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Second Helpings

Pic is Team member preparing food during race training

Our Second sailing trip starts in Plymouth 16th July and is a very social affair. As always we attach quite a bit of importance to good food and on this trip we will be safely tied up each night so the odd bottle of wine may also be consummed. Not really a big Milebuilder but still plenty of experience and probably the odd tale of Naval Warfare from ‘Chief’. Our next Mile building sailing trip is full plus the one after but we will have more in September and October and hope to have new dates very soon (15/7/20) We are likely put on an additional long weekend in 2nd half of August so do drop Paul an e-mail if you would be interested.

Brave new World

We are now out on our first Milebuilder trip since Lock Down was eased and coming to terms with 1 metre plus. So the sort of spacing in the picture of a previous race team relaxing is no more. We are on single cabin occupancy for Mile building sailing and our Dining layout means a maximum of 5 people so one cabin, normally the forward en-suite, can be occupied by 2 people from same ‘Houshold’. Facilities at Marinas are operating but at reduced capacity and with the ‘Single Door’ issue being a big factor. I have visited more Marinas than most and can only think of 2 which lend themselves to One-Way systems, that is Largs and RTYC in Hobart. I don’t anticipate Wild Spirit visiting either of these this year. We are making our Covid procedures work without too much hassle on sailing trips but racing may be more problematic and Paul will give it more thought as we head towards the Round the Island Race (RTIR) in September and Junior Offshore Group (JOG) Solent race a week later.

Westward Ho!

Our first Milebuilder sailing starts tomorrow and we will probably head west but not as far as picture which is of us in Portmagee in W.Ireland in 2018. We were meant to be doing our milebuilding trips up in the Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetland this year but Covid had other ideas so we are sailing mainly out of Plymouth and then Lymington later in the year for the RTIR a JOG race and a Milebuilder course.

Off we Go

Pic–Here we are starting a windy JOG race. we are GBR8799T We not starting on 4th July. I think the west country roads may be a bit difficult and it is a Saturday so to make a decent trip some leave is needed anyway. Our first Milebuilder sailing out of Plymouth starts on Thursday 9th and is full. The Mile building sailing on 16th is also full as is our first long trip on 23rd which should see us out to the Scillies. The Milebuilder on 2nd August is also now full so first availability is 2nd to 11th September. We should have at one or more Qualifying Passages for RYA YachtMaster on this trip and probably some night hours.

What did you do in the Lock Down?

Paul with Garlic crop.

Regulars will know that the standard of Food on Wild Spirit is considerably higher than most other companies and that some of it will have been home grown so a picture of just a fraction of the Garlic crop may not suprise. One effect of Covid is that we have to alter our food service on Milebuilders, so the cheese board in the middle of the table is no more, dips before Dinner are also out, but the overall standard will be maintained. We are likely to have less Dinners ashore on Mile building sailing trips but when we are safely tied up for the night the wine can still be opened in galley area, poured out then individual glasses and distributed.

Milebuilder Sailing, Pricing and Covid

Here is a Risk at sea, 40 something knots and we are on our way to be first Tassie yacht home in Sydney to Hobart. The risks of Covid being contracted during one of our Milebuilder trips is probably lower than contracting it during normal day to day activities but we are taking it seriously and have a detailed plan which we will implement. One effect of the plan is to reduce capacity and this hurts but we run Wild Spirit on a ‘Not for Profit’ basis, Paul doesn’t take any wages and any surplus goes to charity. So we are keeping the costs of Mile Building Sailing much the same as last year. The number of Dinners ashore will probably decrease due to Restaurant capacity and booking requirements. The Food on board is included in the cost and will continue to be better than most competitors. We do often have Wine with meals which isn’t included in the cost but we only drink when safely tied up for the night.

Extra Reaxed trip added Thursday 16th July

2 Wild Spirit regulars Mike and Ian return. We will have sole (=family) occupancy of cabins so place for one single or a couple for a couple second person is half price.

One cabin left 28/6/20 as I put it on site. This is not really a Milebuilder trip but will be good for experience and social time. For Mile building sailing one of our later trips out to Scillies or across the Channel will give the Qualifying Passages towards YachtMaster.

Warm Water racing

Picture of our 2020 team for the Caribbean 600 race. We will be competing again in February 2021 but until then it is the cooler water of the Channel and for our Milebuilder sailing out to the Scillies the Atlantic. We also have the Round the Island Race in September and a JOG race at start of October then a Mile building trip from Lymington back to Plymouth by way of several Ports and possibly the Channel Islands.

Back in Business

After some hesitation we have news from Marinas that Yachts are to be regarded as S/C accom and we can stay on them o/n whether in a Marina or at Anchor or indeed underway. So our Milebuilder sailing is good to go subject to certain precautions which are already set out in the company policy (Paul is Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and Fellow of Royal Society for Public Health).

We have a Mile building trip starting 23rd July but this already full.

I will contact afew regulars tommorow with view to arranging an earlier trip. The August trip has just one place left (or can ba a couple as it is sole cabin occupancy at night).

We will be taking our Covid Policy seriously and will require all coming on board to do the same, it won’t be business as normal but it will be sailing.

Contact Paul at [email protected]uk with availabilities but my gut reaction is not to start on 4th July but go for mid-week or long wekend instead.