Blue Clipper - Three Masted Schooner
144ft three masted schooner Blue Clipper has recently made the transition from private superyacht to an ocean going sail training vessel with an exciting programme. As you would expect from her previous owners - Hennessey Cognac Company – she has elegance and luxury accommodation that harks back to a bye-gone era, but she was built in 1991 in Sweden to demanding modern standards. Now run by the experienced sail training charity that operate gaff ketch ‘Maybe,’ the bigger schooner Blue Clipper will be aimed at anyone - young or older - looking for a hands on sailing adventure with a touch of luxury.
What Blue Clipper Does Best
Blue Clipper is commercially coded for worldwide operations so she take full advantage of her ocean credentials to focus on big expedition type voyage programmes each year.
Tall Ship Blue Clipper is spacious and luxuriously furnished gaff rigged schooner. In the construction of the hull modern elements are mixed with traditional elements, such as a clipper bow, an elegant yacht stern and a long ballast keel. The teak deck gives an opulent feel to the ship but with the security of a tough steel deck underneath. The masts extend with lofty topmasts and all three masts are gaff rigged, so there is plenty for crews to work on with blocks and tackles.
She has the potential to be a fast ship in the International Tall Ships Races and is an ideal size for crossing oceans. In 1992 she sailed half the way around the world from France to Shanghai, recreating the first cargo voyage to deliver cognac to China. Her new skipper Chris Rose has taken part in many tall ships races so he will understand the competition and the tactics too.
Wanted: Blue Clipper Action Shots
Blue Clipper has new owners and joined Classic Sailing in Dec 2016 so we are both still building a photo collection. Co-founder Adam Purser is sailing on Blue Clipper from Greenwich to Portugal in 2017 so we will have more images soon. You can also help us by sending any photos from your voyages.
HOT TIP FOR BUDDING MARINE PHOTOGRAPHERS We are running a photography voyage on Brixham Trawler Leader in April where the Trans Atlantic Tall Ships Race starts in Torbay. We will have a competition for the best sailing photo of Blue Clipper as she starts her Trans Atlantic Race here in Torbay.
In the meantime check out some photos from her delivery cruise from Malta to Portugal this winter. Blue Clipper Photo Gallery
Trans Atlantic Tall Ships Race 2017
Blue Clipper is one of the few tall ships taking part in the whole Trans Atlantic Race Circuit. The choice of voyage legs is amazing and open to both youth and adult voyage crew. Below decks is not your average sail training ship accommodation. There is a reduced price for under 25 years in an 8 berth cabin but for over 25's at the higher berth rate there are 6 cabins with twin berths and en suite facilities. If you really want to have some privacy as a couple there is a stateroom you can book at at higher premium, but this is still a 'hands on' sailing adventure where everyone helps sail the ship and stand watches.
There are blue water ocean legs racing an international fleet of about 40 tall ships, a chance to see the America's Cup in Bermuda, the razza-matazz of a Tall Ships Festival in Boston, East Coast Tall Ships Race and cruise in company legs exploring Canadian waters from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. Blue Clipper then sails up the mighty St Lawrence River with the rest of the fleet of schooners, barques, brigs and smaller vessels to Quebec where Canada is celebrating 150 years Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation (Very Big Party!). The excitement does not stop there because Blue Clipper and the fleet sail on to Halifax in Nova Scotia for an epic Maritime Festival. The anticipation mounts now as ships, including Blue Clipper, prepare to race accross the North Atlantic to France with the Westerlies to speed them on their way.
Bermuda for The 35th America's Cup
Blue Clipper will be racing in the trade winds from the Canaries to Bermuda as part of an International Tall Ships Race in 2017, so if you have always wanted to do a Trans Atlantic on a three master this is you chance. It also means you travel as a blue water sailor to the turquoise blue waters of Bermuda. This sophisticated Caribbean island has beaches to die for....and every passionate sailor in the world wants to be there in June because The 35th America's Cup taking place just off the shore. Some of the fastest yachts in the world including Sir Ben Ainslee with Land Rover BAR are competing to be the challenger for the final battle against the last America's Cup holder Oracle Team USA.
