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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.

"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.
Копенгаген — Сен Мало
18/10 - 03/11/2017
950 морских миль
15 дней на борту

Парусный сезон закончен. Да здравствует парусный сезон!

В Балтийском море вступает в свои права осень, и «Штандарт» снова отправляется на юг.
Как птицам предстоит большой перелёт, так и фрегат готов к большому походу в сторону тепла.
Присоединяйтесь к нашему дружному экипажу на один или два этапа этой увлекательной экспедиции!

Мы пойдём классическим путём мореплавателей, которые уже сотни лет, сначала под парусом, а сейчас – на моторе, устремляются из северной Европы на юг и на запад, в Африку, в Америку, и, конечно же, в Средиземноморье. «Штандарт» ловит ветер в паруса и не отстаёт от товарищей.

Но не стоит вспоминать о больших круизных лайнерах и расслабляющем отдыхе без затей. Фрегат дарит большее – настоящий морской опыт и настоящие морские чувства. Наш экипаж пройдёт тысячи миль, окажется в самых разных местах и прорвётся сквозь непростые и разные погодные условия, дожди и штормы, одолеет моря, проливы и узкие каналы, чтобы погреться, наконец, под тёплым южным солнцем.
Сен-Мало — Порто
05/11 -14/11/2017
800 морских миль
10 дней на борту

Из Сен-Мало «Штандарт» продолжит своё путешествие на юг по стопам великих мореплавателей.


Вслед Жаку Картье и Самуэлю де Шамплену, «Штандарт» отчалит от пристани Сен-Мало, города корсаров, авантюристов и первооткрывателей, и пересечёт Бискайский залив. Это место славится своей суровой погодой, штормами и собранными со всей Северной Атлантики высокими волнами. Частенько Бискай к нам был очень дружелюбен – посмотрим, будет ли он благосклонен и на этот раз, подарит ли свежие попутные ветра и пологую зыбь.

На другом берегу мы сделаем остановку в порту Ла-Корунья, который появился во втором веке нашей эры. Ещё издалека нас поманит самый старый действующий маяк Европы — башня Геркулеса. После мы обогнём мыс Финистерре, который в древности считался самым настоящим краем земли. Говорят, если дойти до крайней точки мыса, то можно, перегнувшись через край, увидеть трёх китов или четырёх слонов, на которых покоится Земля. Если погода нам позволит, то мы подойдём поближе к скалам мыса и высадимся в ближайшей деревушке, чтобы проверить, что на самом деле оттуда получится разглядеть.

Следующей промежуточной остановкой на нашем пути может стать уютная гавань, окружённая рыбацкими жилищами, над которой на холме раскинулся средневековый город Виго.

Ещё 200 миль – и мы завершаем переход в Порто или в ближайшем к нему городке Вила-ду-Конди.
Порту — Малага
29/11 - 09/12/2017
450 морских миль
10 дней на борту

Мы покажем вам один из наших любимых и, без сомнения, самых популярных маршрутов. Проход через Гибралтарский пролив – ключевой момент нашего плавания на юг, в Средиземное море. Пройти этим легендарным путём идеально под парусами исторического корабля, увидев цитадель, за которую боролись великие империи мира. Пролив сегодня является одним из наиболее оживлённых морских маршрутов, а город-государство Гибралтар кажется островом Карибского моря, неведомой силой перенесённым в Европу.

Малага — Пальма-де-Мальорка
10/12 - 16/12/2017
450 морских миль
7 дней на борту

*Окончательный маршрут движения между Малагой и Пальмой будет зависеть от погодных условий.

Следующей после Малаги нас будет ждать античная Картахена или красивые набережные Аликанте. Потом корабль заглянет на бессонную Ибицу, удивив своим приходом тусовочный люд, вольётся ненадолго в ритм, а после, на контрасте – отойдёт на самый маленький и тихий Балеарский остров, Форментеру. Там мы бросим якорь и выберемся на берег, чтобы вдохнуть чистейший воздух этого места. Пожалуй, именно этот небольшой островок можно назвать жемчужиной Балеарских островов. Он почти не тронут цивилизацией, каменист и обдуваем всеми ветрами, но сюда стремятся люди, чтобы отдохнуть в спокойствии и уединении уединённых бухт. Мы тоже окунёмся в тишину и заглянем в заповедное бирюзовое море. Здесь оно приобрело такой оттенок благодаря морскому растению посидония океанская. В водах вокруг Форментеры водится огромное количество экзотических морских существ. Остров и его акватория объявлены Мировым наследием человечества — и это наследие мы увидим собственными глазами.

После прикосновения к чудесному, «Штандарт», с помощью наших рук, ног, сил, бодрости и смекалки достигнет берегов Пальмы-де-Мальорка, сердца Балеарского моря. Наш корабль будет мягко качаться в волнах у берега сказочного острова, которым кто только не владел – пираты, римляне, византийцы, африканские племена, мавры, испанцы, туристы – теперь и мы ненадолго захватим его себе, чтобы навсегда сохранить в воспоминаниях.
Пальма-де-Мальорка — Барселона
17/2 - 22/12/2017
350 морских миль
7 дней на борту

Предновогоднее учебно-тренировочное плавание

Приглашаем всех-всех-всех (и новичков, и тех, кто соскучился по привычному уютному «Штандарту») в предновогоднее плавание. Подойдём к Новому Году на всех парусах!

Для первого погружения в мир парусников это будет самая лучшая пора – предвкушение чуда, тёплые волны Средиземного моря и, конечно же, насыщенная корабельная жизнь. Брасопки и уборки парусов, подъём на мачты, разговоры со старыми и новыми друзьями, весёлые и загорелые лица, прогулки по свободным от туристов Балеарам, и швартовка в самом центре Барселоны в завершение путешествия.
Барселона — Балеары — Барселона
26/12/2017 - 02/01/2018
300 морских миль
7 дней на борту

Новогоднее плавание — всегда особый этап для «Штандарта». Будем отдыхать, вспоминать продуктивный год, самые заметные его события, и вместе строить планы на следующий.

Впрочем, о морской практике мы тоже помним — без этого никуда. Поэтому прогулки по Барселоне и Пальме, морские переходы на Балеары и обратно, якорные стоянки у скалистых бухт будут насыщены событиями и новыми знаниями. Постановка новогодних парусов, подъёмы на праздничную мачту, солёные брызги (шампанского) и конечно, ёлка, — и всё это под звёздным небом тёплого Средиземноморья.

Главное: маршрут будет свободным и расслабленным, без спешки и обязательного прихода в конкретный порт. Стартуем из — и возвращаемся — в Барселону.
Картахена — Таррагона
300 морских миль
7 дней на борту

Южное солнце — Морская практика — Тёплое море — Античное наследие

300 мильный переход вдоль Испанского побережья.
Уже в феврале солнце в Испании приятно припекает, согревая путешественников после долгой зимы. Мы соберёмся на борту «Штандарта», чтобы освоить азы парусного мореплавания, погулять по живописным старым городкам во время стоянок, и немного подзагореть.

