Mile builder trips

Mile builder trips

2018 sees Wild Spirit operating Mile Building cruises out of Troon Yacht Haven.

We choose Troon because it is part of the Yacht Haven group that have provided such good service to us for the last 10 years. Where to be based in Scotland has to be a compromise, Tobermory, Port Ellen or Oban are great as ports but take too long to reach from the south. The Clyde Marinas are easy to get to but you lose a couple of days sailing if you want to go to the Hebrides or Ireland.

Troon is still easy to get to via Glasgow airport and then a train almost straight to the Marina but it is effectively a full day’s sail closer to the Hebrides and Ireland. It is also easy to get to by road and has plenty of free parking plus a large supermarket within easy walk.

We have sailed the Hebrides, and the Firth of Clyde several times and been through the Crinan Canal twice. The Crinan Canal is an interesting, short cut between the Firth and the sheltered waters of the Inner Hebrides, expensive, but useful in heavy weather and with good food half way along.

shows us coming back through on a friends yacht after picking up a cup in the 2017 3 Peaks yacht Race.




Where we go is very much weather dependent and we know some lovely little ports. We will also take the aspirations of individuals into account, whilst for a group booking we will go to the destination chosen, as long as it safe to do so and the team is up to it.

We might go out to St Kilda, we have done it twice before, but there are many more places that are truly special. Heading north up to the Orkneys is also an option and even our personal favourite of Fair Isle is possible.



The important thing is to have a safe, enjoyable trip whilst learning new sailing skills. We will do some night sailing but also find time to stop for the odd distillery tour or walk up a Mountain. Good Food is also important to us, so as well as eating well on board, we will have a couple of Dinners ashore. Years of selfless research plus Paul’s 100,000+ miles of sailing experience are available to you.



As well as racing round Ireland for 5 days in June/July we will also head down to Rathlin Island and Ireland, plus probably stop in at Peel on the Isle of Man with its friendly little sailing club and traditional Smoke house.

Paul will be competing in the 3 Peaks yacht race again in 2018, he co-skippered to win in 2015, won class in 2016 and a cup in 2017. After we finish we will have a trip starting in Corpach at the end of the Caledonian Canal and finishing back in Troon. Both have convenient train services.


We will also be cruising in the Caribbean before the Caribbean 600 race in February, this will be from Grenada up to Antigua (easy flights to both). Probably 8 days on board and at least 2 other Islands, which with a day or 2 at each end makes a superb Caribbean sailing trip, much more exciting and rewarding than just following the one in front round an Island for a week. This will be on a Farr 65 which is a lovely boat to sail but fundamentally a racing yacht with added comforts, rather than a luxury cruising yacht.


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