Wild Spirit 3 Peaks team announced

Wild Spirit 3 Peaks Yacht Race team We have a Sun Fast 37 from Irish Offshore Sailing for this race so Wild Spirit can enter the Round the Island race. In its 40th year the 3 Peaks YR is considered one of the toughest adventure challenges in the World. Paul co-skippered to first in IRC (handicap system) with Geoff West and Gary Clayton in 2015 and won class again in 2016. Paul Jackson (centre above)is joined by John Williams who was their Navigator when they won Division on Helsal3 in the 2016 Sydney to Hobart. The 3rd sailor is Tom Lowrie who successfully races his own yacht in the North east and we are grateful to Lowrie foods for their Sponsorship. Wild Spirit’s 2 runners are both former ‘King of the Mountains’. Shelf (Stuart Walker) (right above) from Sheffield who has also completed a Fastnet and Caribbean 600 with Paul is joined by Hugh Aggleton ‘ his Fell running success includes representing Wales internationally on numerous occasions, being Welsh Open Fell Running Champion in 2015 plus first man in the Man Vs Horse Race on two occasions.

A flying start

The first cross channel race of the season was marred by losing two team members due to illness and work but a young Austrain sailor, Felix, joined us at short notice and brought good sail trimming skills to the team. On the Good Friday race to Cherbourg we made a minor sail plan mistake in light air which cost us time and crucially meant we had to go further west at Cherbourg to allow for a change in the tide. We finished 5th in Class. After a good meal out in Cherbourg, we came together well as a team for the Sunday race back to Cowes completeing the 78 NM course in just under 9.5 hrs to take 3rd place.The finish up the Solent saw us tacking in up to 28kts apparent and the new No 3 served us well. One place left for the both of the May Bank Holiday weekends.

Not a drop of rain

The RYA course before Easter saw 5 days of almost unbroken sunshine. The forecast was for some wind on the first day and less afterwards so after getting everyone familiar with the ropes we sailed round the South of the IOW before overnighting in Haslar. The minimum requirement for RYA course is 100NM and we had 41 completed so if the wind didn’t blow we wouldn’t have to motor just to get miles. The next day was very light but we had lots of parking practice to complete. We had more wind than forecast on other days with the final run back to lymington just reaching Force 5 and seeing us hit 10 Kts over the ground. Everyone passed and we had a great time plus easily passed 100NM.

Easter–it must be Cherbourg

We have 2 spots left on the Easter races to Cherbourg and back. Friday morning start (join Thurs day evening) and Sunday morning start for return race. We will have a good meal out on Saturday night at a Restaurant I have found after years of selfless research. Back by early afternoon Sunday.

If you have sailed with us before then get in touch and we will do a welcome back for you.

if you are new to us we will do an introductory offer.

Scotland to Ireland–6 days–350 NM

sail scotland to ireland on prize winning yacht. . . . → Read More: Scotland to Ireland–6 days–350 NM

Man Overboard

New AIS PLBs are here to stay. AIS= Automatic Identification System and PLB=Personal Locator Beacon. You fall over (I’d rather you didn’t) AIS goes off and you appear on the VHF plus Chart Plotter as a Flashing Blob. Sounds great but on a lot of systems you may appear to be a Ship or Buoy. So last weekend the expensive new AIS PLB system was installed on Wild Spirit during a working weekend. The new system PLBs are compulsory for Cat 1 races such as the Antigua to Bermuda in May when I skipper Juno a Farr 65. We will probably use them for the Fastnet as well even though it is only Cat 2.

Paul is away unitl 25th March but e-mails will get through and be answered

3rd in Ocean Class in Caribbean 600

With a number of Wild Spirits on board and skippered by Paul ‘Spirit of Juno’ a Farr 65 acheived 3rd in the Ocean Class of the Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600 race. This included beating a Volvo 70 and two 60s in a difficult light wind race. Next race on Juno is the Antigua to Bermuda in May followed by Ocean YM qualifying return trip.

Photo of Corey who has raced with Paul on WS, Helsal and Juno being closely watched whilst sleeping on deck.

Paul working in Caribbean

Paul is skippering Spirit of Juno in the Caribbean 600. Judith will answer e-mails and take bookings.

Race starts Monday 20th Feb and you can follow their progress via yellow brick

We are on Spirit of Juno and you can follow us on http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Race-Information/Tracking/

RYA filling up

Both the April courses are now full. We have enquiries for the 3 weekend course and just one Fastnet team place left 9/2/17 Places are avialble on the 7 day RYA course with cross channel included (obviously subject to weather)