Морская практика
С первого дня на борту команда будет познавать новое: ставить паруса, стоять за штурвалом, держать курс по компасу и береговым ориентирам. Во время дневных переходов мы изучим морские знаки, а во время ночных — узнаем, как «увидеть» корабли и берег в темноте.

После инструктажа по технике безопасности и первых тренировок по управлению парусником, мы выйдем в Средиземное море сквозь узкий проход между высоких скал.
Не зря Картахена стала укрепленным портом еще до нашей эры!
Поставим паруса, и возьмем курс на северо-восток, на мыс Нау (Cabo de la Nao — корабельный мыс). Возможные порты, в которые мы зайдём по дороге — модерновый Аликанте и старинная Валенсия. Если море будет достаточно спокойным, мы посетим затопленное жерло вулкана на пиратских островах Колумбретес.
Конечной точкой нашего похода станет Порт Таррако в Таррагоне.
У команды будет возможность посетить римский амфитеатр и погулять по узким улочкам испанского городка.

Как добраться
В Картахену:
Прямым рейсом Москва — Аликанте авиакомпании S7;
Поездом Аликанте — Картахена (2 часа 45 минут)

Из Таррагоны:
Поездом Таррагона — Барселона (1 час);
Самолетом из Барселоны в Москву или Петербург.

Таррагона - Флоренция (Розиньно)
470 морских миль
10 дней на борту

Исторический переход — Традиционные способы навигации — Открытое море — Пролив Бонифаччо — заход на Корсику/Сардиния

От Розиньяно до Флоренции на поезде около 2 часов.

В июле 1769 года Россия отправила к берегам Греции Первую Архипелагскую экспедицию Балтийского флота. В её состав вошло более 60 кораблей в 5 эскадрах. Целью похода были военные действия против Османской империи в Эгейском море.

Осенью 2017, выйдя в середине октября из Копенгагена, «Штандарт» начал движение на юг по пути Архипелагской эспедиции Балтийского флота. В ноябре мы пройдём проливом Гибралтар и, по следам военных кораблей, продолжим путь в Средиземное море. Главной исторической точкой нашего февральского плавания станет Ливорно, где мы обязательно вспомним о кораблях 18-го века и поговорим о том, как проходило плавание на военных парусниках той поры.

Морская практика
Наша ежедневная программа включает в себя обязательный интенсив: мы будем ставить паруса, стоять за штурвалом, держать курс по компасу и береговым ориентирам. К этим обычным действиям мы добавим исторические экскурсы в навигацию и морскую практику XVIII века — научимся определять своё местоположение и скорость секстаном и лагом, будем ставить и поднимать якорь как петровские матросы, поговорим о том, чем питались и как жили на борту кораблей русской эскадры. При ясной погоде на ночных вахтах мы определим наше местоположение по звездам, а днём будем учиться прокладывать курс на карте.

Таррагона — 300 миль Средиземного моря — пролив Бонифаччо между Корсикой и Сардинией — Тирренское море — Остров Эльба — Ливорно/Розиньяно.

Выйдя из Таррагоны, мы возьмем курс на юго-восток, оставив по правому борту Менорку, откуда вышли в 1770 году корабли Балтийского флота. Испанские берега скроются за горизонтом, и, через несколько дней плавания, мы войдем в узкий пролив Бонифаччо между острвами Корсика и Сардиния. Здесь нас ждут небольшие колоритные порты, неприступные скалы и дельфины. Затем мы пересечём Лигурийское море, ну, а если позволит погода и время, — сделаем остановку на острове Эльба. Завершим плавание в Ливорно или Розиньяно.

Флоренция (Розиньяно) - Генуя
300 морских миль
7 дней на борту

Лигурийское море — По следам Наполеона — Остров Эльба — Пизанская башня — Парусные маневры

От Розиньяно до Флоренции на поезде около 2 часов.

«Колено» итальянского «сапога», который по науке зовётся Аппенинским полуостровом, и побережье Лигурийского моря — места, где сконцентрированы история, география, археология и мифология. Отметим начало весны интересным маршрутом по легендарным местам.
Однако, плавание на «Штандарте» — это не автобусный тур «три столицы». Взяв на борт новый экипаж в Ливорно, на исторической базе русского флота в Средиземноморье, мы выйдем в настоящее море, где прежде всего нас ждёт концентрация на морской практике.

Морская практика
Каждый участник плавания с первого дня становится полноценным членом экипажа. Не переживайте, что совсем ничего не знаете о морском деле — «Штандарт», как учебный парусник, станет замечательным стартом на вашем пути в морские волки! Прежде всего, мы научимся подниматься на мачту и работать с парусами, — а чуть позже будем разбираться, что такое смена галса, повороты оверштаг и фордевинд — и на берег в Генуе сойдет бывалый и слаженный экипаж!

Точный маршрут мы выберем в соответствии с прогнозом погоды, так, чтобы наше парусное плавание было комфортным и интересным.
За неделю мы планируем посетить:
Остров Эльба и городок Портоферрайо, где, оказывается, совсем даже не скучал в ссылке Наполеон;
Кала де Медичи — порт в 20 минутах пути до Пизы и Пизанской башни (и обязательно съездим проверить, падает ли она);
При благоприятной погоде — один из городков на севере о. Корсика;

Генуя - Ла-Гранд-Мот
07 - 16/03/2018
300 морских миль
9 дней на борту

Лазурный Берег – Национальные парки Лионского залива – курс Competent Crew – Парусный фестиваль

Вы видели названия этих мест в новостях или в рекламе дорогих турагентств. Канны, Ницца, Монако, Сен-Тропе… Настал момент увидеть все Лазурное побережье, пройдя вдоль него под парусом, и попасть в газеты Канн или Монако, пришвартовавшись в их гавани с пушечным салютом.

За 9 дней на борту мы успеем отдохнуть, погреться на южном солнце, покачаться на средиземноморских волнах и конечно, освоить азы морской науки. Для активных желающих — дополнительно проведём курс Competent Crew (яхтенный матрос), по программе и с выдачей сертификатов Международной яхтенной ассоциации IYT (не включены во взнос на плавание).

Морская практика
Все члены экипажа, без исключения, делятся на вахты по 4 часа. Каждая вахта прекрасна по-своему — кому-то достанутся все рассветы, кому-то — буйство закатных красок. Но главное — в каждой вахте будет море практики. Морской, конечно же. По окончании плавания для вас станут привычными слова «навигация и лоция», «галс» и «курс»; услышав слова «выходим на брасы грот-марселя» или «травим шкот фока», и даже «крюйс-марселя» — вы будете точно знать, что делать. Для тех, кто хочет большего — мы проведём спецкурс на квалификацию, которая является первым шагом к обучению на яхтенного капитана.

7 марта собираемся на борту «Штандарта» в Генуе, и, после первых инструктажей по технике безопасности и управлению кораблём, выходим в море. Курс – на юго-запад, оставляя по правому борту Савону, Сан-Ремо, Ниццу и Сен-Тропе. В некоторые порты мы обязательно зайдём, — точное расписание нам подскажет погода.

