The Stavros S Niarchos
is a British brig
-rigged tall ship
owned and operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust
. She is primarily designed to provide young people with the opportunity to undertake voyages as character-building exercises, rather than pure sail-training. She is also used for adult voyages and holidays, which help subsidise the operation of the ship.
In the late 1990s the two schooners
and Sir Winston Churchill
) then owned by the Tall Ships Youth Trust (then called the Sail Training Association
) were showing their age and becoming increasingly expensive to maintain. The hulls for the two new brigs (the Stavros
and her sister ship, the Prince William
) were obtained half-completed from another project in Germany
. These were transported to Appledore Ship Yards
, where they were modified to the TSYT's requirements, and fitted out. She was completed in January 2000. The rig was designed by Michael Willoughby, who wrote a few on the overall design of the brigs.
Following completion of sea trials
she was handed over to the STA
at Avonmouth Docks
. She sailed for her maiden voyage, a training voyage for permanent and volunteer crew, on 13 February 2000. She arrived in Weymouth
three days later.
During that trip she encountered a south westerly gale as she came round Land's End. She achieved an indicated speed through the water of 14 knots under lower tops'ls and fore topmast stays'l alone.
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