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The Frigate Shtandart
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The Frigate Shtandart
Shtandart is an exact replica of the warship built by Peter the Great in 1703 for defense of the newly founded Saint Petersburg.

Onboard Shtandart, everyone can get immersed in 18th century life.
Those who are ready for a new adventure can become sailors, for a week or a month, on a historic ship, and together with the professional crew they will be bound for an undiscovered shore.

The modern Shtandart was built by a team of enthusiasts in 1999, and has been sailing almost continuously ever since, working as a living museum and a sail-training vessel.
The Time Machine
An amazing journey to The Age of Discoveries. Only the ocean, stars, sails and you. (Shtandart is true to the historic original above decks. Below decks, crew quarters are modern).
Unique cost of participation
The Shtandart project is a non-profit partnership supported by a numerous team of volunteers. That's why we made the fee for the voyage as affordable as possible!
Friends for Life!
At sea, a day counts for a year. It's hardly surprising, as you're in a completely new environment. An OCEAN of feelings! The like-minded people you travel with will become your true friends.
The Time Machine
An amazing journey to The Age of Discoveries.Only the ocean, stars, sails and you. (Shtandart is true to the historic original above decks. Below decks, the crew cabins are modern).
Unique cost of participation
The Shtandart project is a non-profit partnership supported by a numerous team of volunteers. That's why we made the fee for the voyage as affordable as possible!
Friends for Life!
At sea, a day counts for a year. It's hardly surprising, as you're in a completely new environment.
SEASON 2021

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." — Marc Twain
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During that week I saw our masts among palm trees, and festive lights lit on a Christmas tree onboard, while we were sailing the Atlantic. I saw dolphins and whales, and a sea turtle. I saw the wind flapping in the sails, waves gushing across the foredeck, a crescent moon, both of its horns up. But it is not what makes me start wondering, as early as now, when I manage to escape to Shtandart and travel again. And you know what? Of course you do. I love you, guys! Each and every one of you! Cheers to your existence!
Eugenia Morozova
I won't even try to describe my impressions, it's just impossible to convey them. But sometimes I look at things as if they are happening to someone else and not me: the dawn, the endless sea, the frigate, the rolling waves hitting the bow of the ship. Is it not me, is it someone else sitting on the bridge at the wheel? Or am I not myself any more? Everyone here is a full-pledged crew member. Everyone stands behind the wheel, climbs the masts to furl or set the sails in any weather, no matter what size the swell is. But when you hang on the yard casting off the gaskets to set the sail, you understand that it's all for real.
Dmitry Busygin
The ocean. I imagined that there are only waves around and no land on the horizon. Or, rather, I was just trying to imagine. Shtandart made my dream come true. The frigate showed me a following storm and huge waves that first hide the horizon and then take you up to the sky. She showed me how the ocean breathes when it's calm, welcoming us into its cool embrace. She showed me playful dolphins jumping around her, and curious whales that greet her on her way to the Canary Islands. She showed me breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, and magical shimmering plankton lights at night. And the stars. The ocean. We're coming to see you again.
Marina Susloparova
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But you need to be aware: Travelling on Shtandart is not a leisure cruise! When you join the crew, you become not a passenger but a real sailor and a full-pledged crew member.
* You do not need any maritime experience or expertise. It is enough to be willing to learn everything onboard.
How much does participation in the voyage cost, and why?
Each of our voyages is different from the others in terms of duration, route and ports, where we stop different times of the year. All that determines the amount of your contribution for the sailing trip.

The contribution includes:
- the costs of the ship's maintenance and the salary of the professional crew;
- the cost of fuel, water, parking in the ports;
- accommodation and four meals on board.

As soon as you're on the ship, there won't be any compulsory expenses for you!

You need to do the following things on your own:
- purchase tickets from home to the port where you board the ship and back;
- if necessary, obtain a tourist multivisa and an insurance policy;
- buy souvenirs in the ports along the route, if you wish to!
Is it safe to participate in the voyages?
Sailing on Shtandart, like any other active vacation such as mountain skiing, diving or mountaineering, involves certain risk. We can and have to minimize this risk by complying with the safety regulations. What do we do to achieve this goal?

  • Each journey begins with a safety orientation meeting and training for the entire crew.

  • Shtandart undergoes preventive maintenance every year, including repairs in a dry dock.

  • Shtandart undergoes inspections held by Dutch and German Maritime Registers.

  • Our experienced professional crew is always aboard.

The crew.
It is you who are the crew.
Travelling aboard Shtandart is not a leisure cruise. Each participant has to do underway watches, set sails, stand by the wheel, moor the ship, swab down the decks, and do many other things!
You will come home as a real salty sailor, having made a lot of new friends; you will learn from your own experience how working together on a ship brings people together and helps them get on well.

Of course, there will always be members of our experienced professional crew by your side, and they can teach you everything, always lending a helping hand.

Welcome aboard!
Морская болезнь
Да, морской болезни подвержены практически все. Даже космонавты.
Кого-то укачивает в автобусе, а кого-то — в шторм силой не меньше 10 баллов.

Не надо этого бояться, надо через это пройти и стать сильнее.
Лучший рецепт — оставаться на палубе, активно участвуя в управлении фрегатом. Затем быстро поужинать и скорее в гамак, отдыхать.
Привыкнуть к качке помогут также имбирь и неподвижная точка на горизонте.
И тогда сам морской дьявол вам не страшен!
What should I take with me?
A universal marine set of clothing is based on multiple layers: warm clothing (thermal underwear and Polartec) for night watches, a waterproof membrane jacket to protect you from wind and rain. You will also need shorts, T-shirts, a bathing suit for swimming; do not forget to take comfortable sports shoes (sneakers, hiking boots). It's good if you take your own sleeping bag, but if you don't have one, you can definitely borrow it on the ship. There is also a set of warm waterproof overalls for stormy weather.

