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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  
WS331 14 Jun
20:00
20 Jun
07:56
Fort William to Troon £195 2 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 0 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.

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. Lydia also brings some useful local knowledge of N. Ireland waters to the team.
Corey Eliasson from the US 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 is 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.

Ian Stevenson has Ocean sailing experience plus some offshore racing and did the Falmouth to Dublin leg with us in some fairly strong breeze.
Tim has also raced and trained on Wild Spirit and completed the Lymington to Falmouth trip. Both are heading for yachtmaster.

Jonathan, Irish but working in the US raced with Paul in the C600 and Mike from the C600 team plus Antigua to Bwermuda joins us from the US as Navigator

WS329 7 Jul
18:00
12 Jul
10:00
Dublin (Wicklow) to Troon (Glasgow) £195 3 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 £1450 2 Email Wild Spirit

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, as we did last time, anchor off Taransay 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, one who has sailed there with me before on a Round Britain trip and one more experienced sailor.

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 3 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.

Whilst the Bus to the airport works well a shared Taxi may also make sense. i fly out at 1455 on 31st.

WS336 2 Sep
20:33
7 Sep
15:59
Irish Rover –Leg 2–Arklow to Plymouth £395 3 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

I arrive in Dublin airport at 1715 on 2nd September for the 1800 Bus. If you have similar timed flights a shared taxi may make sense.

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 3 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

3 places and we can take a novice or 2

Good if you are thinking about the Fastnet

WS334 28 Sep
14:31
30 Sep
17:31
JOG Race weekend £- 3 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)

Good social scene and suitable for a novice or 2.

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 needs only 3 days AL.

WS338 13 Feb
10:00
23 Feb
12:00
CARIBBEAN 600 2019 £1750 10 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.