What a way to spend Easter

Pic of Wild Spirits having lunch outside one Easter after a race.

At Easter we have a race to Cherbourg, a good meal out and then a race back to Cowes. Both races are morning starts so we meet Thursday evening and will be back in by early afternoon on the Monday. These are Junior Offshore Group JOG races so a good social do in the Yacht Club in Cherbourg. Suitable for most people with sailing experience and for those with sense of adventure.

This will be our last JOG race before summer as we will be Milebuilder sailing up in Scotland this summer. We will also try and win the 3 Peaks Yacht Race for a second time plus compete in the Scottish Islands Peaks Race. After these we have more mile building sailing with Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster. Destinations include, St Kilda, Fair Isle and the Shetlands.

Try Yacht Racing

Before we go up to Scotland for the summer of mile building sailing we have some races starting at Cowes (join Wild Spirit in Lymington). The first one is weekend of 27th March and is out round Nab Tower at the East end of the Solent. Last year in windy conditions we finished 11th out of 22 in this race and hope to improve this year.

The Nab Tower race is suitable for people who have sailed a bit but not raced much.

This is a JOG (Junior Offshore Group) race so we always have a good social do afterwards. After this race we have the Easter races and then our first milebuilder sail up to Troon in Scotland

West Scotland Milebuilder sailing

Pic–Anchorage with rather good Restaurant in W. Scotland. I know where it is but don’t want to tell too many others

Our Mile builder sailing for 2020 will be in Scotland for several reasons including 1) The West Coast, Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetland offer some of the best cruising grounds in the World. You can find a secluded anchorage with Otters, Seals and Birds as your only company but sail somewhere and get provisions the next day. 2) The scenery is World Class and so is the local sea food. Paul loves cooking with fresh Fish, Scallops and Venison 3) For those progressing towards RYA YachtMaster there are a number of interesting Qualifying Passages available on this mile building trip. 4) We will go to Tobermory on Mull and out to the Hebrides, possibly even St Kilda on our way up to the Orkneys, we should have a couple of days cruising up there as well

Caribbean bound

Paul is out in Antigua skippering Spirit of Juno in the Caribbean 600 until 1st March.

We will get e-mails most days so do enquire for March and Easter UK races plus our Milebuilder courses and mile building cruises up in Scotland this summer.

To follow Juno’s progress from the start afternoon Monday 24th February (1500 GMT) click on http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Race-Information/Tracking/ and follow us.

The St Kilda question

Wild Spirit at anchor on a previous visit to St Kilda

The trip from Orkneys up round Shetland is almost full but the trip from Corpach (Fort William) up to Kirkwall via the Caledonian Canal isn’t and I have been talking to someone I know well who did it a couple of years ago. He found the number of Locks a bit trying. So I am considering running this milebuilder trip out to the West instead and possibly taking in St Kilda now the building works are finished. Hang on isn’t it unihabited? Well actually it has a NATO transmission station with associated power plant on it and it used to be a bit of an eyesore which is where the building works came in.

In terms of mile building sailing going west clearly adds more miles plus Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster and we can easily complete the trip taking in St Kilda from say Castle Bay and then back into Rodel or Poll Scrott. For those heading for YachtMaster it offers a great deal, though as we will be there in June not many night hours.

Tempting, anyone interested in going this way rather than via Caledonian Canal drop me an email

Wild Spirit and Ornithology

After a Caribbean 600 Corey does hit bit.

The Caribbean 600 is only 3 weeks away and we are very much looking forward to it. We do take the racing seriously and we never drink and sail but after the race is another matter. After Corey had guarded this endagered species with its flashing eyes all night I returned it to its home. Our Mile building trips in Scotland are not as Wild but do expect a few good meals out as well as good food on board. Milebuilder sailing is suitable for most people with a sense of adventure and you should expect to be an active team member. If you have bits missing or medical issues we can probably still take you, our approach is about what you can acheive rather than just covering our backs.

Barbados Rum Runners

Paul skippered Spirit of Juno a Farr 65 to win Class 1 in the Round Barbados race. Picture is team receiving a bootle of XO MountGay Rum each with Chester from MountGay on Left and Rose Commodore of barbados Cruising Club on the right.

Our Scottish milebuilders this summer are more likely to have Whisky than Rum. The mile building sailing courses are all 2 weeks long with changeovers at Kirkwall and Corpach, plus finish at Troon which is easy for Glasgow airport. The one from Kirkwall to Troon starting 26th July is particularly good for Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster

Mile Building Sailing –Expectations

Pic is of Pierre working away at Navigation, which he was good at.

Our Milebuilder trips are good for developing towards YachtMaster and most people on board are keen to progress. Some may already have YachtMaster, others want Qualifying Passages to work towards it. No problem if you just want to be an active team member but don’t want to be a Navigator, Sail Trimmer or Helm and if you don’t have experience it isn’t an issue as long as you are a team player with a sense of adventure. Whether with us, or someone else, a Mile building trip is not a Cruise on a Liner, so please don’t sell it to your partner as such just because you want to do it. For those with less experience but still with a sense of adventure, the Corpach to Kirkwall trip is the shortest and as we go through the Caledonian Canal to start with, we will be on fairly flat water for 3 days by which time everyone should have got their sea legs.

Caribbean 600–Repeat Offenders

Previous Caribbean 600

As well as our Milebuilders in UK we also work with others to provide sailing opportunities in the Caribbean and Australia. We have one place left in the team on Juno, a Farr 65, for this year’s Caribbean 600 and so far all but 3 of the team have raced with Paul before. We are a bit different from most companies as we offer a berth on board for the week before the race until the Saturday after the race and this can save a lot of Dollars. As ever our objectives are 1) Complete the race safely 2) Enjoy ourselves 3) Do as well as we can

Afetr the Caribbean it is back to the UK for a couple of races, a course and then the Mile building sailing up to Scotland.