The new sailing cruise ship currently under construction for the company will be named Flying Clipper. She is expected to enter service in 2017, and, at 8,770gt and a passenger capacity of over 300, will be the largest and the most ambitious ship in the fleet. She is powered by 35 sails totalling more than 6,350m2.
A quarter of a century ago, in 1991, Star Clippers launched its first ship, Star Flyer, a recreation of the classic sailing ships of the 19th century.
The new ship is a near replica of the sailing vessel France II, which was ordered in 1911 at La Gironde shipyard Bordeaux, and which was the largest square-rig sailing ship ever built. Flying Clipper will be the world’s largest square rigger and the largest ship of its kind afloat.
Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels and, in terms of itineraries, has undertaken many cruises from Havana, while Royal Clipper will continue sailing in the Caribbean during the winter of 2016-17.