Mermaids have been a feature of Sea View and Solent waters for over 100 years. Today’s 12 GRP-hulled one-design boats, each painted in a unique colour, continue to look the part as classic, but modern Solent racing keelboats. They are straightforward boats to sail, equipped with up-to-date sails and rigging.
The Sea View Mermaid is a 26-foot half-open keelboat, displacing 1.5 tonnes with a bermudan rig and suitable for 2 to 4 crew. She has a mainsail which can be reefed in stronger winds. Two headsails are carried – a jib and a genoa - and spinnakers add excitement when sailing downwind. Buoyancy built into the hulls makes the boats inherently safe. Personal buoyancy aids are on offer from Sea View Yacht Club and the wearing of suitable personal buoyancy is required.
Sea View Yacht Club uniquely benefits from having its race courses just below the battlements of its clubhouse, so there is no lost time in sailing to the start line, and the spectating is superb. The Club has two fixed start and finish lines or can set up wind-perfect committee-vessel starts. Courses are then set around a network of racing marks. These marks are charted and a copy is shown on the right. Sailors are supplied with a waterproofed copy of this chart to ensure everyone sails the correct course and finds their way home safely – perhaps in victory!