beautiful Sea Cloud at full sail

Beautiful Sea Cloud at full sail

The amazing island of Santorini

The amazing island of Santorini

Another shot from Santorini. It's hard to take a bad photo in this beautiful town...

Another shot from Santorini. It's hard to take a bad photo in this beautiful town...

Some ruins in Turkey

Some ruins in Turkey

I've been captivated by all the ancient Greek texts... 

I've been captivated by all the ancient Greek texts... 


Look close enough and you will see the crew climbing up the rigging to prepare the sails

Look close enough and you will see the crew climbing up the rigging to prepare the sails

The crew prepares to take down the sails...

The crew prepares to take down the sails...