Full Programme

Full Programme

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 also have the Caribbean 600 on a Farr 65 plus a wek long cruise in the caribbean in early February.

ID Join Likely Finish Event Price Spaces  
WS316 22 Apr
17:00
28 Apr
13:00
Falmouth to Dublin–Milebuilder £295 0 Email Wild Spirit

Join Falmouth Sunday evening for the trip round to Dublin. We will call in to a few ports but there is one long leg with an overnight sail. Minimum of 250NM and probably 300+.
A great Milebuilder for those working towards Yachtmaster or wanting to build their experience and miles. You will be actively involved and there are Qualifying Passages for YM.
We will probably finish in Dun Laoghaire or Greystones which have easy connections with Dublin Airport.

If you want to do the Milebuilder after this (or before) you can stay on board at no extra cost.

WS317 1 May
10:00
6 May
14:00
Dublin to Troon Milebuilder £375 1 Email Wild Spirit

Join in Dublin (Dun Laoghaire or Greystones with easy links to Airport)
Several stops as we head north towards either the Isle of Man or Rathlin Island and or Arran and then Troon with easy links to Glasgow airport.

Good Milebuilder and for those progressing towards RYA Yachtmaster. Normally fairly benign conditions though in May the normal SW prevailing wind may change to NE.

Splendid scenery and hospitality with stops at a few places.

Cost includes all on board food, fuel, fees, marinas etc. No hidden extras.

One place left

WS318 11 May
21:00
19 May
09:00
Scottish Explorer £595 1 Email Wild Spirit

Join either Friday evening or early Saturday morning for a full week of sailing out of Troon Yacht Haven (easy from Glasgow airport)

4 regulars booked and this is going to be a very sociable trip with good food and no night sailing. There will be time ashore plus a few meals out (extra cost).

Great sailing with you and the team – learned more in 2 weeks than I have in the last 5 years … Thanks !

Best,
Mike H

Wild Spirit at anchor off Taransay in Hebrides.

Cost includes all on board food, fuel, fees, marinas etc–We don’t do hidden extras.

WS330 20 May
10:00
2 Jun
11:00
Bareboat Charter £- 8 Email Wild Spirit

Wild Spirit is available for charter for 3 or more days between 20th May and 6th June, she is coded for 10 and has 8 berths.

Contact Paul to discuss options, but as an example
handover morning of Sunday 20th May at 1000 and return Friday afternoon 1st June would cost £2750.
There is an insurance deposit as well of £1750 returnable after the charter.
You will need to hold at least a YM Coastal Certificate or convince me of your experience. First Mate will need either minimum of RYA Day Skipper or similar experience.

I can put a skipper on for you for an extra £450 but you have to feed him or her, however this lowers the insurance excess to £1000.

Wild Spirit is coded for 10 people and sleeps 8 in reasonable comfort.
Note–you can get shorter yachts which sleep more people but think of the difference in length between a half pint glass and a pint. If you are 6 feet 4″ you can sleep on Wild Spirit without having to adopt a foetal position.
A spinnaker and outboard are included, others charge extra.
Berthing in Troon and Largs Yachthavens is included.

WS319 2 Jun
20:00
8 Jun
13:30
Troon to Barmouth £395 1 Email Wild Spirit

Trip from Troon to Barmouth via Menai Straits.

Last placeWe run with max 6 crew even though we are coded for 10.

Meet Saturday evening for Sunday departure. We will sail south taking in a few stops such as Portpatrick, Whitehaven, Carnarfon Peel and Conway.
The 3 Peaks Yacht race sailors will be on board and practising so you may learn quite a bit about changing sails and short handed sailing, more for thos who are interested in racing or thinking about it. We may well spend a couple of hours surveying the depths at Carnarfon bar and will undoubtedly plumb the depths of another Bar or 2.
We will be in Barmouth by Friday lunch at latest, probably Thursday evening.
Depart Wild Spirit Friday afternoon and train station is close to town centre or it may well be possible for you to stay on board until Saturday morning and to see the start of the 3 Peaks yacht race.

Going North during 3 Peaks 2017 on way to some silverware.

Good for sailors with some experience and those going for Yachtmaster soon. We will go through the Swellies, over Caernarvon Bar and through Bardsey Sound so not for the faint hearted.

WS320 9 Jun
12:12
15 Jun
13:12
3 Peaks Yacht Race £950 0 Email Wild Spirit

That really is Paul in a DJ in the middle.

We have 2 exceptional runners and had 3 experienced racing sailors so we are full.
But if you are interested I have several contacts who are looking to put a team together so do drop me an e-mail

Allow contribution of £950 to cover all costs including trip to Barmouth.

WS331 14 Jun
20:00
20 Jun
07:56
Fort William to Troon £195 3 Email Wild Spirit

You would need to be in Ft William –Corpach station– is next to our berth for evening of 14th June or by 0930 morning of 15th.
We sail back to Troon—easy for rail or Glasgow airport—by mid-day Weds 20th June.
That trip will be just £195 but note it is at the end of a race. If things go wrong on the race we may end up in Oban, which is really same train line, or even somewhere else. Chances of this happening are less than 10% and you can follow our race progress via free Yellow Brick tracker. If we ended up in a difficult place and you couldn’t join then we would give you £195 back but no liability for cost of travel etc.

