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2018 will see us continuing to run top quality courses and mile building trips with no hidden extras, but in April Wild Spirit will be sailing round to Troon in SW Scotland so we can explore the Hebrides including a trip out to St Kilda. We continue to operate RYA courses as part of Lymington Yacht Charters Sea School a well established RYA training centre.

As well as the 3 Peaks Yacht Race we have the Volvo Round Ireland and afew other races but less than in 2017. We have some great mile builders heading out to St Kilda and then 3 legs back to lymington in September (the sea is at its warmest about 21st September) for those heading towards yachtmaster or just wanting to sail and we can put on YM Prep plus exam later in the year. For 2019 we also have the Caribbean 600 on a Farr 65.

ID Join Likely Finish Event Price Spaces  
WS355 30 Oct
14:45
4 Nov
19:45
RYA Milebuilder £145 5 Email Wild Spirit


Photo from succesful RYA course in October

Leave Lymington Tuesday afternoon 30th October and sail to Plymouth with one or possibly 2 nights there before sailing back, possibly with a stop at Brixham or Weymouth.Back in Lymington Sunday evening or if delayed early Monday morning.

Good for those heading for RYA Yachtmaster or wanting to do some mile building sailing. Not for novices.
240 miles and at least 2 qualifying passages for Yachtmaster.

This is weather dependent, if it doesn’t look at all good we will just sail locally and finish in Lymington for Sunday mid-day. Cost of £145 reflects this uncertainty but still includes all on board food fuel and marinas.

WS343 20 Dec
09:00
31 Dec
10:00
Sydney to Hobart race plus training £9000 Aus dollars 2 Email Wild Spirit

Just a couple of places on Helsal 3 that has won Division for the last 3 years.
now with a new taller Carbon Rig and superb sails she must be the favourite for this year’s race starting Boxing Day. Start is largest live audience in Austarlian sport and whole race is amazing experience.

Helsal on way to Victory

Expensive but super racing yacht with great record and expertly run consortium.

Talk to Paul first this is not a trip for passengers.

WS342 26 Dec
19:00
31 Dec
16:00
Xmas RYA ££325 5 Email Wild Spirit

The festive RYA course for those who have to take Annual Leave and want something useful to do.
Or you can just sail in which case deduct £25.
We will be in Marinas with hot showers etc every night and we have 2 heating systems on board.
This one fills up as the prospect of Xmas grows near. We are only going to have a maximum of 4 plus me and Wild Spirit is coded for 10 so plenty of space.
No Holly and paper hats but we will have a 2 or 3 Pub meals ashore and a good time.
Our on board food is also good enough to enjoy a glass or 2 of wine with but we never drink and sail.

WS346 1 Feb
20:00
6 Feb
15:58
RYA Comp Crew/ Day Skipper £325 5 Email Wild Spirit

Our first course of 2019 and a special of £325 for first 2 bookings.
Join Friday evening for a good meal on board at 2000 and finish Wednesday afternoon so only 3 days leave needed.

Yes it can be cold, but we have heating on board and will be in Marinas with hot showers every night.

A couple of Dinners out but everything else is included, food, fees, marinas, fuel, use of Oilies and Logbooks for Comp Crew.

WS338 13 Feb
10:00
23 Feb
12:00
CARIBBEAN 600 2019 £1750 5 Email Wild Spirit

We are back, of course we would be, it is one of our favourite races.
A classic warm water race round beautiful islands in trade winds, well normally yes, but last year, like half the fleet, we had to retire due damage from sustained winds of over 40 kts. For us it was a badly ripped mainsail, others fared worse with one Catamaran capsized. One thing which the 2017 gales proved is that when the going gets rough a Farr 65 that has raced round the World and across the Southern Ocean is a good boat to be on.
For 2019 we will have brand new, stronger sails. All 4 Official Crew have considerable experience, both on Juno and other yachts. We are seeking team members to join us on Team Juno. We provide 4 days of training before the race and if you wish you can also sleep on board, which both saves the cost of accommodation plus increases familiarity with the layout. It is great if you are already an accomplished racing sailor, but you don’t need experience if you are a committed team member.
The Skipper will again be Paul Jackson back for his 6th C600. With over 100,000 NM this Ocean YachtMaster and YachtMaster Instructor plus RYA Offshore Safety Instructor has 25,000Nm of serious racing experience including having won Division in the Sydney Hobart twice, winning 3 Peaks Yacht Race and line Honours for the Lord Howe Island Race.
The First Mate will be Arran Chapman who skippered Juno for the Regattas in 2018 with considerable success including winning their Class in Antigua Sailing Week. He will be skipper for the Caribbean regattas again for next season and as well as a great sailor has good engineering skills plus a thorough knowledge of Juno. Fit and agile he will take a lead role in foredeck training and will lead one watch.
Karoline George returns as Second Mate and brings with her a wealth of experience including Fastnets, Sydney Hobarts plus C600s. Karoline was with Paul when they were knocked down in over 60 knots in a Sydney Hobart damaging the rig, despite losing 7 hours for repairs they still finished 5th out of 16 in their Division. She will lead on training for pit work plus lead the other watch.
Navigator will be Mike Honner who races his own yacht in the US and has raced both C600s plus Antigua to Bermuda on Juno. He is Navigator for Paul’s Volvo Round Ireland Team and has proved a great team member when the going gets tough.

