We’re on the way!

We’re on the way!

Dear reader, thank you for your interest in this exciting Project. We are building a replica clipper ship the Cutty Sark2, and… We are already on the way.

Taking the first step

We became a UK registered charity earlier this year (Cutty Sark 2Sail Foundation) and are now organising a fundraising and marketing campaign on a Global scale. To succeed we will need a little help, both financial and material, from you and your friends & family…with tremendous prizes on offer to the top supporters.

Getting it all together

IndiegogThe crowdfunding campaign has started and can be reached on http://igg.me/at/cutty-sark/     Please spread the word.

We would like you to tell all your friends and colleagues about the project using your social media or any other method available to you.

A very special incentive

Anna GorbunovaTo make this more attractive, we are offering different awards depending on the amount of each donation, as well as a special incentive for the three individuals who generate the highest number of contacts through their social media.

We are trying to find new and unusual ways of attracting interest in the project. For example, we’ve created a program to change the profile picture on Facebook and Twitter, so that our supporters can have an avatar to promote the hash tag of the project – #Reborn2Sail. If you have any ideas, please let us know via our email:  info@cutty-sark.org

Your chance to win a prize!

ShtandartWe are holding a competition for the ‘Best Supporter of the Cutty Sark 2’. You can get your individual link on Indiegogo to share with your friends and later check out how many new contributors you have brought in. The 3 winners will receive a free sailing week on the sail training ship “Shtandart” on dates of their choosing.

About the CS2 Project

Cutty Sark Replica LOGO 250х250The Cutty Sark 2Sail Foundation represents this international project, driven by both social and environmental principles. Starting with the building of Cutty Sark 2 as an eco-friendly cargo ship, we will demonstrate and promote the practical and ecological advantages of commercial sail. Additionally, Cutty Sark 2 will be used for youth sail training, nautical adventure and as a venue for small conferences and social functions whilst in dock. We believe she will become an international attraction.

More than just a ship!

HandsAnother goal is to promote Maritime Heritage, not only artefacts (the ship and tooling we will be using) but the traditional skills and forgotten technologies which were used during the 19th Century when these amazing ships were first being built. We believe the building of the ship will have tremendous educational value to both the workforce and the public at large. It will provide a focal point and benefit young and old alike. It will become a centre of excellence by providing training and skills development, attracting young people as well as generating interest in the historical aspects of traditional ship building.

Please help to make it all happen

Cutty_Sark_main_motto-01Please share the link http://igg.me/at/cutty-sark/ amongst your friends and contacts, and maybe consider supporting the project by making a donation. We very much appreciate that you’ve found the time to read this email and we hope you will help us to achieve our first goal – to build the finest clipper ship the world has ever known.

Thank you!

Yours sincerely,

Vladimir Martus and the Cutty Sark 2Sail Team

Get your own Tallship experience! Win a week on a historical tall ship.

Get your own Tallship experience! Win a week on a historical tall ship.

Get your own Tall ship experience! A week on board of Frigate Shtandart! for 3 winners of the media competition:

Help us to spread the information about Cutty Sark crowd funding campaign and get a week of sailing with frigate SHTANDART ( NP Projekt Shtandart )
It is easy to take part in the competition – take your individual link to the crowdfunding campaign of new Cutty Sark (click the photo below). When you share your individual link (which can be created on the left side of Indiegogo page igg.me/at/cutty-sark), everyone who support the project by your advice, will help you to win.