Whilst not a formal RYA course this is excellent for those working towards Yachtmaster as we will sail through at least one complex tidal sound and either through the Crinan canal or round the Mull of Kintyre.
You may also get a free invite to the 3 Peaks finish party, no promises.

WS328 23 Jun
16:00
7 Jul
14:00
Volvo Round Ireland Race £1750 1 Email Wild Spirit

Volvo Round Ireland, simply the best offshore race in the World.

The welcome is legendary, the scenery superb and unlike so many of the 600 races it is a natural course, which is why it is just over 700 miles.

One just dropped out due to work pressure (13/4/18) e-mail Paul

This will be our 4th Round Ireland and last time we finished 5th in class beating our friendly rivals Irish offshore sailing to be second in the Sea School Class.

Paul Jackson YMI Ocean with over 100,000NM back for his 4th Round Ireland. He skippers and Helms in Australia and Caribbean as well as European waters.
Andy Palmer has completed Fastnets, Sydney to Hobarts and many other races with Paul. An Engineer with excellent IT skills he is capable in every position on board.
Lydia Coffey, has raced on Wild Spirit and several other yachts and skippered racing teams as well. Based in Scotland she will be doing the shorter package. She also brings some useful local knowledge of N. Ireland waters to the team.
Corey Eliasson completed the Antigua to Bermuda race plus return with Paul in 2017 and has sailed in other parts of the World, fit and agile he is a natural foredeck.
Bruce Baker from Oz intends to be with us, he has completed a Fastnet, Sydney to Hobarts, Hobart to Sydney and Lord Howe Islands with Paul. With years of experience of racing in Oz he also brings cooking and engineering skills.
Mike Wooley is working towards YachtMaster while balancing sailing with family duties.
Ian Stevenson has raced Dinghies and has Ocean sailing experience plus some offshore racing. Both he and Mike are new to Wild Spirit sailing.

Short package—designed for those coming a long way.
Join Troon, close to Glasgow airport on evening of 23rd June and leave at Wicklow or on 7th July for afternoon or evening flight out of Dublin airport (easy by Bus or taxi).
£1825 includes all food, team kit, fuel, fees, marinas etc.

WS329 7 Jul
18:00
12 Jul
10:00
Dublin (Wicklow) to Troon (Glasgow) £195 4 Email Wild Spirit

This trip is after the Volvo Round Ireland race and we will store the cruising gear at Wicklow and put it back on for Sunday morning departure. Wicklow is easy for Dublin airport, just a Bus ride.

Just where we stop will depend on the weather and we will probably have one overnight passage. We will probably sail between 175 and 215NM and include at least one Qualifying passage for YachtMaster.

It is after a major race so there is the possibility that we might have to delay or even cancel due to damage. In the last 12 years we haven’t had to do this but it is a possibility. The price of the trip reflects this increased risk. if we did have to cancel we give you your money back but not costs of flights.

Potential stops include Peel on Isle of Man, Howth, Ardglass, Bangor, Glenarm, Rathlin Island, PortPatrick and Lamlash.

We should be back into Troon by Wednesday evening but it could be early Thursday so best to book flight out of Glasgow or train for Thursday late morning or afternoon. Good restaurant at Troon Yacht Haven which we may well head for on last night.

2 or 3 of our Volvo Round Ireland team will be on board

WS324 13 Jul
10:00
27 Jul
10:00
Bareboat Charter £- 8 Email Wild Spirit

Wild Spirit available for charter, either Bareboat or skippered during this period.
Call Paul on 01823 433813 to discuss options.

Under Spinnaker in the Irish Sea.

Contact Paul to discuss options, but as an example
handover morning of Friday 13th July and return by 1600 Friday 27th would cost £3250.
There is an insurance deposit as well of £1750 returnable after the charter.
You will need to hold at least a YM Coastal Certificate or convince me of your experience. First Mate will need either minimum of RYA Day Skipper or similar experience.

I can put a skipper on for you for an extra £450 but you have to feed him or her, however this lowers the insurance excess to £1000.

Wild Spirit is coded for 10 people and sleeps 8 in reasonable comfort.
Note–you can get shorter yachts which sleep more people but think of the difference in length between a half pint glass and a pint. If you are 6 feet 4″ you can sleep on Wild Spirit without having to adopt a foetal position.
A spinnaker and outboard are included, others charge extra.
Berthing in Troon and Largs Yachthavens is included.

WS322 28 Jul
16:00
11 Aug
09:00
St Kilda and Hebrides £1250 3 Email Wild Spirit

Special Offer— I am going to be spending a lot of time at sea soon I want another booking to join the 2 regulars plus me already booked on this one–next booking only–£200 off.

