Hope from the Netherlands
This ship is owned by the ‘Saint Petersburg River Yacht Club’, the oldest and largest yacht club in Russia, founded in 1860. The club’s founders like to sail in small boats on the rivers, which are numerous in this area. The club also derives its name from this. From the very beginning the club also has facilities on the coast, where activities were organized at sea.
During the history of this club, the name and location have been changed a number of times. In 1910 the club received – on the occasion of its 50th anniversary – an honorable addition to its name and became the ‘The Saint Petersburg River Yacht Club or His Majesty the Emperor of Russia’.
At the moment the club owns 80 large sailing yachts and about 100 small sailing boats. The flagship of the club is the schooner Nadezhda, which means ‘hope’. Incidentally, it was built in the Netherlands in 1912 and thus returns to its original base this summer.
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