Just to complete a trilogy of water works, two boats are scheduled to sail across the Atlantic this month.
It's only in the past 100 years or so that ships have not relied on wind or human power to get where they're going. Can we go back to that?
First off is Severance on which Dan, a Charlton fan, and family is, after years of dreaming, months of planning, weeks of fretting and the last few days of intensive work, provisioning, stowing away and re-familiarising ourselves with Severence and her nooks and crannies, .... finally ready to go
Follow them as they blog their way to Tobago
Then there's the Beluga Skysail
, one of the first large cargo ships in 100 years to cross the Atlantic with the help of the wind, sets off from European shores this month on a voyage which is due to make maritime history.
The sail to be used is a computer operated kite and will apparently only save 15% of the usual fuel consumption but, hey, that's a start.
Now, what if the sails were also solar panels .... ?