A full fortnight of sailing and depending on weather etc we will go out to St Kilda

Will may well visit Barra and Harris plus several other Islands

Picture of us in Rodel on Harris.
Serious sailing if the weather isn’t kind so we have a 2 week trip with a view to getting a 2 day weather window so we can overnight at St Kilda. To maximise our chances we head out to the Outer Hebrides as soon as we can and this may well involve a night sail. Possibly a stop at Oban or Tobermory then on to Skye, Barra, N. Uist, Harris or Anchor off Taransay, as we did last time, before heading out to St Kilda. On the way back we may take in the Monach Islands. If the weather window doesn’t appear until the second week we sail in the lee of the Outer Hebrides and wait our chance.
Serious sailing in a stunningly beautiful part of the World and great opportunity to develop sailing skills. Graham a regular is on board, he has sailed to St Kilda with Paul before. Pam, another Wild spirit regular, who has raced round the World is also on board. You don’t have to be very experienced but unless you are certain then it is not for novices.

Great for the adventurous and thos working towards RYA qualifications, expect to be fully committed team members helping with all aspects of the voyage.
Potential Qualifying passages for those building for Yachtmaster qualifiactions.

One regular who has raced round the World booked and one who has sailed there with me before as part of a Round Britain trip.

WS323 12 Aug
11:00
25 Aug
14:30
Bareboat Charter £- 5 Email Wild Spirit

Wild Spirit available bareboat or skippered charter.

Alongside in Fair Isle.

Contact Paul to discuss options, but as an example
handover morning of Sunday 12th August and return Saturday mid-day 25th would cost £3250.
There is an insurance deposit as well of £1750 returnable after the charter.
You will need to hold at least a YM Coastal Certificate or convince me of your experience. First Mate will need either minimum of RYA Day Skipper or similar experience.

I can put a skipper on for you for an extra £450 but you have to feed him or her, however this lowers the insurance excess to £1000.

Wild Spirit is coded for 10 people and sleeps 8 in reasonable comfort.
Note–you can get shorter yachts which sleep more people but think of the difference in length between a half pint glass and a pint. If you are 6 feet 4″ you can sleep on Wild Spirit without having to adopt a foetal position.
A spinnaker and outboard are included, others charge extra.

WS327 25 Aug
14:00
31 Aug
11:00
Irish Rover–Leg one Troon to Arklow £375 5 Email Wild Spirit

Arklow?—1.5 hrs on a direct Bus from Dublin airport with it’s cheap flights and good for provisioning plus crew changes. (Troon is easy from Glasgow Airport). We will probably have a night sail and may take in the Isle of Man, probably Peel, or head straight down to Ireland, or go by way of Rathlin Island.
At least one Qualifying Passage for YachtMaster and good opportunities to develop Nav and passage planning skills. Not too serious but the Irish Sea can be lumpy in the wrong conditions. We can take a keen novice but more aimed at those who have sailed before. A few nights in Marinas or ports which may include being alongside harbour walls.

Cost includes all on board food, fuel, marinas, fees etc but allow for a few meals ashore to be shore.

WS336 2 Sep
20:33
7 Sep
15:59
Irish Rover –Leg 2–Arklow to Plymouth £395 5 Email Wild Spirit

Second leg of the Irish Rover from Arklow to Plymouth.

No doubt about it, we will have some night sailing as we have a crossing to make. Depending on the weather we may run down the coast perhaps stopping at Kilmore Quay or Dunmore East before heading across towards either the Isles of Scilly or Lands End. Stops may include Falmouth, Fowey or Helford River before arriving at Plymouth. With over 250NM this is a great mile and experience builder for budding YachtMasters and Day Skippers who want to build competence.

Cost includes on board food, fuel, marinas etc. Allow for a few meals out and you need a Passport

WS337 9 Sep
19:00
14 Sep
16:00
Irish Rover –leg 3 £395 5 Email Wild Spirit

Final leg of the Irish Rover return from Troon.
Straight up the Channel? Possible but more likely we will run across to Guernsey or Alderney then into Cherbourg for a meal at a favourite restaurant before heading into Lymington. Route will depend on weather plus aspirations of team will be major factor as we could do 2 night sails or none at all.

Food on board, fuel, marinas etc are all included in the price.

If you book for more than one of the legs deduct £50 or £100 if all 3 legs.
Wild Spirit can be used for accom in between legs as well.

WS332 21 Sep
15:00
23 Sep
16:00
Cowes to Cherbourg Race £225 2 Email Wild Spirit

Friday 21st September JOG Cherbourg race
last cross channel race of the season and always a good social affair
Start of race is 1800 so we meet at 1500 and go up on the tide

2 places left at 14/1/18

WS334 28 Sep
14:31
30 Sep
17:31
JOG Race weekend £- 2 Email Wild Spirit

Last JOG race weekend of the season so a very good social scene.
We will go up to Cowes Friday evening leaving 1830 (or you can join in Cowes)

WS335 5 Oct
20:00
10 Oct
16:00
RYA Course £475 5 Email Wild Spirit

back to RYA at Lymington with the Friday evening to Weds afternoon format that neds only 3 days AL.