Mervyn Wheatley

Mervyn WheatleyNewton Ferrers based Mervyn Wheatley and Tamarind

Mervyn, 69, retired from the Royal Marines in 1994 and was a skipper in the first of the Clipper Round the World races in 1996 and then stood in for some legs of the 05/06 race.

He bought Tamarind , a Formosa 42, in ’97 and has now sailed over 100,000 nautical miles in her, including eight of his fourteen transatlantics. These have included OSTARs in 2000, 2005 and 2009.

Mervyn has also competed in five two-handed Round Britain and Ireland races and six Azores and Back races – including the first in 1975. Tamarind has achieved wins on handicap in both OSTAR and AZAB.

Mervyn Wheatley2Tamarind, designed by Robert Perry, is a heavy displacement cruising boat, built in Taiwan in 1985. She is cutter rigged and this will be her second OSTAR with a roller furling headsail.

The interior is solid teak and she is fitted with a bath!