An island without inhabitants

From St. Maarten to Havana at Cuba. An adventurous sailing trip in the Caribbean. Not very often a possibility on the Clipper. Normally our last adventurous sailing trip of the year is the Atlantic Ocean crossing to Martinique in December. From that moment on we organize our  luxury cruises which is sailing and more. On a regular basis we drop anchor to go for a swim or to snorkel or to explore an island.

A new destination: Cuba
One of the adventures of a luxury cruises are the culinary surprises from the galley served in a charming environment. After the luxury cruise season the clipper will be on the way to America, where Randstad and the municipality of Amsterdam hire the ship for purposes of their own. Because of legislation it is not possible for us to sail to the United States with passengers. This year for the very first time we are sailing to Cuba with guests. The weather is lovely with sun, a blue sky and a running wind. The perfect atmosphere on deck is resulting in extra smooth sailing. Easily we are reaching 10 knots. This speed allows us to make a detour to the Turkish and Caicos Islands.

Stopping for a swim
A little more north, there is less wind which enables us to set all sails. Even with the extra square meters of canvas, we did not reach 7 knots. With the prospect that in 2 days we will have a wind force 8 again we decided to stow all sails and stop for a swim near an uninhabited island in the Bahamas. This afternoon we will be on our way but not before everything will be sea-proof again.

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Happy Birthday!
March 5th.The fifth day of the third month of the year. On this day my former colleague Richard will be a year older than me again. Many of you sailed with Richard and know him as the friendly, humorous captain of the Clipper. A sailor at heart. Last year we met in the Mediterranean where he sailed on another ship. He is working on the rigging of a new ship at the moment is what I know and hopefully we are able to race against each other again soon. Richard I wish you a very happy birthday on behalf of the entire Clipper crew. Wishing you many more years to come in good health and many, many more miles. And oh Richard, in several months we will have the same age again ;-)

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about the author

Andi Manser - Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Captain Andi Manser came on his bike to the Netherlands all the way from Switzerland, his country of birth. He hoped to find a job on a yacht. His job as captain on the Clipper Stad Amsterdam is a dream come true.