Vladimir Martus started his sailing career at 14. He has raced for his country’s National Sailing Team for 12 years (Olympic classes).
Graduated from the St Petersburg University of shipbuilding as a naval architect in 1990. Built two large wooden replica sailing ships: Schooner “St Peter” (80 feet, 1991) and frigate “Shtandart” (110 feet, 1999).
As captain of the Shtandart, he has taken part in Tall Ship Racing since 2001. Vladimir has directed several large maritime events and festivals. He was Chief Liaison officer in St Petersburg TSR 2009. He is also a qualified RYA Yachtmaster/Instructor and President of the non-profit sail-training organisation “Shtandart Project”.
CUTTY SARK 2SAIL Foundation Chairman
David is Chairman of the Maritime Heritage Trust and previously of Heritage Afloat, and Vice Chairman of the Cutty Sark Trust. He is Deputy President of the Transport Trust and a Committee Member of Europa Nostra Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee.
David is also Founder President of the European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways and the World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains. He served as Chairman of Heritage Railway Association until 1st June 2014, and is also Chairman of Great Central Railway Plc and Vice President of the West Somerset Railway and President of the North Norfolk Railway. His initial involvement with preserved railways was as legal advisor, since he is a solicitor.
David retired from practice at the end of Ferbuary 2013. He served for 32 years in the Territorial Army, ending up with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was decorated with the MBE by the Queen in 2003 for his services “to transport preservation in the UK and Europe”.
John’s 24-year career as a maritime curator was combined with extensive practical seafaring experience, including 32 years service with the Royal Naval Reserve and many thousands of miles under sail (He holds the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification and an MCA Boatmaster’s Licence). Since retiring as Senior Curator of Water Transport at the Science Museum, he worked voluntarily for the European Maritime Heritage Organisation and serves as a Trustee of the Maritime Heritage Trust. His clients for consultancy studies have included the Heritage Lottery Fund, Trinity House Lighthouse Service and various maritime museums. A former member of the National Historic Ships Committee, he has a detailed knowledge of the UK’s heritage of historic ships and boats, and of ship preservation in European counties. John Robinson is an expert on all aspects of historic ship preservation and operation.
Captain Blake joined the Merchant Navy in 1962 and 13 years later moved to sail training. He has been captain of the Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller (Great Britain), STS Ji Fung (Hong Kong), STS Leeuwin (Western Australia), STS Kaisei (Japan) and delivery master of STS Young Endeavour, Britain’s bicentennial gift to Australia.
In 1993 Captain Blake took command of the replica vessel Endeavour and sailed her around the world twice, rounding both Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope during her travels to Europe and the Americas from Australia.
He holds the International Master Class I certificates with a square rig endorsement.
Captain Blake has been awarded the Freeman of the City of London, and Freeman of the City of Newark, USA. In 1996 he was awarded the Cutty Sark Medal for outstanding seamanship and leadership, and in 2001 received the OBE for services to Sail Training and Youth Development.
I just moved to Scotland from the San Francisco area, where I lived with my family on a 50 foot Ketch, after living on and maintaining a 105 year old Dutch Clipper in France for two years.
I’ve spent a lot of time at Maritime Museums in San Diego onboard the Star of India and San Francisco on the Balaclutha dreaming of seeing them under a full press of sail. The ship I served on in the U.S. Navy, in Public Affairs, is now a museum in San Diego, and the difference between a living ship and a museum piece is tangible and dramatic.
I’m a volunteer public relations officer for the United States Coast Guard as well as an Instructor and Vessel Safety Inspector.
I am excited to see this project come to reality.
A keen sailor at the center of the south coat of England who’s sailing routes travel back many generations. Originally a boat builder by trade and passionate to help realize this project and doing what I can to help make it happen.
In love with color and line, Kseniya delivers visual sensation. Her beautiful images and drawings help pull the project together.
She is working incredibly hard to create and maintain a corporate identity which is giving the project a beautiful profile across the media.
A designer and boat builder with marketing experience, Pete offers us his wisdom and broad knowledge in marketing and strategy. For the last 15 years he has been building replica traditional wooden boats. Now he is moving on to ships!
He is up to his neck in this BIG dream – helping to create the next famous British tea clipper.
Michele von Kaenel is a veteran broadcaster and media consultant who helps our team stay active and move forward.
Tall ships have always been a fascination of hers, so when this project surfaced she immediately applied to join the Team.
Liaison officer for the Tall Ship Races and business development manager, Bo gets great satisfaction from how sail training challenges young people and makes them grow.
He likes to go with them and gets inspiration from them.