All you have to remember when you pack your things is that there is not much free space aboard any ship. It's better to use a soft bag or a backpack rather than a suitcase to pack your stuff, so that it can be folded and kept in the feet of your hammock.

La Rochelle - La Rochelle
Port of departure: La Rochelle
Boarding: 14.06.2020
Port of arrival: La Rochelle
Arrival: 20.06.2020
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 290€

We will sail 5 full days. We will go where the wind brings us - around French islands at Atlantic coast.
You will experience the life of board like true sailors of the 18th century.
You will learn how to sail square-rigged ship, how to trim sails and what to do with ropes and rigging.
And of course, together we will enjoy sunrises, sunsets, and stars in the sky during night watches.
No maritime experience required, we now how to turn you into a real sailor!

La Rochelle - Calais
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 21.06.2020 09:00
Departure: 21.06.2020 22:00
Port of destination: Calais
Arrival: 27.06.2020 12:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 225€

Calais - Amsterdam
Startharbour: Calais
Boarding after: 28.06.2020 16:00
Departure: 29.06.2020 14:00
Port of destination: Amsterdam (Zaandam)
Arrival: 03.07.2020 12:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 200€

Amsterdam - Sonerborg
Startharbour: Amsterdam (Zaandam)
Boarding after: 25.08.2020 17:00
Departure: 26.08.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Sønderborg
Arrival: 30.08.2020 18:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 650€
400 nautical miles

Netherlands – high and low currents – Heligoland – The Kiel Canal – Denmark

A great training journey at the very end of summer! If you still have some doubts regarding which route to select, give up on your concerns and come join us at the end of August. The ship and its crew will be a little bit more relieved after an intense season of sail festivals, and together with you, we will take a rest and will spend more time telling sea stories and lectures on fascinating nautical studies. And we will have plenty of practice, it is difficult to find another route like this one, which would be as diverse in terms of sailing conditions)

Route
We are accustomed to sailing from Netherlands to Denmark, but it doesn't mean it is less interesting! We will come across tide gates in Holland and Germany, high and low currents of the North Sea (and of course, we will explain, how to use them to your advantage!), calmness and green landscapes of the Kiel channel and waters of the Baltic. If the weather gives us the opportunity to stay a bit more in Holland waters, we will cover the first half of the distance via inland seas. Here we will make a short stop at Lelystad, there is a sailing boat-museum Batavia, and we will rest in a wonderful tiny town called Enkhuizen. Through the tide gates, we will reach the Wadden Sea, and then we will have to find the way through narrow channels between shoals, which uncover during low tides. Currents here can easily gain a speed of 3-4 nautical knots, and they constantly change the direction! These waters are considered one of the most difficult in the world for navigation, but they are so much fun!

After passing through the shoals, we can stay at our favorite place at the Texel Island, and then we will be sailing for 2 days on the high North Sea.

Right before reaching Germany – there is the Heligoland Island. Former German submarine base, and now it is a resort, a bird sanctuary and a duty-free zone. Again strong currents, now at the Elba estuary, again the tide gates – we will be entering the Kiel Channel. Ahead of us, there are 100 kilometers of an "excursion" around inner German lands. From both sides of the shipboard you will see cozy towns, small woods and fields following each other. A real green feast for the eyes of sailors who are tired of looking at the blue of the water!)

Final 40 nm of our route will take place already in the Baltic waters.

Sailor practice
Any Shtandart journey includes mandatory making and taking in of sails, bracing and steering wheel shifts. We have no passengers! Amount of new knowledge and skills depends on your energy and enthusiasm. Shift officers and the captain will eagerly share their experience; just find time to ask your questions! Knots, modern and traditional navigation, marine radio communication and tricks of the sail settings – you can learn anything, see it and try it with your own hands.

Sonnerborg - Amsterdam
Startharbour: Sønderborg
Boarding after: 01.09.2020 16:00
Departure: 02.09.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Amsterdam (Zaandam)
Arrival: 09.09.2020 18:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 9
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 790€
600 nautical miles

Baltic Sea Kiel Canal — Flood gates — Currents — Hamburg —North Sea

The crew will remember the route by adventurous stops and a variety of sailing conditions. We will go by secured inland channels and open sea. Sailing will be useful for beginners who want to see as much as possible during their first trip, but experienced sailors won't be bored either: we are going to navigate through waterways, busy traffic and fast currents in narrow fairways and open sea. This year, after the Kiel Canal, we will go up the famous Elbe and make a stop in Hamburg. Shtandart has spent the winter here more than once, but over the last years has usually passed it by without stopping. Nevertheless, this Hanseatic city deserves at least a couple of days of visiting!

Route
After passing a short piece of the Baltic Sea, almost immediately we will hide out in the narrow and curving Kiel Canal. A real tour of the coast of Germany - not by bus, but by our own sailboat! On both sides of the canal there will be fields, forests, and cozy houses of villages and towns. After passing the flood gates, we will enter the Elbe and go up - against the current, but with favorable tide! Leisure time in Hamburg - and back to a short passage to Heligoland. Formerly a World War II submarine base, it has now become a small resort, bird sanctuary and duty-free zone. Leisure time in Hamburg - and back to a short passage to Heligoland.We will do the next 150 miles to Holland by the North Sea. The currents here change from favorable to reverse and vice versa, whole fields of wind turbines grow on the shallows, there are drilling platforms too.

As for the last part of the route, depending on the weather, we can either go by sea directly to the flood gates in Ijmuiden, located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, or we can hide out in the Dutch inland waters next to the island of Texel. In the latter case, we will have much more flood gates and narrow fairways along our route, but we will be covered from the sea waves. If we have time, we can stop in the small towns of Oudeschild, Enkhuizen or Lelystad.

Sea practice
This trip guarantees non-stop multi-day sea passages, long deck watches, various marine and sailing experiences. We will learn how to bear the course and use modern means of navigation, plan the route for the upcoming day and calculate the power of influence of the tides. If this is exactly what you want, you are welcome to the team!

