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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  
WS372 19 Feb
09:30
29 Feb
15:30
Caribbean 600 2020 £1950 0 Email Wild Spirit

We are back again, of course we are, it is a brilliant race in superb surroundings on an iconic Farr 65 that has raced round the World.
For 2020 we will be berthed in a World Heritage site–Nelsons Dockyard. Training will start on the Wednesday morning and you can stay on board from Sunday evening 16th Feb until the Saturday after the race.

Staying on board saves a considerable amount as hotel rooms at this time are normally well over $100 USD per night. Juno is large and, for a racing yacht, comfortable with 15 sea going berths.

The race starts Monday 24th and we are normally back in on Thursday well in time for the prizegiving party on Friday night. Flights out from Saturday afternoon make sense with choice of BA and Virgin to Gatwick, several to US.

Nelson’s Dockyard at night.
Several regulars already signed up and Official Crew include Bruce Garrod from Paul’s Sydney to Hobart team plus Dr Shelf (Stuart Walker) and Nick Ridgway plus Peter Thorn from the Wild Spirit team who won 3 Peaks Yacht Race with Paul in 2018 taking both Daily Telegraph Cup for line honours and Barmouth Cup for IRC.
Anne-lise with extensive Clipper experience plus a Fastnet joins us as do Craig and Fiona with previous Wild Spirit and Fastnet experience.
All except 2 have sailed with Paul before.
Record holding swimmer Claire joins us for her first big race so if you are a novice you won’t be alone and with plenty of experience on board all you need is the determination to be a good team member.

As ever our objectives are to
1) Complete the race safely
2) Enjoy ourselves
3) Do as well as we can

Plenty of experience on board so we can take a few novices on this great race.

Bookings will be via OnDeck but do please call Paul on 00 44 1823 433813 to have a talk first and ask any questions

WS381 27 Mar
17:00
29 Mar
15:59
Nab Tower race £195 5 Email Wild Spirit

First JOG race of the season.
join Wild Spirit winner of the 2018 Three Peaks yacht Race Friday evening
Race Saturday out to Nab Tower and back and sail/train Sunday.
Includes all food, fees, fuel etc but allow for saturday Dinner out

Next 2 to book only £95 each

WS380 9 Apr
19:00
13 Apr
16:00
Easter Races £265 6 Email Wild Spirit

Join Thursday afternoon in Lymington we will go up with the tide before the start of the race on Friday morning.

Next 2 to book only £125 each

Lymington Yacht Haven has free car parking, train and great facilities.
0845 start Good Friday for race to Cherbourg. Good JOG social do plus meal out then return race to Cowes on Sunday and back into Lymington Monday afternoon.

WS392 17 Apr
19:00
25 Apr
11:00
Lymington to Dublin £400 0 Email Wild Spirit


A night out in Dublin gets underway

Meet Friday 17th April for departure Saturday morning probably headed to Weymouth. Then a few hops down the coast probably taking in Dartmouth, Fowey and Falmouth or Newlyn before heading across to Ireland. All weather dependent but we will aim for a weekend in Dublin with changeover on Sunday. (Dublin = a marrina on the DART line or Bus to Dublin/aiport)

Several Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster and some night hours.
Cost includes all fuel, fees, marinas etc but allow for a few meals out plus a maximum of £50 for food Kitty

4 regulars on board and a maximum of 6 including Paul

WS382 17 Apr
19:00
2 May
10:00
Lymington to Troon Milebuilder with QPs £595 0 Email Wild Spirit

Meet Friday 17th April for departure Saturday morning probably headed to Weymouth. Then a few hops down the coast probably taking in Dartmouth, Fowey and Falmouth or Newlyn before heading across to Ireland. All weather dependent but we will aim for a weekend in Dublin. After this we will probably head up the coast of Ireland to arrive in Troon by evening of Friday 1st May ready for departure on the Saturday morning. Note Bank Holiday for 2020 IS Friday 8TH May to celebrate 75th anniversary of VE Day. Particularly good for those wanting miles and experience. We should have several Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster and cover at least 600NM with one or 2 night sails.
Includes all fuel, fees etc but kitty for food and probably a few meals ashore.
On Board Food Kitty is capped at £100 if it is more than this we will stand extra.

