Star Clippers: Flying Clipper
| June 13, 2016

Are you getting excited for our new ship? We are!

When she embarks on her maiden voyage at the end of 2017, the Flying Clipper will not only be the line’s fourth and largest sailing ship, but the largest square-rigged sailing vessel ever built. Measuring 8,770 gt and powered by 32 sails, the 300-passenger ship will be a near replica of the dramatic France II ordered in 1911 at La Gironde shipyard Bordeaux.



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  1. Tor Sellström Said,

    June 13, 2016 @ 11:04 am

    Truly awesome and spectacular! What a beauty!

  2. Barbara Cantor Said,

    June 13, 2016 @ 11:12 am

    What is her length?
    Are the square sails like the traditional Star Clipper?
    Is there to be further information coming this year?

  3. Libbie Said,

    June 13, 2016 @ 9:03 pm

    She’s beautiful! Where will she sail in her first year?

  4. Derek Langstaff (the ocean mariner) Said,

    June 14, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

    Author-Derek Langstaff.14-06-2016… (Publication Permitted).
    Keep the blogs coming as each day passes nearing Sept-2017 every matelot, dingy, yacht and tall ship skipper to master mariner must be eagerly awaiting the completion of ‘FLYING CLIPPER’.
    If ‘Flying Clipper’ is even the slightest bit as impressive as her elder sister and current fleet flagship ‘Royal Clipper’ I would support the presentation of a Nobel Prize ‘World Environmental Award’ to Mikael Krafft. Some recently commissioned cruise ships equipped with mere token gesture sails would obviously require such a force of wind that the canvas would be reduced to shreds in moments or need to be set in conditions severe enough to pose a risk of a dismastment before capturing sufficient energy to provide wind-assisted propulsion and are only intended as a photogenic eye-catching element.
    The proportion of mast heights to sail plan, total area of available canvas perfectly matched expertly designed ratio of hull length to width of beam, depth of draft and purposeful looking freeboard relative to her overall tonnage allow ‘Royal Clipper’ to glide over the oceans commanding the gaze of every person fortunate to catch a view of such a majestic vessel. Exceptional attention to traditional rigging layout and on-deck detailing down to the luxurious interior will instantly convert land loving passengers who have only previously endured time at sea aboard rediculously gigantuous top-heavy oversized floating hotels usually described as cruise ships which appear laughable compared to the stable displacement characteristics of a naturally formed iceberg.
    My time aboard ‘Royal Clipper’ during her London-Monte Carlo Maiden Voyage Shakedown Delivery Cruise is something I will always think of as my ‘happy place’ and a lasting vision of which is permanently inscribed in my memory will forever remain a lifelong unbeatable sailing experience unlikely to be equalled or bettered.
    As a professional standard volunteer crew member for many years as afterguard crew and alongside/drydock maintenance team on traditional square-rigged tallships for UK Sail Training Association, Mariners International Club (Quartermaster/Race Crew) Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race-1981, Australian Endeavour Foundation, Jubilee Sailing Trust, Turk Phoenix Ltd, Tall Ships Youth Trust and Star Clippers aboard…
    =STS ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ (TSK.1)/STS ‘Malcolm Miller’ (TSK.2)
    (153ft/91.4m 3-mast Tops’l Schooners)
    Trainee Voyage Crew 1979, Cooks Mate, Boatswains Mate, shore-support/stores collection driver, shipkeeper/port security, ‘starlight club’ founding member, pre-royal visit assistant to royal protection ship search squad, open-ship visitor guide, official function catering/hospitality team, North Humberside Regional Branch STA Committee 1999-2002.
    =HM.Bark Endeavour Replica (143ft/43.6m 3-mast Ship)
    Whitby-Edinburgh and Glasgow-Liverpool 1997 with additional UK voyages as Topman/Shipkeeper and Winter Refit Team 2003, Post-Refit Shakedown Cruise Rigging Team-2004.
    =Ships Crew Liaison to RAF 202 Squadron Air Sea Rescue Sea King Helicopter Aircrews during Ship-to-aircraft Casualty-evacuation (medivac) winch exercises, Man-overboard-crew-training-drills in the Humber and Tyne inshore coastal shipping areas.
    =SPV ‘ROYAL CLIPPER’ Maiden Voyage Shakedown Cruise London-Cowes-Vigo-Gibralter-Cannes-Monte Carlo (July-2000)
    =TSYT STS ‘Stavros.S.Niarchos’/STS ‘Prince William’
    (197ft/59.4m 2-mast Brigs) Maiden UK Tour Maintenance Team-2000/Shipkeeper/Guide to Hartlepool TSR-2010
    =’Grand Turk’ (152ft/46.3m 3-mast Full-rigged Ship) Topman/Refit Crew/Fire-Safety Officer/Hospitality Team/Open Ship Guide/Falklands Victory Veterans Day ’25th Anniversary’ Honour Parade-Deck Salute Crew at Whitehaven Maritime Festival 2000-07. FAIRWINDS and SAFE LANDFALLS to all professional merchant/naval seamen (

  5. admincindy Said,

    June 20, 2016 @ 9:20 am

    We should have more information in the next few weeks!

  6. admincindy Said,

    June 20, 2016 @ 9:23 am

    Flying Clipper will be the biggest and the most ambitious of the Clipper fleet to date, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8770 tons GRT and powered by 35 sails totaling more than 6.350 m2. It is a near replica of the dramatic France II ordered in 1911 at La Gironde shipyard Bordeaux, which was the largest square rig sailing ship ever built. SPV Flying Clipper will be the world’s largest square rigger and the largest ship of its kind afloat today.

    We will have more information in the coming months!

  7. Arnold Nestler Said,

    September 4, 2016 @ 9:09 pm

    When will you have the dates and itinerary for the maiden voyage? Can I put my name down for the waiting list to be told?

  8. admincindy Said,

    October 11, 2016 @ 9:25 am

    We don’t have exact dates yet, it will be the end of 2017. I will add you to the wait list!

  9. andrew appleton Said,

    February 26, 2017 @ 12:31 am

    Over the past three years, my wife and I have done three Atlantic crossings, east to west. One on the Star Flyer and two on the Royal Clipper. Our dream is to do the maiden voyage on the Flying Clipper, and the first east to west crossing. Please put us on your wait list.
    We look forward to doing annual voyages, mostly crossings, for many years to come, they are the highlight of our year
    Fair winds, Denise and Andrew Appleton

  10. admincindy Said,

    February 27, 2017 @ 11:53 am

    added, thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on board the Flying Clipper in 2018!

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