'Wind Surf' in Rodney Bay
Starfish Resort, Rodney Bay, St Lucia.
This evening we walked down the road to a different part of the beach, where we could watch the sunset.
Launched in 1989 as Club Med 1, Wind Surf is the last of the three Windstar sailing yachts, together with the fleetmates Wind Spirit and Wind Star. These cruise ships are 4-masted schooners, uniquely designed for tall sailing cruises.
The 14,745-ton, 308-passenger cruise ship Wind Surf was built as Club Med I and served as a "motor sailing yacht" alternative for the French resort company. It is amazingly crafted with 2,320 m2 (25,000 ft2) of computer-controlled sails and a ballast-water stabilizing technology which keeps the vessel levelled during navigation.
When Windstar Cruises acquired the ship in 1998, its passenger capacity was reduced to 78 to make room for new onboard facilities, such as a large spa and an alternative dining venue. These additions are not available on the company's smaller ships Wind Star and Wind Spirit.