Mile Builder Trips

Mile Builder Trips

2018 will see Wild Spirit spending much of the summer in the Hebrides and Firth of Forth and includes a trip to St Kilda the west country, Wales and Ireland, Isle of Man plus Rathlin Island are also in the programme whilst for those who want a winter break we have Grenada to Antigua in February

ID Join Likely Finish Event Price Spaces  
WS327 25 Aug
31 Aug
Irish Rover–Leg one Troon to Dublin £375 2 Email Wild Spirit

Special Offer–We have lost a team member so as I like a minimum of 4 on board next place is half price at £190

We finish at Dun Laoghaire Marina which has a direct Bus from Dublin airport with it’s cheap flights and good for provisioning plus crew changes. (Troon is easy from Glasgow Airport). We will probably have a night sail and may take in the Isle of Man, probably Peel, or head straight down to Ireland, or go by way of Rathlin Island.
At least one Qualifying Passage for YachtMaster and good opportunities to develop Nav and passage planning skills. Not too serious but the Irish Sea can be lumpy in the wrong conditions. We can take a keen novice but more aimed at those who have sailed before. A few nights in Marinas or ports which may include being alongside harbour walls such as in the charming little harbour of PortPatrick

Cost includes all on board food, fuel, marinas, fees etc but allow for a few meals ashore to be shore.

Whilst the Bus to the airport works well a shared Taxi may also make sense. I fly out at 1455 on 31st.

WS336 2 Sep
7 Sep
Irish Rover –Leg 2–Dublin to Plymouth £395 2 Email Wild Spirit

Second leg of the Irish Rover from Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) to Plymouth.

No doubt about it, we will have some night sailing as we have a crossing to make. Depending on the weather we may run down the coast perhaps stopping at Kilmore Quay or Dunmore East before heading across towards either the Isles of Scilly or Lands End. Stops may include Falmouth, Fowey or Helford River before arriving at Plymouth. With over 250NM this is a great mile and experience builder for budding YachtMasters and Day Skippers who want to build competence.

Cost includes on board food, fuel, marinas etc. Allow for a few meals out and you need a Passport

I arrive in Dublin airport at 1715 on 2nd September If you have similar timed flights a shared taxi may make sense.

WS337 14 Sep
19 Sep
RYA–Plymouth to Lymington £325 4 Email Wild Spirit

RYA with a few more miles.
You can do Competent Crew (needs no experience) or if you have the required experience and theory level we can have up to 2 Day Skippers.
Alternatively you can just build miles towards Yachtmaster and we will cover at least 120NM including some night sailing.
Join Plymouth Friday evening(easy train) finish Lymington Wednesday afternoon (easy train)
You can arrive earlier than the meet time of 2130 and get on board. i will probably be there by 1800 abd eat on board or at the restaurant at the marina.

Food on board, fuel, marinas, loan of Oilies etc are all included in the price.
For just mile building and with your own Oilies deduct £25

WS340 2 Oct
7 Oct
RYA Comp Crew or Day Skipper £425 3 Email Wild Spirit

Competent Crew/ day Skipper course with max of 4 Students (including a max of 3 Day skippers).
Starts and finishes Lymington Yacht Haven with free parking and superb facilities.

Tuesday evening join with dinner at 2000 (you can join later if you wish) finishes Sunday p.m so only 3 days leave needed.

The sea is normally warmest on 21st September and this is agreat time of the year to sail.
Depending on the crew and the weather we might cross the channel.

If you have just want to build miles deduct £25.

We run with a maximum of 6 on board for most trips and we stop to see places and have a good meal out. I know where to go and have selflessly researched restaurants, museums, markets etc.This is different from a non-stop Delivery trip which some companies run when they need a yacht moving from A to B.
Wild Spirit is a MCA coded vessel with full safety spec and the skipper will normally be me (Yachtmaster Ocean Commercial with over  100,000NM logged+ RYA/ISAF Instructor).

In 2010 we sailed round Britain and Ireland and even went out to St Kilda. In 2011 our destinations included the Isles of Scilly and the always popular D-Day beaches trip. In 2012 we cruised round Ireland for 6 weeks.2013 saw the Scillies and Brittany whislt 2014 was Irealnd, the Hebrides and the Scillies. The cruises include Yachtmaster qualifying passages and are great for single people and couples. These cruises are an excellent opportunity for those wanting to build miles for RYA qualifications and many of our sailing courses pupils take at least one cruise with us. Weekends may see us in the Solent, going round the Island or to Weymouth or Poole. Long weekends may include a night crossing, or early morning start, for France or Alderney.  Dining at the Fuchsias Restaurant, St Vaast, Normandy.All our cruises include at least one good meal out, this and drinks ashore are not included in the cost. We also eat well on board, this plus not filling up every berth led Sailing Today to describe us as ‘Hassle free sailing at its best’. We take the opportunity to visit local points of interest, markets etc. Our cruises for 2017 included France the Channel Islands.

Wild Spirit is a fast cruiser which has completed Fastnets, Volvo Round Ireland races etc and sailed around Britain including St Kilda. She is more comfortable than many yachts with hot water, a full heating system and plenty of room for everyone to sit down below or in the cockpit. Whilst she is coded for 10 people we normally have a maximum of 6 on board when cruising.

Her safety equipment fully meets legal requirements and includes Radar an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon AIS and ‘sea brake’ system. I am a commercial Ocean Yachtmaster and Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster Instructor who has sailed over 100,000 miles including Royal Ocean Racing Club events in severe conditions and won Class twice in the Sydney Hobart.

updated 22/10/17