Smooth sailing

Cruising the sparkling Caribbean on a modern-day clipper ship is at once elegant and casual

Posted: July 6, 2014 at 2:33 a.m.

The Star Clipper sets sail from South Friar’s Bay at St. Kitts. Clipper ships were developed in the middle of the 19th century as very fast sailing ships. The Star Clipper resembles the old clipper ships but was built in 1992 for luxury cruising and carries 170 passengers.

Under Caribbean stars, cruising seems stripped to its essentials. The ship, her masts and, finally, those clouds of sail unfurling in slow motion, gleaming white in warm, inky night.

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