Publication details

Experience of long-term transoceanic sailing: Cape Horn example



Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Web Open Access
Keywords Sailing tourism; Spiritual health; Eudaimonic experience; Adventure tourism
Description Unlike boating tourism, which emphasises ecological concerns, and cruise tourism, with its hedonistic focus, sailing tourism is characterised by a distinct experiential emphasis. The aim of this research was to determine whether or not the participants in an ocean crossing from New Zealand to the Falkland Islands around Cape Horn underwent experiences that can be characterised by the behavioural structure of each factor in the model of a spiritually healthy personality. A mixed research design combining research methods (questionnaires, interviews, and mind maps) was chosen. A sample consisted of 11–19 respondents, according to the research techniques: questionnaires were filled out by 18 respondents; mind maps by 19 individuals; and 11 participants were interviewed. An analysis of the data points to the diversity of the individual experiences of the participants, with the possible general characteristic that on such voyages what is unique is not the hedonistic pleasure, but rather a eudaimonic experiential structure, thus defining the spiritual dimension of this kind of tourism as a nonreligious pilgrimage. This conclusion can help develop the theoretical concept of sailing, boating and cruise tourism in quite a significant way.

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