Amsterdam - St Malo
Startharbour: Amsterdam (Zaandam)
Boarding after: 13.09.2020 16:00
Departure: 14.09.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Saint-Malo
Arrival: 19.09.2020 08:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 590€
400 nautical miles

English Channel — Currents — VHF Radio Operator Practice —Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

We keep going south on the familiar route. We have sailed these places up and down - we will share the best with those who will sail with us for the first time and we will recall the past with those who we sailed here together.

Route
We have to go through the busy English Channel (or la Manche in French) along with heavy supertankers, white passenger liners and fishing seiners. The cold autumn North Sea, as if by magic, will be replaced by warmer weather in France. From our experience, such rather abrupt changes often occur after crossing the Dover to Calais line. Via the North Sea Canal we will reach the exit to the North Sea, which is marked by the flood gate of Ijmuiden fortified since the Second World War. Having got the time of the passage through the flood gates right to the beginning of the favorable current, we will sail south-west to the Pas de Calais, the narrowest part of the English Channel, where the tides are the strongest. Then it will be time for those who love accurate calculations - this is a great opportunity to learn how to calculate the time of high water, so that we pass through the narrow water like smoke, with the favorable current. After the Pas de Calais (or the Strait of Dover in English), we expect to begin to feel the result of the movement to the south. On our right hand, we will have a busy navigation pass, where merchant ships rush to northern Europe, and on the left hand we will have the high rocky shores of France.

On our way, depending on weather conditions, we will try to go to interesting ports - Belgian Ostend, French Calais, Dunkirk or Dieppe. "The city to be sacked by the crew", the Captain will say with a smile, thereby allowing the team to joyfully run ashore. The trip will end in Saint-Malo, an old city, surrounded by a fortress wall, with hard-to-imagine 13-meter tides and the famous Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey nearby.

Sea practice
The busy English Channel is the perfect place to learn about modern navigation. We will learn the rules of collision avoidance, we will understand the way how the ships circulate on the "sea roads". And in practice, looking at the lights on the nearby ships, we will find out who is nearby - a cargo ship or fishermen who went out to check the nets. On board we don't have either tourists doing nothing or theory without practice. Therefore, every sailor, after having understood the theory of radiocommunications, will instantly hear how it happens in shipping industry - from French and English dispatchers and from Philippine mates. The VHF Radio Operator program will fit most brightly and intuitively this stage of the trip.

St Malo - Nantes
Startharbour: Saint-Malo
Boarding after: 20.09.2020 16:00
Departure: 21.09.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Nantes
Arrival: 25.09.2020 20:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 590€
350 nautical miles

High tides — Mont Saint-Michel —Bay of Biscay — Up the Loire to Nantes

After stop in Saint-Malo, we go along the French coast and turn east - into the Bay of Biscay.
A trip around the Brittany peninsula implies a very definite program: here there are high rough cliffs, cozy towns with a very distinctive architecture, and, of course, wine and oysters! Though, in addition to the beautiful shores and gastronomic delights there are difficult navigation conditions. Strong tides, changeable weather, the Bay of Biscay and sailing up the curving river in the end of the trip.

Route
Getting out of Saint-Malo is in itself a real adventure. The spring tides here reach 10 meters, and the passage through the flood gates is possible only at a certain time. A precisely calculated moment when to start the trip will assure a rapid exit to the sea with the favorable current. Next is a small piece of the English Channel and an eventual stop in Cherbourg (here, right on the quay of the port, the Titanic Museum is open, and there is an atomic submarine open to the public - one of the few open in the world). Passing the island of Ushant which is well-known by yachtsmen, and turning east to the Bay of Biscay. Although officially we will remain within the borders of the bay, the water area here is already oceanic - open waters stretch westwards to America.
Depending on the weather, we plan to make a couple more stops - either go to the small towns of Concarneau or Quiberon well-loved by us, and anchor off the island of Belle-Île. At the end of the trip we will go 30 miles up the Loire, where we will moor right in the historical center of Nantes.

Sea practice
In addition to the traditional skills of working with square sails required on Shtandart (such as setting and stowing, using gaskets, bracing, adjusting sails to the wind), we will dedicate the night watches to the study of astronautics. Dark nights far from coastal lights are ideal for both enjoying the constellations and working with the sextant!

Nantes - La Coruna
Startharbour: Nantes
Boarding after: 27.09.2020 16:00
Departure: 28.09.2020 12:00
Port of destination: A Coruña
Arrival: 02.10.2020 20:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 0€
400 nautical miles

Bay of Biscay — La Rochelle — Long sea passage — Tower of Hercules

This passage ought to be interesting for everyone, regardless of experience! For beginners - we will tell and show in detail how our ship works, teach how to understand the principles of sailing, explain how to read nautical charts and use navigation devices.

Ship life on Shtandart never turns into a routine. You will discover how fun it is to swab the deck together, sunbathe at the helm, cook lunches and dinners, and wake each other up for night watches. Experienced sailors will be interested in the navigation area itself - high tides, high water entry into La Rochelle (depending on the weather), and a long sea passage for crossing the Bay of Biscay.

Route
Before going to the Bay of Biscay, we have to go 30 miles down the Loire - that much is clear. But our future plans are entirely dependent on the weather. If we need to spend a couple of days on the north coast of Biscay waiting for a favorable moment to cross the bay, we'll stop in La Rochelle or Port Joanville on the island of Yeu. If the weather is favorable for the passage, we will take the course to the open sea to reach the coast of Spain after 3-4 days of non-stop sailing. On the south coast, we, depending on the time available, will go to A Coruña right away, or will stop in the city of Gijón, or maybe will drop anchor in one of the sheltered bays.

