Fun In The Sun With Star Clippers

Royal Clipper at anchor off Union Island, Grenadines. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Sunday, December 13, 2015
I had what might be the best sleep ever in my stateroom on Deck 1 of Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper. It’s the lowest passenger accommodations deck aboard the ship, and the portholes of my Category 3 Stateroom are just feet away from the water. With the lights out, I watched as we plowed through the Caribbean Sea after leaving Barbados, the water routinely turning my windows into a washing machine filled with frothy green seawater.
The thing that you’ll learn about Royal Clipper is that she has no stabilizers, meaning she rolls from port to starboard. It’s a potentially uncomfortable sensation for those used to larger ships, but I’m here to tell you why it’s really a great thing.

We're underway this morning, sailing to our first port of call - and our first afternoon at the beach! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

We’re underway this morning, sailing to our first port of call – and our first afternoon at the beach! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

First, stabilisers induce drag – which adds to the strain on the ship’s overall speed, particularly when under sail power. So, in the interest

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