License to kill

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Right now the last cruise of this winter and also my last cruise as captain on board the Clipper Stad Amsterdam is well underway. The  British Virgin Islands is the sailing area, as  already mentioned in the former log article. The highlight of this cruise from a technical point of view definitely is the passage through Soper’s Hole, a strait that runs in between a pair of islands.
Soper's Hole is regarded the first settlement of the British Virgin Islands and was initiated by Joost van Dijk on behalf of the Dutch West India Company. In the17th century the Company was interested in this part of the Virgin Islands for trading purposes because it was strategically located between New Amsterdam on the one hand and Dutch plantation in South America (Surinam) on the other. Appenrently, the cotton and tobacco plantations on the islands did not result in enough wealth for Van Dijk and therefore he made good use out of his letters of marque. The Spaniards did not agree and decided to get Van Dijk from his hiding place and to destroy the settlement. The Dutchman was forced to flee to an island north of where he practiced his hijacking. That island still bears the name “Jost Van Dyke”, although the spelling has been adapted somewhat by the English rulers from later times.
So we seize every opportunity to go through under full sail with the tricolor proudly in top. It feels like it is still ours for a part.

Richard Slootweg
Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam







Sailing, sun and sand

March 11, 2015 17.00 LT
It is the name in the signature revealing that the scepter aboard the Stad Amsterdam has been handed

Maintenance time

February 24, 2015 15.30 LT
Everything is ready for the beach! As soon as breakfast is finished the guest will be brought to the

Top brands

February 19, 2015 06.30 LT
It is almost the last day of the cruise already. Time passes by quickly or as they say "Time flies w

A perfect day

February 4, 2015 10.30 LT
A turquoise sea, white sandy beaches and palm trees automatically suggest a far away holiday destina

Waterfalls on Dominica

January 27, 2015 04.30 LT
Early this very morning we are on our way to Martinique. One last day of sailing for the guests of t

Old-fashioned

January 23, 2015 21:00 LT
Yesterday, the clipper Stad Amsterdam was anchored at Iles de Saintes, along with the Royal Clipper.