Blue Clipper

Tall Ship Sailing around the Globe

History OF The Blue Clipper

Tall Ship Blue Clipper was built in 1991 at Feab Marstrandsverken in Sweden. She was owned by the famous Brandy company Hennessy and named ‘Spirit of Hennessey.’ In 1872, the ship Alfred brought the first load of Cognac from France to Shanghai. In 1992, with the same name and painted white, Tall Ship Blue Clipper repeated this historic voyage. She has appeared in various TV programmes and TV commercials including the Trade Winds TV series starring Hugh Johnson. Following this, she went into private ownership and sailed in Mediterranean waters under a Maltese flag.

Maybe Sailing acquired the ship in 2016. After an extensive maintenance period the ship sailed to London to begin a 5 month tall ship Regatta, the 2017 Rendez-Vous. The ship was one of only four vessels to complete the whole race, travelling over 10,000 nautical miles visiting Portugal, the Canaries, Bermuda, USA, Canada and France. This Regatta was to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Canadian Federation. It was an extremely successful regatta for Blue Clipper and her crew, placing either 1st or 2nd in four of the five race legs.

2018 marks a new chapter for the vessel, as she is repainted Blue and travels North once more to visit the Arctic before heading to the Caribbean for some winter sunshine.

About the ship

Blue Clipper is a three masted gaff rig schooner. This means that the sails are rigged to run from forward to aft along the length of the ship. There are 10 sails, with an area of 675m2. She has a steel hull and teak deck, steel masts and wooden booms/topmasts.

Below deck Blue Clipper has three main compartments. Furthest forward is the forepeak, with 4 trainee berths and 2 crew bunks. In midships we have the guest accommodation with 6 twin ensuite cabins and a luxury double suite. Furthest aft there is the crew quarters, with 4 twin cabins and shared bathroom. The engine room and lazarette are also located at the aft of the ship. At full capacity the ship can accommodate 28 people. The deckhouses are home to the galley, the saloon and the wheelhouse.

The ship usually sails with 8 – 10 permanent crew, all highly experienced in their relevant fields and are here to make sure trainees and guests have a safe and fantastic time during their voyage.


All meals are served in the saloon.  Three meals a day are provided along with snacks and hot beverages.  There is also a bar to purchase additional soft drinks.  If you are planning to take part in watches, please ensure that you finish your meal with plenty of time to be ready for your watch.


The saloon bar is open from 1700 to 2300 each day serving wine, beer and spirits. We can also make cocktails!

Payments for drinks is done via a TAB system, which can be prepaid by purchasing a drinks voucher at the time of booking or can be paid in cash or by card at the end of your voyage.

Please bear in mind that alcohol can affect stability and judgement, and exercise extreme cautions when moving around the ship after drinking. Each person is aware of their limits, and while we wish you to enjoy your time on board Blue Clipper it is extremely important not to endanger the safety of yourself or your crew mates through excessive drinking.

When taking part in a watch, please remember that you will be the eyes and ears of the ship and refrain from drinking in the four hours leading up to your watch time and while you are on watch. It is not possible to climb the rig after consuming alcohol.


We have some great clothing items to purchase as a souvenir of your time with Blue Clipper. This can be purchased at the time of booking or you can purchase on board and pay for at the end of your voyage.


We are able to do laundry on longer passages, depending on the sea conditions. If you would like to do laundry on board please speak to the hospitality manager or stewardess on board. The fee for laundry service is £5 per load. Please note that Maybe Sailing does not accept liability for damage to clothing caused by this service.

