A group of Canadian boaters went from pleasure sailors to cargo "ships" as they helped local farmers transport grain along Kootenay Lake in British Columbia - one of the province's largest inland bodies of water.
The Community Supported Agriculture project for grain included a fleet of 11 sailboats manned by volunteer crew, according to an article on Sail-World.com. The trip took three days.
The project is a way to help farmers fight the high cost of transportation by traditional fossil fuel methods. Plus, the "green" nature of the project appealed to many of the sailors, as well.
"We're trying to demonstrate a fossil-fuel free form of transportation that can help us kick our oil addiction," says Jay Blackmore of the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association.