Although we have enjoyed our time at Mercury Marina we have opted to move our base a little further up Southampton water to Ocean Village. Located within a short walk from the city centre and surrounded by shops, restaurants and bars. We feel it offers additional recreational possibilities for guests joining the yacht. Rail and bus connections are close by and parking facilities are good. There is also a new £50m luxury spa hotel due to open in Oct 17 for those wanting to start or finish their cruise in style. We hope you will agree this new location adds further opportunities to extend your sailing experience.
Despite having to slip lines at 04.30 (some were wondering if it was an early start or late evening) all on board were eager to get the race started. Our start time was 06.10 and we were able to watch the first yachts away at 05.30 as we prepared for our start. Then it was our turn, a fast reach to the needles (1 hour helped by a bacon sandwich each ) then on our way with the spinnaker hoisted. CETO behaved throughout with no dramas and we were making good time until the wind eased just the other side of Ryde sands and our speed dropped for a slower than expected last hour before crossing the finish line in a total time of 08:48:29. Motor on and back to base for a celebratory glass of champagne, a relax then a well deserved meal.
Thanks to all for making it such an enjoyable race, 10th in class out of 28 was a good effort!
Despite only being in the water for 7 months CETO was taken out of the water last weekend for a scrub and machine polish by Inspiration Marine as well as a few servicing jobs in preparation for the year ahead. She will also be sporting a new polished bow plate created by HTF Stainless Steel Fabrications Ltd. She is due back in the water 11th March.
Bookings are continuing a pace for the listed available weekends, however we still have some availability to customise other dates should these not meet your requirements. Bookings for the RTIR have now closed as all places have now been taken.
PurelySailing will be entering the 2019 RTIR and we are looking forward to welcoming guests aboard CETO for this annual race which never fails to excite no matter the weather. This iconic race annually attracts in the region of 1500 yachts from around the globe. As always this is a popular race and we only have two remaining places available. To ensure your chance to experience this fantastic race, organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, contact us as soon as possible using the bookings link. Price includes
- Practice day sailing Friday
- On board overnight accommodation Friday and Saturday
- On board breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday
- Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits
- Complimentary glass of champagne (end of race)
- Team polo shirt
The second weekend in September saw Ceto welcome her first guests aboard for a weekend cruise in the Solent area. Chartered by the Old Berkhamstedian Sailing Club there was a mix of sailing experience on board from sailing 10’s of years ago to recently qualified coastal skipper.
The weekend started out with rain and strong (ish) winds requiring a couple of reefs to be put in the main sail but the crew remained positive throughout and enjoyed getting their hands on the helm in some challenging conditions. An overnight stop was made at Haslar marina for a meal and a well-deserved ‘couple’ of beers.
The next days weather was very different, blue skies and wind speeds of around 8knts. This proved too tempting for the skipper and the large multipurpose sail was hoisted for some great downwind sailing. Once again all guest took turns at the helm on our way back to base.
Our thanks go to our guests who made this first charter so memorable and for the many complimentary comments made regarding Ceto.
After what felt like a long wait the arrival day suddenly was upon us. CETO arrived on the 21st July at the yard and was put onto hard standing the day after. There are now two more weeks of commissioning and some minor upgrades to ensure she meets the requirements for ‘coding’. She is expected to have her mast fitted and enter the water on Friday 29th ready for further fit out and sea trials. Below are some photos as we first saw her at the yard.
The wait is nearly over!
As Ceto nears completion the yard has sent the first photos of her showing the interior space being worked on.
She is due to be completed on the 5th July and following quality assurance inspections is expected to leave factory on the 11th July. Final commissioning will take place in the UK and is expected to be completed by the end of July.
The wait for delivery has given us time to think about the name of our yacht and it has been a subject of many discussions! However after several decisions that were overturned for varying reasons we have finally settled on CETO.
CETO (or Keto) was a marine goddess who personified the dangers of the sea. She was more specifically a goddess of whales, large sharks, and sea-monsters.
The goddess Ceto aiding her father Pontus in the mythological war known as the Gigantomachy — c. 166–156 BC The freeze is from the Pergamon Altar of Zeus
Unfortunately we have been informed of a delay to the completion of build #142. This is due to Volvo having delivery issues on their engines adding another 4 weeks to the expected delivery date of the Yacht. We are now expecting delivery to take place at the end of June.
Purely Sailing will be basing our Hanse 455 at Mercury Yacht Harbour. We have chosen this location for its easy transport access and as a perfect place to provide swift access to Southampton Water and the Solent area.
Mercury Yacht Harbour is just a 20 minute walk from Hamble village. Easily accessible by road and major networks Southampton is just 16 minutes away. South West Trains have stopping services between Portsmouth and Southampton which call at Hamble approximately every hour. Regular bus services are also available from Southampton.
Among Mercury’s excellent facilities are a well-stocked chandlery as well as a bar and restaurant.