Three most active supporters will be invited to join one of the Shtandart’s voyages. Make your choice – a week of sailing under Mediterranean sun or with the winds of the North sea?
Join the competition now: new.cutty-sark.org

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Did you know that Cutty Sark’s name derives from the famous poem ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ by Robert Burns?
There is an old Scottish legend about a farmer called Tam O’Shanter who is chased by a scantily-clad witch ‘Nannie’, dressed only in a ‘cutty sark’an archaic Scottish name for a short nightdress. This legend was turned into a poem by Robert Burns. The character of Nannie in the poem is depicted as the figurehead which adorns Cutty Sark’s bow.
Jock Willis, the original owner of the ship, chose the name Cutty Sark, which was allegedly suggested to him by the ship’s designer, Hercules Linton. It is a rather peculiar name for a ship, as in legend, witches are unable to cross water.
Jock Willis was a well-read man who enjoyed poetry. During his time as a ship’s captain, he would read French novels in his cabin. He also named one of his other ships the Hallowe’en, the title of another Burns poem. Although “Cutty Sark” was a little unusual, it certainly suits a sleek, swift tea clipper, giving her an air of magic and mystery.
Watch the video of the story. Support us on Indiegogo! Happy Halloween everybody!

‘Yachting world’ about the Cutty Sark 2Sail project

‘Yachting world’ about the Cutty Sark 2Sail project

 Yachting World Picture

    Replica of tea clipper Cutty Sark may sail 150 years on


 Few visitors to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich leave without fantasising what the mighty tea and wool clipper Cutty Sark would be like if she were to be freed from her dry dock dungeon, as Chichester’s Gypsy Moth IV was in 2005. But in the case of Cutty Sark, this cannot happen as she has deteriorated too far. However, there is a scheme afoot to build a full-size replica of the clipper ship by 2019, the 150th anniversary of the Cutty Sark’s launch, writes Mike Owen. The proposal was made by Russian sailor Vladimir Martus in September to officers and members of the Royal Yacht Squadron as he showed his replica of Peter the Great’s 115ft naval flagship from 1703, Shtandart. Just as with Shtandart, the 279ft three-masted Cutty Sark 2 would be built along original lines using traditional methods. It would be a huge challenge, with the project team mostly volunteers. Cutty Sark was of composite construction, timber on forged iron frames, using long-gone skills that must be relearned. Few examples beyond Cutty Sark remain. The Cutty Sark 2 Sail Foundation has just been granted UK charitable status and fund raising has begun. The project cost is estimated at €28 million. The construction site has yet to be finalised and although the foundation is looking at the UK as first choice, the final decision will be influenced by cost, ease of access and accommodation. While fundraising and documenting will continue throughout 2016 before the build begins ahead of a planned launch in September 2019, discussions have begun with Dykstra Naval Architects, renowned for their modern and neo-classic yachts. Vladimir Martus explains: “We are hoping to have no main engine so we can sail the clipper route just as Cutty Sark did, having two ship’s boats on deck that would act as tug boats to help with manoeuvring if needed. There will be some modern equipment – navigation, communication and safety kit – but, as on Shtandart, this will not be seen from outside. Also all the masts, rigging and steering will replicate the original Cutty Sark.” When complete Cutty Sark 2 will operate as an international training ship for crew young and old, and also be employed as a specialist dry cargo vessel, promoting the use of environmentally friendly sailing freight vessels. The team seeks volunteers and contributors. To discover more, go to www.cutty-sark.org and www.shtandart.eu

Published in Yachting World magazine, November 2015 


Welcome to ‪#‎reborn2sail‬

Welcome to ‪#‎reborn2sail‬

You are on the page of new Cutty Sark. This is a Dream ship so far, and it will take time and efforts to convert this Dream into reality. Why our team is doing this? Why we’ve spent more that a year discussing, arguing with each other, travelling far away for meetings, drafting and re-drafting texts and drawings? We believe that there many people who feel the same: the modern world is absorbed by computers. Don’t you feel isolated from the real world we all live in? Have you noticed that you life experiences are being replaced by virtual products, more and more?
We want to give people opportunity to return to lively perception. Our way is to build and sail historical ship, the way it was done centuries ago. Working on this is a REAL LIFE experience. Moving real planks, or caulking the real deck. Together with real people, who is going to became a real friends.
So let’s discover the world together, let’s find ourselves through this real adventure. Welcome to ‪#‎reborn2sail‬

A Pirates Life for Me

A Pirates Life for Me

The Shtandart, an exact replica of the famous frigate from the époque of Peter the Great has not been seen in Russia for a very long time and unfortunately there is little hope of seeing her there in the near future. One of the symbols of the City of St Petersburg, patronised by royalty and an iconic participant in the ‘Red Sails’ Festival, Shtandart has been forced to emigrate.

