Join us on this hands-on, exciting day out aboard Clipper 60 Taeping, Serica or Mermerus, all proven 60ft Ocean Race Yachts. Ideal for newcomers to the sport or more experienced sailors simply looking for a day out on the water. You can experience the thrill of sailing in a safe, relaxed environment, whilst really getting involved in the crewing of the yacht. You will have the opportunity to take the wheel of a Clipper 60 as she powers through the Solent and feel the buzz of working on the front of the boat whilst she crashes through the waves.
When you arrive you will have an opportunity to look around the yacht, before the Skipper gives a short safety brief about the day. Then we will slip lines and motor out of the River Hamble to the famous waters of the Solent. This 30 mile stretch of water between England and the Isle of Wight, flanked at one end by the Needles and at the other by Napoleonic forts, provides some of the most popular cruising waters in the World. The Solent also plays host to Cowes Week, the biggest UK yachting regatta, as well as providing the start line for many Round the World Races and World Record attempts. Whatever the day and time of year there is always something to see in this busy stretch of water.
The exact course for the day will depend on the tides, but the Skipper will introduce you to lots of sailing manoeuvres during this hands on experience aboard a 60ft Ocean Race Yacht. You will be served a racing style baguette lunch under sail and this provides a great opportunity to sit back and enjoy the sailing before we return to the marina for 4pm.
9:30 - 10:00: Meet us at our events centre in the marina for a tea or coffee whilst everyone arrives.
10:00 - 10:45: Your Skipper and Crew for the day will fit you with lifejackets and take you to the boat for a quick look around before a full safety brief is given and everyone rigs the boat ready for sea. At this stage you will be hands on getting the sails ready, leading the ropes and getting used to the boat.
10:45: Depart the marina and motor down the River Hamble to the Solent where we hoist our sails and get underway.
13:00: Lunch is served under sail after a morning of cruising around the Solent.
15:30: After an afternoon of sailing and boat manoeuvres, we arrive back outside the River Hamble and drop the sails before we motor back up the River to the Marina.
16:00: Depart the boat.
We recommend this experience for:
This trip is ideal for participants with no sailing experience, through to those with a little sailing experience looking for a day out aboard a large Ocean Race Yacht.
We recommend this experience for people who are complete novices, through to those with some sailing experience such as dinghy sailors or people that have sailed in the past.