Clipper 60 Sailboat

Clipper 60 Sailboat

At desperatesailors.com, we love to blog about unique boat designs. Today, we’d like to post brief information on Clipper 60 sailboats. There have only been 11 Clipper 60’s built, so it’s a rare jewel to find these days. But as far as we know, at least some are still in the use (mostly privately, or by charter companies).

Anyway, here’s what we’ve been able to find when scouring the internet looking for any information on those boats.


Meet The Clipper 60 Sailboat

Clipper 60 Taeping and Clipper 60 Serica were two of the entrants in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race race. The format 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.

Clipper 60s lining up during the Clipper Round
Clipper 60s lining up during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race (
By Verne Equinox)

The race offered paying amateur crew members the chance to sail around the world, aboard a fleet of identical yachts. The route is based on that of the traditional Tea Clippers, following the prevailing wind and currents. Both Taeping and Serica also completed the race in 1998, 2000, and 2002.

The fleet of eight Clipper 60s was 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.


Clipper 60 – Technical Data

Here’s the key technical specification of the Clipper 60 sailboat:

Hull typeMonohull
BuilderColvic Craft
Displacement24,000 kg
DesignerDavid Pedrick
EngineDiesel 130 hp, Perkins M165
Length Overall59 ft 11 in (18.26 m)
Length Water Line52 ft 3 in (15.93 m)
Beam15 ft 7 in (4.75 m)
Draft7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
IRC Handicap1.067 (2011)

For full details, please see go to https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/clipper-60


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