Yacht Racing—Volvo Round Ireland 2018

Yacht Racing—Volvo Round Ireland 2018

The UK racing season tails off in September.

We have 2 races from Cowes to Cherbourg, one to Poole via the south of the Island and then a dash back the next day, a good wekend to try racing. After October we focus more on racing somewhere warmer.

The Sydney to Hobart is expensive but we won Division in 2015 and 2016, so if you are only going to do one S2H we are the team to be with as our record for finishing must be about the best for any yacht.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015

Drop me an e-mail with a brief sailing CV but bear in mind we normally fill up by the end of October. Most years work or domestic issues mean a late place becomes available.

In February we have the Caribbean 600 on a Farr 65.

carry on corey

Paul is skippering this one again plus the 8 day cruise up from Grenada to Antigua beforehand. If you have a partner that sails but doesn’t race then you could both do the cruise, have a few days on Antigua, they go back whilst you selflessly stay on a few days to help the team race.

The C600 is not normally that challenging though we have seen 30 knots which seperates a Farr 65 from the lesser yachts. At £1750 for early bookings it is great value especially as, unlike most others, you can stay on board alongside in Falmouth Harbour next to the yacht club.

We will be doing the 3 Peaks Yacht Race again and using Wild Spirit. This is a seriously tough race which Paul has done 3 times picking up, silverware every time


We haven’t sorted the team yet so if you are a really good racer with shorthanded experience get in touch–we have a World Record Holder as one runner and our other is Shelf-Stuart Walker who has held the record for fastest unsupported crossing of Britain and been King of the Mountains twice.

The Volvo Round Ireland is the big one for 2018. It starts 30th June and we will have a 2 week package including training. At £1750 for early bookings it is a great opportunity to take part in what many consider to be the best offshore race in the World.
VRIR scenery 2

We will be racing against old friends and enjoying the legendary Irish hospitality. Last time we beat Irish Offshore Sailing and Logic in the sailing school class but Irish National sailing school team just knocked us into second place. Here we are alonside a former race winner on day 4.

VRIR alongside previous winner

With training most sailors can complete this race, it really depends on how determined and resilient you are.

For 2019 it will be another Fastnet–here is our 2017 programme to give an idea of the package.

Probably the best known yacht race in the World the Fastnet is a real challenge. Wild Spirit will be campaigning again in 2017. We offer a much more comprehensive package than most, with more races and training. Geoff Johns will be skipper; he has completed numerous serious races including several Fastnets and Volvo Round Irelands.

Wild Spirit is a fast cruiser; we pick up some silverware most years, we are not an all-out racing yacht but for 2016 finished 7th out of 66 in our Royal Ocean racing Club class for the UK season. We are ‘Coded’ for 10 but race with a maximum of 8 for most races with 9 for long races (half are off watch and we have 6 good racing berths plus 3 more when we have finished).

For 2017 we have a new Carbon Genoa and a new code Zero. We are going to run with 2 code Zeros and 2 spinnakers plus the Vektron Heavy Weather Jib which proved so effective in the 2016 Volvo Round Ireland Race when we beat sailing Logic and Irish Offshore sailing.

Wild Spirit is safe and stable (easily meets Fastnet safety standards) and has been tweaked for performance for several seasons. We are based at Lymington Yacht Haven with free car parking and good rail access.

Our Objectives
1) Safely complete the race
2) Enjoy Ourselves
3) Do as well as we can

Hi Paul/Geoff

Just to say I had a fantastic weekend and looking forward to the coming season.



Programme at 28/11/16—may be changes,

3rd Feb–New Sails plus train weekend–joint with JOG team

10th March race Training

24th March race training

1st April–Nab Tower Race weekend–join Friday evening

14th April Easter races to Cherbourg plus return. Meet Thursday evening for early Friday start.

Finish Easter Monday.

28th April /RORC Cervantes

12th May RORC De Guingand Cup

26th BH RORC Eddystone. This a key qualifier so allow for late finish on BH Monday or even early Tuesday morning finish.

9-11 June RORC Morgan Cup

7th July-St Malo race or training weekend. We should be qualified by now and if so we will not do the race as it is notorious for lack of wind/ adverse tides. If we need to do this race you will need Friday afternoon off plus Monday. We will make decision before 12th June.

