Sunrise in Tahiti

Here is a beautiful sunrise photo taken in the lagoon between Raiatea and Tahaa. Thanks to Mike and Connie for sending it in.



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Royal Clipper's Sailaway

Royal Clipper's sailaway from Kotor, Montenegro.




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Sailing Lingo Answer: Carrick Bend

Yesterday we asked, what is a “carrick bend” and where did the term originate?



The carrick bend is a knot used for joining two lines. It is particularly appropriate for very heavy rope or cable that is too large and stiff to easily be formed into other common bends.  It will not jam even after carrying a significant load or being soaked with water. The Carrick bend's aesthetically pleasing interwoven and symmetrical shape has also made it popular for decorative purposes. This knot's name dates back to at least 1783 when it was used by M. Lescallier in Vocabulaire des Termes de Marine.
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Sailing Lingo: Carrick Bend

Today’s challenge is: Carrick Bend. Do you know what this phrase means and how it originated?



Sailing Lingo aims to test your knowledge of the peculiar and sometimes indecipherable language of sailing. We pose a question and see who can answer it most accurately in the comments on the post. The following day we’ll post the answer to the question and save you some Googling.
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Port of the Week: Simi, Greece

Simi, Greece.





Simi, Greece, has evolved from a seaside sponge village to a popular tourist seaside spot. Guests aboard Star Clippers will arrive at this peaceful island north-northwest of Rhodes to discover its rocky cliffs and isolated coves. The main town consists of the lower town around the harbor, typically referred to as Yialos, and the upper town called Horio.



While at port guests may want to explore Panormitis the island's monastery which pays homage to St. Michael of Panormitis and features stunning views of the bay. The monastery is still inhabited by monks and was built in the early 18th century. After a visit to monastery or lunch in town sun worshipers will want to find one of many secluded beaches to enjoy the view and soak up the sun.



Star Flyer will call at Simi on its Turkey's Turquoise Coast cruise July 24 and August 7, 2010.
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How to Sail Royal Clipper

We ran across this great video of Royal Clipper's Captain Sergey showing guests a few sailing maneuvers off the coast of Ponza, Italy.


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Star Flyer Transited the Panama Canal

Star Flyer transited the Panama Canal last weekend on her way from Tahiti to the Mediterranean.







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Sailing Lingo Answer: Pitometer

Yesterday we asked, what is a “pitometer”  and where did the term originate?



Also known as pit logs pitometers are devices used to measure a ship's speed relative to the water. They are used on both surface ships and submarines. Data from the pitometer log is usually fed directly into the ship's navigation system.



Pitometers date back to days of sail when sailors tossed a log attached to rope knotted at regular intervals off the stern of a ship. The sailors would count the number of knots that passed through their hands in a given period of time. Today sailors still use the unit of knots to express a ship's speed. The speed of the ship was needed to navigate the ship using dead reckoning, which was standard practice in the days before modern navigation instruments like GPS. During World War II, pitometer logs were often interfaced directly into warship fire control systems. This interface was necessary to allow gunnery and torpedo fire control systems to automatically track tar.
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Sailing Lingo: Pitometer

Today’s challenge is: Pitometer. Do you know what this phrase means and how it originated?



Sailing Lingo aims to test your knowledge of the peculiar and sometimes indecipherable language of sailing. We pose a question and see who can answer it most accurately in the comments on the post. The following day we’ll post the answer to the question and save you some Googling.
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Star Flyer's Captain Yuri

Here are some photos we took of Captain Yuri (and assistant Dominque) during our Tahiti cruise last fall.

Joanne McMenoman







Captain Yuri giving one of his daily talks on deck.









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Video: Dancers Aboard Star Flyer

Guests on board Star Flyer enjoyed a presentation by French Polynesian dancers when the ship was in Tahiti.



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More Photos with Captain Sergey

This is a picture of my mother, Ellie Yoakam and me with Capt. Sergey. — Janine Groves







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Photos With Our Captains

Here are pictures of me and my family in 2008 in Tahiti and 2009 in Greece. Star Clippers Rocks!!! - Katie Rosenheim



Tahiti in 2009.