Paul flies back from Glasgow at 1500 on Saturday.

Plus night or 2 in Dublin–we will be in a marina with train into centre.

WS383 10 May
12:00
19 May
14:00
Scottish Islands Peaks Race £495 1 Email Wild Spirit

Classic adventure race taking about 3 days to sail, run and row from start at Oban to Mull, Jura and Arran before finish in Troon which is where we leave from on 10th. We need one seriously good sailor to join the team that won the 3 Peaks Yacht Race in 2018. It would also help if you know these waters.
Depart Troon Tuesday 19th after sail changes, clean up etc.
Possible lift south after race or train or taxi to airport.

WS390 6 Jun
11:00
12 Jun
14:30
Troon to Barmouth via Menai Strait £325 2 Email Wild Spirit

Meet Troon for trip down to Barmouth. Several stops and probably one overnight sail.
Through the notorious Menai Strait and Swellies. Probable overnight in Caernarfon then down to Barmouth for either Thursday evening or Friday morning.

You can o/n Friday at Troon before the start and it may be possible for you to stay on board at Barmouth until mid-day Saturday 13th.

The 3 sailors from the 3 Peaks Yacht Race team will be on board, but this is not a trip for the fainthearted. Excellent for building experience for YachtMaster.

Cost includes all marinas, fuel, fees etc. kitty for food maximum £50 plus a couple of meals ashore.

At least one night sail and a ‘Qualifying Passage’

WS389 6 Jun
11:33
19 Jun
10:00
Three Peaks Yacht Race £780 1 Email Wild Spirit


Pic of us on way to win the 2018 race

Consistently rated as one of the top 10 adventure races in the World the 3 Peaks is a real endurance test for both runners and sailors. We are after just one sailor to join Wild Spirit for the 2020 race, we won both Line Honours and on IRC in 2018 beating the Irish team by just 3 minutes after 400 miles.
You will need to be a seriously competitive team player with sound racing background. The ability to function on very little sleep also helps, though we normally get a Steak and a couple of Pints in Whitehaven when the runners are up the hill. Our runners are again likely to be a former World Record holder and a former UK Record holder who won King of the Mountains in 2018

WS385 19 Jun
10:00
3 Jul
11:00
Fort William to Kirkwall with Hebrides/St Kilda £750 4 Email Wild Spirit

Fort William to Kirkwall—Friday 19th June 3rd July. You can probably sleep on board Thursday night as well if you wish.

Corpach to Kirkwall via Hebrides
Two weeks of cruising with the opportunity to develop your skippering, cruising and sailing skills with a YacthMaster Instructor with 100,000+ experience.
The route we take will depend on the weather and crew aspirations but normally starts with a couple of fairly short legs, say Corpach to Loch Aline then on to Tobermory on Mull with time ashore, provisioning, and possibly a Distillery visit. With reasonable weather we then run out Rum, Canna or Skye before heading west to the Outer Hebrides.
From Barra or N. Uist in the Outer Hebrides we may have the opportunity to practise our pilotage through a sound and out west to St Kilda. If the weather is suitable we can anchor in Village Bay St Kilda and spend time ashore exploring and visiting an original croft before returning to say Rodel then on to Stornoway for a major reprovision.
From Stornoway we may run overnight direct to the Orkneys or anchor overnight in a remote mainland Loch or Loch Inver before heading across to the Orkney Island, Stromness, Hoy or the historic natural Harbour of Scapa Flow.
From Scapa Flow or Hoy, with a possible walk out to the Old Man, we spend a few days cruising round the Orkney Islands before arriving at Kirkwall with Ferries and Airport close to town. At least 400 miles of sailing including a Qualifying Passage or 2 towards YachtMaster and the chance to sail to St Kilda whilst developing your sailing skills.
Who is it good for?
1) Experienced sailor who wants to visit remote and beautiful places
2) Day Skipper or Coastal skipper wanting to build experience and develop skills
3) Competent Crew or sailor with some experience and sense of adventure

Not so good for,
a) Partner who really would rather motor 10 miles between Greek Ports
b) Anyone who doesn’t want to be an active team member
c) Beginner who has no idea about sailing

Cabins and Costs
It is a 2 week trip, we don’t like splitting it into single weeks as we like to be close to the final port a day or so in advance so concerns about weather can then mean a much curtailed route. We have 3 double cabins on board plus a double in the main saloon, so pricing is by the cabin plus food kitty.
Standard double cabin is £750 for sole occupancy or £800 for 2 people.
Food – we provide some basics and we will eat out a few times, which isn’t included, rest is by Kitty and we will cap the Kitty contribution at £150 max each (skipper contributes as well and very happy if someone else keeps kitty).
Wine—we don’t drink and sail but it’s different when we are safely tied up for the night, we normally run kitty but if someone doesn’t drink then they don’t pay in.