Пройдя Тулон — военно-морскую базу Франции, — повернём к северу, в Лионский залив. При благоприятных условиях встанем на якорь у одного из пляжей национального парка Камарг и обязательно сойдём на берег, чтобы полюбоваться пейзажами.

Завершится плавание в городке Ла Гранд-Мот, где с нашим приходом начнётся первый в 2018 сезоне парусный фестиваль.

La Grande-Motte - Trragona
17 - 24/03/2018
250 nautical miles
7 days on board

La Grande-Motte - Trragona
25 - 27/03/2018
250 nautical miles
3 days on board

Tall Ship Festival – The Gulf of Lion – VHF radio operator's course

Sum and substance
How about another tall ship festival? In Sète, France this time around. This short leg is a perfect opportunity to both challenge yourself to a real sailing trip across the Mediterranean and see a variety of places: Barcelona, Tarragona, Southern France. Additionaly, for those seeking yachting knowledge, we're going to teach a marine radiocommunication course with IYT syllabus and certification.

It's a two day passage from Tarragona to Sète. Under favorable weather conditions, we'd anchor up or stop by one of the ports along the route.
We'll celebrate our arrival to Sète with a Parade of Sail along with the whole fleet of tall ships participating in the festival.

Sete - Castellon
01 - 05/04/2018
400 nautical miles
6 days on board

Festivals – Spain – Celestial navigation

Sum and substance
With this trip from Sète to Castellón de la Plana, we start our journey from the Mediterranean Sea to the Baltic Sea. We've got thousands of miles to go North, storms and doldrums, seas, oceans, narrow straits and artificial canals are ahead of us, as well as a variety of fascinating places and new experiences. Welcome to the crew!

Sail training
South Spanish coast most likely will spoil us with warm Mediterranean sun and good weather. We'll be learning sail handling by day, but in the night we'd have a very special dish: celestial navigation basics. With a sextant and a watch, we'll determine the Shtandart's position, just like sailors returning from Southern seas in distant past.

240 nautical miles South-West from festive Sète to sunny Castellón de la Plana. Watches behind the wheel, setting and striking the sails, one or more stops in the ports of call such as Roses or Palamos.

Alicante - Cadiz
08 - 14/04/2018
370 nautical miles
6 days on board

Historical sea route – South sun - Gibraltar

Sum and substance
We're continuing North. Though this particular leg is the Southern-most part of our itinerary.
What's ahead of us? As it appears – hot sun, good sailing weather, rocky African and European coast, anchorages, sightseeing in resort towns such as Alicante, Cartagena, Málaga, Gibraltar and Cádiz. And as always – intensive sail training.

Sail training
ln 6 day we'll learn lots of new words. We'll use them right after we cast off the docklines. We'll know exactly where on the ship to find sheets and tacks, braces and topping lifts, what do they do and what we have to do with them to perform tacks and gybes.

Channels, pins, leechlines and buntlines, sponge and botefeux, trust us, you're going to have dreams about these words and objects long after you sign off the ship.

Having left «the amiable Alicante» (as they often call this Spanish resort) we'll sail South-West along the coast. The same route was taken by the Russian Archipelago Expeditions, not mentioning Mediterranean and North-European trade and warships scurrying Gibraltar back and forth at all times. These days marine traffic between the Pilars of Hercules is still quite lively to say the least.

Cadiz - Vigo
15 - 21/04/2018
500 nautical miles
6 days on board

Long distance – The Atlantic ocean – Portugal – Uninhabited islands (Cies, Spain)

Sum and substance
A trip from Cádiz to Vigo is a real ocean passage. We'll have to go around the Iberian Peninsula and sail the Atlantic along the coast of the whole Portugal. If so far all your experiences have been lakes and seas, it's time to raise the bar and go for the ocean. It's endless vast on our port side and long sandy beaches, uninhabitated preserve islands and deep Spanish coves on our starboard.

Sail training
We'll concentrate on ship handling in open seas, we'll learn to listen to her responding to the wheel and steer so that she takes the ocean swell gently and easily.
We won't forget about sail training either. Which means you'd have a full measure of seafaring life of the Age of Sail. We'll have a bunch of dinghy launching and man-overboard drills and maybe get to talk on the radio to the ships passing by.

After the safety briefing and the initial ship handling training, we"ll leave Cádiz (Puerto de Rota) and cross the Bay of Cádiz. We may stop by Portimão in Southern Portugal, or we may travel almost 300 miles non-stop towards Cascais or Lisbon. The weather would be the judge of that.

Cadiz - Vigo
22 - 30/04/2018
600 nautical miles
9 days on board

Long distance – Lighthouses – Cape Finisterre – The Bay of Biscay – Storm training – Huge tides – Mont Saint Michele abbey

Sum and substance
It's time to cross the rugged Biscay once again. We hope that now, in Spring, it would behave benevolently. Hope is good, but we would still prepare for a storm. We'll pay special attention to our possible courses of action, dos and donts for when the weather is fresh. The key point of this trip would be going around Cape Finisterre, the Land's End. There is a lighthouse there that we might visit if the weather allows us to.

Sail training
At sea, like nowhere else, it makes sense to trust in God, but be on top of it too. Therefore, before we cross Biscay, we have to prepare for the ocean swell especially well. We have to check and tighten up the rigging and gather the rugged crew, ready for trials and tribulations.
Remember the rule: the best storm is the one you have avoided? We"ll learn about storms beforehand, enter the Bay of Biscay, set sails well, pick up some speed and enjoy the ride.
Long distance trip, open seas, the most interesting region with huge tides and strong currents, and a series of trainings about weather and ship handling are the best conditions for those seeking knowledge and experience.

From Vigo, after a scrupulous weather forecast review, we"ll plot an optimal course North. We may visit the Tower of Hercules lighthouse in A Coruña if the weather is favorable. But the main dish is crossing the Bay of Biscay and coming to one of the fascinating ports on its North coast: either Concarneau or Quiberon. We"ll visit places with 12 meter tides and finish our journey in Saint-Malo, France.

St-Malo - Ostend
03 - 09/05/2018
300 nautical miles
6 days on board

The English Channel – Dense sea traffic – Tidal currents – Tall Ship Festival in Belgium

Sum and substance
The English Channel and the Strait of Dover are an important seaway and an eternal Apple of Discord for Britain and France. Here you can hear the traffic dispatchers blabbering on the radio at warp speed, see running lights of all sorts of ships from all views, ride the tidal currents and, of course, take endless sightseeing strolls in French and – further down the road – Flemish region towns.

Sail training
We'll concentrate on a «driving a historical tall ship in a swarm of modern ones» course. If we get extra lucky and there"s going to be fog, we'll learn a lot about fog signals of different ships, reading the radar information and making sense out of radiocommunications. Night passages will reveal different lights on ships and navigational aids.