Voyages on Blue Clipper

Upcoming Itineraries

Blue Clipper Traineeship 1
Blue Clipper Traineeship
1 Nov '18 7 Jan '19 Portimão, PortugalBridgetown, BarbadosBlue ClipperBegan
Follow the Winter Sun.
European Escapes
9 Nov '18 17 Nov '18 Portimão, PortugalLas Palmas, Canary IslandsBlue ClipperBegan
Journey to Cape Verde
European Escapes
21 Nov '18 5 Dec '18 Las Palmas, Canary IslandsPalmeira, Cape VerdeBlue ClipperBook Now
An Atlantic Christmas
Caribbean Sun
8 Dec '18 5 Jan '19 Palmeira, Cape VerdeBridgetown, BarbadosBlue ClipperBook Now
Blue Clipper Traineeship 2
Blue Clipper Traineeship
7 Jan '19 1 Mar '19 Bridgetown, BarbadosMarigot, St MartinBlue ClipperBook Now
No January Blues in the Caribbean – The Windward and Leeward Islands
Caribbean Sun
10 Jan '19 24 Jan '19 Bridgetown, BarbadosMarigot, St MartinBlue ClipperBook Now
Discover the Caribbean
Caribbean Sun
26 Jan '19 9 Feb '19 Marigot, St MartinMarigot, St MartinBlue ClipperBook Now
Caribbean Explorer
Caribbean Sun
12 Feb '19 27 Feb '19 Marigot, St MartinMarigot, St MartinBlue ClipperBook Now
Blue Clipper Traineeship 3
Blue Clipper Traineeship
1 Mar '19 20 May '19 Marigot, St MartinLiverpool, UKBlue ClipperBook Now
The Spanish Islands
Caribbean Sun
2 Mar '19 16 Mar '19 Marigot, St MartinHavana, CubaBlue ClipperFully Booked
Captivating Cuba
Caribbean Sun
19 Mar '19 27 Mar '19 Cienfuegos, CubaHavana, CubaBlue ClipperBook Now
The Bahamas and Bermuda
Caribbean Sun
30 Mar '19 10 Apr '19 Havana, CubaSt George’s, BermudaBlue ClipperBook Now
Atlantic Crossing – Follow The Trade Winds
Ocean Crossings
13 Apr '19 2 May '19 St George’s, BermudaPonta Delgada, AzoresBlue ClipperBook Now
The Azores to Liverpool
Ocean Crossings
5 May '19 18 May '19 Ponta Delgada, AzoresLiverpool, UKBlue ClipperBook Now
Blue Clipper Traineeship 4
Blue Clipper Traineeship
20 May '19 24 Jul '19 Liverpool, UKBergen, NorwayBlue ClipperBook Now
Whisky Galore
UK and Ireland
1 Jun '19 8 Jun '19 Liverpool, UKUllapool, ScotlandBlue ClipperBook Now
A Viking Saga
Iceland, Faroes and Norway
10 Jun '19 23 Jun '19 Ullapool, ScotlandIsafjord, IcelandBlue ClipperBook Now
Voyage of the Islands
Iceland, Faroes and Norway
25 Jun '19 6 Jul '19 Isafjord, IcelandAberdeen, UKBlue ClipperBook Now
Delivery Voyage. Aberdeen UK – Fredrikstad, Norway
Delivery Voyages
7 Jul '19 12 Jul '19 Aberdeen, UKFredrikstad, NorwayBlue ClipperBook Now
International Tall Ship Races 2019 Cruise in Company Blue Clipper
Tall Ship Races & Regattas
13 Jul '19 23 Jul '19 Fredrikstad, NorwayBergen, NorwayBlue ClipperBook Now
International Tall Ship Races 2019. Race 2. Blue Clipper
Tall Ship Races & Regattas
23 Jul '19 3 Aug '19 Bergen, NorwayAarhus, DenmarkBlue ClipperBook Now
Scandinavian Explorer
Iceland, Faroes and Norway
4 Aug '19 15 Aug '19 Aarhus, DenmarkFredrikstad, NorwayBlue ClipperBook Now
Coastal Norway and the Norwegian Riviera
Iceland, Faroes and Norway
17 Aug '19 28 Aug '19 Fredrikstad, NorwayStavanger, NorwayBlue ClipperBook Now
The Norwegian Fjords Adventure
Iceland, Faroes and Norway
31 Aug '19 11 Sep '19 Stavanger, NorwayStavanger, NorwayBlue ClipperBook Now
Delivery Voyage. Stavanger, Norway – Weymouth, UK
Delivery Voyages
14 Sep '19 27 Sep '19 Stavanger, NorwayWeymouth, UKBlue ClipperBook Now
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I had an amazing time sailing on Blue Clipper. It was great to meet new people from all over the world and learn something new whilst being on holiday! The crew was fantastic and incredibly patient, knowledgeable and fun to be around! The food was fantastic and cooked by two very talented girls! It was a great experience and hopefully, I will be back soon to join another trip.


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