Clipper Stad Amsterdam
In the nineteenth century, clippers plied the great trade routes of the world, carrying cargoes of tea, spices from China and gold from California and Australia. Their tall masts could support more sails than conventional ships of their time, which allowed them to achieve speeds that had never been seen on the sea before.
Today, the Clipper Stad Amsterdam - inspired by those 19th century vessels and built in conjunction with both ‘the city of Amsterdam’ and Randstad’s founder, Frits Goldschmeding - is one of only two seaworthy clippers in the world.
Like its 19th century predecessors, she’s capable of achieving very high speeds and in 2000, she won the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race. With her tall masts, beautiful teak and mahogany woodwork, and 31 billowing white sails, a day on board is an unmissable experience.
An essential part of the Clipper project for Frits Goldschmeding and for Randstad as a business, was the opportunity it could offer in helping prepare people for successful careers.
During construction, the Clipper provided work experience and training for 138 unemployed people, equipping them with the skills and confidence needed to succeed in the workplace.
And today, the Clipper provides trainees in the sailing and hospitality industries with work experience and the chance to learn new skills.