Course Reports

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.

Course Reports

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.

Sailing Report

They have—gone green

Thank you to Rolex on behalf of the 2 in the picture for ceasing to require carrying Decals on the Bow.

Fastnet starts Saturday, afterwards we have a mile builder cruise out to the Scillies and then back to Lymington. RYA mile building trips are great for gaining experience and Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster.

Course Reports

Mile builder success

Wild Spirit and Spirit of Juno team member Shelf (Stuart Walker) on his way to win the 2019 Fellsman race. 12 hours for 60 miles so about the same sped as one of our RYA mile building trips but he went up and down 11,000feet as well, which we try and avoid.

Well done Dr Shelf.

Cruising Reports

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

Cruising Reports

4 day mile builder to St Vaast

Pic of fastnet team at restaurant in St Vaast

We have a 4 day mile building trip to St Vaast starting Weds evening 15th May and coming back on the Sunday. max of 6 on board and 2 regulars already booked.

late addition to programme so only £245 but allow for a good meal or 2 out plus possibility of bringing some wine back.

As ever destinations are weather dependent but we lose less than one day a year of complete sailing to it.

Sailing Report

5th to Cherbourg

Pic is somewhere else and £25 off any event for first person to recognise Port. It shows what a harbour looks like with no breeze. At times in the Cherbourg race we had no wind at all but the sea wasn’t as calm as the picture and with multiple sail changes we made slow progress to Cherbourg and struggled against the tide to finish. But finish we did unlike half of the fleet who retired. A memorable JOG race with good party and meal out afterwards. If you would like to sail to Cherbourg on one of our cross channel RYA Milebuilders and have a good meal out then do give me a call. On mile building sailing trips we will motor if we don’t have wind.

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.

Course Reports

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.