His only complaint was the slightly unbalanced sail plan, which gave the Royal Clipper about eight degrees of weather helm under full sail. So except when racing, maneuvering, or posing for photos, the ship rarely flew the spanker or the topsails on the jigger mast, which, he said, had little effect on the boats speed. "Under engine power, we require about 4,000 horsepower to go about 12 knots; under trade-wind conditions, we can sail at about 14 knots. In Force 9 winds in the Mediterranean"--shortly after the boats launch--"we hit 17 knots with only two jibs flying. Here in the Caribbean, as you can see, we have to reduce sail so we dont go too far from where we want to be in the morning. These are perfect sailing conditions for this ship, and that, of course, is why we are here."