At full speed, Elissa unfurls 19 sails.
Like all full-rigged tall ships, Elissa has a multitude of rope lines that run the masts from top to bottom. "I love the complexity of that system -- being able to, by hand, put together a sailing ship and keep it stable and safely sailing," said ship's bosun Mark Scibinico.
The 205-foot ship recently underwent a major overhaul to repair plating to its hull, which suffered damage in 2008 from Hurricane Ike. Now it's as good as new, Scibinico said.
Elissa relies on volunteer crews to run its paces. Day sails are offered in the spring and fall. The boat is scheduled to appear April 6 at the Maritime Youth Expo in Seabrook, Texas.
Here's to a great summer, sailors -- may the wind be at your back and the skies red at night.