Special sailing Occasions

We quite often have birthdays etc on board and as the photo shows we do try and make a special effort. This one is of Wild spirit regular JC’s 50th birthday. For our milebuilding sailing in Scotland advance notice is a good idea if you want a cake otherwise if may have to be a Haggis.

Expensive race

During the Cherbourg race the No 3 Genoa went through the rail when lashings holding it inside came lose. We were going fast and in big seas, several team members were sea sick, so there was a considerable delay in recovering it. Result is a write off, but at least it clafiries my thinking on sails for the milebuider trips to Scotland and out to St Kilda next summer.

Knoticat donation

We have jsut made a donation to Knoticat, a charity run out of Poole which takes people with disabilities sailing. Ian Wester a regular on Wild Spirit is one of its supporters.Ian will be joining us for a Mile builder trip in Scotland next year.

Cherbourg Silverware

The last cross channel race of the season was JOG Cowes to Cherbourg and it turned out to be fast and furious. We lost one experienced team member to work so our team of 6 included 3 doing their first offshore race. With a forecast of up to 20 kts from the West we set off down the Solent on the Heavy Weather Jib beating into the breeze but expecting to be able to change to the bigger No3 Genoa as soon as we passed the Needles. But the wind didn’t drop back as forecast until we neared Cherbourg so it was HW Jib all the way. When the wind did drop it did so significantly but we were so close to the finish that we didn’t change sails but instead crept over the line to take 3rd place, just 11hrs and 17 minutes after the start 78 miles away. The return to Lymington was also a fast affair with the forecasts varying, reality was a southerly up to F7 veering a bit and dropping to 5 which saw us home in well under 10 hours.

Far from the Highlands

Sailing off Scotland, building miles plus birds of prey . . . → Read More: Far from the Highlands

A Windy RYA

The 7 day RYA course ended on Sunday in 2 knots of Breeze, which was about 30 less than we started in. Pierre easily completed his Day Skipper and Pete, Griff, Ian and John proved Competent Crew indeed. With 3 windy days we didn’t cross to France but did go as far as Weymouth and after waking to sun rise and blue skies in Studland bay, had glorious sunshine both ways as we sailed along the Jurassic Coast. The e-mail below from Pete sums it up and I hope some of them will be doing some mile building with us next summer in Scotland.

Hi Chaps What a fantastic week learning how to do boaty stuff. It was a pleasure to sail with you all. I’m looking forward to seeing any photo’s

Pete

Hurricane Irma meets the Antigua fleet!

Antigua fleet survives Hurricane Several years ago we experienced a ‘violent storm’ when we sailing in the outer Hebrides, Scotland. We knew it was coming so we were safely tucked up in a tiny harbour and suffered no damage. Spirit of Juno, which Paul skippers in the CARIBBEAN 600 and for cruises plus the rest of the OnDeck fleet were also nicely tucked away when Hurricane Irma came through. Plans for our Caribbean season of cruise plus race remain on track whilst our Scottish mile building programme is being finalised. Juno photo

Surfing off Scotland

Wild Spirit off Scotland during 3 peaks yacht race . . . → Read More: Surfing off Scotland

6th in Class in Cherbourg Race

Wild Spirit 6th in Royal Ocen Racing Club Cherbourg race . . . → Read More: 6th in Class in Cherbourg Race