Blue Clipper Crews will be able to watch the racing heats for the contenders as part of the hospitality arranged for tall ship crews....and who knows what famous sailors or celebs you might meet in the streets of Hamilton. You are part of the Tall Ships Regatta and just watching the comings and goings in harbour from your own ship, is pretty special.
Arctic Circle, Greenland, Iceland, Lofoten Islands and Svalbard 2018 and 2019
In 2018 and 2019 Tall Ship Blue Clipper will make the Arctic her exploration ground. Here she will spend 5 months exploring this amazing area. We have planned a number of 3 week voyages, giving the opportunity to exlore Iceland, Greenland, The Jan Mayen Islands, Svalbard and The Lofoten Islands. During a 3 week Arctic expedition on board TS Blue Clipper you will find untouched arctic wilderness and unique wildlife in a setting that is both rugged and fragile at the same time.
Blue Clipper's new skipper Chris Rose, has considerable Arctic sailing experience and wants to take Blue Clipper to some of the most amazing wild places in the Northern Hemisphere. He sailed his previous expedition yacht 'Prolific' sailed from Norway to Iceland via Shetland and the Faeroes, then to Jan Mayen Island and a circumnavigation of Spitzbergen (reaching Latitude 82 degrees North) before returning to Stavanger in Norway via Bear Island and the Lofoten Islands. This round trip of 8000 miles, mainly in Arctic waters, involved scientific whale research, expedition mountaineering on the Svalbard glaciers and historical research into the work of 19th century survey pioneers.
Sailing Style on Blue Clipper
Step on board TS Blue Clipper for active sailing with an edge of luxury. Classic Sailing only work with dynamic sailing ships that offer 'hands on sailing.' It is part of our ethos and Blue Clipper's that everyone on board helps sail the ship. You really don't need any sailing experience as the professional crew will go through everything from safety drills to how to pull ropes efficiently, find the right halliard or steer the 144ft schooner. You don't have to be super strong.
Climbing the mast is not compulsory but its a great buzz. You can take the helm on a proper ships wheel. As an ocean sailing ship there will be a sextant on board. On ocean voyages the Captain will have an Ocean Yachtmaster or equivalent, so learning to navigate using only a sextant, the sun and the stars is possible....as well as all the modern gizmos!
Accomodation on Blue Clipper
Tall Ship Blue Clipper has extensive accommodation below deck. TS Blue Clipper can accommodate up to 25 people on board. There are 6 twin en-suite cabins which would generally be taken by over 25's paying the higher voyage price. There is also an 8 person cabin at a lower rate (see under 25's price).
As this was once a superyacht for wealthy owners there is also a double bed stateroom for couples who want a bit more privacy, but this is at a premium rate.
Now Blue Clipper is an adventure charter vessel, everyone is part of the guest crew regardless of which cabins you are in. When Blue Clipper is on passage there will be a watch system so everyone can take turns at sailing the ship or relaxing and sleeping. You don't have to be super strong, or have any sailing experience - just a sense of adventure and a reasonable level of health for offshore sailing.
If you are not sure what accommodation options are available for you or want a quote for the stateroom, please ring us on 0044 (0)1872 580022.
There are large saloon areas which are beautifully decorated and maintained, a well-equipped galley and plenty of places to sit and relax on deck, she is a very comfortable ship to sail on board.
For more interior photos and deck shots see our detailed page on Below Decks and Accommodation
History of the Ship
Tall Ship Blue Clipper was built in 1991 at Feab Marstrandsverken in Sweden. She was owned by the famous brandy company Hennessy.
Hennessy Company directors had a dream to recreate the first cargo of Cognac carried by sailing ship from France to Shanghai in China, back in 1872. Gaff rigged schooner Blue Clipper repeated this historic voyage in 1992.
- Length Overall: 44m
- Length on deck: 32m
- Draught: 4m
- Beam: 7.41m
- Sail Area: 6997m’
- Permanent Crew 5
- Voyage Crew 20
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