Bareboat Charter–14th August onwards

One of our regulars has been forced to cancel 2 charters so Wild Spirit can be available for bareboat Charter if the skipper has the right experience and preferably qualifications. A second person with enough experience to cope in an emergency is also required.

Availability is during 14th August to 23rd September. This is out of Plymouth so suitable for a Milebuilder out to Scillies or across to France. For a Charter ending on 23rd September a Lymington finish would be needed which is useful for Mile building.

Web site back up

Pic of us sailing under Menai Bridge a year or 2 back. When you are working away on how to cope with Covid having your web site disappear and finding the Host can’t restore it is an unwelcome distraction, especially when you are at sea away from the office. But I am now back at Global HQ/ my back bedroom.

Covid restrictions have decimated our Milebuilder sailing programme but we should be able to offer some Mile building sailing trips soon and I will update the site at the start of August.

Smalls or Bailies

Actually sunrise in Bermuda after a race from Antigua as I couldn’t find a picture of either the Smalls or the Bailies. Where are they anyway? Well either side of St Georges Channel which is the narrow bit between Wales and the SE of Ireland. It is 40 miles across with sometimes tricky shallows and rocks on bothe sides (Smalls Wales, Bailieys Ireland) and 100 square miles of Traffic Seperation Scheme in the middle. Just the sort of challenge we like on a Mile builder trip and it forms part of the first big one from Lymington to Troon The Mile building sailing up in Scotland will also invlove navigational challenges and give those progressing towards YachtMaster the opportunity to gain Qualifying Passages.

Happy Christmas from Wild Spirit

Greetings from both of us here at Global HQ. We hope you got what you wished for at Xmas but if you didn’t there are 2 things to bear in mind 1) Most people in the World got less 2) You can always treat yourself to a Milebuilder sail on Wild Spirit or if you can’twait till April then there is a place left in our Caribbean 600 team on Juno a Farr 65

For details of our Mile building sailing as far as Shetland, Races to France at Easter and Qualifying Passages for RYA YachtMaster either have a look at the website or give Paul a call on 01823 433813.

Fowey, Why no Moorings in the middle?

Pic of China Clay Ship arriving at Fowey

We may stop at Fowey on our first Milebuilder trip from Lymington to Troon it will depend on the weather, tide and Crew. Fowey is a delightful little Port though in a Southerly of 7 or more a swell can work up the river. The first trip already has 2 regulars booked on though one is just for Dublin to Troon. This is a good trip for mile building sailing with several Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster qualifications plus the chance to stop at some lovely ports and possibly have a bite and a drink.

Ship Inn Fowey, though I prefer the Beer in the Yacht Club

Why Scotland for Milebuilding sailing in 2020?

Our Mile builder sailing for 2020 will be in Scotland for several reasons including 1) The West Coast, Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetland offer some of the best cruising grounds in the World. You can find a secluded anchorage with Otters, Seals and Birds as your only company but sail somewhere and get provisions the next day. 2) The scenery is World Class and so is the local sea food. Paul loves cooking with fresh Fish, Scallops and Venison 3) For those progressing towards RYA YachtMaster there are a number of interesting Qualifying Passages available. 4) We will go through the Caledonian Canal on our way up to the Orkneys, you can even trying looking for the Loch Ness Monster but don’t expect a refund if you don’t spot Nessie.

Charity Weekend–Character Building

The Charity weekend in aid of Knoticat with some of the Caribbean 600 team on board turned into a character building return leg after the oil warning sounded on the way to Cowes. Picture is of Sea Start who helped us off the berth at E. Cowes and past the Chain Ferry slipping the tow before we sailed back to Lymington with F7 ,gusting over 40 at times, against the start of the Ebb.

Despite Tacking we covered the distance in under 2 hours and sailed on to the Dan Bran Pontoon before Lymington Yacht Haven helped us alongside.

The sea state was a bit Gnarly at times and when deciding to make the trip the strength of the crew was an important factor. For budding YachtMasters, such as are booked on some of our Milebuilder trips, a quick review of factors to consider when considering a trip may be found on mcanet.mcga.gov.uk/public/c4/solas/solas_v/Annexes/Annex24.htm

The Ups and downs of Portpatrick

Portpatrick is one of my favourite overnight stops but it has a tidal range of 8m on springs. This is partly solved by fenders free to ride up and down on vertical fixed lines. When combined with long warps it is easy to enjoy a comfortable night there and we try and include it on Mile building trips. There are several good places to eat at ashore and great walks from the harbour. The entrance into Portpatrick demands care especially in a strong on shore wind and if you join us on a Milebuilder sailing trip it is a good excercise to undertake as you progress towards YachtMaster qualifications. We may well call in on the trip from Dublin to Troon in late April

Fair Isle, Mile Builder Sailing

Our second Mile building sailing trip in Scotland starts Kirkwall in the Orkneys and should take in Fair Isle going either to or returning from Shetland. This Mile builder trip should involve a Qualifying Passage for RYA YachtMaster and it might be overnight.

At 60 degrees North getting the weather right is important but both Shetland and Orkney offer numerous ‘Safe Havens’ and we have Fair Isle in between. We encourage budding YachtMasters to be actively involved in all aspects of planning the passages and if someone is ready the possibility of skippering the passage is open.