Outbound from Saint-Malo we'll pass by two British islands Guernsey and Jersey, enter the English Channel. Depending on the forecast, we might stop by Cherbourg-Octeville, Dieppe, Boulogne-sur-Mer. Then we'll pass the narrowest part of the English channel. The Strait of Dover in English or Pas de Calais from the French point of view. Here we'll have to maneuvre among endless fields of windmills sticking right out of the water and leave on our starboard– or maybe make a short stop at - Calais and Dunkirk. North of Dunkirk is the endpoint of our journey: Ostend, Belgium.
The cherry on top of this leg is the tall ship festival in Ostend. We'll meet other ships and boats, participate in a Parade of Sail, salute with cannon fire and watch the city fireworks. As always we'll be at the center of the festive events. Ostend is a fascinating place too.

Ostend - Calais
12 - 18/05/2018
45 nautical miles
7 days on board

Sum and substance
From Belgium to France. Two tall ship festivals. It's a short distance trip. Which means we are more flexible than usual and can go off the beaten path and see places we haven't been to for a long time (or even never). Also it means we'd have more time for sail training: maneuvering, tacks and gybes, marine and river navigation basics.

We meet in Ostend, the town of chocolate, beaches and ragged North Sea surfers. Festive and fascinating. Even more so because there will be a fairly sizable tall ship festival at that time. Once underway, we'll plan the most interesting sailing route possible for the weather forecast at hand.

Calais - Caen
20 - 24/05/2018
140 nautical miles
5 days on board

Sum and substance:

Having taken a break from the sea in Calais, we're underway again. To rock on the English Channel swell and raise the Russian flag at yet another festival in Caen, France, situated in Normandy.

It's going to be a more substantial distance than the previous leg, but, to our taste, not that awfully long either. So there will be time for lazy sailing passages and sightseeing in small towns along the route, sail training and night watches by the wheel with brilliant stars to steer by, and music in the main salon after we dock at a French historical waterfront of some such.

After the lock from Calais to the English Channel with its' tidal currents, we set a course South, towards Dover. Ahead of us are 140 action-packed nautical miles to the estuary of Seine. Here, in the English Channel, you can see just about anything: from huge tankers and high speed ferries to tiny sail and fishing boats. Endless fields of windmills stand on the shallow bars among all that mess. To bring order to that turmoil the strait is divided into traffic lanes, sternly observed by dispatchers from both sides. After the Strait of Dover (Pas-de-Calais) the English Channel becomes some wider, giving us more room for maneuver. We'll keep left, closer to the East coast, to have a choice of stopping by a few small towns along the route. It might be our well loved Boulogne-sur-Mer or Dieppe, but we might also discover a place we've never been to before.

Caen - Amsterdam
26 - 31/05/2018
300 nautical miles
6 days on board

300 nautical miles

Sum and substance
From Caen we're Northbound again. It's summer and we gotta go home, to the Baltic Sea. But this leg just starts the journey. We won't reach the Baltic till the next one. Those bold enough to join us for both of these legs are getting a serious 800 nautical miles in their logbooks as well as navigating in the English Channel, the North and Baltic seas, the Kiel canal and ports of 4 to 6 different countries: France, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, possibly Belgium and Denmark.

Apart from the usual sail training agenda (setting and trimming the sails, tying knots and standing helm watches) this leg we're going to have a more in-depth studies of weather phenomena, modern forecasts, recognizing clouds, calculating and using to our advantage tides and tidal currents.

We start in Caen and leave the safe and friendly harbor along with the whole fleet of other tall ships participating in the festival. Then we have to sail through the English Channel and the Strait of Dover and enter the North Sea. Depending on the prevalent winds we then may stop by Vlissingen, Rotterdam or Scheveningen.

From Vlissingen to Rotterdam we can either sail the open North Sea or take the inner Dutch canals with a few locks and a bunch of draw bridges.

Europort in Rotterdam is a huge marine hub accepting ships from all over the world. It is located in the Maas estuary behind the largest lock in the world.
Just before Amsterdam we'd pass another lock and enter the city through the North Sea Canal.

Amsterdam - Szczecin
01 - 08/06/2018
510 nautical miles
8 days on board

Sum and substance
Second part of our journey to the Baltic. Leaving Amsterdam behind we run across a small part of the North Sea and enter the Baltic. 500 nautical miles later we'd be in Scszecin, Poland, at yet another tall ship festival.

This week will be all about nitty-gritty of sailboat handling; be it a small dinghy or a three-masted frigate. We'd have plenty of open seas and narrow canals, docking in ports and passing the locks. So if you're up for it, you can learn a whole bunch about working the sails and the engine. Which sails work best in which situation, how to beat your way upwind, how to use docking lines and propeller spinning direction and so on.

Right after we leave Amsterdam we'd be confronted with a choice of a route. We can go by the open North Sea or by the inner Dutch waters passing Lelystad, Kornwerderzand and Texel. Then a dash to the German island Heligoland. Then Elba river and 100 km of Kiel canal towards the Baltic. There we'll set a course East, go around Rügen island and arrive to Scszecin.

Szczecin - Aalborg
10 - 14/06/2018
300 nautical miles
5 days on board

Mid-July is perfect for your very first adventure at sea. But it's also good for a good coming back. Calm days, no wind or big swell, lots of time for both sunbathing on the watch and learning to take care of the ship; tying knots and getting a hang of the art of rigging.

From Scszecin we sail the Oder river and Bay of Scszecin. Through Świnoujście we enter open seas and then depending on weather we'd pick one of the following options: either we go through the Great Belt or Øresund, passing by Copenhagen and Kronborg, the Hamlet's castle. After the Danish straits, we enter the Kattegat and set a course straight to Aalborg.

Aalborg - Amsterdam
16 - 22/06/2018
500 nautical miles
8 days on board

Sum and substance
10 days is a long time. Definitely enough to forget the shore life and dive deep into the life of a seafarer and a wanderer. You're here today, and there tomorrow, lands and seas sweeping by, passages and then day stops and exploring port towns one after the other. Stardust, huh?
Substantial, though not exceedingly for 10 days, distance gives us an opportunity for both good sailing passages and relaxed stops in the ports of call.

In Aalborg we're confronted with a choice again. East or West? Depending on the forecast we'd pick the best option. Either it is inner Danish lakes to the North Sea and then straight across to the Netherlands; or the Baltic Sea and Danish straits to the Kiel canal. Both the lakes and the Kiel canal are a tour of the inner waterways that you don't get to see on a regular sailing leg. The next part of the route across the open North Sea gives you a chance to distance yourself from the land and get a taste of real seafaring. Then the familiar Netherlands. Big tides, Texel and, possibly, inner seas Ijsselmeer and Markermeer, Kornwerderzand and Lelystad.

Amsterdam - Sunderland
08 - 11/07/2018
300 nautical miles
4 days on board

Sum and substance
A passage to Britain and the first port of call of the Tall Ship Races regatta. We're leaving our cozy Schengen area for a change and sailing to England. You will need a British visa, but think about all the new places you can see! And what can be better than sailing to Britain aboard a three-masted frigate?
James Cook was outbound from here. Kruzenshtern and Lisyansky visited Great Britain too. First we cross the North Sea ending up in Sunderland. Tall ships from all over the world will gather there, so a lively festival and all sorts of celebratory hustle and bustle is guaranteed. Both in port and underway we'd be preparing for the race, tuning the rig and sails and working on maneuvering the ship under sail.

