Our Clipper 68s have successfully completed four circumnavigations of the globe. The design brief called for exceptionally strong, seaworthy, fast, attractive yachts that were able to sail across the Roaring Forties in relative comfort at speed. In equal measure, the yachts are built to train people completely new to sailing, creating a safe environment to learn.
With a specific design brief from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, based on principles learned from his unique experience of sailing around the world, the ten 68ft masthead cutters were designed by renowned English yacht designer Ed Dubois. Built in Shanghai, China, the yachts have a glass fibre composite sandwich construction made of two layers of glass fibre with a layer of structural foam in between. This makes the hulls strong but also lightweight and therefore fast.
Safety was paramount both in terms of structural strength and crew safety. Due to the one design nature of the fleet, the design was not influenced or distorted by rating rules. Every piece of equipment had to be robust enough to survive a race around the world with minimum maintenance.
The Clipper 68s have proven to be outstanding yachts. Along with Clipper 70’s, they are probably the strongest and most seaworthy matched fleet to have ever raced around the world. The yachts have a proven reputation for their performance in difficult conditions that inspires confidence in their ability.