Posted February 28th, 2018, 06:39 AM
We were on the October 2017 repositioning from Bali to Singapore too. It was a very enjoyable trip, as Solent Richard's excellent report indicates.
The sails were used purposefully a lot of the time (often supplementing the engine, sometimes on their own) but only on a couple of occasions did we get exhilarating sailing - both times when a squall blew up.
On one occasion when a large contingent of passengers was in the tenders, taking photos of the ship with all sails set on a still and calm sea, a squall blew up out of nowhere and the ship went off like a greyhound - the sails had to be dropped pretty quickly as the ship was speeding away from the chasing tenders.
Talking to the captain, he confirmed that his favourite sailing was in the Caribbean with Star Flyer, being the location with the best winds more often than not and acknowledging that the four mast ships in the fleet are more exciting to sail (and sail in) than the all square rigged Royal Clipper. After trying all three ships over 12 voyages in all the parts of the world they currently operate, I can but agree.