Sea practice
The trip will begin with a mandatory safety briefing, training how to climb the masts, and learning the basic skills of bracing and making sails specific for Shtandart. During the passage, everyone will be able to attend courses of Yacht Sailor and VHF Radio Operator, with the issuance of the appropriate IYT certificates (certificates are charged separately, 90 euros per certificate).You will learn how to tie the most important knots, read lights and signs of the ships, navigate by buoys and lights of lighthouses, and discover the resources and procedures of marine radiocommunications.

And most important thing - you will spend a few days in the open sea!

Nantes - La Rochelle
Startharbour: Nantes
Boarding after: 01.10.2020
Port of destination: La Rochelle
Debarkation: 04.10.2020
Days on board: 4
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 340€
200 nautical miles

4 days long voyage from Nantes to La Rochelle. Ports of the beginning and the end of the voyage are define; for the rest - we will go where the wind brings us - around French islands at Atlantic coast.

You will experience the life of board like true sailors of the 18th century.
You will learn how to sail square-rigged ship, how to trim sails and what to do with ropes and rigging.
And of course, together we will enjoy sunrises, sunsets, and stars in the sky during night watches.
No maritime experience required, we know how to turn you into a real sailor!

La Coruna - Lisbon
Startharbour: A Coruña
Boarding after: 04.10.2020 16:00
Departure: 05.10.2020 14:00
Port of destination: Lisbon (Cascais)
Arrival: 09.10.2020 20:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 590€
350 nautical miles

Atlantic Ocean — Cape Finisterre —Portugal

The most "oceanic" of all stages of our passage from the North Sea to the Mediterranean.
We have to go 350 miles along the coast of Spain and Portugal. Masts sometimes hide behind high waves here - but, as a rule, this is a gentle swell, gradually lifting the frigate almost invisible to the crew. Moreover, this time we will sail this part in the first half of autumn and can count on favorable weather and prevailing fair winds. If you have already been at sea more than once, and never in the ocean, isn't it time to open up new horizons?

Route
The course along the ocean coast is especially dependent on the weather. Whether we make a quick southward throw at the beginning of the week, or first linger around the Spanish coast, and then go down to Portugal, we will make the decision just before leaving A Coruña, collecting information from accurate forecasts.
In any case, we will have many interesting opportunities:
  • At the beginning of the passage, we will pass through the famous Cape Finisterre — the "end of the earth" of the ancients.
  • We will look at the lighthouse from the sea, or will moor in the town of Finisterre to walk through the final part of the pilgrim route of the Camino Finisterre.
  • Even if the weather is fresh, we will be able to go to relax in Vigo Bay and anchor next to the protected Cies Islands well-loved by us. With a high probability, we will be able to go to Porto, take a walk along the streets of the old city and try the best port wine in the world.
  • At the end of the route we plan to stay in the town of Cascais, a suburban resort of Lisbon.
Sea practice
Any trip on Shtandart, and especially an ocean one, requires setting and stowing of sails, bracing and watching at the helm. We have no passengers on board! The amount of new knowledge and skills depends on your energy and desire. The watch officers and the captain will be happy to share their experience, just ask your questions! Knots, modern and traditional navigation, maritime radiocommunications and the finer points of sail setting - you can learn, try and see everything in practice.

La Rochelle - Bordeaux
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 08.10.2020
Port of destination: Bordeaux
Debarkation: 11.10.2020
Days on board: 4
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 360€
200 nautical miles

4 days long voyage from La Rochelle to Bordeaux. Ports of the beginning and the end of the voyage are define; for the rest — we will go where the wind brings us - around French islands at Atlantic coast.

You will experience the life of board like true sailors of the 18th century.
You will learn how to sail square-rigged ship, how to trim sails and what to do with ropes and rigging.
And of course, together we will enjoy sunrises, sunsets, and stars in the sky during night watches.
No maritime experience required, we know how to turn you into a real sailor!

Lisbon - Malaga
Startharbour: Lisbon (Cascais)
Boarding after: 10.10.2020 16:00
Departure: 11.10.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Malaga
Arrival: 18.10.2020 20:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 10
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 890€
350 nautical miles

Lisbon — Living History —Traditional Sea Route — Tangier —Pillars of Hercules

The Strait of Gibraltar has already become one of our favorite routes From the resort of Cascais, located near Lisbon, we will go to the mouth of the Tagus River, through the swelling sea around Cape San Vicente, by the Pillars of Hercules, where Odysseus sailed, through the ancient sea gate to the Mediterranean Sea. Calm sea watches will alternate with active work with sails at the call of the captain: "Free hands on deck!" Even if the wind goes down, we won't be bored - we will bravely jump into the ocean straight from the deck to refresh ourselves. Over the course of centuries, the waters of Gibraltar have rarely been calm. After the Expulsion of the Moriscos from the Iberian Peninsula, the strait dividing Christian Spain and the Muslim north of Africa, presaged a meeting with Berber pirates for sailors. In the 18th century, during the War of the Spanish Succession, countless battles raged next to the walls of the fortress of Gibraltar, and after the opening of the Suez Canal, the Strait of Gibraltar was flooded with merchant ships making a short cut from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean.

Sea practice
Repeating the route of medieval sailing ships, Shtandart, like a time machine, will take us to the times when sailors could only hope for a fair wind, and had to navigate not by modern GPS devices, but by a sidereal map. With the lead of watch officers, together we will take the braces and climb the high masts; at night watches we will be guided by the lights of the lighthouses and the countless stars glittering above our heads. Don't be late to wish upon a star. Taking into account the experience and wishes of the participants of previous similar trips, we've added a few more days to the familiar route. This means that we will be able to stay in Gibraltar a little longer, exploring its sights, and perhaps go to Tangier to change homelike Europe to an African color, visit a hammam and local markets.

