Float out of Flying Clipper takes place in Croatia

6th July 2017

Originally announced in March 2015, the brand new Flying Clipper is set to become the fourth addition to the Star Clippers fleet. The exciting new build was inspired by France II - one of the finest tall ships to grace the early 20th century. Built in 1911 at the Chantiers et Ateliers de la Gironde shipyard, on the banks of the River Garonne, the five-masted France II became the second largest commercial merchant sailing ship ever built.

The Flying Clipper was initially pencilled in for a late 2017 launch; although this was later pushed back to the first quarter to 2018 to ensure everything on board is in top condition. Currently under construction at the Brodosplit shipyard in Split, Croatia, the new-build seems to be well on schedule for her arrival. So much so, in fact, that the ship was officially launched last month, with a float out taking place in Croatia on 10th June. Ann Krafft, wife of Star Clippers owner, Mikael Krafft, marked the occasion by breaking a bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull.

Flying Clipper

She will be powered primarily by a total of 6,350 square metres of sails, but has also been fitted with two fully independent electric propulsion engines to ensure she gets from one destination to the next within scheduled time. Across five decks, the Flying Clipper will offer enough accommodation for 150 crew members and 300 passengers, with options including luxury cabins, balcony suites and owner’s suites. Every passenger will be able to enjoy TV and entertainment facilities from their accommodation, while Wi-Fi will also be available across the whole ship.

There will also be an array of public areas available on board the ship including a spa, three swimming pools, dining room, a library, function room, salons, piano bar, glass Dive bar, sports bar and an alfresco Tropical bar. The ship will also offer a water sports platform that enables passengers to enjoy direct access to the sea while at anchor.

Brodosplit shipyard has been recognised as one of the few shipyards in the world that is capable of building such a magnificent vessel. The shipyard has plenty of experience in building smaller niche vessels and was therefore an ideal choice for the Flying Clipper.

Her maiden season will coincide with the summer, which means European passengers will be among the first to experience everything she has to offer on board a series Mediterranean sailings. In the winter, she will relocate to the Caribbean for a series of sailings to blissful beach paradise islands.

Perhaps one of the most interesting pieces of news to come out in the coming weeks is the fact the vessel will be capable of sailing to the Arctic and Antarctic regions. She will be built to meet ice class requirements, which could mean that a new series of expedition sailings could be on the horizon.


Unlike significantly larger vessels of the 21st century, Star Clippers ships offer a chance to experience a bygone era of sailing. The Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper all offer traditional sailing experiences. As a result of their smaller size when compared to larger vessels, they are also able to travel to some of the most beautiful hidden islands in the world, providing an all-round unparalleled experience.

For more information or to book a sailing, contact us via the freephone number above or speak to an advisor online.