Season to 7th July

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Cup in 3 Peaks Yacht Race

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3 Peaks yacht race

Team Wild Spirit will be competing but on a Sunfast 37. We have lost our Welsh international runner to injury but Phil Spain replaces him to run alongside Shelf a former ‘King of the Mountains’. Start is 17th June and you can follow via the yellow brick link on https://www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk/

Missed the Silverware by One

In the RORC race to Guernsey we came 6th out of 30 in Class 4 in one of the most exciting finishes I have had for several years. After a spinnaker run from the start off Cowes down to the Forts, we went back on to genoa for the run down to Nab Tower with a small burst of Code Zero near the end. After rounding Nab we set off across the Channel close hauled, as the wind backed we tacked and ran down towards Alderney before deliberately sailing south of the Rhumb line to pick up a counter current close in to the rocks. Having rounded Casquets light house we sped down to Les Hanois light on the tide. As we rounded it we saw other yachts further south than expected, whilst just a few were close in to the south of Guernsey but making slow progress. The tide splits just SW of Les Hanois with one stream running east along the coast and the other more south towards St Malo. We could see the split ahead of us as we tacked and followed the East bound stream as far out from the coast as possible. We could see a wind hole ahead of us and went through the edge of it. Others were stuck in it including a couple of our rivals so the tactics worked and with a Code Zero up we rounded the SE of Guernsey. Then we popped our biggest Spinnaker up for the run in to the finish off St Peters. In variable light winds we closed on David with Longue Pierre before ‘heating up’ to find a space in the pack to squeeze through and cross the line just ahead of them. The RORC award Medallions based on number in class and for 20 to 25 five are given. For over 25 it remains at 5 so we missed out by one. Work—the Curse of the Sailing Classes—we had the tide with us so a quick overnight run back up the Alderney race and through the needles saw us home in Lymington by 0830 Sunday.

Antigua to Bermuda race

Paul is skippering Spirit of Juno a Farr 65 for this race There will be Yellow Brick tracking–google Antiguabermuda for race web site and there should be a link Race starts 12th May and we should be finished by 18th Juno finished 3rd in Ocean Class of Caribbean 600 in February and Paul wil be skippering her again next year.

Wild Spirit 3 Peaks team announced

Wild Spirit 3 Peaks Yacht Race team We have a Sun Fast 37 from Irish Offshore Sailing for this race so Wild Spirit can enter the Round the Island race. In its 40th year the 3 Peaks YR is considered one of the toughest adventure challenges in the World. Paul co-skippered to first in IRC (handicap system) with Geoff West and Gary Clayton in 2015 and won class again in 2016. Paul Jackson (centre above)is joined by John Williams who was their Navigator when they won Division on Helsal3 in the 2016 Sydney to Hobart. The 3rd sailor is Tom Lowrie who successfully races his own yacht in the North east and we are grateful to Lowrie foods for their Sponsorship. Wild Spirit’s 2 runners are both former ‘King of the Mountains’. Shelf (Stuart Walker) (right above) from Sheffield who has also completed a Fastnet and Caribbean 600 with Paul is joined by Hugh Aggleton ‘ his Fell running success includes representing Wales internationally on numerous occasions, being Welsh Open Fell Running Champion in 2015 plus first man in the Man Vs Horse Race on two occasions.

A flying start

The first cross channel race of the season was marred by losing two team members due to illness and work but a young Austrain sailor, Felix, joined us at short notice and brought good sail trimming skills to the team. On the Good Friday race to Cherbourg we made a minor sail plan mistake in light air which cost us time and crucially meant we had to go further west at Cherbourg to allow for a change in the tide. We finished 5th in Class. After a good meal out in Cherbourg, we came together well as a team for the Sunday race back to Cowes completeing the 78 NM course in just under 9.5 hrs to take 3rd place.The finish up the Solent saw us tacking in up to 28kts apparent and the new No 3 served us well. One place left for the both of the May Bank Holiday weekends.

Not a drop of rain

The RYA course before Easter saw 5 days of almost unbroken sunshine. The forecast was for some wind on the first day and less afterwards so after getting everyone familiar with the ropes we sailed round the South of the IOW before overnighting in Haslar. The minimum requirement for RYA course is 100NM and we had 41 completed so if the wind didn’t blow we wouldn’t have to motor just to get miles. The next day was very light but we had lots of parking practice to complete. We had more wind than forecast on other days with the final run back to lymington just reaching Force 5 and seeing us hit 10 Kts over the ground. Everyone passed and we had a great time plus easily passed 100NM.

Easter–it must be Cherbourg

We have 2 spots left on the Easter races to Cherbourg and back. Friday morning start (join Thurs day evening) and Sunday morning start for return race. We will have a good meal out on Saturday night at a Restaurant I have found after years of selfless research. Back by early afternoon Sunday.

If you have sailed with us before then get in touch and we will do a welcome back for you.

if you are new to us we will do an introductory offer.