Bordeaux - La Rochelle
Startharbour: Bordeaux
Boarding after: 23.10.2020
Port of destination: La Rochelle
Arrival: 26.10.2020
Days on board: 4
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 360€
200 nautical miles

4 days long voyage from Bordeaux to La Rochelle. Ports of the beginning and the end of the voyage are define; for the rest - we will go where the wind brings us - around French islands at Atlantic coast.

You will experience the life of board like true sailors of the 18th century.
You will learn how to sail square-rigged ship, how to trim sails and what to do with ropes and rigging.
And of course, together we will enjoy sunrises, sunsets, and stars in the sky during night watches.
No maritime experience required, we know how to turn you into a real sailor!

Malaga - Alicante
Startharbour: Malaga
Boarding after: 19.10.2020 16:00
Departure: 20.10.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Alicante
Arrival: 24.10.2020 18:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 590€
250 nautical miles

Mediterranean Sea — Cartagena —Costa del Sol


October is coming to its end, and it's getting cold, dark and wet around the north latitudes. Meanwhile, in the Costa del Sol region, the sunniest coast of Spain, the tourist season is at its peak! Go look for tickets at once, they are still cheap: you can fly to Malaga and from Alicante on a convenient light. And rush aboard our ship! Arrange a break from autumn days for yourself, revive yourself with the sun light, sea and lively breeze. It should give you enough power to last till the New Year holidays!

Route
In this journey, our route lies alongside the Mediterranean coast of Spain. The season lets us count on prevailing tail winds and good weather, while a relatively short distance will allow us to use the sails and call at a couple of interesting ports. One of the important points within the route is Cartagena. Located in a gulf sheltered by high cliffs, the city is completely hidden from prying eyes from the sea. Steersman can find the passage between the cliffs only at the very last moment!
At the final point of our route we will visit Alicante, a beautiful resort city with the castle on a high cliff and the Volvo Ocean Race Museum, and we will dedicate our journey time to sailing practice and training sailor tricks, as well as to relaxation on the deck heated with the sun light and swimming in the open sea.

Sailor practice
Any Shtandart journey includes mandatory making and taking in of sails, bracing and steering wheel shifts. We have no passengers! Amount of new knowledge and skills depends on your energy and enthusiasm. Shift officers and the captain will eagerly share their experience; just find time to ask your questions! Knots, modern and traditional navigation, marine radio communication and tricks of the sail settings – you can learn anything, see it and try it with your own hands.

La Rochelle - La Rochelle
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding: 26.10.2020
Port of destination: La Rochelle
Arrival: 01.11.2020
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 590€
300 nautical miles

It is not often that our voyages start and finish in the same port, basing on the fact that so many ports and festivals wait for Shtandart in different parts of Europe.

However precisely those circular legs give a great possibility to choose an optimal route according to the weather and dedicate maximum time for sail trainings, unforgettable voyages, relaxation and strolls through beautiful port towns.

Possible itineraries
The region around La Rochelle - the north-east corner of Biscay - offer us a lot of different options. In case of unpleasant weather there is a wide bay protected from waves to the south of La Rochelle. It was created by the mainland and island Oleron.

By the way, exactly this bay is the place where you can find the famous Fort Boyard. Shall we say 'Hi' with the cannon salute?

To the north of La Rochelle we will be protected by the island Île de Ré. It is connected to the mainland by the 30 meters bridge. The height of Shtandart's main-mast is 33 meters. Nevertheless we passed under that bridge easily and not once without pulling down the topgallant masts. Come and puzzle out with us how this is possible.

If we are not stopped by waves, we will leave defined water areas to Biscay. And from there we can sail to Morbian bay, visit Concarneau, or drop the anchor near to the island Belle-Île-en-Mer.

Program
As we are not depending on exact route we can avoid the necessity to go boringly by engine - up-wind or with no wind. If the weather is warm and windless we will enjoy sunbathing on the deck and swimming in open sea. If there is cool wind in Biscay bay we will set the sails and have a lurch fly along french islands.

Alicante - Palma
Startharbour: Alicante
Boarding after: 26.10.2020 16:00
Departure: 27.10.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Palma
Arrival: 31.10.2020 18:00
Debarkation before: 01.11.2020 10:00
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 690€
300 nautical miles



Children group, 9-18 years old.

Palma - Bizerta
Startharbour: Palma
Boarding after: 02.11.2020 16:00
Departure: 03.11.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Bizerte
Arrival: 07.11.2020 20:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 590€
400 nautical miles

A long sailing route — Open sea —Tunisia

It is time to go out of the comfort zone of well-trodden paths and well-known routes again. If you have a thirst for discoveries and real adventures — this journey is just for you! We will cross the Mediterranean Sea from the European to African coasts, spend several days in the open sea and call at Tunisia for the first time in the "Shtandart" history.

Route
In this journey it is especially important to monitor weather forecasts and set up the route according to the wind. After leaving hospitable Palma, we can either set course straight to the open sea, to Africa, or stay a day at the Balearic Islands. In this case, we can drop anchor at Porto Cristo or even sail up to Menorca. We will study forecasts together with you and will tell you how to make a decision accordingly. To sail at once to the South to Africa or first sail to the East in the direction of Sardinia? We are guaranteed to spend several days out of sight of any land, this way or another. In addition to modern GPS navigators, you will have a compass and a sextant at your disposal. After covering 400 nm, we will see the shores of a new continent. We will visit Bizerte - a place memorable for the Russian Fleet.

Sailor practice
Any Shtandart journey includes mandatory making and taking in of sails, bracing and steering wheel shifts. We have no passengers! Amount of new knowledge and skills depends on your energy and enthusiasm. Shift officers and the captain will eagerly share their experience; just find time to ask your questions! Knots, modern and traditional navigation, marine radio communication and tricks of the sail settings – you can learn anything, see it and try it with your own hands.

