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YachtMaster Prep weekend

Pic–teach an old sea dog a new trick

As well as more Mile building sailing this summer we also have a couple of regulars getting ready for their YM Coastal so we are putting on a couple of weekends of assessment, development and practice with the first starting 31st May. No Qualifying Passages on this one as these are available on our RYA Milebuilder trips to France, the Channel Islands and Scillies. We have a maximum of 3’Students’ for the weekend but you can just come and sail, observe the process and gain experience.

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Easter in Cherbourg

Pic of an Australian yacht I have raced on, no drinking and sailing on Wild Spirit but after the race to Cherbourg we will have a good meal out. Unlike on our Mile builder trips to France we don’t bring any wine back. On sailing mile building we normally have space for a case or so each and I know where to buy it.

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RYA Mile building trip to Alderney

Pic of one of our race teams in Cherbourg after a cross channel race.We have a max of on for Milebuilder sailing trips.

Alderney is one of our favourites for RYA Milebuilder courses and we often stop in to Cherbourg as well. It always depends on the weather plus team aspirations and strengths. Alderney can seem a bit daunting for those with limited experience as it involves gates, big tides and the Aderney Race. As well as miles and experience the RYA mile buildwers also give you the opportunity to be fully involved with passage planning and sailing Wild Spirit, a comfortable fast cruiser that won the 2018 3 Peaks Yacht race. Our Mile building trips normally include at least 2 Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster and often team members can skipper one of them.

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Mile builder destinations

Pic of us in a restaurant in St Vaast–this is race team we only have 6 max on for Milebuilding sailing trips.

Where do we go to on Mile building sailing trips? Well it always depends on the weather plus team aspirations and strengths but we do have some favourite spots. One of them is St Vaast on the Cherbourg Peninsular which can seem a bit daunting for those with limited experience as it involves gates, big tides and things to hit. The RYA mile buildwers don’t just give you miles, they also give you the opportunity to be fully involved with passage planning and sailing Wild Spirit, a comfortable fast cruiser that won the 2018 3 Peaks Yacht race.

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More Mile Building sailing

Pic from one of last year’s RYA milebuilder trips.

A few more milebuilder trips this year and a few less RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses. Possibly a YachtMaster as several regulars are interested.

Unlike some sea schools our Mile building trips are not deliveries. The nearest we come to that is after the Fastnet when we start in Plymouth and end up at Lymington 10 days later having visited the Isles of Scilly, France and or the Channel Islands. Many of our Milebuilders include a night passage and depending on the team aspirations perhaps 2 or 3. Normally there are opportunities for those working towards YachtMaster to skipper a qualifying passage or 2.

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How many on a RYA course?

Picture is internal layout of Wild Spirit–with the table down it is 4 double berths.

When we get to 4 students on a RYA course we normally mark it as full. The RYA max is 5 and we might go to 5, if we do it may well be a regular who wants to build experience and this is a practice adopted by many schools.

Some schools advertise a maximum of 4 and this may be related to the size of their yacht. Think of the height of a half pint glass and a pint glass. By the time you take out fixed spaces such as the engine compartment the volume of a 40 footer is about twice that of a 35.

For RYA Milebuilders and our cross channel sailing mile building we normally have a maximum of 6 on board and this our preferred number if we are doing some night sailing.

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Who is on the course?

Not the fella next to me in the picture (I am on right)

We like to get a mix on RYA courses and if we end up with 3 Day Skippers we normally won’t take a 4th as it works best to have a Comp Crew on board as well. Several reasons for this but the big one is that DS is a very intensive course and we want you all to pass. If we get one or 2 who need a lot of coaching over boat handling it starts to eat into the time available and it is a big syllabus to fully cover. The Comp Crew is more straight forward but we believe it is good for you to see what the DSs are up to as it is probably your next step in sailing. We prefer to have at least one DS with our Comp Crew as they should be able to keep a look out on day one and even Instructors have to visit the heads.

For RYA Milebuilders and mile building sailing trips we often have an experienced regular on board. We indicate where we are hoping to go but the aspirations and skills level of the team are important plus, of course, the weather.

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Paul Away

Pic of pigeon that caught a ride with us on a cross channel.

Paul is away from 7th to 17th March but we won’t need a carrier pigeon as e-mails will reach us every day. All the RYA Milebuilders and mile building sailing courses will be running as per web site and these will include cross channel trips whether we Brexit or not.

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Racing in the Sunshine

Paul is working in Caribbean skippering Spirit of Juno a Farr 65 in the caribbean 600.

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Shows Juno powered up and you can see how they are doing via http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Race-Information/Tracking/

Bit of a change from our RYA courses and Milebuilder sailing, but it’s a tough job and someone has to do it.