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Plymouth Ho

Pic is of Starling Control at Lymington but we have moved.

Wild Spirit is now in Plymouth Yacht Haven and with the current ‘Lock Down’ will probably be there until early May. We were of course meant to be moving to Troon and, as I have paid for an annual berth there, this is still the ambition but it became clear a couple of weeks ago that this was not going to be a normal year for sailing. With this in mind a quick look at Fixed Costs and some negotiating with the Yachthavens group we decided to leave Lymington earlier than planned and berth at Plymouth instead as it saves £4000 p.a. — Yes the number of zeros is correct and Lymington is now well over £9000 plus electric on top. We run on a ‘Not for Profit’ basis, I don’t draw a wage and any surplus goes to Charity so £4000 is significant especially when we are likely to lose half the sailing calander due to Covid. Paul will give the options more thought over the next few days but still wants to run the Milebuilder sailing trips in Scotland. The Mile building course from Lymington to Troon is off and as both the 3 Peaks yacht Race and Scottish Islands Peaks Race are cancelled one option is to operate out of Plymouth when the situation improves. This would allow mile building sailing to several West Country Ports and the Isles of Scilly. For serious Milebuilders the ports of Brittany would be a possible option and I recall a particular little restaurant or 2 that could be revisited.

More soon

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The first Mile Builder

Quite a bit of interest in the first Mile Builder from Lymington to Troon with 2 bookings already. The question of the qualifying course for a YachtMaster ‘Qualifying Passage’ has been raised again. Here is the RYA wording

A passage is a non-stop voyage from a departure port / safe haven to a destination port / safe haven. Where a passage must be of a minimum distance to meet exam pre-requisites, the distance should be taken as the shortest navigable route established when planning a safe and efficient passage.

As ever open to interpretation and I would argue that if the tides and weather forecast make it sensible then leaving Lymington and going east then round the IOW and into Poole is not only a Qualifying Passage but one which really puts navigation theory to the test. But you could argue that the shortest course is less than 20 NM, although if you accept this arguement then starting from Portsmouth and sailing all the way round Britian and Ireland and back into Cowes wouldn’t count either.(I have done this non-stop)

Fortunately our Mile building sailing up to Scotland has lots of non-contentious RYA YachtMaster Qualifying Pasages but if you are going to be Skipper on one of these then that is what you will do. If it has got my name on the bottom of it then it is going to be done right.

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Successful RYA

The Day Skipper and Competent Crew courses finishing 17th November were successful but the Northerly winds that gave us such good sailing were also rather cold and we were grateful for the heating system. Both day skippers passed, the competent crews had done some pre-course study and learned their knots, they were a pleasure to have on board. Next course is scheduled for 3rd April After April 2020 our big focus is on RYA Mile building sailing with mile builder trips to Ireland, Scotland and the Shetlands.

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2020–North to Scotland

Pic of us in Fair Isle on previous trip

For 2020 we are back to Troon and as well as the Scottish islands Peaks race we will be attempting to repeat our 2018 success of winning the 3 Peaks yacht Race. We will have milebuilder trips in the Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetland plus mile building cruises up to Troon suitable for those aspiring to RYA YachtMaster.

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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.

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Milebuilder success

The Mile builder plus 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

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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.

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Away to France

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Summer is here

Pic from a summer Milebuilder sailing in 2018

Bookings and enquiries have leapt up with the continued sunshine. The July Mile building course is full and the August one is filling plus there are bookings for September.

Paul is around up to 19th July so if you want to ask questions do call us 01823 433813