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Successful RYA

The Day Skipper and Competent Crew courses finishing 17th November were successful but the Northerly winds that gave us such good sailing were also rather cold and we were grateful for the heating system. Both day skippers passed and the competent crews had done some pre-course study and learned their knots and were a pleasure to have on board. Next RYA course is scheduled for 3rd April but we have a couple of people wanting one earlier so if you are interested in march course do get in touch. After April 2020 our big focus is on RYA Mile building sailing with mile builder trips to Ireland, Scotland and the Shetlands.

3 Peaks Yacht Race and Sailing Scotland

Pic of us on our way to winning 3 PYR in 2018 when we took the Daily Telegraph Cup by just 3 minutes. As well as our Milebuilder sailing around Scotland 2020 will see us competing in the 3 Peaks Yacht Race. The finish is at Corpach at the end of the Caledonian Canal so we will re-start our RYA Mile building sailing from there with a trip through the Caledonian Canal then up to Kirkwall in the Orkneys. After the Orkneys we sail North to Fair Ilse and Shetland with sveral Qualifying passages for YachtMaster.

2020–North to Scotland

Pic of us in Fair Isle on previous trip

For 2020 we are back to Troon and as well as the Scottish islands Peaks race we will be attempting to repeat our 2018 success of winning the 3 Peaks yacht Race. We will have milebuilder trips in the Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetland plus mile building cruises up to Troon suitable for those aspiring to RYA YachtMaster.

2020 sailing

Picture is not our new boat, just one I saw after a Sydney to Hobart. Next year is a Volvo Round Ireland year but it clashes with the 3 Peaks yacht Race which we won in 2018. We are also looking at the Scottish Islands Peaks Race which is in May so it is likely Wild Spirit will be spending time in Scottish waters.

Should have decisions by end of October so if you are interested in any of the 3 above races contact Paul ASAP.

More cruisng later in 2020 possibly up to Shetlands or Round Ireland.

Windy final race

The last JOG race wekend of the year saw a team on Wild Spirit that included several newcomers and racing novices. There were 10 entrants in our class on the first day and we finished 5th on a shortened course plus over 40 knots across the deck on occaisions All racing was cancelled on day 2 due to Gale warnings.

Ouch–Wise words and probably some expletives

First image is of top half, one below is after hitting a rock in Totland Bay. Wild Spirit went to asist but fortunately the RNLI got there first and towed to lymington with emergency lift out

Extra RYA course added

Picture isn’t from RYA course, it is actually of us on way to winning the 3 Peaks Yacht Race and Daily Telegraph Cup, but it is sunset scene and this is likely to be outr last RYA course before Christmas.

1st to 6th October out of Lymington with Paul Instructing. maximum of 5 Students and only 3 maximum Day Skippers. £425 all inclusive or if no RYA qualifications and just mile building then deduct £25.

One DS booked already plus one other enquiry.

A little Wild Spirit starts her career

After our return from St Vaast Bruce from our Caribbean 600 team plus Eleanor and Anna joined us for a night and a short sail.

Picture of Anna enjoying her first trip.

Milebuilder success

The Mile builder plus RYA out to the Scillies ended up going to the Channel Islands and france instead due to too much wind for the Isles of Scilly forecast (and occurred) for the first 4 days of the 11 day trip.

Some super sailing including over 12 knots through the water 2 Qualifying passages and visiting Alderney, Dartmouth, Guernset, Cherbourg and St Vaast where we had a splendid last meal out together before returning , all under sail the 78 NM from there to the Solent in 12 hours.

Thanks to all on board for marvellous company and a great trip