Getting a Crow’s Eye View of Sails and Sky on a Climb Up Star Flyer’s Mast
| February 22, 2013

Special thanks to Travel Writer Wallace Immen for this wonderful article recounting his climb up to Star Flyer’s Crow’s Nest for an amazing 360 degree view of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica! Enjoy!

Don’t look down! The crowd on deck was ribbing me as I hung precariously from a rope ladder halfway up one of the masts of the sailing ship Star Flyer. It was a highlight of a day at sea: A chance to climb up into the crow’s nest on the foremast — that’s the front mast in hearty sailor-speak — for a 360 degree view of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica. Climbing into the rigging is actually easier than it looks and perfectly safe. I’m strapped into a harness that’s bit like a big diaper and it’s tethered to a sturdy metal safety line. It’s not the most elegant rig but it makes it impossible to fall.

Me and my shadow on the rope ladder of Star Flyer

Me and my shadow on the rope ladder of Star Flyer.

It also helps that I’m climbing the rigging with the wind to my back. Never trying to fight the wind is one of the first lessons sailors of old learned when they had to scamper up the lines to unfurl sails on the nineteenth century clipper ships that were the inspiration for the ships in the Star Clippers fleet. The trickiest part is getting the hang, literally, of the rope ladder. It’s made of heavy ropes knotted together to make foot rungs that are more like loops that don’t feel all that solid beneath our feet. You have to make sure you step squarely into each step on that means you do have to occasionally look down. Fortunately I’m not afraid of heights. In fact I found it exhilarating to get a cloud view of the ship’s deck and the sea and sky.

Here’s looking at you from the top of the mast.

Here’s looking at you from the top of the mast!

To read the full article, click HERE.

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