Mir and Sedov in race start at Falmouth

STS Mir (RussianМир, meaning World or Peace) is a three-masted, full rigged Sail Training Ship, based in St. PetersburgRussia. She was built in 1987 at the Lenin Shipyard in GdańskPoland.

Mir is the second largest of six sister ships designed by Zygmunt Choreń and weighs 2,385 tonnes. She is 109.2 metres long, with a beam of 13.9 m and a draught of 6.3 m. The main mast is 52 m high and along with the other masts supports a total sail area of 2,771 m2.

Her sister ships are Dar MłodzieżyDruzhbaPalladaKhersones and Nadezhda. Mir is 8 m shorter than the longest current sailing ship, the Sedov (117.5 m).

This ship was originally constructed as a cadet training ship, designed for carrying between 70 and 144 cadets. 

The total transport capacity is 199 people. In addition to the original training role, Mir now also offers sailing trips, daytrips and "cruises" between ports on a commercial basis; opening up the experience of sailing on Mir to those outside of Russia.



The steel bowsprit and galvanised chain bowsprit rigging

Hull: steel
Rig: gaff schooner
LOA: 17.7m
LOD: 15.0m
Beam: 4.7m
Draft: 2.0m
Displacement: 30T
Sail area: 120sq.m (main gaff, fore gaff, staysail, yankee and topsail)
Engine: 200hp, 6cyl. Ford Sabre
Generator: 8kW
Watermaker: 2 l/min.
6 Births
2 Heads
There are no furling systems on the boat. Sail reduction is achieved with traditional slab reefing or lowering/exchanging head sails.
The only mechanical purchase for the halyards is block and tackle.

Euphoria II



Designer; Bill Luders

Commissioned 1977
Original owner (2 owners total) Jimmy Buffett

Ketch Cutter Rigged
L.O.A. 48’ (w/ bow sprit/mizzen boom; 57’)
Beam 13’ - Draft 6’ 6”

Accommodations: 1 DBL aft; Pilot berth amidships; V-berth fwd
Sleeps 9 total, 5-6 more comfortable

Perkins, 4-236, diesel, main engine; 2800 hours
Borge-Warner Velvet Drive transmission (can turn under sail)
Propeller; Fixed, 24X 18 LH, 1 ½” standard taper, Style 1 (Standard)

Westerbeke, 8KW, AC electric, diesel, generator; 1800 hours

Main engine Alternator (1) 90 amp
Propeller shaft Alternator (1) “SailCharger” 100 amp
Wind generator; AirMarine model AirX, 400watt (cushion mounted, quiet
on mizzen mast head)
Battery Charger; Crown Auto Marine Convertible, # R6012-3, 10-30 amp
ac powered from gen set or shore power

Watermaker; PUR PowerSurvivor-80 (80 gals. per 24 hrs.)

Air-Conditioner/Heat-pumps; CRUISAIR ½ ton (2), cooling-heating

Cabin Heater; FAB-ALL of BC, Canada; model 43H-1X3, diesel

Stove; ShipMate, gimbaled, LPG, 3 burners, broil/roast oven
(2 LPG tanks in vented/drained gas locker on-deck lazarette)
Aux. Stove; SEACOOK by Balmar, 360 gimbaled, 1 burner
Microwave oven, 115V ac
Toaster oven, 115V ac

Hot Water Heater; RARITAN, ac electric and m. engine heated

2 Heads, 1 Shower, 2 Skipper-8 Toilets, 2 head sinks, 1 lg. galley sink

2 PAR automatic, 12V, Bilge Pumps, port & stb.
1 PAR manual switch, 12V, Bilge Pump
1 Hand-op Bilge Pump
1 Engine driven water pump, 1 ¼”, combo bilge/anchor chain/wash down

Dual Systems; 1 Engine driven, 1 AC Gen Set powered; function very well
and dependable; Large Frig, Large Freezer; Well Insulated, very cold

Capstain; LOFRANS, model Tiger, 12V

Pressure Water System; at 3 sinks, 1 shower; 1 aux hand pump

Compasses: Danforth 6” Constelation w/ Skylight Head, at binnacle
Danforth, 3 ½” Corsair II, at nav station
Danforth, 3 ½” Tell-Tale Corsair II, over nav berth
Ship’s Brass Striking Clock and Barometer set
Life Raft; AVON, 6 person, hard container, deck cradled
Awnings; Sunbrella, full cover
Davits; Slender, custom made, for dinghy hoist
Anchor Chain; High Test-grade 43, 3/8” X 300’, new galvanize
Anchor Rhode, new nylon; 1 1/8” X 300’, spliced to 3/8”X 30’ chain
Bruce Anchor (1) 66 lb.
Bugle Anchor (German) (1) 60 lbs.

