Scotland 2020

Scotland 2020

2020 sees Wild Spirit return to Troon with trips from Lymington to Dublin then to Troon.
We sail from Fort William through the Caledonian Canal to Orkney and then we have a trip up round Shetland and back taking in Fair Ilse. Later we have a trip from Orkney back to Troon via the outer Hebrides and then we explore the Fith of Clyde and visit Ireland and Rathlin Island.

ID Join Likely Finish Event Price Spaces  
WS382 17 Apr
20:00
2 May
10:00
Lymington to Troon Milebuilder with QPs £595 5 Email Wild Spirit

Meet Friday 17th April for departure Saturday morning probably headed to Weymouth. Then a few hops down the coast probably taking in Dartmouth, Fowey and Falmouth or Newlyn before heading across to Ireland. All weather dependent but we will aim for a weekend in Dublin. After this we will probably head up the coast of Ireland to arrive in Troon by evening of Friday 1st May ready for departure on the Saturday morning. Note Bank Holiday for 2020 IS Friday 8TH May to celebrate 75th anniversary of VE Day. Particularly good for those wanting miles and experience. We should have several Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster and cover at least 600NM with one or 2 night sails.
Includes all fuel, fees etc but kitty for food and probably a few meals ashore.

It may be possible to do just Lymington Dublin ro Dublin to troon with Sunday 26th as changeover day, ask Paul if interested.
Plus night or 2 in Dublin–we will be in a marina with train into centre.

WS390 6 Jun
11:00
12 Jun
14:30
Troon to Barmouth via Menai Strait £295 3 Email Wild Spirit

Meet Troon for trip down to Barmouth. Several stops and probably one overnight sail.
Through the notorious Menai Strait and Swellies. Probable overnight in Caernarfon then down to Barmouth for either Thursday evening or Friday morning.

You can o/n Friday at Troon before the start and it may be possible for you to stay on board at Barmouth until mid-day Saturday 13th.

The 3 sailors from the 3 Peaks Yacht Race team will be on board, but this is not a trip for the fainthearted. Excellent for building experience for YachtMaster.

Cost includes all marinas, fuel, fees etc. kitty for food and a couple of meals ashore.

At least one night sail and a ‘Qualifying Passage’

WS385 19 Jun
10:00
3 Jul
11:00
Fort William to Kirkwall £750 4 Email Wild Spirit

Fort William to Kirkwall—Friday 19th June 3rd July. You can probably slep on board Thursday night as well if you wish.
Through the Caledonian Canal then up to Orkney, some cruising round Orkney then into Kirkwall.
Only 165 NM Rhumb line but the first 3 or 4 days won’t be fast as we have Locks to deal with and scenery to look at– We have done the Crinan Canal several times and know you can’t rush a Canal. The Caledonian also has some spectacular scenery but it would be good to spend 2 or 3 days sailing round Orkney before we finish.
This is after the Three Peaks Yacht Race so in the unlikely event that the weather is extremely bad it is possible we might start from Oban instead (still easy by train)

Costs for the 2 week Cruises
Forward Cabin with en suite £1450
Aft double cabin, £1250.
These are single prices, for 2 occupying a cabin just add £50 total, e.g. the fwd en-suite master cabin for 2 people for 2 weeks would be £1500.
What’s included?
All safety gear compliant to Royal Ocean Racing Club standards e.g. Lifejackets with position locators.
All fuel, fees, marinas and, if used, canals. Tea, Coffee,
Extras
We run a kitty for food and will stock up well before leaving, we normally eat out a few times as well. We eat quite well (I also enjoy cooking and food) so allow a total of £100 each for food. If it goes over £100 we will fund the difference.
Also likely to be wine kitty but we never drink and sail

WS387 12 Jul
18:30
25 Jul
11:00
Orkneys, Fair Ilse and Shetland £750 4 Email Wild Spirit


Pic–alongside Fair Isle on previous trip

Orkneys, Fair Isle, Shetlands-Kirkwall—12th July to 25th July Our aim is to sail round Shetland and back to Orkney taking in Fair Isle, The round trip could be a short as 280NM but we are likely to sail considerably further possibly going out round Foula the most westerly of the Shetland Isles with its dramatic cliffs and bird life. Scalloway is a likely stop and we may well eat at the restaurant in the North Atlantic Fisheries College to see if as good as last time.
Two or Three longish days or possibly one night sail but time to visit a few landmarks like the Broch of Mousa, the Jarlshof Prehistoric Settlement, Scalloway Castle and the Shetland Bus memorial.

Costs for the 2 week Cruises
Forward Cabin with en suite £1450–Already booked
Aft double cabin, £1250.
These are single prices, for 2 occupying a cabin just add £50 total, e.g. the fwd en-suite master cabin for 2 people for 2 weeks would be £1500.
What’s included?
All safety gear compliant to Royal Ocean Racing Club standards e.g. Lifejackets with position locators.
All fuel, fees, marinas and Tea, Coffee,
Extras
We run a kitty for food and will stock up well before leaving, we normally eat out a few times as well. We eat quite well (I also enjoy cooking and food) so allow a total of £100 each for food. If it goes over £100 we will stand the difference.

WS388 26 Jul
15:30
9 Aug
11:00
Kirkwall to Troon with Hebrides £750 4 Email Wild Spirit


Alonside in Poll Scrot on previous trip

26th July to 9th August
2 or 3 longer days sailing a night sail plus several shorter days, a few Marinas and a mooring buoy or 2 plus some nights at anchor. Superb scenery, small harbours, wildlife-in Rodel a few years back we had 2 Otters come and play alongside us when we were in the Tender.
Back into Troon Saturday evening in time for a good meal out.
The route we take will be dependent on weather, crew aspirations etc. We have 350NM to cover but will sail further and will probably go to the Outer Hebrides as well. We aim to have a night sail, this is largely dependent on individual’s aspirations but with a flexible itinerary and a boat that has covered 100NM in 12 hrs on several occasions we should have plenty of time to explore on shore.
Costs for the 2 week Cruises
Forward Cabin with en suite £1450
Aft double cabin, £1250.
These are single prices, for 2 occupying a cabin just add £50 total, e.g. the fwd en-suite master cabin for 2 people for 2 weeks would be £1500.
What’s included?
All safety gear compliant to Royal Ocean Racing Club standards e.g. Lifejackets with position locators.
All fuel, fees, marinas and, if used, canals. Tea, Coffee,
Extras
We run a kitty for food and will stock up well before leaving, we normally eat out a few times as well. We eat quite well (I also enjoy cooking and food) so allow a total of £100 each for food. If we spend over £100 we will fund the difference.

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).

Alongside in Portmagee Ireland

Wild Spirit is a fast cruiser which has won the 3 Peaks Yacht Race, 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 9/8/19