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Till death us do part

Pic of us on our way to winning the 3 Peaks Yacht Race last year.

I will miss the 3 Peaks Yacht Race this year due to a family wedding but some former Wild Spirits plus former team members from Juno in the Caribbean and Helsal 3 from Sydney Hobart will be racing. Start is Barmouth on saturday evening and you can follow progress via http://yb.tl/threepeaks2019 with details about the teams on www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk

Last year our mile building sailing was mainly in Scottish waters as we kept Wild Spirit in Troon before and after the race, this year our Mile builders are mainly cross channel or out to the Scillies

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Sunny Climes and Communications

Dolphins, but I can’t remember where. I have senn hundreds of them, probably thousands but they still fascinate me. I can remember lying on the trampoline of a Catamaran crossing the Atlantic and looking plus listening to the dolphins less than a metre below me as they watched me and made noises. I remain convinced they were trying to communicate with me. From Sunday for 8 days i will be at sea, hopefully seeing more Dolphins and definetly hard to communicate with. I will try and do brief replies to e-mails but not expecting much connectivity. Places for RYA courses, cross channel mile builders and mile building sailing are accurate as of 13th June so do drop me an e-mail and we can confirm the booking on 26th June before I set off for the Round the Island race with training starting 27th, this one is full as is the Fastnet but we do have places on other races and the race training weekends

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A Windy weekend

picture of Wild Spirit under just storm jib in a gale

We decided against racing in the Channel last weekend and trained in the Solent instead. We saw a gust of 47 Kts and several in the low 40s as we trained with various combinations of Storm and heavy weather sails before overnighting in Southampton. Of the fleet of 64 in the RORC race less than a quarter finished.

The cross channel mile builders are about half full and we have a few more enquiries. One question I am asked is ‘Where will we go?’ The answer is that the destination in the name of the trip is where I intend we should go and I have already looked at the tides. What I can’t do is predict the weather in advance and, rather like last weekend, I have no intention of setting off on a RYA Mile building sailing course across the channel when a severe gale warning has been issued.

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Caribbean 600 race on Farr 65

Paul has just agreed to skipper Spirit of Juno again for next Caribbean 600 race starting 24th February. Half the places in the team hace gone already to repeat offenders so do get in touch soon if you want one

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Qualified for Fastnet

Pic of a Hare from Rathlin Island, at the start of the Eddystone race we were much more like a Tortoise, but when we had some wind we got going and finished the race in under 2 days logging 347 NM for a 230 course. This means we have now completed the qualifying miles required for the Fastnet. We have some more races to come before August but we also have several RYA Milebuilder trips. Mile building sailing has a maximum of 6 on board and normally we have some qualifying passages for Yachtmaster.

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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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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