Anyone at the Limassol marina recently can’t fail to have noticed the mast and rigging of an 18th century tall ship among the masts of modern yachts projecting into the horizon behind the harbour master’s building. 

They belong to the Shtandart, a replica of the first vessel Russian Tsar Peter the Great built-in 1703 – the flagship of his naval fleet – is in Limassol until the end of next week. This is the vessel’s first trip to Cyprus and the easternmost point it has so far sailed to.