World Oceans Day - June 8
The theme for this year is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.
Star Clippers, awarded the prestigious World Travel Award, “Leading Green Company,” has always been a pioneer in incorporating environmentally responsible systems and practices on its three tall ships.
Star Clippers’ major source of energy — wind propulsion— is both abundant and emission free. Star Clippers always try to maximize the amount of time they are under wind power. Not only so the guests can experience a true tall ship sailing experience, but also because this reduces the amount of fuel consumed. A cruise under sail is much easier on the environment.
In the Caribbean during the winter months, where the wind is most predictable, the ships operate under wind power up to 70% of the time, thus minimizing use of auxiliary engines which also power the air-conditioning and provide electricity.
Sailing versus a motor cruising means substantially lower fuel consumption and emissions. Using a figure of 60% average power coming from wind energy saves 1,839 gallons per day. That amounts to a reduction of 671,000 gallons per ship per year.