22nd July Weymouth JOG Race*

6th August RORC Fastnet we should be in by Friday 11th but allow for as long as 13th in case it is as slow as 2005.

1st September Cherbourg RORC–needs Friday afternoon off

29th  Sept JOG Cherbourg Needs ½ days leave*

* The Weymouth and second Cherbourg race weekends are combined events with our JOG programme and places are on a first come basis. We do this so members of the RORC and Wild Spirit teams can meet; this is partly a development issue and we will be competing again in the 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Race.

 Team re-union weekend TBC

Half price charter weekend for suitably qualified/ competent.
Subject to availability a further race training weekend will be offered to team members at no extra cost and an ISAF course at £50 organised a day before a race to reduce travel. (free on board accom).

About 10 races plus at least 2 training weekends and probably a re-union weekend which is as much sailing as most non-sailing partners will tolerate!
Cost will be £3875 with £400 off for anyone signing up and paying £500 deposit by 10th December.
Fastnet team members also get half price on any JOG team race with a spare place, half price RYA courses and subject to qualification etc half price charter of Wild Spirit.
(In past years 2 or more team members have combined to have a free weekend charter).

We don’t qualify, but we have more races schedules than most ‘Pay to Play’ operators and I can probably persuade the RORC to accept qualifying miles from the JOG races plus Volvo Round Ireland, so depending on repeat sign ups we may be qualified at the start of the season.
Something happens to Wild Spirit or the Skipper—we may be able to arrange a substitute yacht acceptable to the RORC and we have several potential substitutes for skipper.
We will do our best to manage any risks but can’t give guarantees.

Policies etc
Wild Spirit is coded to MCA standards plus complies with RYA and RORC/ISAF standards and is correctly insured for all races, training etc.
As long as it is legal and we don’t have to join in we don’t mind what you believe in or what gender or race you are. If you have bits missing or other issues and we can cope with any resulting problems we can probably welcome you to the team, it is about what you can do.
We don’t drink and sail, we do have a few drinks after races but it isn’t compulsory.
Wild Spirit is Non Smoking, Non-Vaping and absolutely no illegal substances.
End of the small print—if you can’t trust the people you sail with you are on the wrong boat

Fastnet on a Swan–3 week package including Cowes Week Aimed at overseas sailors with first booking in May 2016.

Jog-camapaign-2017 Less time of work and less cost than Fastnet.

After last year’s succes we repeat the Caribeean 600 on the Farr 65. As of July 2016 we are half full at 1/10/16.

Antigua to Bermuda Race May 2017 Once again on Spirit of Juno the Farr 65, we have a one off for 2017.

The Round the Island Race is back to the 3 day format.

we are full for the 2016 Sydney to Hobart but, after winning our Divison for 2nd year running, we should be running again in 2017 so drop us an e-mail.

Just hit big e-mail issue so please use paulandjudith.jackson@btinternet.com to contact us

Hi Paul,
I’m just writing to say how much I enjoyed crewing for you in the recent race to Cherbourg.
I had a great time on board the Wild Spirit, and appreciate all the teaching, advice and patience shown to me by yourself and the rest of the crew.


We teach people to race offshore and offer team places for the Round Ireland, round the Island, Fastnet, Sydney Hobart etc.

The Round Ireland Race will be our main event for 2018. This is a serious race with seriously good hospitality.

ID Join Likely Finish Event Price Spaces  
WS295 29 Sep
1 Oct
Cherbourg Race £100 2 Email Wild Spirit

Good event for first cross channel race–the sea is at its warmest about 21st September

Cost is only £100 and if you sign up for the Volvo Round Ireland with us next year we will deduct the £100

Friday afternoon 1530 meet as race starts about 1800

WS296 14 Oct
19 Oct
5 Day RYA £425 0 Email Wild Spirit

5 day RYA course
The sea is at its warmest about 21st September and this is one of the driest periods of the year.
Everywhere is open but the crowds have gone. A great time of the year to sail.

There are no hidden extras but do allow for one Dinner ashore, though you can stay on board and eat if you wish, we will provide the food.

Join Saturday evening for dinner on board at 2030 finish Thursday afternoon.