We met the captain of this three masted replica, Vladimir Martus, whist attending a tall ships regatta in Finland. The regatta was to commemorate the 300 year anniversary of the battle of Gangut. Shtandart had rushed from a film shoot in Holland (by the way, the Stars of Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘300 and ‘Troy’ took part in it)) to play the part of the Swedish frigate Elephant in the Gangut battle re-enactment.

So Vladimir how long has it been since Shtandart left Russia?

“It has been five years since we took the vessel in tow and after some severe arguments left Russia. We were forbidden to sail in Russia so I said – if it’s not possible here then I am taking the ship somewhere else where it is possible.”

Why didn’t the ship meet the Russian regulations?

“We were just told that the ship doesn’t meet them ‘in general’ but as it was built from wood it could never meet the regulations. For example: ‘no more than 50kg of combustible material per square meter on the deck. Of course Shtandart is impregnated with special fire retardants, but I asked the authorities what type of expert qualification I had to present but they just would not accept anything.

But the ship does meet foreign regulation doesn’t it?

“The Russian Yachting Federation examined and surveyed the ship and provided all the necessary documents. Unfortunately the Russian Ministry of Transport think that a social organisation like the Russian Yachting Federation is not capable of verifying the seaworthiness of a ship although in other countries it is just such organisations that do it. In any other country I just present the documentation provided by the Russian Yachting Federation and that’s it, because we don’t carry passengers. We only accept volunteers on board, who understand that it is for sport and that this implies risk and risky things like racing around the world are organised by social organisations. Of course that stupid conflagration with Rostransnadzor (The Federal Service for Supervision of Transport – Translators note) influenced the situation a lot. They called us a ‘bundle of wood’- I showed the inspectors’ signatures and asked how a ‘bundle of wood’ could get a licence? The last correspondence with the Russian Authorities took place in 2012. If I am not mistaken there were two letters from the Sea and Rive Registry, both were refusals.”

And where have you been hanging out since then?

“The first winter we spent in Oslo, then in Hamburg and the next two in the Netherlands. This winter we went to the Canaries.”

That must have been a good trip?

“No reason to be sad. Surely, if one has to lead a pirates’ life – why not enjoy it to the full? We went through the Bay of Biscay, across the Straits of Gibraltar, stopped in Morocco in Africa and moored up in Timbuktu Harbour. Then we explored six out of the seven islands on the Canaries Archipelago. This involved sailing non-stop for 1200 miles.

People are changing…and as for the crew the youngest was an eight month old girl! I’ve been on board for five years with hardly any break. Well I have been away for about ten days or so and my family visit from time to time. We did go to the Canaries together and they also joined me on the way from Holland to Finland.”

How do you pick your crew now?

“In the past it was like this: teenagers would turn up during the winter and work for eight hours a week. They knew that if they did this they could earn a free voyage. Our main source was from so called problem teenagers who had nothing to do. We almost caught them in the streets. They could not find a ‘real’ job, so they came and worked with us. It was an education of sorts for them. Then when we set of on a voyage – which is also hard work – they got a different type of education. And of course, the opportunity to sail on a unique replica of an historic frigate is a very unique experience indeed. There have been a lot of guys and girls who have benefitted through this sort of Shtandart School during the last ten years.

Now of course we have different methods of picking crew. People can read about our route on our website and join us at some point for a fee, usually 300-500 euros. But these are very different people to the whistle heads from St Petersburg. Now we get very responsible youngsters, real adventure seekers and each time I am surprised by the standard of the crew we have. There are no bores. For example we now have a group from Ukraine – 15 trainees.”

