They have—gone green

Thank you to Rolex on behalf of the 2 in the picture for ceasing to require carrying Decals on the Bow.

Fastnet starts Saturday, afterwards we have a mile builder cruise out to the Scillies and then back to Lymington. RYA mile building trips are great for gaining experience and Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster.

Rolex to go Green?

Picture of 2011 Fastnet team with Rolex Decal.

We still await the Sailining Instructions for the Fastnet. It will be interesting to see if we have to put on Rolex Decals this time. it matters not how well you put them on a small percentage will , at least in part, come off. Othe5 races such as 3 Peaks yacht Race have their smaller Decals above deck level and this year the Island sailing Club didn’t do them for the Round the Island Race. I can be as hypocritical as the next man but for this Fastnet all our team clothing is natural fibre.

Mile builder starts Friday afternoon so away until 28th July.

Away to France

Summer is here

Pic from a summer Milebuilder sailing in 2018

Bookings and enquiries have leapt up with the continued sunshine. The July Mile building course is full and the August one is filling plus there are bookings for September.

Paul is around up to 19th July so if you want to ask questions do call us 01823 433813

Mile builder success

Wild Spirit and Spirit of Juno team member Shelf (Stuart Walker) on his way to win the 2019 Fellsman race. 12 hours for 60 miles so about the same sped as one of our RYA mile building trips but he went up and down 11,000feet as well, which we try and avoid.

Well done Dr Shelf.

New Cross Channel milebuilder with competent crew option

We have just added a new 7 day cross channel mile building sailing trip that you can also do competent crew on.

Starts Sunday evening 8th September finishes early afternoon on 15th so good for those who have a fair way to travel.

Round the Island Race

Pic of us on the last tack before we finished. With over 1600 entrants only 283 finished in what was at times a frustratingly slow event. We finished with 23 minutes to spare and managed to grab a pint or 3 before closing.

The start was followed by a spinnaker run but then the wind dropped and didn’t blow consistently until near the finish. We have a couple of RYA Milebuilders coming up and the Mile building cruise out to the Scillies in August.

100 hours of thinking time

People often ask what the standard procedure is for Man Overboard and, on the Ionian trip I again explained it isn’t that simple and the key thing is to buy yourself a bit of thinking time which increases the probability of a successful outcome. Flying back from Kefallania with Thomas Cook we saw a classic example. During boarding a passport and mobile phone were found on a seat in row 26. The cabin crew reacted by blaming the cleaners for not finding it and then summonsed ground staff to take it to the terminal. Instant and understandable reaction, but with just a few moments thought the possibility that it could belong to a passenger on the plane could have been considered. A moment or 2 more consideration might have led to the idea that if it had been a passenger who had got off 2 hours ago then the lack of a Passport might have been detected at Passport control. Given there is a list of all passengers it wouldn’t have been hard to check but the doors had to be reopened, the steps vehicle returned and the passport and phone taken to the terminal. Half an hour later the process was reversed and the items returned to a passenger in Row 25. 200 passengers sat for an extra half an hour or 100 hours wasted, when a few seconds of considering the possible courses of action could have given a much better outcome and it probably would have taken less time than the tirade about cleaning staff not doing their job properly.Let’s hope the Pilots assess situations better.

One space left on the July RYA Mile builder trip and 2 on the September course, 2 on the mile building sailing trip after the Fastnet

Here we go Round….the IOW

The famous Round the Island Race is on Saturday and Wild Spirit will be racing along with over 1500 other yachts. Superb spectacle and great fun but not one to take too seriously as half the competitors won’t really know the rules.

After the race we have a couple of Mile builders then the Fastnet followed by a Mile building course out to the Scillies then back to Lymington