Cruising Archive

Cruising Archive

Last couple of Milebuilders

Pic is of us going under a bridge in Menai Straits.

Obviously we are watching the Covid situation and considering ourslves fortunate to live in an area with very low incidence. We are intending to run the 2 October Mile building sailing trips and the September one is fully booked. Both Milebuilders sailing trips are out of Plymouth Yacht Haven with free Car parking. Our Covid Money back garuantee continues to apply.

Family sailing–October half term

Picture from last family trip, this is not really mile building sailing but a great way of spending a few days seeing if a Flotilla next year is likely to work. We are based at Plymouth so a few days on the water can be linked with a West Country break. Trips are tailored to meet individual needs, the last thing I want to do is put kids off sailing, and we are fortunate to be at Plymouth which offers sheltered waters plus a trip up the Tamar if weather isn’t ideal.

These are alternatives to our Milebuilder sailing trips but both include tuition if desired so a good way to help get the family ready for crewing next summer

Family skippered charter

We had a good long weekend sail with a family on board. First full day was a bit wet and windy so a trip up the Tamar with the tide followed by lunch and a run back with the tide and a walk out to the Fort at MountBatten was the favoured option. It wasn’t a Milebuilder trip but we sailed to Fowey the next day arriving in time for a couple of hours Stand up Paddle boarding and then sailed back close to the coast to Plymouth in a brisk Northerly and sunshine averaging over 7 knots. With 66 NM logged it wasn’t a real Mile Building trip but good experience ahead of family bareboat sailing in 2021.

September and October sailing

We have a few long weekend Milebuilder trips in September and October. I have put a couple on the programme page already and another one or 2 to come. Mile building in the Autumn works well as there is nearly always room in a Marina at the far end, we might do the odd overnighter and a few night hours are possible, to a great extent this depends on the team.

Whilst we are coded for 10 the social distancing and individual cabin requirements restrict us to 4 including the skipper or 5 if a couple/family.

These milebuilder trips are out of Plymouth Yacht Haven and the west country is a great place for mile building at any time of year.

Autumn long weekend sail

I have just added a long weekend in early October starting Plymouth. Whilst it is useful for experience and some mile building sailing I wouldn’t describe it as a full on Milebuilder though I would be very suprised to do less than 100 NM

Probably best if you have done Comp Crew already or have some experience as it isn’t a RYA course but good for building miles and experience towards Day/Coastal Skipper and YachtMaster.

Sunshine in the Scillies

Pic is of Fowey which we stopped at on way back

The mile builder out to the Scillies went well and we explored Tresco, Bryher, St Marys, Gugh and St Agnes before a splendid sail back with up to 20 knots on the beam all the way to Newlyn. Finding moorings and anchorages was easy in the Scillies but more dificult in some ports, particularly Falmouth and on the way out we stopped at Helford River as Falmouth was full. We had a choice of numerous visitors Buoys at HR which is unusual in the high season. Mile building sailing trips are subject to ‘Family Bubble’ Self contained and SD requirements and our next one is skippered charter for a single family. I hope we will be as fortunate with the weather which saw us in pleasant dry conditions whilst the SE of England sweltered.

I’d rather be sailing

Fortunately I am—We are cruising out in Scillies and back in a week’s time. Not so much a Milebuilder sailing trip as a holiday. Mile building sailing trips will resume as soon as possible but skippered family charter can happen now.

Wild Spirit Returns

We will be back from Scillies soon and Mile Building sailing for individuals should start again soon. We can already take family units on Milebuilder trips and these can be tailored to individual requirements so please contact Paul to see what we can do.

Away Sailing–Emails will be answered

Off sailing now until 14th August so e-mails will be answered most days but phone won’t be.

Mile building trips are planned and we will also take family Units on skippered charter out of Plymouth. Milebuilders are great for experience so if your Flottila in the Med is no more why not build on your skills ready for next year?