Outbound from Amsterdam we either set a course straight for Britain across the open sea or stop by one of the neighboring towns.

It'll take us two or three days in the open to get to the British shore, once we're there, we'll stop by one of the small towns along our route. Say Whitby or Hartlepool.

Sunderland - Esbjerg
13 - 19/07/2018
350 nautical miles
6 days on board

Sum and substance
The Tall Ships Races regatta. A race across the North Sea and two big celebrations, at the starting port and at the finish line. The Tall Ship Races is not yet another race. It's a major European – if not world-wide – event. Dozens of tall ships and hundreds of smaller sailboats from all over the world gather in ports of call. Tourists swarm at the waterfronts, fireworks in the night paint the sky in bright colors. Tall ship crews compete in all sorts of shore games, - from football to tug of war, - make friends and celebrate victory at the crew party.

After a few days packed with shore events, it's time to get underway. The whole fleet one by one will cast off their lines, set sails, and in a parade formation sail towards the starting line. The starting line is fairly far from the shore and you won't be able to see the start of the race unless you're on a boat. There's going to a sky full of white sails and dozens of ships close to each other fighting for every split second while crossing the line.

The itinerary is very simple. No ports of call. No engines allowed. Just the starting line and the finish line. Just sails. And a few days of a non-stop race. Depending on the wind, the time it takes us to finish might vary significantly. At the end of the race waits amiable Esbjerg, where the crews will rest after a strenuous competition and celebrate victory.

Esbjerg - Stavanger
20 - 26/07/2018
300 nautical miles
6 days on board

Stavanger - Aarhus
28/07 - 02/08/2018
400 nautical miles
6 days on board

Norway – TSR Port – Passage to Denmark.

Sum and substance
We're back to Norway. In our experience this northern land attracts wanderers no less than Gibraltar. We like coming back here over and over again. Nowhere else in the world you'd find these tall rocks and foggy fjords.

Stavanger is one of the ports of call of The Tall Ships Races regatta. A large fleet of participating ships is going to be there along with us. The shore event-list is huge too. Open museums and pools, crew competitions, a parade, a crew party and fireworks in the night.

Having left Stavanger, we'd do our best to make time for a day-sail in Lysefjord and then set a course for Denmark. Maneuvering in narrow spots makes for better team play. It'd also be curious to see for real wind shadows from the rocks, winds getting stronger in the windpipes and wind shifts caused by local conditions. The Captain and the watch officers will share their experience and talk about modern ways of predicting weather and how to read visible weather signs such as clouds, ripples on the water or rocks that affect the wind flow. And, of course, how to trim sails with respect to that information.

It's 400 miles from Stavanger to Aarhus. A bit in the fjords, then a bit of the Norwegian Sea, then a turn to the Kattegat and Skagerrak. We have a bunch of good ports of call along the route, and depending on the weather, spirits and moods, we'll figure out which ones we're going to visit to get fresh water and relax. It might be Kristiansand in Norway or Frederikshavn in Denmark. Just before Aarhus we might stop in Ebeltoft where Fregatten Jylland is docked for good. Jylland is a screw-propelled steam frigate and a sailship that is open for public as a museum these days.

Copenhagen - Odense
18 - 21/08/2018
140 nautical miles
4 days on board

Sum and substance:
It's a short and relaxed passage through the Danish straits. Perfect choice for the very first sail in your life. Also good for combining a sailing adventure with a shore travel to Denmark, Sweden or Germany.

A little bit of sail training, climbing aloft and steering the ship for the first time, setting and dousing the sails, and sightseeing in the towns along the route.

The trip starts in Copenhagen. Then we go around Zealand, either North or South, i.e. taking either the Great Belt or Øresund. We might anchor by the 200-meter rocks of Møn island and will definitely visit a few cozy Danish towns. Then we'd have to go up a winding river to finish the trip in Odense.

Copenhagen - Amsterdam
01/09 - 14/09/2018
500 nautical miles
14 days on board
890 euro

With September Shtandart will start her way to the place of winter station and this year it is the famous fortress La-Rochelle which is going to be our main goal for the autumn voyages. And the first sail is Amsterdam-Copenhagen - classic route for mariners, who have been aspiring for hundred of years from northern Europe to south and west - Africa, America and Mediterranean.

Shtandart is catching up her comrades and brings to her crew real marine experience and taste of adventure. We will pass 1000 nautical miles, find ourselves in shore of unknown lands, break through different weather conditions, rains and storms, master the seas, straits, narrow channels to get finally warmed by the summerish southern sun.


After rich summer season Shtandart will welcome on board new sailors ready for long distance voyages. We are going to pass along Dutch straits to the Germain shores, follow the Kiel Canal and find out how it was built, admire hundred kilometers of beautiful Northern Germain endless fields, grazing cows from afar and cozy village houses.

Hereafter Shtandart will meet the island Heligoland, 'Northern Tortuga', which before was a powerful base of submarines. Local red cliffs and birds colonies will attract attention of nature lovers.

In the next part of the journey we are going to enter the wide spaces of Northern Sea and get to the low land of the Netherlands. Depending on the weather we will decide if continuing the trip by sea or hide from the rough nature power and pass through by channels and gates, resting from harsh autumn waves. And the crew will have great chance to learn how to navigate in the tidewater streams of that region.

It is possible to join the voyage on the Heligoland island and leave from there as well.

We are going for it, and you?

La Rochelle - La Rochelle
14/10 - 20/10/2018
6 days on board
490 euro

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 or drop the anchor near to the island Belle-Île-en-Mer.

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.
Without any rush we will learn the rig of ships from XVIII century, comparing it to those on modern yachts. Practice gybing (foredewind) and tacking (overshtag) turns.
Tack - turn of the ship with which it crosses windline with the bow, that means for some time it sails windward. Especially difficult to accomplish on square rigged ships and demands for orchestrated actions of the whole crew to cross the yards.
Gybing - is a turn when the ship crosses the wind line with stern. It is much simpler to accomplish on square rigged ships, than tacking.

And, of course, no sea voyage can be as beautiful and eventful as a voyage with well deserved rest. After quite enough of waving in Biscay and mastering marine wisdom it is nice to spend time among friends in saloon and the next evening in the port to go with the whole crew to win over that quite province française.

Ла Рошель - Сантандер
08.03 – 16.03.2019
400 nautical miles;
8 days on board;
545 euro.

Boarding 08.03 from 12 to 16.00
Disembarkation 16.03 at 10.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. \The exact itinerary may vary due to weather conditions.

Bay of Biscay - Sailing practice (seamanship) - French oysters - Land of Basques
We open the sailing season of 2019 on sunny 8th of March!
Upon arrival to La Rochelle we celebrate the end of winter maintenance and titanic efforts of our hearty crew with atestive dinner.

There are 400 nautical (actually, oceanic!) miles of the Bay of Biscay ahead. However, do not worry all that much about stormy weather - spring here could turn to be really exciting time of the year. That is the reason for hosting one of the largest yacht harbours on this coast.

