Arthur C. Robb NERISSA

Sail Number: 10.5 CR K3

Type: 10,5 m. CR

Ex; Mistress Quickly

LOA: 53’6″ / 16.31m
LWL: 40’0″ / 12.20m
Beam: 12’7″ / 3.85m
Draft: 7’10” / 2.40m
Design Number:
Designer: Arthur C. Robb
Original Owner: W. Whitehouse-Vaux
Current Owner: Private
Design Ordered: 1962
Year Launched: 1965
Built By: Vincenzo Beltrami, Sturla Génova
Hull Material: Teak, acacia frames, monel reinforcements
Displacement: 23 tons.



Mistress Quickly was named after a fictional character who often appeared in plays by William Shakespeare. Although Mistress Quickly was designed as a yawl she was converted into a sloop three years after her launching and remains this way today. She was designed to the International Cruiser-Racer rule, which stipulates that a vessel must be sturdy, fast and comfortable to achieve the Ocean races to which they were designed.

As testament to her design, Mistress Quickly finished fourth behind Tenacious, Condor of Bermuda, and Kialoa in the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race.

The Nerissa was built with the A1 Malta Cross standard of the Lloyds Register: the top quality. She is fully built in teak using a batch that was drying since more than 80 years! Her hull, her deck and her impressive dog-house (very difficult to build) are all of teak. All her floors (acacia built as the frames) are doubled with monel floors. The monel raises the full frame at chainplates and involves the two bilge stringers. A first quality building made thanks to the high craftmanship of her builder, the Beltrami Yard. Ing. Vincenzo Beltrami built during 50 years the finest boats in Italy. His Yard closed at his death, two years after the launch of Nerissa. In her fifty years of life, Nerissa has enjoyed the ownership of four persons, the present one, since more than twenty years already. Her most famous owner was the second, Count Alberto Marone Cinzano. She is a very fast vessel, capable of points of 13 plus knots and averages of 7 plus. Her present owner used her mainly for family cruises and club racing with friends. No doubt that with a good grew and new sails she can make a surprise in the classic races in the Med. She is in very good shape and very original. She was never restores, just kept in good mood for each owner and the present one has preserved her as she was twenty years ago. He just replaced the engine and the rig.


The Wall of Remembrance – The Owners, Crew & Notable Guest:

Owner: W. Whitehouse-Vaux
Owner: Count Alberto Marone Cinzano
Crew: George Chew
Crew: Bob Cooper
Crew: Peter Bowker


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