the new age of sail
Almost every sailor at times wishes they were back in the great Age of Sail, when cargo, passengers, pilots, warships, and everything in between moved under the power of canvas. Those days are long gone, but new concepts, driven by the marketing power of ‘green energy’ continue to make a new age of sail more and more likely. Check out these two bits of vaporware for a glimpse at our potential future: The first is a badass 68 meter Coast Guard vessel that can sail at up to 18 knots under retractable wingsails and motor near 40 with them tucked away from Sauter Carbon Offset Design, and the second is a square rigger with rigid wing sails than can transform itself into a flying boat. Screw the America’s Cup gravy train – if these things get built and prove that they’re efficient enough, there will loads of high paying jobs for good sailors everywhere. Not a bad thing, from our point of view.