Bizerta - Malta
Startharbour: Bizerte
Boarding after: 09.11.2020 16:00
Departure: 10.11.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Malta
Arrival: 14.11.2020 12:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 590€
300 nautical miles

Tunisia — Sidi Bou Said — Malta

Bizerte — Malta is one of the most southern sailing routes of the "Shtandart" this season. If you want warmer wether and more sunlight, you definitely should pay attention to this very route.

Route
The distance s not very long, but not very short either — 300 nm. Within a week we will manage both to call at Sidi Bou Said, and to cover quite a serious distance to Malta. For once in a while, we will have warm night shifts under the twinkling of the southern stars! In Sidi Bou Said we plan to drop anchor at the Presidential Palace or to call at the Gamarth marina, maybe, we will manage to do both, successively. Malta doesn't even need any advertising - the Shtandart has already tested a stay at this island last spring, and it is definitely worth repeating.

Sailor practice
Any Shtandart journey includes mandatory making and taking in of sails, bracing and steering wheel shifts. We have no passengers! Amount of new knowledge and skills depends on your energy and enthusiasm. Shift officers and the captain will eagerly share their experience; just find time to ask your questions! Knots, modern and traditional navigation, marine radio communication and tricks of the sail settings – you can learn anything, see it and try it with your own hands.

Malta - Corfu
Startharbour: Malta
Boarding after: 21.11.2020 16:00
Departure: 22.11.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Corfu
Arrival: 30.11.2020 18:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 10
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 750€

400 nautical miles – Italy – Greece

Again a long distance, and a longer route in terms of time as well.

Those who don't find a week journey long enough and want to spend more time at sea - welcome aboard! The sailing route from Malta to Corfu is one of the few 10-day routes this autumn.

Route
After leaving Valetta, a significant sailing to the North-East will be in store of us - finally, to the Greek islands! Depending on the weather, we can sail to Greece through the open waters of the Mediterranean sea and make a significant many days-long journey, or sail alongside the Italian shores with intermediate stops, for instance, in Syracuse and in Crotone.

Anyway, we will have sea watches, various conditions of a long sea journey, swimming in sea and relaxing walking in the coastline towns. 10 days is long enough for a complete reloading and immersion into the maritime way of life. Creaking of the ropes and meditative swinging of hammocks will become a familiar reality, while city traffic and rush hours will turn into weird exotic things.

Sailor practice
Any Shtandart journey includes mandatory making and taking in of sails, bracing and steering wheel shifts. We have no passengers! Amount of new knowledge and skills depends on your energy and enthusiasm. Shift officers and the captain will eagerly share their experience; just find time to ask your questions! Knots, modern and traditional navigation, marine radio communication and tricks of the sail settings – you can learn anything, see it and try it with your own hands.

Corfu - Afens
Startharbour: Corfu
Boarding after: 05.12.2020 16:00
Departure: 06.12.2020 10:00
Port of destination: Athens
Arrival: 11.12.2020 20:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 590€
300 nautical miles

Ithaca — the Corinth Canal —Athens

The last in our autumn "journeys to the South" is the sailing route to Athens and it will be already in the Greek waters protected from the waves of the open sea. But we shouldn't ease up too much - in the narrow straits between the islands and near high cliffs there may occur rapid changes of the wind conditions, regions of the dead calm and sudden increase of the wind. The route is full of famous places and sights, and the brightest among them is, of course, the Corinth Canal.

Route
After leaving Kerkyra on Corfu, we will set course to the South again. 50 nm alongside the mainland — a small part of the sea which is open to the winds from the West - and we will completely hide in the inland waters through the strait between Lefkada and Kefalonia. Right behind the strait hides the legendary Ithaca. It is not easy to find a suitable quay berth here, but we won't pass it by: we really want to drop anchor at one of the protected gulfs. The next part of the journey - around 100 nm to the entrance of the Corinth Canal. On the way, maybe, we will call at Patras in order to replenish the ship with fresh water, or maybe we will pass the big port at a distance and will reserve more time for sailing practice and studying small islands. Passing the Corinth Canal will become another adventure — this is a narrow corridor of 6 km with walls up to 76 meters!
After the Corinth Canal, what will be left is to cover only 40 nm to Athens, the final destination of our journey.

Sailor practice
Any Shtandart journey includes mandatory making and taking in of sails, bracing and steering wheel shifts. We have no passengers! Amount of new knowledge and skills depends on your energy and enthusiasm. Shift officers and the captain will eagerly share their experience; just find time to ask your questions! Knots, modern and traditional navigation, marine radio communication and tricks of the sail settings – you can learn anything, see it and try it with your own hands.

Athens - Athens
Startharbour: Athens
Boarding after: 28.12.2020 16:00
Departure: 29.12.2020 18:00
Port of destination: Athens
Arrival: 02.01.2021 12:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 650€
300 nautical miles

New Year — Loop route — Greek Islands

New year journeys always gather old friends and tested crews aboard the "Shtandart". If it's been a while, since you joined us, and you miss the ship and eah other — don't think twice! Write us as soon as possible, book a place and plan your New Year adventure. We also miss you very much! If you have never been on the "Shtandart", but you feel that the atmosphere is close to your heart and you are ready to immerse into maritime adventures? The more is the reason to fill in the application form - vacant places for the New Year holidays are booked very fast!

Route
It is not often that the "Shtandart" sails a loop route and returns to the same port. Usually we are on the way from one festival to another, and the sailing direction is strictly defined. Two New Year routes will be exceptions to this rule. As real free nomads, we are absolutely free in choosing the route and will be considering only the wind direction and our mood. We can sail to the South — where there are stunning picturesque gulfs of Paros and Naxos, or to the South-West, in the direction of Napflio and Monemvasia, or even to the North-East — around the Cape Sounion.
And those who want to manage everything and everywhere should just maybe stay for 2 weeks at once!

