Milebuilder sailing and Covid

This level of social distancing not required

For 2021 for Mile Building sailing courses we will continue with our sole occupancy of cabin rule, so unless we have a couple, our maximumon trips will be 4. We will also continue with our Covid money back guarantee.

My best guess is that by Easter 2021 a combination of vaccination of the vulnerable, increased herd immunity, better treatments and warmer weather will allow us to operate in much the same way as we did in summer 2020.

The programme includes Milebuilder sailing courses in Scotland, Ireland and the west country and I anticipate sailing trips to the Isles of Scilly at least twice.

2021 Milebuilder Sailing Programme

7 knots on an October sail

The Milebuilder sailing programme is being finalised and we should be in final format before Xmas. Milebuilding sailing trips in Scotland and South West England will feature with a 4 week Milebuilder including the West Coast of Ireland.

2021 Sailing Programme

A bit like the 2020 one that didn’t happen but with West Coast of Ireland as the biggest trip.

Plan is to have a Milebuilder from Plymouth up to Troon towards the end of May, g Troon (train or easy for Glasgow Airport) After this we have the 3 Peaks Yacht Race, 2 Hebrides trips and a 4 week mile building cruise back from Troon to Plymouth by way of West Coast of Ireland.

Most of these are skippered charter and other than a runner (needs to be international standard) for 3 Peaks the race are full (Nov 2020).

Bareboat Charter is available to regulars and to others if you can convince Paul you know what you are doing plus have suitable Mate.

We also have some Plymouth based sailing in March and April.

October–all over?

Pic of last weekends trip to Fowey

Traditional saying about Hurricane season is ‘June to soon, October all over’

The way Covid is increasing means there is doubt over all of this year’s remaining trips. The Covid money back promise still holds good, but the cost of any travel is down to you. By all means give paul a call to talk about possibilities particularly if there is more than one person.

There is a possibility of a Milebuilder at Christmas and also various mile building trips next year as my best guess is that by June Covid vaccines and/or treatments should allow to fairly normal life in UK.

Fastnet 2021–Why we won’t enter

Pic of previous Wild Spirit Fastnet team leaving Solent.

We have had lots of good Fastnet teams, only one didn’t work out well, it is a race that is on many peoples ‘Bucket List’ and for a company providing ‘Pay to Play’ sailing it is a significant income.

For 2021 the Fastnet is due to finish at Cherbourg. This decision, taken by the managemnt at the Royal Ocean Racing Club, came as a suprise to me plus many other members, and I am one of the Rebels who called for an EGM and management review.

Whilst there is an arguement that finishing a course next to one of the busiest shipping lanes in the World at Springs, with up to 6 knots tide, is not very clever, plus another that the Fastnet finishing at Plymouth is part of the heritage of racing and should not be lightly altered, I am a rebel for a different reason.

Yacht racing takes money, it is seen by many people as a sport for the well off. I have never inherited any money and in my early years I lived in a Council House. Initially I worked as an EHO in inner City Sheffield but a combination of hard work and good luck saw me able to retire at 50, pay off the Mortgage and buy a Yacht.

Only through the investigative work of Profesor Motson, leader of the ‘RORC Rebels’, did I come to understand that the move to Cherbourg involves something I have no wish to be associated with. The RORC asks the Hosting Port for money to finish there. I know how much Plymouth paid but will keep it secret. I guess Cherbourg is paying more.

Go to either Plymouth or Cherbourg and you will soon be able to find people who need help with housing or health issues. My company runs on a ‘Not for Profit’ basis and I take no wages. Since we started in 2004 we have supported at least one Charity every year and, for the last 5 ‘Knoticat’, sailing for the disabled/ terminally ill based at Poole.

Whether Plymouth or Cherbourg, I want no part in diverting resouces for the Homeless and Sick to subsidise my yacht racing so we will not be entering the RORC Fastnet 2021.

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.