Sail aboard Mermerus - a 60ft Ocean Race Yacht

"At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much" - Robin Lee Graham

Aboard Mermerus on a sailing experience .....

This is an amazing chance to experience what life is like aboard a real around the World Ocean Race Yacht. At 60ft long, Clipper 60 Mermerus is a heavy weight Ocean Racer, designed specifically to compete in the original Clipper Race and now a veteran of 4 races circumnavigating the globe.

This proven boat has sailed every ocean and been out in the worst weather that can be thrown at her showing the remarkable strength and design, which is why the original Clipper Race yachts gained a reputation for being the 4x4 of the Ocean Racing World. Maybe not fast in comparison to today's ultra light carbon flyers, but strong, steady and safe.

Now commercially coded to carry passengers by the MCA, she has been fully refitted and updated but kept as original as possible allowing you to join us to experience what life was like for the 15 crew aboard this remarkable craft.

Everything aboard is manually operated, from winches for the sheets to hoisting the sails, so you are guaranteed a hands on experience. If you’d rather sit back and watch, we also have areas aboard where you can take a less active role in the day - although we usually find people like to get stuck in and we can find jobs for almost all abilities!

Key Information

Sails From Hamble Point Marina, Hamble, SO31 4NB

Minimum age 12, 12-17 year olds must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian.

Participants must weigh under 20 stone and have a chest size of less than 48 inches to take part in this experience. Participants must have a reasonable level of fitness for this experience, which means they are able to move around the yacht and up and a down a short ladder unaided. If you are unsure if the experience would be suitable for a participant please call us on 02380 988966.

All sailing experiences aboard Mermerus are weather dependent. In the event an experience is postponed you will be able to reschedule to an alternative convenient date.

"Sir Robin Knox-Johnson started the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race for amateur sailors as he wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience the challenge and sheer exhilaration of ocean racing."

History

The format of the Clipper Race was conceived in 1995 by the famous round the world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnson and on 16 October 1996 eight Clipper 60s left Plymouth to race around the World.

The race offered paying amateur crew members the chance to sail around the world, aboard a fleet of identical yachts. The route was selected to be mainly downwind sailing, similar to that of the traditional Tea Clippers, following the prevailing wind and currents. The first race took a route starting from Plymouth and then sailing to Madeira, Fort Lauderdale, Panama, Galapagos, Hawaii, Yokohama, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seychelles, Durban, Cape Town, Salvador (Brazil), the Azores and back to Plymouth.

The fleet of eight Clipper 60s were built by Colvic Craft in Essex using the design of the proven Camper and Nicholson Bluewater 58, a prestigious cruising yacht designed by the American designer David Pedrick. Modifications were made to the cruising version and included a new deck layout better suited to Ocean Racing and an enlarged rig.

Mermerus held podium positions in three of the four around the World races, finishing first in the final Clipper Race run aboard the Clipper 60 design in 2002.

1996 - Raced under the name Mermerus - came 2nd
1998 - Raced under the name Mermerus - came 4th
2000 - Raced under the name Jersey - came 2nd
2002 - Raced under the name Jersey - came 1st

Mermerus's Statistics

Designer David Pedrick
Builder Colvic Craft in Essex
Date 1996
Length overall 60 ft 0 in / 18.2 m
Waterline length 52 ft 3 in / 15.93 m
Beam 15 ft 7 in / 4.75 m
Draft 7 ft 3 in / 2.21 m
Displacement 33 Tonnes
Construction Fibre glass

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£79 to £199 per person, full, half day and challenge experiences available

Half Day Sailing aboard Mermerus

£79 per person Friday dates

£99 per person weekend dates

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  • A baguette lunch ashore in our riverside coffee shop is included in the price
  • Experience runs from 12:30pm to 4:30pm, lunch served in our coffee shop at 12pm
  • Ideal for novice to intermediate sailors
  • Opportunity to play an active part in sailing the yacht, including steering

To book a trip select the number of participants and then choose either an open dated voucher or specific date from the drop down box. Open dated vouchers are valid until 30 September 2018 and come presented in a presentation gift card by post or as a printable pdf voucher. If you need any help please don't hesitate to give us a call on 02380 988966.

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Full Day Sailing aboard Mermerus

£129 per person weekday dates

£149 per person weekend dates

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  • A baguette lunch and soft drinks are included in the price
  • Experience runs from 10am to 4pm
  • Ideal for novice to intermediate sailors
  • Opportunity to play an active part in sailing the yacht, including steering

To book a trip select the number of participants and then choose either an open dated voucher or specific date from the drop down box. Open dated vouchers are valid until 30 September 2018 and come presented in a presentation gift card by post or as a printable pdf voucher. If you need any help please don't hesitate to give us a call on 02380 988966.

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Nab Tower Challenge aboard Mermerus

£199 per person

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  • A 35 nautical mile dash from Hamble around the Nab Tower positioned 6 miles South of England and 5 miles East of the Isle of Wight and back!
  • A baguette lunch and soft drinks are included in the price
  • Experience runs from 9am to approx 5pm on selected Sundays
  • Ideal for intermediate to experienced sailors
  • Opportunity to play an active part in sailing the yacht, including steering

To book a trip select the number of participants and then choose either an open dated voucher or specific date from the drop down box. Open dated vouchers are valid until 30 September 2018 and come presented in a presentation gift card by post or as a printable pdf voucher. If you need any help please don't hesitate to give us a call on 02380 988966.

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Exclusive hire of Mermerus

£800 half day hire

£1200 full day hire

  • Maximum of 12 participants
  • Ideal for novice to experienced sailors
  • Opportunity to play an active part in sailing the yacht, including steering
  • Ideal for staff reward, birthday celebration or family event

Call us on 02380 988966 or email hello@blueboxexperiences.co.uk for further information.