2020 sailing

Picture is not our new boat, just one I saw after a Sydney to Hobart. Next year is a Volvo Round Ireland year but it clashes with the 3 Peaks yacht Race which we won in 2018. We are also looking at the Scottish Islands Peaks Race which is in May so it is likely Wild Spirit will be spending time in Scottish waters.

Should have decisions by end of October so if you are interested in any of the 3 above races contact Paul ASAP.

More cruisng later in 2020 possibly up to Shetlands or Round Ireland.

Windy final race

The last JOG race wekend of the year saw a team on Wild Spirit that included several newcomers and racing novices. There were 10 entrants in our class on the first day and we finished 5th on a shortened course plus over 40 knots across the deck on occaisions All racing was cancelled on day 2 due to Gale warnings.

Ouch–Wise words and probably some expletives

First image is of top half, one below is after hitting a rock in Totland Bay. Wild Spirit went to asist but fortunately the RNLI got there first and towed to lymington with emergency lift out

Extra RYA course added

Picture isn’t from RYA course, it is actually of us on way to winning the 3 Peaks Yacht Race and Daily Telegraph Cup, but it is sunset scene and this is likely to be outr last RYA course before Christmas.

1st to 6th October out of Lymington with Paul Instructing. maximum of 5 Students and only 3 maximum Day Skippers. £425 all inclusive or if no RYA qualifications and just mile building then deduct £25.

One DS booked already plus one other enquiry.

A little Wild Spirit starts her career

After our return from St Vaast Bruce from our Caribbean 600 team plus Eleanor and Anna joined us for a night and a short sail.

Picture of Anna enjoying her first trip.

Milebuilder success

The Mile builder plus RYA out to the Scillies ended up going to the Channel Islands and france instead due to too much wind for the Isles of Scilly forecast (and occurred) for the first 4 days of the 11 day trip.

Some super sailing including over 12 knots through the water 2 Qualifying passages and visiting Alderney, Dartmouth, Guernset, Cherbourg and St Vaast where we had a splendid last meal out together before returning , all under sail the 78 NM from there to the Solent in 12 hours.

Thanks to all on board for marvellous company and a great trip

Gone Sailing–YM Prep

Paul is away sailing until 25th August and e-mails may be intermittent but will be replied to.

We are looking at 2 or 3 YM Prep weekends in october and possibly November so if you are interested do please register an interest and say what weekends you can do.

Fastnet retirement

A 4mm hole was the main issue.

The tape on the Furler broke in 30kts off the Lizard so we went from 2 reefs in the Genoa to none in 2 seconds and had to pull down the Genoa then put up the HW Jib. The furler had been damaged at the start and we had repaired it, but it was slightly distorted and the tape had found a sharp edge. bringing up the HW Jib we found the forward sail locker had a lot of water in, as had the second sail locker plus small locker and cupboard.

The wind was forecast to get slightly stronger than the 30 Kts we had before decreasing, plus we had some wind against tide to come. After not initially finding where it was coming in (which meant we couldn’t assess whether it might get worse) it was obvious that further investigation to find the leak in the front end in those conditions was going to be hazardous.

The HW jib was slightly on the large size for the conditions plus the team hadn’t practiced MOB with having to pull down a sail. In big seas not enough sail is as dangerous as too much but we are also rated on only a single furling headsail so using the HW jib would mean retirement, though this could have been after finishing.

We turned into Falmouth and considered temporary shelter and returning to race but rejected the idea. One other factor I took into consideration was that we had trained for MOB with a furling headsail not with having to pull down a genoa.

Our initial attempts to find the leak involved plugging the Anchor locker scuppers then filling the locker with water and we found a small leak on a switch.

After sleeping on it we sailed to Fowey but water was still coming in and it wasn’t from the switch. The run from Fowey to Plymouth saw mainly our heroic Volunteer Tim, and to a lesser exent me, upside down in the forward locker plus hanging over the side. Eventually the cause became clear, a screw was missing from a scupper cover, the hole had been drilled all the way through the Hull so, when it went under the water in came the green stuff. We hadn’t been able to find it as it was in a gap of about 10mm between the Hull and the Anchor locker so very hard to see or get at from the inside.

Of our class of 54 starters 32 finished and partcicluar congratulations to Nimrod with 5 former Wild Spirits on board plus Kindred Spirit with 2.

Looks like I will have to keep Wild Spirit untill at least 2021 then I might retire properly.

My thanks to a great team on Wild Spirit truly a Unique blend of Age, Experience and Immaturity.

Fastnet

Here we are finishing Fastnet about 6 years ago. Race starts Saturday and you can follow us via https://www.rolexfastnetrace.com/2019-fleet-tracking-race-player

1 place left on the cruise out to the Isles of Scilly starting 14th August and one on the 7 day milebuilder starting Sunday 8th September.

Caribbean 600 in February now has just 6 places left on Juno a Farr 65.

Judith will be doing the admin in my absence and I hope to be home on 9th August.