Greece in 2009.







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Royal Clipper's Captain Sergey

We asked our Facebook fans for photos with our captains.


Here are photos of Captain Sergey. They aren't of me and the captain because I took them! :-)



Harriet Hall

Royal Clipper trans-Atlantic Fall 2009



















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A Conversation with Larry Haugh: Part II

Here is Part 2 of Larry Haugh's interview with Vacation Agent magazine.

Who’s your typical client?

We’ve found that 50 percent of our passengers have been involved in boating at some point in their life. Anybody who owns boats...[or belongs to] any type of sailing club or yacht club, whether they’re power or sail boats, are potential clients. Our passenger is an average age of 55 with a household income of $120,000 who takes about three weeks vacation a year.

We offer a four-star product and we [use] actual sailing ships—our ships are designated SPV, for sail passenger vessel. We have engines, but we go primarily by sails as much and as frequently as possible. Over 80 percent of our American guests have been on previous cruises, and then they come to us because they want to do something different. We’re truly experiential when it comes to travel.

What sorts of programs do you have for travel agents?

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A Conversation with Larry Haugh: Part I

Larry G. Haugh, Star Clippers' vice president of sales based in the company’s Miami office, recently sat down with "Vacation Agent" magazine to discuss programs and new itineraries. Here's what he had to say.

Star Clippers has some interesting new itineraries planned for the upcoming year. Tell us about the new Costa Rica program by Star Flyer.

Our owner decided that it would be a good idea to have all three ships in Europe for the summer. Half of our business comes from Europe, so we have a drive-up market. Star Flyer is currently doing a pretty interesting repositioning sailing, going 34 nights from Papeete, Tahiti, to Balboa, Panama. From there, it will move on to Europe in May. We cannot move the ship back to Tahiti for the fall, so we will move it to Costa Rica for the first time. We listen to what our passengers are saying and what they like. We’re always looking for new opportunities.

We’ll visit 40 new ports of call this year, which is exciting to offer new passengers but also gives our past passengers the opportunity to sail into new wonderful ports. Over 55 percent of our passengers return. As we say to our agent friends, once you get passengers on Star Clippers, they’ll definitely come back, and they will tell their friends.

What’s on tap for the summer Mediterranean season?

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Sailing Lingo Answer: Nibbling

We asked, what does “nibbling” mean and where did the term originate?



Nibbling, typically  refers to taking small bites out of a tasty treat, but in the sailing world it refers to the pointed shapes of the ends of certain deck planks.



According to John G. Rogers' Origins of Sea Terms these pointed ends are made to fit either the kingplank or the covering boards.  The origins come from the Anglo-Saxon nebb, beak.
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Sailing Lingo: Nibbling



Today’s challenge is: Nibbling. Do you know what this phrase means and how it originated?


Sailing Lingo aims to test your knowledge of the peculiar and sometimes indecipherable language of sailing. We pose a question and see who can answer it most accurately in the comments on the post. The following day we’ll post the answer to the question and save you some Googling.

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Nighttime Photos from a Royal Clipper Crossing

In response to our Facebook request, guest Harriet Hall sent in these lovely nighttime photos from her crossing aboard Royal Clipper.















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Port of the Week: Islas Tortugas (Curu National Reserve), Costa Rica





Curu contains Costa Rica’s first private national wildlife refuge. Located on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, the area offers easy access to see some of the most sought-after species such as howler and spider monkeys, scarlet macaws, collared peccary, coyotes, iguanas and hundreds of species of tropical and migratory birds. An almost-extinct species of oyster (Ocypode occidentalis) can be found here, as well as lobsters, chitons and mouthless crabs. All five of Costa Rica's mangrove species are represented in Curu. The refuge is one of the few places in Central America where agriculture, scientific research and tourism exist in harmony.



Star Flyer will call at Curu on the seven-night round-trip Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, cruises beginning November 2010.
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