Cruising Archive

Cruising Archive

Weymouth 5th

Weymouth yacht race, wild spirit 5th . . . → Read More: Weymouth 5th

Weymouth Bound

Next saturday sees Wild Spirit attempt to improve on last year’s 3rd place in the annual JOG Weymouth race.

Man Overboard

Man overboard, practical recovery for shorthanded plus racing teams, demonstration video . . . → Read More: Man Overboard

RYA Success

The RYA course from 11th to 16th July went well and with agreat crew we even had a spinnaker up on the first day as we ran from Lymington to Weymouth on the tide and a SE wind.Video on https://youtu.be/YawdW73FJH0 Lulworth range had stopped firing by the time we passed Anvil point so we sailed close into the World Heritage site Jurrassic Coast before arriving in Weymouth. The next day we sailed back to Poole then took in Studland, Yarmouth, Cowes and a total of 121 miles before arriving safely back in Lymington.

Season to 7th July

wild spirit racing team report. . . . → Read More: Season to 7th July

Cup in 3 Peaks Yacht Race

Team Wild Spirit wins cup in the 3 Peaks Yacht Race . . . → Read More: Cup in 3 Peaks Yacht Race

3 Peaks yacht race

Team Wild Spirit will be competing but on a Sunfast 37. We have lost our Welsh international runner to injury but Phil Spain replaces him to run alongside Shelf a former ‘King of the Mountains’. Start is 17th June and you can follow via the yellow brick link on https://www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk/

Missed the Silverware by One

In the RORC race to Guernsey we came 6th out of 30 in Class 4 in one of the most exciting finishes I have had for several years. After a spinnaker run from the start off Cowes down to the Forts, we went back on to genoa for the run down to Nab Tower with a small burst of Code Zero near the end. After rounding Nab we set off across the Channel close hauled, as the wind backed we tacked and ran down towards Alderney before deliberately sailing south of the Rhumb line to pick up a counter current close in to the rocks. Having rounded Casquets light house we sped down to Les Hanois light on the tide. As we rounded it we saw other yachts further south than expected, whilst just a few were close in to the south of Guernsey but making slow progress. The tide splits just SW of Les Hanois with one stream running east along the coast and the other more south towards St Malo. We could see the split ahead of us as we tacked and followed the East bound stream as far out from the coast as possible. We could see a wind hole ahead of us and went through the edge of it. Others were stuck in it including a couple of our rivals so the tactics worked and with a Code Zero up we rounded the SE of Guernsey. Then we popped our biggest Spinnaker up for the run in to the finish off St Peters. In variable light winds we closed on David with Longue Pierre before ‘heating up’ to find a space in the pack to squeeze through and cross the line just ahead of them. The RORC award Medallions based on number in class and for 20 to 25 five are given. For over 25 it remains at 5 so we missed out by one. Work—the Curse of the Sailing Classes—we had the tide with us so a quick overnight run back up the Alderney race and through the needles saw us home in Lymington by 0830 Sunday.

Antigua to Bermuda race

Paul is skippering Spirit of Juno a Farr 65 for this race There will be Yellow Brick tracking–google Antiguabermuda for race web site and there should be a link Race starts 12th May and we should be finished by 18th Juno finished 3rd in Ocean Class of Caribbean 600 in February and Paul wil be skippering her again next year.