That's what we experienced during our unforgettable voyage with the Blue Clipper. Scientifically, the green ray can be explained by how light is refracted and separated by the earth's atmosphere as the sun approaches the horizon. It occurs shortly after sunset or before sunrise. The French writer Jules Verne published a book in 1882 and named it after the optical phenomenon of the same name.
Green flashes and green rays are rare optical phenomena that occur shortly after sunset or before sunrise, when a green spot is visible for a short period above the sun or a green ray shoots up from the sunset point. It is usually observed from a low altitude with an unobstructed view of the horizon, such as on the ocean. The idea in the novel is that "when you see the green ray, you can read your feelings and others' too." The green ray we saw onboard showed us a path, a path toward sustainability. We joined it through the guidance of the Blue Clipper and got interconnected with nature.
Everyone on board was focused on sustainability :
- Most significant, of course, is the fact that the vessels’ primary source of energy - wind propulsion - is both abundant and emission-free, which helped us to feel an authentic tall ship sailing experience;
- Giving Marine life space and keeping a safe distance. We saw so many species of sea birds and mammals in complete serenity and respect towards the environment. A unique experience that combines environmental awareness and adventure spirit.
- Educational opportunities. We were also glad to learn that you provide sail training opportunities to young people across the UK and Ireland, thus promoting positive behaviour and attitude change in a safe and secure environment, allowing young people to develop skills essential to staying engaged and progressing in life.
- Last but not least is the sustainable galley. Our Chef Alex deserves to get a Michelin Green Star thanks to his high-level, sophisticated cuisine and environmental consciousness ( for his creations, he uses only local and seasonal produce and thus provides support for the economy).
Undoubtedly, this experience won't be that magical without a dream team ( thank you, Jack, Jan, Vicky, Alex, George, Luke, Hannah, Lydia Bryony, and Candilario). Your passion for sailing and nature protection is contagious. Sailing with you was like taking a step back in time, literally experiencing those emotions that only history with its traditions can give us. That's how we managed to see the Green Ray 💫