Sailor practice
Any Shtandart journey includes mandatory making and taking in of sails, bracing and steering wheel shifts. We have no passengers! Amount of new knowledge and skills depends on your energy and enthusiasm. Shift officers and the captain will eagerly share their experience; just find time to ask your questions! Knots, modern and traditional navigation, marine radio communication and tricks of the sail settings – you can learn anything, see it and try it with your own hands.

La Rochelle — Vendee Globe Race start. 2 days on board.
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 07.11.2020 18:00
Departure: 07.11.2020 21:00
Port of destination: Vendee Globe Race start. 2 days on board.
Arrival: 09.11.2020 10:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 2
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 295€

Adults >25 y.o. — 295 €

Youngsters 13-25 y.o. — 200 €

We invite you to come see the start of the famous Vendee Globe Race up close. The Vendee Globe Race is a single-handed non-stop, no assistance, round the world yacht race that takes place every 4 years since 1992. The race starts and ends in Département of Vendée, France, hence the namesake.

While the competitors may anchor, they may not go dockside or alongside another vessel. They may not receive any customized information such as weather report or routing details. They may restart the race within 10 days of the initial start if they had a malfunction early on.

This race is an ultimate test of strength, endurance and cutting edge sailing technology. Every race there is something new in the boat tech. Last time, in 2016-2017, the race was first completed without using fossil fuels, the electrical power was supplied by hydrogenerators and solar panels.

This is a unique opportunity to see these top-of-the-line sailboats in their natural environment and not on a TV screen. A pinch of spice is to witness the spectacular start of the super-modern sailing race from the deck of the great ancestor of the ancient lore that makes this race possible.

We're going to depart from La Rochelle at 2000 on November 7th and be back to the same port at 1000 on November 9th.


La Rochelle — Introduction to square rig sailing. 7 hours on board.
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 14.11.2020 10:00
Departure: 14.11.2020 14:00
Port of destination: Introduction to square rig sailing. 7 hours on board.
Arrival: 14.11.2020 17:30
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 1
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 49€

Adults >25 y.o. — 49 €

Youngsters 13-25 y.o. — 35 €

What can be more beautiful than sunset at sea? Unique colors are changing every second, reflecting in the water. Add square sails above your head, filling up with shore breeze, and the sound of waves cut by the bow of an old wooden sailing ship. The rig is creaking slightly as the ship rises and falls. Sounds romantic, doesn't it?

Join us for a sunset sail on board an 18th century Russian frigate!

We shall welcome you aboard at 14h00, take an hour to explain some safety basics and prepare for departure, and leave at 15h00. Then we sail for a while, watch sunset and return when it starts getting dark. While dockside we're going to serve tea and snacks Russian-style.

La Rochelle — Experience an 18th century sailor's life. 1 night on board. 3 hours sailing.
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 21.11.2020 16:00
Departure: 22.11.2020 09:15
Port of destination: Experience an 18th century sailor's life. 1 night on board. 3 hours sailing.
Arrival: 22.11.2020 12:45
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 1
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 79€

Adults >25 y.o. — 79 €

Youngsters 13-25 y.o. — 55 €

Do you know what an 18th century sailor's life looked like back in the day? Are you curious to try out something you read about in a book for a day or two just to get the feel of it? Sleep in a hammock, climb aloft and learn to work the lines on board an authentic 18th century tall ship?

If so, our short format with a night on board and a few hours of sailing next morning might be exactly what you're looking for. We shall invite you on board at 16h00 hours, get you settled, explain a bit of safety basics and do some line handling and climbing training. Then we serve dinner. After dinner you're free to do what you want and the next morning at 09h15 we leave for a few hours of sailing. We're going to be back dockside at 12h45.

La Rochelle — Sunset sail. 5 hours on board.
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 28.11.2020 10:00
Departure: 28.11.2020 13:30
Port of destination: Sunset sail. 5 hours on board.
Arrival: 28.11.2020 17:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 1
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 49€

Adults >25 y.o. — 49 €

Youngsters 13-25 y.o. — 35 €

What can be more beautiful than sunset at sea? Unique colors are changing every second, reflecting in the water. Add square sails above your head, filling up with shore breeze, and the sound of waves cut by the bow of an old wooden sailing ship. The rig is creaking slightly as the ship rises and falls. Sounds romantic, doesn't it?

Join us for a sunset sail on board an 18th century Russian frigate!

We shall welcome you aboard at 10h00, take an hour to explain some safety basics and prepare for departure, and leave at 13h30.

Then we sail for a while, watch sunset and return when it starts getting dark.

La Rochelle — Sunset sail. 5 hours on board.
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 02.12.2020 15:00
Departure: 02.12.2020 16:00
Port of destination: Sunset sail. 5 hours on board.
Arrival: 02.12.2020 19:30
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 1
Adults >25 y.o. — 49 €
Youngsters 13-25 y.o. — 35 €
Kids up to 12 y.o. — 20 €

What can be more beautiful than sunset at sea? Unique colors are changing every second, reflecting in the water. Add square sails above your head, filling up with shore breeze, and the sound of waves cut by the bow of an old wooden sailing ship. The rig is creaking slightly as the ship rises and falls. Sounds romantic, doesn't it?

Join us for a sunset sail on board an 18th century Russian frigate!

We shall welcome you aboard at 10h00, take an hour to explain some safety basics and prepare for departure, and leave at 13h30.

Then we sail for a while, watch sunset and return when it starts getting dark.

La Rochelle — 18th century sailor's cram school. 1 night aboard. 11 hours sailing. Meals included.
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 05.12.2020 19:30
Departure: 06.12.2020 08:30
Port of destination: 18th century sailor's cram school. 1 night aboard. 11 hours sailing. Meals included.
Arrival: 06.12.2020 19:30
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 1
Adults >25 y.o. — 89 €
Youngsters 13-25 y.o. — 60 €
Kids up to 12 y.o. 30 €

Do you know what an 18th century sailor's life looked like back in the day? Are you curious to try out something you read about in a book for a day or two just to get the feel of it? Sleep in a hammock, climb aloft and learn to work the lines on board an authentic 18th century tall ship?

