Course Reports

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.

Racing Reports

Nab Tower (and back)

Picture of us nicely powered up on our way out to the Nab on the first race of the season. We finished 11/21 which represented a good result for a team racing together for the first time, and for some of them their first race.

pic above is the rest following us back from the Nab to Cowes.

A great racing weekend though not much wind for the practice on Sunday. We run on carbon sails for racing and either Vektron or laminate for our RYA mile builder sailing. We carry a spinnaker on mile building trips and it gets used most times.

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Easter Rising

Pic of previous Fastnet team after race to Cherbourg

Our first big race is at Easter when we have the JOG Cowes to Cherbourg and return race. last year this was a very cold and often windless race with a high retirement rate. This year it is a morning start so we should be in before it has been dark for long. People often ask how long a race will take, it is hard to say, we have done the 75NM race to Cherbourg in under 12 hours but on one occaision we took almost 26 and crossed the finish line backwards on a slight tide and no wind.

It is a Fastnet year but we will still have several Milebuiders across to France, the Channel Islands and out to the Scillies. These RYA Milebuilding sailing courses are great for those working towards YachtMaster qualifications or those just wanting to build experience.

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Caribbean 600 result

A bit of breeze normaly suits us on Juno a Farr 65 better than many other boats and this year was no exception so our start and run up the east coast of Antigua saw us near the front of the class. After this problems with 2 battens in our brand new North Sails 3Di started to occur and we had to reef to reduce further damage. The last 75 NM saw us on just a No3 Jib beating into a full Atlantic swell. We didn’t come last and we did finish and didn’t have the embarrassment of being berthed alongside with ambitious advertising claims like the one in these 2 pictures

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Finish of Caribbean 600

Assuming all goes well, we should be finishing the Caribbean 600 race about now so a picture from a previous race as we near the end. After the caribbean our UK season really gets going with RYA courses, mile building sailing and Milebuilder trips including cross channel.

Course Reports

Racing in the Sunshine

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

Shows Juno powered up and you can see how they are doing via

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

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Fastnet place

We have lost a team member due to work related issues so we have one place available in the Team. More info on the racing page but basically training plus 11 or so races and the Fastnet. Experience is not critical but attitude and working as part of a team is.

This is not part of our RYA Milebuilder programme but you will do over a 1000 miles building a lot of experience along the way.

pic of Mel off the Fastnet in previous race.

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Fame at last?

Lymington Yacht Haven have put this picture on their Facebook page today. I doubt I will be dining out on it but hopefully it may help raise awareness of the 3 Peaks Yacht Race. What is less well known is that Pete in our team is a Type 1 diabetic and has to constantly monitor and control his blood sugar level, winning a gruelling race just shows the resolve he has.

If you do have a medical condition we need to know about it but, whether it is a race or a cross channel milebuilder it has to be something really serious to stop us taking you.

Cruising Reports

Round the Island Race–special offer

We were full for the Round the Island Race but have lost one due to work. So we have one place and if you are female it makes the cabin share easier. details are on the programme page, in short, meet Thursday evening 27th June, train Friday, race Saturday back to Lymington Sunday afternoon. Anyone signing up by 9th February gets £95 off so just £300. The milebuilder cross channel sailing and RYA mile building courses are now up on the site and we have several bookings.