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MSY Wind Surf, Past and Present

MSY Wind Surf

ex La Fayette

© Josep Pretel

Steel twin screw high-tech sail-cruiser built by Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre, France in 1989 (Yard No 274) for Service et Transports Cruise Line (Club Mediterranean), Nassau, Bahamas.

Technical Details

  • Cost: $140million
  • Length on deck: 187.20m(overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 20.0m (extreme)
  • Draught: 5.0m(maximum)
  • Tonnage: 14,745 gross/1,654 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 6-cylinder Wartsila-Duvant Crepells diesel-electric engines
  • Propulsion/Propellers: 9120kW/2
  • No of masts: 5/7 computer-controlled sails
  • Sail Area (sq ft.m2): 26,910/2,500
  • Speed: 12 knots (under engine power only) 15 knots (with sails raised)
  • Capacity: 453 passengers
  • Passenger decks: 8
  • Crew: 163
  • Call Sign: C6IO6
  • IMO Number: 8700785
  • MMSI Number: 309242000
  • Registry: The Bahamas
  • Sister Ship: Club Med II

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January 1989: Launched as LA FAYETTE.

“One of a pair of the world‚Äôs largest sail-cruisers, WINDSURF is part-cruise ship, part-yacht (its sister ship operates as the CLUB MED II). This is a larger grander sister to the original three Windstar Cruises vessels. Five huge masts of 164ft/50 metres (these actually rise 221 feet, or 67.5 metres above sea level) carry seven triangular, self-furling sails (made of Dacron) with a total surface area of 26,882 sq ft (2,497 metres). No human hands touch the sails, as everything is handled electronically by computer control from the bridge.¬†The computer keeps the ship on an even keel (via the movement of a water¬†hydraulic¬†ballast system of 266,814 gallons/1 million litres), so there is no heeling (rolling) over 6 degrees.¬†When the ship is not using the sails , four diesel-electric motors propel the ship at up to approximately 12 knots.

December 29th 1989: Delivered to Services et Transports Cruise Line (Club Mediterranée), Nassau, Bahamas.

1990: Began cruising.

April 1997: Sold to Carnival Cruise Line, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed WIND SURF.

© Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

1997: Commenced sailings under Windstar Cruises.

1998: Registered to Wind Spirit, Nassau, Bahamas.

© John Mavin  © John Mavin

© John Mavin

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

October 31st 2005: Registered to Wind Surf, Holland. Management; Holland America Line.

August 13th 2007: Management; Windstar Cruises Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas.


© Manuel Hernández Lafuente

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Benoit Donne, Manuel Hernández Lafuente, John Mavin, Josep Pretel and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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