Sailing practice / Seamanship
The Bay of Biscay is not an easy place for navigation. Here tides are huge and currents are strong, storms are severe and ports protected from bad weather are rare. That's why this leg is so interesting for learning the basics of seamanship. We go into the details of our sailing trip from your first minutes on board - we share how to plan a safe passage and study the weather forecast together. We leave cozy harbour passing the lock on high tide (on low water the depth of the channel is not enough for the "Standard").

During this leg you will learn to calculate tides, set and trim sails, tie knots and stand watch by the steering wheel.

After leaving La Rochelle our first miles are through the waters around Île de Ré and Île d'Oléron. Famous Fort Boyard is situated in this bay, and we can approach it to the distance of one nautical mile.

Then — exit into the open ocean stretching for miles and miles till far American coasts. After a few days at sea we arrive to the most southeastern part of the Bay of Biscay. Weather will define our chances to visit the rocky town San Sebastián,Bilbao suburbs or Portugalete.

In San Sebastián the building project of a replica XVI century whaling ship, The Nao San Juan, is in progress, and we 'd like to visit this shipyard. It is worth it take a trip t to Bilbao from Portugalete just to walk around and sneak a peek into the Guggenheim Museum. (, a town full of old architecture masterpieces and amazing ocean views.

Final point of the route is the colourful and forever festive Santander.

Santander - A Coruña
23.03 – 30.03.2019
350 nautical miles;
7 days on board;
495 euro.

Boarding 23.03 from 12 to 16.00
Disembarkation 30.03 at 10.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions.
Spring holidays under sail – Whaling ship of XVI century – Tower of Hercules – Atlantic beaches

Key features
As always we 'd welcome whoever decides to join us regardless of age or other aspects. However, we extend a special invitation to families with kids to this leg. Let this trip become a deep insight into living history, a bright adventure after the long academic year for you all together. We know from our experience the joy of sharing favorite and interesting things to do, travelling together and discovering new places – and we are looking forward to this trip.

We will start from festive Santander and, weather allowing, first head East, to small old town San Sebastián trapped between tall rocks. Here our good friends from the land of Basques are building a replica of the whaling ship of XVI century, planning to sail it to the North Atlantic as their ancestors did. As a member of "Shtandart" crew, you will take part in a special extended tourof the future ship.

Then our course is to the west, into the Atlantic Ocean, to the most distant point of Eurasia. We can visit Guyon, or Avilés, or drop the anchor in one of the sheltered coves.

We will end up at A Coruña port, the history of which has roots in II century A.D. It was established here when Romans conquered a more ancient Phoenician settlement. The Phoenicians, these brave pioneers, are particularly named as creators of the Tower of Hercules - a lighthouse, the main symbol of the town. Phoenician origin of the lighthouse hasn't been officially proven yet, but it is known for certain that during the Emperor Trajan's epoch it was already functional, thus the age of the Tower is at least 1900 years! Today it is the oldest lighthouse in Europe and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And most amazing - we can visit the top of this lighthouse!

A Coruña - Lisbon (Cascais)
31.03 – 06.04.2019
350 nautical miles;
7 days on board;
495 euro.

Boarding 31.03 from 12 to 16.00
Disembarkation 06.04 at 10.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions.

Portugal - Ocean - Astronavigation

From A Coruña our way is further South along the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal. This leg is actually oceanic. Nowadays it is hard to impress someone with a sailing trip in Mediterranean; but how many have been in Open Ocean? Sometimes huge oceanic waves can hide the tallest masts, but usually these are just swell – long gently sloping "hills", which rise the ship almost imperceptibly for the crew.

This leg is equally interesting for those who already have sailing experience and those who aretrying the blue waters for the first time. We will describe in details and demonstrate how our ship works , teach the main operational principles of a sailing vessel, and explain how to read sea charts and use navigational devices. Life on board of the "Shtandart" never turns into boring routine. You discover the fun of scrubbing the deck together, sunbathing, steering, cooking lunches and dinners, and waking each other up for the night watches. And special for those who eager for learning we organize a unique course of astronavigation – figuring out the ship's position using celestial bodies, so prepare to put your hands on sextant, turn off all modern devices for a while and just open your eyes for the light of the stars, which will give us our location.

The exact itinerary along the oceanic coast depends extremely on weather conditions. Shall we make a fast dash South in the beginning of the week, or linger longer near the Spanish coast first, and then head to Portugal? We will make the decision immediately before departing A Coruña taking into the account collected and carefully examined forecasts.

Anyway, we will have many interesting opportunities: even with the freshest weather we can enter the Vigo harbor for some rest, or drop the anchor near our favored Cies islands. There is a high probability that we will be able to visit Porto, walk along the streets of the old town and try world's best port wine.
We can also drop the anchor near the Peniche, famous surfer's Mecca, if the Atlantic will bless us with calm weather, and come close to the most western point of Europe to take a look at Cabo da Roca from the seaside.

This trip finishes at Cascais, the suburban resort of Lisbon.

Lisbon (Cascais) - Malaga
07/04 – 15/04/2019
370 nautical miles
9 days on board
595 euro.

Boarding 07.04 from 12 to 16.00
Disembarkation 15.04 at 10.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions.
Live history – In the footsteps of Nelson - Battle of Trafalgar – Two continents - Gibraltar

From sunny Cascais we sail along the coast of Costa del Sol, to Spanish town Malaga in Andalusia, the hometown of Picasso. We round Cape St. Vincent and Cape Trafalgar and pass the picturesque Strait of Gibraltar, busy shipping route from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic: between the legendary Pillars of Hercules, where Odysseus sailed desiring "to be experienced of the world, and of the vice and virtue of mankind".

We will have plenty of fascinating tasks underway: under the guidance of Captain and his experienced mates you will try to drive the ship; you will learn to setand dousesails, scrub the deck, distinguish nautical lights, and keep watches on caboose. And the bravest of you will discover the amazing landscapes from the top of the mast.

Well, what is the best place for studies of history and tactics of seafarers, if not the places of great battles? After leaving Cádiz, the "Standard" will head to Barbate, which is near the Cape of Trafalgar. Here we will recollect Admiral Nelson's glory and discuss in detail the Battle of Trafalgar. It might be possible to anchor near Tarifa – most southern point of Europe and the cult place for wind and kite surfers from around the world. After that, we will approach the Mediterranean Sea through its famous gate - the Pillars of Hercules.

For ancient seafarers it was a symbol of the end of the world and the exit to the unknown. Here tallpeaks hid the mysterious Atlantide. Inspired by the feats of ancient heroes, we pass the strait fearlessly and enter the port Gibraltar. In addition, we can visit Spanish Ceuta on the African coast if time and weather allow us to do so. In tiny Gibraltar you will find British phone and mail boxes painted traditional red, and Ceuta will meet you with the ancient mosques, Arabic bathhouses and noisy bazaar. The 150 miles passage brings us to Malaga, where you can continue your journey overland and admire the Roman theater, discover the Cathedral of Málaga or visit the Museo Picasso.

