The History of Star Clippers

is above all the adventure of one man and his lifelong passion for the sea.


Mikael Krafft

was born in Stockholm but grew up 20 km from the Swedish capital, near the site of one of the largest shipyards in the world. As a youngster he would listen spellbound while the old “sea dogs” who worked there would tell tales of the glorious Clippers, tall ships which dominated the oceans in years gone by. This early passion for the sea was to shape the whole course of his existence.

As he grew up,

Mikael became an expert sailor, owning many different sailing boats. It was during an Atlantic crossing on board his yacht “Gloria” that he came up with the idea of building two tall ships inspired by the Clippers he dreamed of as a child. Thus, Star Flyer and Star Clipper were born, followed some years later by Royal Clipper. His dream was to recreate the legendary clippers that crossed the oceans in the 19th century and in doing so offer people the chance to experience the unique thrill of sailing aboard a Tall Ship.

Its legendary dream has become a reality.

For more than 30 years now Star Clippers, the acknowledged specialist in sailing cruises, has been sharing the dream with thousands of passengers from all over the world onboard its three sailing ships.