If so, our short format with a night on board and a full day of sailing might be exactly what you're looking for. We shall invite you on board at 19h30, get you settled and explain a bit of safety basics. Then we serve dinner. After dinner you're free to do what you want and the next morning at 08h00 we leave for a full day of sailing.

At that time we will teach you to work the lines, brace the yards, climb aloft and steer the ship. Get ready for extremely intensive sail training as we present to you a lifetime worth of maritime lore.

We're going to be back dockside at 19h30.

La Rochelle — Day sail. 5 hours on board. Meal included.
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 09.12.2020 09:30
Departure: 09.12.2020 10:30
Port of destination: Day sail. 5 hours on board. Meal included.
Arrival: 09.12.2020 14:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 1
Adults >25 y.o. — 49 €
Youngsters 13-25 y.o. — 35 €
Kids up to 12 y.o. — 20 €

Have you ever thought it would be nice to sail a tall ship, but were never quite sure if it's a right adventure for you? Or perhaps you want to try just a little bit of the sailor's life's salt? Then a day sail might be exactly what you're looking for. You can do as much or as little as you want, don't have to stand night watches or endure long passages.

We shall welcome you aboard at 09h30, take an hour to explain some safety basics and prepare for departure, and leave at 10h30. Once out of the harbor we're going to set sails and sail around a few hours, do some sailing maneuvers if the weather allows us to. Underway we're going to serve a Russian-style meal. We're coming back dockside at 14h00 and disembark passengers at 14h30.

Snatch the opportunity, Shtandart doesn't do day sails often!

La Rochelle — Sunset sail. 5 hours on board.
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 13.12.2020 13:00
Departure: 13.12.2020 14:00
Port of destination: Sunset sail. 5 hours on board.
Arrival: 13.12.2020 17:30
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 1
Adults >25 y.o. — 49 €
Youngsters 13-25 y.o. — 35 €
Kids up to 12 y.o. — 20 €

What can be more beautiful than sunset at sea? Unique colors are changing every second, reflecting in the water. Add square sails above your head, filling up with shore breeze, and the sound of waves cut by the bow of an old wooden sailing ship. The rig is creaking slightly as the ship rises and falls. Sounds romantic, doesn't it?

Join us for a sunset sail on board an 18th century Russian frigate!

We shall welcome you aboard at 13h00, take an hour to explain some safety basics and prepare for departure, and leave at 14h00.

Then we sail for a while, watch sunset and return when it starts getting dark.

La Rochelle — Twilight sail. Sunset/stargazing at sea. 6 hours on board.
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 16.12.2020 15:30
Departure: 16.12.2020 16:30
Port of destination: Twilight sail. Sunset/stargazing at sea. 6 hours on board.
Arrival: 16.12.2020 20:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 1
Adults >25 y.o. — 49 €
Youngsters 13-25 y.o. — 35 €
Kids up to 12 y.o. — 20 €

What can be more beautiful than sunset at sea? Unique colors are changing every second, reflecting in the water. Add square sails above your head, filling up with shore breeze, and the sound of waves cut by the bow of an old wooden sailing ship. The rig is creaking slightly as the ship rises and falls. Sounds romantic, doesn't it?

Join us for a twilight sail on board an 18th century tall ship to get this experience first-hand.

Follow the sun to the open seas and let the stars guide you back to the safe harbor as they guided seafarers of the old days!

We shall welcome you on board at 15h30, take an hour to explain some safety basics and prepare for departure, and leave at 16h30.

Then we watch sunset, sail for a few hours and be back with the first stars at 20h00.

La Rochelle — 18th century sailor's cram school. 1 night aboard. 11 hours sailing
Startharbour: La Rochelle
Boarding after: 19.12.2020 19:30
Departure: 20.12.2020 08:30
Port of destination: 18th century sailor's cram school. 1 night aboard. 11 hours sailing. Meals included.
Arrival: 20.12.2020 19:30
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 1
Adults >25 y.o. — 89 €
Youngsters 13-25 y.o. — 60 €
Kids up to 12 y.o. 30 €

Do you know what an 18th century sailor's life looked like back in the day? Are you curious to try out something you read about in a book for a day or two just to get the feel of it? Sleep in a hammock, climb aloft and learn to work the lines on board an authentic 18th century tall ship?

If so, our short format with a night on board and a full day of sailing might be exactly what you're looking for. We shall invite you on board at 19h30 hours, get you settled and explain a bit of safety basics. Then we serve dinner. After dinner you're free to do what you want and the next morning at 08h30 we leave for a full day of sailing.

At that time we will teach you to work the lines, brace the yards, climb aloft and steer the ship. Get ready for extremely intensive sail training as we present to you a lifetime worth of maritime lore.

We're going to be back dockside at 19h30.
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Our professional crew:
Vladimir Martus
The President of the partnership, the builder and the captain of Shtandart.
The head and the heart of the ship.
Graduate of Korabelka shipbuilding institute.
RYA Yachtmaster Offhore;
RYA Instructor.
Dmitry Ryabchikov
The first mate. He started as a volunteer and went on all the way up to assistant captain.
Graduated from Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping,
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore;
IYT Instructor.
Dmitry Zhitnukhin
The chief engineer.
Having spent 15 years onboard, he knows the frigate like the back of his hand. He repairs any mechanical failure 20 minutes before it occurs.
Anastasia Engalycheva
Quartermaster. Or the housekeeper. It is she who creates the comfort of a home onboard. The embodiment of hospitality.
Olga Preobrazhenskaia
The Head of the shore team of the project. She will answer all questions that you may be concerned about, will help you select the leg of the voyage and join the crew. RYA skipper and geographer.
Mikhail Yushkov
The second mate Experienced navigator, PhD in economics, carpenter and the life and soul of the party.
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