20 x 30 inches, Oil on Canvas, 2015, Commission
Royal Clipper runs before an approaching squall as the Atlantic swell develops ahead of dark and threatening clouds building up astern.
A colleague and his wife recently sailed on Royal Clipper. After seven days sailing around the Windward and Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, Royal Clipper set sail from Bridgetown in Barbados for Malaga, via the Azores. It took 10 days in a moderate NE wind off the starboard bow and using one engine to reach the Azores, but after that, and with a following wind and running 56,000square feet of sail, but with a 5 degree list and no engines, she averaged 18 knots to arrive six days later at Malaga. This painting of her now hangs in their home as daily reminder of that marvellous voyage and its nostalgic memories.
Royal Clipper is a steel-hulled five-masted fully rigged tall ship, used as a cruise ship. Built in the year 2000, Displacement: 5000 Tonnes; Length: 439 ft; Beam: 54 ft; Draft: 18.5 ft. 42 sails with a total sail area of: 56,000 sq ft, Mast height: 197 ft. Her design was based on Preussen, a famous German five-mast Flying P-Liner windjammer built in 1902.
Engines: Twin Caterpillar 3516 diesels, single prop. Staff: 106, Passengers: 227.
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