Steering: Quadrant; 38” ss helm wheel at cockpit/binnacle
2 BENMAR Autopilots; 1 hydraulic HS-100; 1 mechanical S
Emergency hyd. steering w/ placement of 22” ss helm wheel
Emergency mechanical steering w/ placement of tiller
Wind Vane steering; ARIES

Decks: TEAK, new
All wood on entire boat; Teak

All 12V DC powered from 3 battery banks;
8 PREVAILER gell-cell G-27 batteries; 696 amp hours
Radar; FURUNO, model #1832, 36 NM, gimballed on mizzen mast
GPS; TRIMBLE, NT-200; Interfaced for CU chart plotting
SSB/HF Radio; ICOM, model IC-700, w/ ICOM AT-120 auto-tuner
(wired for e-mail)
VHF; ICOM, model IC-M58
Loud Hailer; APELCO, model Trident II
Fish Finder; APELCO, model XCD 300
Windex; at mast head
Sailing Monitor; BROOKS & GATEHOUSE, Hornet 4 System
Depthsounder; BROOKS & GATEHOUSE, Hecta System
Both B&G systems have Digital base w/ dual Analog Repeaters; at
cockpit and nav station.

Sound System: Sony CDX-A30 CD Player, Bose 151/ADS 200C Speakers
Alpine #7163 AM/FM Cassette Player

Sails / Rigging:
All spars aluminum, coated white
All rigging wire NORSEMAN DYFORM w/ all NORSEMAN fittings
Chain Plates have been replaced w/ 2205 ss
All other working stainless steel replaced/renewed
Lazy Jacks accommodate Slab Reefing; 4 reefs Main, 3 reefs Mizzen
Winches; 10 total, Bariants and Andersons
Roller Furling; PROFURL Model 42-L; (2) on heads’l and stays’l
Main Sail; 431 sq. ft.
Mizzen; 213 sq. ft.
Stays’l; 220 sq. ft.
Full Spinnaker; w/ sock, 49’ X 53’4” X 42’6”;
Stays’l Spinnaker
Genoa; (2) 766 sq. ft. & 762 sq. ft.
Drifters; (2) combined 1520 sq. ft.
Storm Tris’l; 140 sq. ft.
Rope Clutches; SPINLOCK, 7 total
Ratln’s Port & Starboard, Main Mast
Crows Nest, Main Mast


The Superyacht Cup

The Superyacht Cup
Originally uploaded by Mad Mariner
Twice a year, some of the biggest and most famous super-size sailing yachts gather for a friendly race called The Superyacht Cup. The December 2008 race, held in Antigua, was marked by stormy skies and seas, but the yachts and their crews persevered. See more photos at www.madmariner.com



Originally uploaded by Mad Mariner
The family-owned Royal Huisman yard has been in business since 1884, and many a yachtsman has turned to its team for a fully custom sailing yacht. Jim Clark, founder of Netscape, did that very thing when he wanted to build Athena. At 295 feet, the yacht is the world's largest privately owned three-masted schooner and exudes classic charm. Photos by Royal Huisman. To see more marine photography, visit www.madmariner.com

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Notre-Dame des Flots et l’Esprit d’Equipe, deux des 8 bateaux accompagnateurs de la Transat 6,50 édition 2007 - © Pierrick Garenne / Grand-Pavois


Construit à Gravelines en 1942 sur les plans d'un harenguier de 1910, le ketch NOTRE-DAME DES FLOTS a pratiqué la pêche au chalut et au filet dérivant en mer du Nord jusqu'en 1974.

Inadapté aux nouvelles techniques de pêche, le navire est désarmé et abandonné dans le cimetière à bateaux du port de Dunkerque.

En 1976, Pitchoune, Jean-Pierre et Philippe renflouent le NOTRE-DAME DES FLOTS et le restaurent par leurs propres moyens durant sept années de travail passionné.

Depuis 1983, le NOTRE-DAME DES FLOTS ne cesse de naviguer sur toutes les mers du monde ! Et en 20 ans de navigation, Jean-Pierre et Pitchoune totalisent plus de 250.000 milles en charter.