Malaga - Seville
16/04 – 23/04/2019
200 nautical miles
7 days on board
495 euro.

Boarding 16.04 from 12 to 16.00
Disembarkation 23.04 at 10.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions.

Mediterranean Sea – Gibraltar – 50 miles along the Guadalquivir – Seville

Gibraltar became one of our favorite destinations long time ago.
We will take the same route Odysseus took through the Pillars of Hercules, the oldest sea gate to the Atlantic, where waves are already oceanic and wind is strong; thus, active work with sails and Captain's calls "All hands on the deck!" will replace calm Mediterranean watches. And we won't be bored even if there is no wind at all – we will bravely jump into the ocean directly from the deck to open the swimming season.

We have been here so many times but still discover something new in each journey. This year we will go up the Guadalquivir river to bustling Seville - we have never been there before!
Throughout the centuries, periods of peace were quite rare in Gibraltar. After the exile of the Moors from the Iberian Peninsula, navigators were doomed to meet the Berber pirates in the strait that separated Christian Spain and the Muslim North of Africa. Countless battles rattled near the walls of the Gibraltar Fortress during the time of fight for the Spanish inheritance in XVIII century. After the opening of the Suez Canal the strait of Gibraltar was crowded with the merchant ships taking the advantages of the shortest route from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean.

On our way we will visit port Gibraltar for sure and possibly Puerto de Rota.

Seville - Vigo
27/04 – 05/05/2019
500 nautical miles
8 days on board
595 euro.

Boarding 27.04 from 12 to 16.00
Disembarkation 05.05 at 10.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions.

Atlantic Ocean – Long distance – Sailing course – Portugal - Spain

If you want to make you Beltane really memorable, we suggest you spend them in a special way in the open seas, holding the steering wheel of the wooden XVIII century frigate.

We will experience a stunningly beautiful passage from Seville to Vigo. We will sail along the entire Portuguese coast, and we will definitely visit several hospitable ports like Portimao with its huge beaches, or touristic Cascais near Lisbon.
We might be able to visit Porto to walk along the streets of the old town and try world's best port wine.

This leg is long and diverse: first, the passage of 50 miles down the Guadalquivir, from Seville to the Gulf of Cádiz. Here we meet whales and dolphins quite often, and in calm weather we enjoy the chance to swim. In southern latitudes, water just begs you to jump in. And you can do it directly from the top rail.
After a short anchorage at Cape St. Vincent, having enjoyed a sandy beach trapped between the cliffs with a trail to the fortress dominating the cape, we round the cape and enter the Atlantic.

We sail along the whole Portugal and hide in the safe bay of Vigo protected from any storms by the Cies islands.. From afar these islands look completely "Caribbean" reminding the scenes from pirate movies. Before final mooring in Vigo we land on the wide beach to see off the sun diving into the oceanic waves.

Sailing course
Diversified conditions of this leg and significant distance are great for navigation training and seamanship. It will be interesting both for newcomers and for experienced yachtsmans: according your needs, we can cover various topics from knots to weather forecasts, from sail trimming to passage planning.

Vigo - Vigo
08/05 – 12/05/2019
200 nautical miles
295 euro.

Boarding 08.05 from 12 to 16.00
Disembarkation 12.05 at 10.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions

This is a 4-day looped leg. It fits you perfectly if you are very limited in time, or planning to combine a coastal trip in Spain with a sea voyage.

At the end of the first decade of May we're going to be in Vigo. We get underwayafter awelcome dinner and mandatory safety briefing. First – a leisure sail along the sheltered bay. In these comfortable conditions we can learn in details to set, trimto the wind and strikesails , try steer the shipand climb the mast for the first time.

Next, an anchorage by the Cies islands. We go ashore with our dinghy and walk around the forests and rocks of the natural reserve.

One of the days we escape to the ocean — the Atlantic is always waiting for us! Before returning to Vigo, depending on weather and crew spirits, we might be able to make a couple of long sailing tacks, or explore one of the neighboring deep bays, which certainly hides a lot of treasures from pryingeyes.

In case of favorableforecast we may have time to go to our beloved Portuguese Porto and back.

Vigo - Vannes
18/05 – 26/05/2019
540 nautical miles
9 days on board
595 euro.

Boarding 18.05 from 12 to 16.00
Disembarkation 26.05 at 10.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions.

Bay of Biscay – 540 nautical miles – Yachting festival

The leg between Vigo, Spain and Vannes, France is a 10-days journey full of events: "Shtandart" has to travel 540 miles, cross the Bay of Biscay known by its rough behavior, and approach the Gulf of Morbihan just before the beginning of the colourful maritime festival «Semaine du Golfe».

Dozens of stunning traditional sailboats from around the world will be there. Of course, we will use the chance to sneak a peek inside some of them and explore how the sailors live aboard different ships, what is different about their chart rooms, mess halls, crew quarters and galleys.

10 days are reserved for this leg on purpose – with extra time it is easier to find a safe moment for crossing the Bay of Biscay. During this time, you will learn to work the sails smoothly, hold the course with a steering wheel precisely;and after the first climb to the mast the crow's nest will definitely become your favorite place on the ship. A view from there is so stunning that no fear of height (if you suspect you might have it) can compete with it.

During this voyage we will have chances to visit several ports of call: for example, A Coruña or La Rochelle, Concarneau or Quiberon. A Coruña is a large Spanish port with the oldest lighthouse in Europe, the Tower of Hercules, founded in the times of the Roman Empire. Concarneau and Quiberon are small and cozy French towns on the northern shore of the Bay of Biscay. They are ideal for a walk along the beach. On your way you can have a glass of wine and some oysters to celbrate the end of your long sea passage..

* Exact routes and final lists of ports always depend on weather conditions, especially in the Bay of Biscay.

Vannes - Rouen
01/06 – 09/06/2019
430 nautical miles
9 days on board
495 euro.

Boarding 01.06 strictly at 19.00
Disembarkation 09.06 at 10.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions

Sailing festivals – The Bay of Biscay – The English Channel - «Armada de Rouen»

Have you ever thought about life of travelling circus? Leaving aside the "reverse side of the coin" issues obvious to everyone and considering the romantic aspect? All the roads, new cities and countries along the way, new meetings and old friends, and a merry festival in every city?

Actually, there exists a book (in Russian) inspired by wanderings of "Shtandart" crew from one festival to another aboard an old frigate. The atmosphere and characters described in it are quite recognizable although the characters and events are fictional. (link

Now we are inviting you to try on this lifestyle. Welcome to the "Shtandart" crew!

e will have to work together at the festival "Semaine du Golfe" with its daily rides around the bay and the strait crowded with sailboats, where tidal current is up to 8 knots; with evening gatherings on the deck beholding the lively waterfronts, and walks around Vannes.

Then we leave for Rouen. This trip consists of 450 nautical miles across the Bay of Biscay, a turn to the English Channel, and a sail up Seine river. Of course there will be no less mast climbing, sail setting and underway watches than in any of other legs, but now with an extra special meaning.