This is after the Three Peaks Yacht Race so in the unlikely event that the weather is extremely bad it is possible we might start from Oban instead (still easy by train)

Costs for the 2 week Cruises
Starts at £750 for 2 weeks sole occupancy of cabin
Supplements for en suite cabin (£150)
What’s included?
All safety gear compliant to Royal Ocean Racing Club standards e.g. Lifejackets with position locators.
All fuel, fees, marinas and, if used, canals.
Hire of waterproofs is extra £70 per trip

WS386 3 Jul
13:00
12 Jul
10:30
Kirkwall bareboat Charter £2500 1 Email Wild Spirit

Bareboat Charter to suitably qualified and experienced crew.

Out of Kirkwall and includes mooring fees in Orkney Marinas and Orkney official mooring buoys.

Handover either Friday p.m Saturday a.m.

return Sunday morning.

Coded for 10, sleeps 8. Includes Tender and outboard plus spinnaker.

WS387 12 Jul
16:30
25 Jul
11:00
Orkneys, Fair Ilse and Shetland £795 2 Email Wild Spirit


Pic–alongside Fair Isle on previous trip

Orkneys, Fair Isle, Shetlands-Kirkwall—12th July to 25th July Our aim is to sail round Shetland and back to Orkney taking in Fair Isle, The round trip could be a short as 280NM but we are likely to sail considerably further possibly going out round Foula the most westerly of the Shetland Isles with its dramatic cliffs and bird life. Scalloway is a likely stop and we may well eat at the restaurant in the North Atlantic Fisheries College to see if as good as last time.
Two or Three longish days or possibly one night sail but time to visit a few landmarks like the Broch of Mousa, the Jarlshof Prehistoric Settlement, Scalloway Castle and the Shetland Bus memorial.

Costs for the 2 week Cruises
Starts at £795 for 2 weeks sole occupancy of cabin

What’s included?
All safety gear compliant to Royal Ocean Racing Club standards e.g. Lifejackets with position locators.
All fuel, fees, marinas and on board food.

Extras
Hire of waterproofs is extra £70 per trip
Food kitty–max £150 each
Meals out plus Wine.

WS388 26 Jul
15:30
9 Aug
11:00
Kirkwall to Troon with Hebrides £750 4 Email Wild Spirit


Alonside in Poll Scrot on previous trip

26th July to 9th August

Two weeks of cruising with the opportunity to develop your skippering, cruising and sailing skills with a YacthMaster Instructor with 100,000+ experience.

2 or 3 longer days sailing a night sail plus several shorter days, a few Marinas and a mooring buoy or 2 plus some nights at anchor. Superb scenery, small harbours, wildlife-in Rodel a few years back we had 2 Otters come and play alongside us when we were in the Tender.
Back into Troon Saturday evening in time for a good meal out.
The route we take will be dependent on weather, crew aspirations etc. We have 350NM to cover but will sail further and will probably go to the Outer Hebrides as well. We aim to have a night sail, this is largely dependent on individual’s aspirations but with a flexible itinerary and a boat that has covered 100NM in 12 hrs on several occasions we should have time to explore on shore.
Costs for the 2 week Cruises
Starts at £750 for sole occupancy of cabin
Supplements for en suite cabin (£150)
What’s included?
All safety gear compliant to Royal Ocean Racing Club standards e.g. Lifejackets with position locators.
All fuel, fees, marinas and, if used, canals.
Food – we provide some basics and we will eat out a few times, which isn’t included, rest is by Kitty and we will cap the Kitty contribution at £150 max each (skipper contributes as well and very happy if someone else keeps kitty).
Hire of waterproofs is extra £70 per trip