Ukrainians on board – what about the political atmosphere?

“All such talk is prohibited on board. On the one hand it is a ‘head in the sand’ policy but on the other all these discussions would do no good. Don’t frighten the ostrich because the floor is concrete! The sea is not the right environment for making more trouble!”

How does Shtandart earn her living?

“At festivals for example, we accept visitors on board and put a box out for donations. We can get up to 500 euros per day which helps to pay for fuel and crew transfers. Filmmaking also helps. We have just finished shooting in a Dutch film about Admiral Reuter which lasted for ten days. The special effects were provided by guys from Hollywood and although the director was Dutch he usually worked in Hollywood as well. The cast were all Dutch and it was a great experience. Of course special effects will be added by computer programs. Apart from our ship, there were two big tall ships and some small Dutch sailing yachts.”

Interestingly enough, having left Russian you have not joined any other Countries’ fleet, but in the re-enactment of the Battle of Gangut you played an ‘enemy’ – the Swedish ship Elephant.

“We’re always playing against Sweden in re-enactments of the battles of the époque of Peter the Great. But when I was planning the timetable for Shtandart I had a choice of either going to Norway to take part in a competition or to Finland for the Russian Regatta. To tell the truth, Norway is very appealing – it is amazing there with fjords, beautiful scenery and there is more money to be earned. But I decided that this is Russian History, the first victory of the Russian Fleet and it is more important. Regarding money…we shall earn it another way! We always need money; our sails are eleven years old for example. We decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign (it’s using the internet to raise funding for a specific project-editor’s note). We got almost ten thousand euros in four days! Three hundred and five people responded, mostly Russians. By the way, half of them have sailed with us at some time, but there were those who heard about us for the first time, loved the idea of such a ship, and decided to support us.”

When Shtandart was in Russia, you had planned to build a replica Admiralty building of Peter the Great as a museum for historic ship building. Now you are up to something else?

“Yes we have started a Cutty Sark Project. We are planning trips around possible sites which could become the new shipyard. We have many places to go and see, including Dumbarton in Scotland where the original ship was built.”

Do you think Shtandart could return to Russia?

“I don’t know anything for certain, but I will not return without first obtaining a solid legal position. If I had the correct documentation giving me the right to sail Shtandart we could return, but when Rostransnadzor come and ask me ‘who permitted you to sail’, thy will forbid it immediately. A ship dies without a crew and without any sailing. There are 40 people on board, we’ve been sailing for ten days – constantly repairing something at sea:- re-caulking some of the deck, repairing rigging and sails…if the ship is ashore then the volunteers will quickly disappear. The ship is kept alive by the people who sail in her.”

Source: The Novaya Gazeta Saint Peterrsburg http://novayagazeta.spb.ru/articles/9082/
Translated by Aliona Kravchuck

Público (PT): Vila do Conde ambiciona construir réplica do veleiro Cutty Sark

Público (PT): Vila do Conde ambiciona construir réplica do veleiro Cutty Sark

Construtor naval e navegador russo, que visitou a cidade na sua fragata, pretende investir 30 milhões neste projecto.

A cidade de Vila do Conde quer ser o local de construção de uma réplica do navio inglês Cutty Sark, uma embarcação do século XIX famosa pelo seu papel no transporte de chá entre a China e Grã-Bretanha. A ambição foi partilhada pela presidente da Câmara Municipal, Elisa Ferraz, “com muitas cautelas e com esperança”, na sequência de uma visita à fragata russa Shtandart, cujo capitão, Vladimir Martus, é director do projecto de construção de um novo veleiro idêntico ao bem conhecido “clipper” inglês.

A Shtandart passou esta terça-feira por Vila do Conde e o seu capitão admitiu estar à procura de espaços para construir o navio. “Queremos encontrar uma comunidade que assuma este sonho connosco. Para já, andamos a ver as cidades e as possibilidades. A ideia de Vila do Conde parece-me promissora, pois tem conhecimento, tradição e mão-de-obra qualificada”, disse,  adiantando ter já passado por Holanda e Polónia, com o mesmo objectivo.

