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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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New Cross Channel milebuilder with competent crew option

We have just added a new 7 day cross channel mile building sailing trip that you can also do competent crew on.

Starts Sunday evening 8th September finishes early afternoon on 15th so good for those who have a fair way to travel.

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100 hours of thinking time

People often ask what the standard procedure is for Man Overboard and, on the Ionian trip I again explained it isn’t that simple and the key thing is to buy yourself a bit of thinking time which increases the probability of a successful outcome. Flying back from Kefallania with Thomas Cook we saw a classic example. During boarding a passport and mobile phone were found on a seat in row 26. The cabin crew reacted by blaming the cleaners for not finding it and then summonsed ground staff to take it to the terminal. Instant and understandable reaction, but with just a few moments thought the possibility that it could belong to a passenger on the plane could have been considered. A moment or 2 more consideration might have led to the idea that if it had been a passenger who had got off 2 hours ago then the lack of a Passport might have been detected at Passport control. Given there is a list of all passengers it wouldn’t have been hard to check but the doors had to be reopened, the steps vehicle returned and the passport and phone taken to the terminal. Half an hour later the process was reversed and the items returned to a passenger in Row 25. 200 passengers sat for an extra half an hour or 100 hours wasted, when a few seconds of considering the possible courses of action could have given a much better outcome and it probably would have taken less time than the tirade about cleaning staff not doing their job properly.Let’s hope the Pilots assess situations better.

One space left on the July RYA Mile builder trip and 2 on the September course, 2 on the mile building sailing trip after the Fastnet

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Here we go Round….the IOW

The famous Round the Island Race is on Saturday and Wild Spirit will be racing along with over 1500 other yachts. Superb spectacle and great fun but not one to take too seriously as half the competitors won’t really know the rules.

After the race we have a couple of Mile builders then the Fastnet followed by a Mile building course out to the Scillies then back to Lymington