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  
WS331 14 Jun
20 Jun
Fort William to Troon £195 2 Email Wild Spirit

You would need to be in Ft William –Corpach station– is next to our berth for evening of 14th June or by 0930 morning of 15th.
We sail back to Troon—easy for rail or Glasgow airport—by mid-day Weds 20th June.
That trip will be just £195 but note it is at the end of a race. If things go wrong on the race we may end up in Oban, which is really same train line, or even somewhere else. Chances of this happening are less than 10% and you can follow our race progress via free Yellow Brick tracker. If we ended up in a difficult place and you couldn’t join then we would give you £195 back but no liability for cost of travel etc.

Whilst not a formal RYA course this is excellent for those working towards Yachtmaster as we will sail through at least one complex tidal sound and either through the Crinan canal or round the Mull of Kintyre.
You may also get a free invite to the 3 Peaks finish party, no promises.

WS329 7 Jul
12 Jul
Dublin (Wicklow) to Troon (Glasgow) £195 3 Email Wild Spirit

This trip is after the Volvo Round Ireland race and we will store the cruising gear at Wicklow and put it back on for Sunday morning departure. Wicklow is easy for Dublin airport, just a Bus ride.

Just where we stop will depend on the weather and we will probably have one overnight passage. We will probably sail between 175 and 215NM and include at least one Qualifying passage for YachtMaster.

It is after a major race so there is the possibility that we might have to delay or even cancel due to damage. In the last 12 years we haven’t had to do this but it is a possibility. The price of the trip reflects this increased risk. if we did have to cancel we give you your money back but not costs of flights.

Potential stops include Peel on Isle of Man, Howth, Ardglass, Bangor, Glenarm, Rathlin Island, PortPatrick and Lamlash.

We should be back into Troon by Wednesday evening but it could be early Thursday so best to book flight out of Glasgow or train for Thursday late morning or afternoon. Good restaurant at Troon Yacht Haven which we may well head for on last night.

2 or 3 of our Volvo Round Ireland team will be on board

WS324 13 Jul
27 Jul
Bareboat Charter £- 8 Email Wild Spirit

Wild Spirit available for charter, either Bareboat or skippered during this period.
Call Paul on 01823 433813 to discuss options.

Under Spinnaker in the Irish Sea.

Contact Paul to discuss options, but as an example
handover morning of Friday 13th July and return by 1600 Friday 27th would cost £3250.
There is an insurance deposit as well of £1750 returnable after the charter.
You will need to hold at least a YM Coastal Certificate or convince me of your experience. First Mate will need either minimum of RYA Day Skipper or similar experience.

I can put a skipper on for you for an extra £450 but you have to feed him or her, however this lowers the insurance excess to £1000.

Wild Spirit is coded for 10 people and sleeps 8 in reasonable comfort.
Note–you can get shorter yachts which sleep more people but think of the difference in length between a half pint glass and a pint. If you are 6 feet 4″ you can sleep on Wild Spirit without having to adopt a foetal position.
A spinnaker and outboard are included, others charge extra.
Berthing in Troon and Largs Yachthavens is included.

WS322 28 Jul
11 Aug
St Kilda and Hebrides £1450 2 Email Wild Spirit

A full fortnight of sailing and depending on weather etc we will go out to St Kilda

Will may well visit Barra and Harris plus several other Islands

Picture of us in Rodel on Harris.
Serious sailing if the weather isn’t kind so we have a 2 week trip with a view to getting a 2 day weather window so we can overnight at St Kilda. To maximise our chances we head out to the Outer Hebrides as soon as we can and this may well involve a night sail. Possibly a stop at Oban or Tobermory then on to Skye, Barra, N. Uist, Harris or, as we did last time, anchor off Taransay before heading out to St Kilda. On the way back we may take in the Monach Islands. If the weather window doesn’t appear until the second week we sail in the lee of the Outer Hebrides and wait our chance.
Serious sailing in a stunningly beautiful part of the World and great opportunity to develop sailing skills. Graham a regular is on board, he has sailed to St Kilda with Paul before. Pam, another Wild spirit regular, who has raced round the World is also on board. You don’t have to be very experienced but unless you are certain then it is not for novices.

Great for the adventurous and thos working towards RYA qualifications, expect to be fully committed team members helping with all aspects of the voyage.
Potential Qualifying passages for those building for Yachtmaster qualifiactions.

One regular who has raced round the World booked, one who has sailed there with me before on a Round Britain trip and one more experienced sailor.

WS327 25 Aug
31 Aug
Irish Rover–Leg one Troon to Arklow £375 3 Email Wild Spirit

Arklow?—1.5 hrs on 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.

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–Arklow to Plymouth £395 3 Email Wild Spirit

Second leg of the Irish Rover from Arklow 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 for the 1800 Bus. If you have similar timed flights a shared taxi may make sense.

WS337 9 Sep
14 Sep
Irish Rover –leg 3 £395 5 Email Wild Spirit

Final leg of the Irish Rover return from Troon.
Straight up the Channel? Possible but more likely we will run across to Guernsey or Alderney then into Cherbourg for a meal at a favourite restaurant before heading into Lymington. Route will depend on weather plus aspirations of team will be major factor as we could do 2 night sails or none at all.

Food on board, fuel, marinas etc are all included in the price.

If you book for more than one of the legs deduct £50 or £100 if all 3 legs.
Wild Spirit can be used for accom in between legs as well.

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