Os estaleiros locais Samuel & Filhos envolveram-se, nas últimas décadas, na construção de réplicas de embarcações históricas, como as caravelas Boa esperança e Vera Cruz, ou a nau quinhentista ancorada no Ave, no mesmo sitio onde durante séculos se desenvolveu, na cidade, um pujante sector de construção naval reconhecido em todo o país.

A autarca Elisa Ferraz partilhou com os visitantes russos a história e tradição vilacondense neste sector, considerando que atrair este projeto iria dinamizá-lo economicamente e transformar-se numa mais-valia turística para a região, numa altura em que o município se lançou no projecto Um Porto para o Mundo, com o desafio de elevar o conhecimento ancestral ainda existente nos estaleiros locais em património imaterial nacional, antevendo uma candidatura posterior à UNESCO.

“Falo nisto com muitas cautelas e com esperança que consigamos vencer os obstáculos para que em Vila do Conde se faça essa réplica. Acho que era um acontecimento enorme para os estaleiros e para a cidade, porque estamos a falar de uma embarcação que demorará anos a ser feita e que daria dinamismo e projeção à cidade”, afirmou Elisa Ferraz. Para a autarca, “o aproveitamento destas técnicas ancestrais de construção naval poderia ser aproveitado para transmitir conhecimentos aos mais jovens”. “Seria um feito estrondoso para nós”, confessou.

O director do projecto adiantou que a réplica do Cutty Sark terá 60 metros de comprimento, e que terá um custo de construção de aproximadamente 30 milhões de euros, sendo usada para formação marítima, mas também como meio de transporte de cargas, como o veleiro original, famoso pelas velocidades que atingia e que chegou a ser propriedade de uma empresa portuguesa, no início do século XX. “Queremos fazer longas distâncias e provar que, hoje, é possível transportar carga sem uso de petróleo”, disse.

Durante a construção, o barco estará aberto a visitas para que o público possa ver os métodos tradicionais da construção naval. A construção, que vai decorrer entre 2017 e 2019, será financiada pela Cutty Sark Sail Fundation, organismo criado para desenhar e construir a réplica que segue os padrões originais do veleiro que em 2007 foi muito danificado por um grande incêndio mas que foi, entretanto, reconstruído.

Já a fragata escola Shtandart, que esta terça-feira esteve em Vila do Conde, é uma réplica de um navio russo do século XVIII, e foi construída pelas mãos do próprio Vladimir Martus, começando a navegar em 1999 e recebendo jovens de várias nacionalidades que durante semanas ou meses aprendem as lides num navio.

Source: Público – Vila do Conde ambiciona construir réplica do veleiro Cutty Sark

Other articles:

  • http://www.viva-porto.pt/Em-Destaque/vila-do-conde-quer-construir-replica-de-embarcacao-historica-inglesa.html
  • http://ionline.pt/412951
  • http://www.cm-viladoconde.pt/frontoffice/pages/655?news_id=2503


Cutty Sark 2Sail is now officially registered charity in the UK

Cutty Sark 2Sail is now officially registered charity in the UK

Hello friends,

This is an important message for us. There’re two news that I am happy to share with you.

On Saturday, 5th of September 2015, onboard the Frigate Shtandart at Cowes, the Cutty Sark 2Sail Foundation was announced at a reception for members and guests of the RoyalYacht Squadron (RYS). The captain Vladimir Martus made a presentation about the project which was well received. Also present at the reception was Maldwin Drummond, former chairman of the Cutty Sark Trust, who in his reply gave the project his blessing and expressed his full support of the concept.

The UK Charity Commission has confirmed that the Cutty Sark 2Sail Foundation is registered as a charity. We will be opening a bank account in the UK soon. We can now start acting officially and set the sails to move forward!

If you want to contribute to the project success please feel free to join us or donate.