Blue Box Sailing

Solent Race Day

Clipper 60 full boat hire

Solent Race Day

With a real hands on focus you will have the opportunity to try all aspects of racing aboard our famous Ocean Race Yachts. It will be action packed and fun as you split your group into teams for this day of match racing in the Solent. This fast-moving day out is great fun for novice and experienced sailors alike.


After meeting our crew in the morning at our Events Centre overlooking the River Hamble you will be shown to your yacht for a short safety brief before slipping lines and motoring out into open water. Then it's a morning of training as our professional crew guide you through all the manoeuvres and get you working as part of a slick racing team.

After a brief lunch it is time to put all the training into practice as the three Clipper 60s come together for a race through the Solent. The course will depend on wind and tides, but this is a chance for each team to pit their skills against the others as you take part in a closely fought race aboard these identical matched yachts.

Participants will have the opportunity to be part of a true racing team including working on the foredeck for sail hoists, drops and changes and in the cockpit on the winches as well as taking the wheel to steer in this exciting contest.

Finally one of the yachts will be declared the winner before dropping sails and heading back up the River Hamble after an exhilarating days sailing.

Example schedule - single boat hire, full day

9:30am - 10am: Meet at our events centre in Hamble Yacht Services for a cup of coffee or tea

10am: Board Clipper 60 Taeping, Serica or Mermerus

10am - 10:30am: The Skipper gives a short safety brief and introduction to the yacht

10:30am - 10:45am: Slip lines and motor out of the River Hamble into the Solent

10:45am: It's all hands on deck as everyone is involved in hoisting sails and getting the yacht sailing, with participants taking the wheel, using the winches and working on the foredeck.

10:45am - 12:30pm: Training for the afternoon race, the Skipper will introduce partipants to the various roles and manoeuvres required for the afternoon race.

12:30pm - 1pm: Some gentle sailing while you enjoy a baguette lunch on board.

1pm - 3:30pm: The yachts will come together for the start of the racing and then its all hands on deck as you enjoy an afternoon of closely fought racing.

3:30pm - 4pm: Drop sails and motor up the River Hamble.

4pm: Depart the yacht back in Hamble Yacht Services.

Important Information

Where we sail: On the Solent, from Hamble Point Marina in Hamble

Event time: 10am to 4pm

Maximum participants: 12 if hiring one yacht, 24 if hiring two yachts, 36 if hiring three yachts

When: Contact us to check availability for your preferred dates.

Included in the price:
Exclusive use of boat
Professional Skipper and Mates aboard the Yachts
Baguette lunch and snacks
Soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee throughout day
Use of wet weather clothing
Lifejackets and all other safety equipment