Six of the 2017 team are already expressing interest in returning for the race. Training starts 1000 13th February and race starts Monday 18th. Originally built and MCA Coded to carry 19 to race round the World we run with a maximum of 16. Spirit of Juno has 15 good sea going berths plus others used for storage. We will run on 2 watches and, once again, aim to beat the Volvo 60s both on IRC and through the water.
The package–Accom on board from Sunday afternoon 10th Feb to Sunday morning 24th.
Training starts 1000 13th Feb. and concludes in time for the first big sponsored party on Saturday evening 16th. Race starts 18th and we normally get back in by late Thursday with sponsored prize giving party Friday evening 22nd. Cost–£1750 up to 1st December includes food during training and race, team shirts accom on board for those who want it.
WHAGS–Vic, Karoline’s husband will be back and is our social anchor-man. I anticipate that my wife, Judith, will be there for much of the time and 2 others are interested already.

WS344 1 Mar
20:05
3 Mar
16:05
Fastnet, first training weekend £2850 5 Email Wild Spirit

first training weekend.

more details of campaign soon but looks like 7 in team as of 24th August 2018

pic from previous Fastnet.

Full campaign of up to 11 races plus training weekends is £2850
We are after committed team members only

WS347 29 Mar
08:00
3 Apr
15:03
RYA Comp Crew/ Day Skipper £425 5 Email Wild Spirit

Join Friday evening for a good meal on board at 2000 and finish Wednesday afternoon so only 3 days leave needed.

Yes it can be cold, but we have heating on board and will be in Marinas with hot showers every night.

A couple of Dinners out but everything else is included, food, fees, marinas, fuel, use of Oilies and Logbooks for Comp Crew.

WS348 5 Apr
19:00
7 Apr
16:30
JOG race weekend £- 3 Email Wild Spirit

Our first race weekend. Meet Friday evening, race Saturday and train Sunday.
JOG so a a good social event after the race.

Several of Fastnet team on board so we can take a Novice or 2.

WS349 9 Apr
20:00
14 Apr
16:00
RYA Comp Crew/ Day Skipper £425 5 Email Wild Spirit

Join Tuesday evening for a good meal on board at 2000 and finish Sunday afternoon so only 3 days leave needed.

A couple of Dinners out but everything else is included, food, fees, marinas, fuel, use of Oilies and Logbooks for Comp Crew.

WS350 18 Apr
20:00
19 Apr
16:00
Easter races to Cherbourg and back £295 2 Email Wild Spirit

Most of Fastnet team will be on board so we can take a couple of novices for what is often a great race weekend.

Note meet is Thursday evening as race starts 0700 Friday morning. Allow for a good meal out in Cherbourg, after years of selfless research I know where to go.

WS351 3 May
20:10
6 May
16:10
Race to Le Havre £295 2 Email Wild Spirit

Not Wild Spirit in pic–we have just had the standing rigging re-newed

Fastnet qualifier race to Le Havre over BH weekend.
We will have one or 2 places available for non-Fastnet team members.

WS356 11 May
22:59
18 May
14:00
RYA with cross channel–8 days £575 5 Email Wild Spirit


Not France but £25 off this event for first person who can identify where photo is taken from.

Cross Channel on an extended RYA course, or you can just come and build miles.
We have gone for Saturday to Saturday for those who have a way to travel.

Expect a couple of good meals ashore as after years of selfless research I know where to go.

Probably 5 night hours and 2 qualifying passages for Yactmaster.

Max of 2 Day skipper students as we want a couple of days for milebuilding sailing as well.

A bit more expensive than a 5 day course as it takes out 2 weekends. includes all on board food etc.

WS352 24 May
20:00
27 May
18:30
Eddystone Race £295 2 Email Wild Spirit

Eddystone race—probably join Friday evening but this is sometimes a slow race so allow for finish as late as Tuesday morning

If we get to this one we have gone too far—Mel on previous Fastnet.

A couple of places available as some of Fastnet team live overseas.

WS353 7 Jun
20:00
9 Jun
16:30
Morgan Cup Race £250 2 Email Wild Spirit

Morgan Cup in Channel, a Fastnet qualifier typically round marks and over 100NM

Couple of places available.