"Armada de Rouen", one of the largest sailing festivals in Europe, is waiting for us in Rouen. It happens once in 5 years, so the next chance to witness the event of such unprecedented scale will not be so soon. We are going to be in the very center of the festival. Public visiting the ship, evening sailing parades highlighted with the spotlights, cannon salutes from the ships and city fireworks.

During the previous "Armade" crews from Russian sailboats were invited to Russian Embassy in Paris; who knows, what kind of surprises this festival will bring us this time?

Voyage Vannes – Rouan is not like the previous Spring legs. This time, busy and sometimes tense festive days complement the traditional nautical routine.
We love this lifestyle, and would not agree to change it for anything else.
Now we offer to share it with you so you too can become a hero of an adventure novel!

Rouen - Scheveningen
13/06 – 21/06/2019
300 nautical miles
9 days on board
495 euro.

Boarding 13.06 from 12 to 16.00
Disembarkation 21.06 at 10.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions.

Rouen — Scheveningen — «The Tall Ships' Races»

This year one big event immediately follows the the other; and after the «Armada Rouen» festival almost all sailboats are going to the start of the Tall Ships' Races.

"Shtandart" crew will take part in festive and sport events ashore (the coastal part of the regatta is from 13 to 16 of June). Then we travel 65 miles down Seine river. The regatta will start immediately after the exit from the river into the open.

The route of the regatta is especially interesting – not only the wind defines your chances to win, but also the competent use of the tidal currents. In the English Channel currents can be up to 3 knots, and their directions are changing several times a day by 180 degrees.

The race will finish in the Netherlands town Scheveningen, where one more festival takes place along with the award ceremony for winners and participants.

Aalborg - Fredericstad
05/07 – 13/07/2019
200 nautical miles
9 days on board
695/495 (under 25 y.o.) euro.

Boarding 05.07 from 10 to 12.00
Disembarkation 13.07 at 16.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions.

Two festivals – The Tall Ships' Races regatta – Youth program – Denmark – Norway

Aalborg will host the main event of this summer for the whole fleet of sail training ships – The Tall Ship's Races regatta.

The Tall Ship's Races is not just a regatta of big sailboats. This is a worldwide event. Participating ports gather dozens of huge ships and hundreds of yachts from all over the world, promenades are crowded with tourists, and fireworks are blooming in the evening sky. In the day of start, the whole fleet goes into the open, making for a spectacular sailing parade. After that, there will be no intermediate stops, no use of engine, only start line and finish line, only sails, and several days of unceasing race.

Aalborg, the start of the race
Crew, especially youth from 13 to 25 years old, is under the spotlight here, and that makes this sailing event different from the others. You are the heroes of the event, true stars of The Tall Ship's Races. Teams fight for victory ashore as well – there are many interesting things organised, from football games to tug-of-war, after which all participants become fast friends and celebrate that together with a private "crew party". In addition to that there is going to be free entrance to museums, gyms and swimming pools. Then, after the days of intensive coastal program it's time to escape to sea. All ships, one by one, weigh their anchors, set sails and are off to sea in a ceremonial procession. The start of the regatta is going to be at significant distance from the coast, and this unique show you cannot find anywhere else. White sails fill the horizon while dozens of ships are crossing the start line fighting for every second in tight competition.

First racing leg this year goes through the Kattegat and Skagerrak straits meaning about 200 miles from Danish to Norway coast under sails only.

Fredrikstad, finish
Bustling coastal program follows the venturous race.

There are going to be competitions, museum visits, fireworks and parties. In addition, essential awarding ceremony for winners of the first leg.

In 2015 and 2016, "Shtandart" took first places in the race and won the main prize of the regatta – the Friendship Trophy. Our crew was awarded several times for a vivid addition to the crew parade and for the most spectacular approach to the harbour. Let's fight for victory again this year!

Frederikstad - Bergen
400 nautical miles
10 days on board
695/495 (under 25 y.o.) euro.

Boarding 13.07 at 20.00
Disembarkation 23.07 at 13.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions.

"Cruise in Company" – Norway – Fjords – Festivals

All "Shtandart" journeys are very interesting, but the leg from Fredrikstad to Bergen is definitely the culmination of the season and its main highlight.
You can endlessly explore the views of the Norwegian coast, lapped by Atlantic waves and jagged with the deep fjords. Usually in the middle of the summer the weather here is as good as you would not expect in the Nordic areas: 25 and even 30°C are not unusual. But tops of cliffs are still covered with unmelted snow, and fog very often hides between them.

Cruise in Company
Our plans include a sailing trip along the beautiful places but are not limited to it. "Cruise in Company", the amicable leisure journey within a group of yachts and other sailboats, is an important part of every Tall Ship's Race. It is customary for TSR to organize city festivals in every port of call. There are going to be competitions, crew parades, free entrance to museums, essential parties for the regatta participants, and, of course, Norwegian spirit and hospitality will spice everything up.

During this leg we will have enough time to visit a couple of Norwegian villages along our route, sneak into most beautiful fjords, try mooring to an old quay or directly to the rocks, climb the cliffs and discover the bird's-eye view of the "Shtandart".

Sailing practice
All participants aboard the "Shtandart" are still active crew members despite the relaxing atmosphere of the "Сruise in Company". Maneuvers in the narrow fjords require a lot of active work with the sails and attentive watches atthe steering wheel. Captain and the officers will be happy to share their experience, and you surely will have many chances for good practice.

Aarhus - Copenhagen
04/08 – 10/08/2019
300 nautical miles
7 days on board
495 euro.

Boarding 23.07 at 20.00
Disembarkation 03.08 at 13.00
Only starting and finishing ports are defined exactly. Route between them may vary due to the weather conditions.

North Sea – Finale of the TSR regatta – Long distance – Festival

The trip from Bergen to Aarhus is the final leg of the international regatta The Tall Ship's Races. This time the route goes across the North Sea and the Kattegat and Skagerrak straits, around Skagen Odde from Norway to Denmark. The distance of 500 miles is going to be full of arduous efforts, and crew would have to demonstrate all their dexterity, endurance and will to win.

We are inviting you to accept this challenge together and share the deserved celebration after the finish line. If you desire more drive, salty splashes into your face and race ardor instead of slow coastal cruising and sunbathing on the deck – welcome aboard! For this leg we will need your strong hands and your sober heads as never before – crew of the "Shtandart" will have to work the sails hard, do plenty of tacks and demonstrate virtuoso skills of lightning-fast turning of the steering wheel.

Coastal program
Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark, and it has hosted the finale of the regatta several times already. We can predict that the scale of the festival here will overshadow the impressions from all previous ports. Finale is finale, noblesse oblige.
We will try to be in stream: we are going to approach the harbor under sail wearing our historical uniform and tricornes, accompanied with drumbeat and cannon shots.
On shore, brave salty dogs could take part in various competitions, from traditional football to fights with sacks on board of floating rafts. Every year organisation committee is trying to impress participants with something new and marvellous, and we are looking forward to discover their novel fantastic ideas.

After the competitions, we are going to participate in a crew parade with the hope to get some prizes during the awarding ceremony and then we celebrate the victory with lively crew party and bright firework.
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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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