Cruising Archive

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One Crew for 2 week trip

I will be bringing Wild Spirit from Troon to Plymouth with Simon, who is buying Wild Spirit, on board. I have Nic an experienced regular with me but would like one other reasonably experienced crew member.

This is not a commercial trip and is over 2 weeks with quite a few stops but one or 2 night sails probably including crossing from Ireland.

Meet Troon Yacht Haven evening Friday 13th August, finish Plymouth Yacht Haven afternoon Saturday 28th August.

Contribution to on board Food, Marinas and Fuel is £15 per day but also allow for up to 10 Dinners ashore plus wine with Dinner when we are not sailing.

Would suit someone who is either YM or getting close to YM, is fairly easy going, non-smoker.

Depending on weather and Covid controls we will probably go to Ireland , possibly down the West Coast.

Farewell Wild Spirit

Paul has agreed the sale of Wild Spirit which means the end of commercial trips. This was partially driven by Covid and as we have traded on a ‘Not for Profit’ basis with any surplus going to Charity we fell outside of any Government support schemes. Wild Spirit will still be sailing but only on a private use basis and this includes the 3 Peaks Yacht Race in June. Only one commercial trip left in the Calendar which is the Caribbean 600 on Spirit of Juno in February 2022 when Paul will be skippering this iconic Farr 65 again. Booking will be direct with OnDeck in Antigua, but by all means contact Paul for more details.

Goodbye and my sincere thanks to all who have sailed with us.

Wild Spirit sails on

I have agreed the sale of Wild Spirit which should be completed before Easter

Obviously very mixed emotions and I will reflect on this in next post.

Paul will still be sailing and racing.

More soon

2021–forward to Sun-lit Uplands

Pic is of the racing team one Easter in Cherbourg

I am not sure which politician used the phrase, and we do tend to remain at sea level during our Milebuilder sailing trips, but the summer of 2021 must surely be better than last year. Three of the Mile building sailing courses are already full and all the arrangements are in place to be based in Troon for June, July and August. Like Plymouth Yacht Haven, Troon offers free on site Car Parking and nearby rail connections, it also has good access to Glasgow Airport. This may sound a small point but it does take out the hassle after arrival and in the case of some Marinas a charge of £10 per 24 hours.

For all our Milebuilder sailing trips we continue to offer our Covid Money Back Guarantee. If we can’t operate due to Covid restrictions we give you back everything you have paid us.

2021–Where will we go?

pic–Restored Victorian Publivc Toilets Rothesay Bute

We didn’t go just to look at the magnificent restored facilities but if you go to Rothesay they are worth a visit. The Marina there is also one of the most sheltered anywhere and on a previous Milebuilding sailing trip we bought a very fresh large Monkfish there which Paul had to skin and prepare. The effort was worthwhile and during mile building sailing trips we do like to eat well.

How is Covid likely to impact our Milebuilders? As the % of Population who have had it increases plus the number vaccinated rises we should return to closer normal and with our established ‘Covid Risk Reduction Procedures’

We will continue to offer our Covid money back guarantee and in 2020 we paid out several times. Other thanm ‘family money’ the company has no borrowings and remains financially sound. We trade on a ‘Not for Profit’ basis and no salaries are paid, any surplus goes to Charity.

Scottish Milebuilders Sailing filling

pic Jura sen from Carsaig on mainland during 2018 milebuilding trip

The Hebrides Milebuilder sailing trip filled in November and the last 2 places for the Fort William to Troon milebuilding trip went yesterday.

We have interest in the West of Ireland Milebuilders but no deposits yet. The March trips are full as is one in April but still space for April and May.

Wild Spirit is available for Bareboat Charter as well in 2021 but would be Skippers will need to convince Paul they know what they are doing plus they must have a suitable Mate (for sailing).

Mile building sailing and Safety

Pic of lifejackets 48 hrs after being inflated

We take safety on our Milebuilder sailing trips rather seriously and the picture show the life jackets inflated and left to check for punctures, Cylinder, Auto firing mechanisms and lights are also checked and replaced. We have 6 of our jackets equipped with AIS beacons and this is a very useful extra pice of safety kit during Mile Building sailing courses. The AIS operates automatically and pin points the casualty in the water for rescue vessels.

2 Milebuilders full already

pic–Start of the Sydney to Hobart

The Sydney to Hobart race due Boxing Day has been cancelled due to Covid Quarantine restrictions. Paul wasn’t going this year, it is a long way and he has already completed 7 including winning Division twice. Our Milebuilders are scheduled to start at the end of March and we are fairly confident that by then we shall be operating under less stringent Covid restrictions. The Mile building sailing trip to Hebrides is full and the March one has just filled. We give a Covid Money back guarantee on our Muilebuilding courses and in 2020 we paid out several times but with our ‘Covid Secure’ plan in operation we were able to run several trips including a Milebuilder out to the Scillies.

Scenic Milebuilder sailing–a Cruise!

pic Off Coll 2018

The 2 week to Mile building sailing trip the Hebrides was full by the end of November. A couple of enquiries suggested that a one week milebuilder would be popular. Others wanted to spend more time ashore exploring and do less sailing. Paul is looking at adding a further Mile building course but with less miles and more shore time–let’s call it a Cruise.

Destination will be weather, tide and strength of crew dependent but Rathlin Island, Gigha and/ or Islay are obvious choices but Arran and up to Loch Fyne are more sheltered alternatives.

Several options for dates and as we will operate with a maximum of 5 on board until Covid is ‘over’ we are open to suggestions for dates.