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Far from the Highlands

Sailing off Scotland, building miles plus birds of prey . . . → Read More: Far from the Highlands

A Windy RYA

The 7 day RYA course ended on Sunday in 2 knots of Breeze, which was about 30 less than we started in. Pierre easily completed his Day Skipper and Pete, Griff, Ian and John proved Competent Crew indeed. With 3 windy days we didn’t cross to France but did go as far as Weymouth and after waking to sun rise and blue skies in Studland bay, had glorious sunshine both ways as we sailed along the Jurassic Coast. The e-mail below from Pete sums it up and I hope some of them will be doing some mile building with us next summer in Scotland.

Hi Chaps What a fantastic week learning how to do boaty stuff. It was a pleasure to sail with you all. I’m looking forward to seeing any photo’s


Hurricane Irma meets the Antigua fleet!

Antigua fleet survives Hurricane Several years ago we experienced a ‘violent storm’ when we sailing in the outer Hebrides, Scotland. We knew it was coming so we were safely tucked up in a tiny harbour and suffered no damage. Spirit of Juno, which Paul skippers in the CARIBBEAN 600 and for cruises plus the rest of the OnDeck fleet were also nicely tucked away when Hurricane Irma came through. Plans for our Caribbean season of cruise plus race remain on track whilst our Scottish mile building programme is being finalised. Juno photo

Surfing off Scotland

Wild Spirit off Scotland during 3 peaks yacht race . . . → Read More: Surfing off Scotland

6th in Class in Cherbourg Race

Wild Spirit 6th in Royal Ocen Racing Club Cherbourg race . . . → Read More: 6th in Class in Cherbourg Race

4 rescues in one trip

4 Rescues in one trip We slipped from Plymouth on Thursday 17th August and in a blustery South westerly sailed the short distance to the Yealm River and overnighted there before running up to Dartmouth for the next night in a Westerly F6/7. After a good meal out and an early night we headed off to Guernsey and when about 20 miles off our first rescue arrived in the shape of a weary racing pigeon. After half an hour and having drunk some water, but refused Graham’s fruit cake, he flew on again towards the North coast of France. From St Peters Port we sailed on to Sark then up to Alderney where we spent 2 nights.

The second rescue was a crew member who overbalanced getting into the tender in Braye harbour, his life jacket inflated and with a little help we pulled him out took him back on board and dried out the contents of his wallet including the Guernsey £1 Note. From Alderney we sailed quickly with the tide and against a light Easterly round to Cherbourg to celebrate a birthday in a rather good restaurant that I have found after years of selfless research. The next day we went from Cherbourg harbour entrance to Portsmouth in 10 hours on a big spring tide and up to F6 from the west. The ‘eat all you can’ in the Great Wall is one of our favourites and the meal rounded off the day nicely. Haslar Marina has a silting issue so we couldn’t really slip until 1000 the next day and we sailed up past the new Aircraft Carrier before heading west to Yarmouth on a big tide and into rather more than the F4/5 Westerly that had been forecast. We were about a mile off Yarmouth when we heard there was a capsized yacht and 3 people in the water south of Lymington. We headed off towards them as fast as possible but fortunately a Folk Boat recovered them very quickly. We were impressed by the Folk Boats skipper on the VHF and the way he handled the whole rescue, but rather less so by the Coastguard who asked some questions that seemed irrelevant and distracting when you are trying to recover 3 people into a little Folk Boat. Under the old CG system the training officer sometimes brought new recruits onto Wild Spirit so they could get a feel for the limitations of visibility when using the main VHF on a yacht. The impression we formed was that this type of hands on training has been replaced by prompts on a computer screen. The yacht was sinking quickly and in the boisterous wind against tide conditions there was little we could do, so as the Lymington life boat came out we went back into Yarmouth. Graham and I were stripping down a winch when a 33 footer came into the next berth. The conditions for berthing were a little tricky and one of the Marina staff had come to assist them by taking the stern line. The Yacht was a Freedom rig so the mast is cantilevered off the keel and there are no shrouds. The lady on the rail was not ‘in the first flush of youth’ and as they came alongside the bows started to blow off leaving her hanging off a rather slack top rail and unable to pull herself up. I hopped onto the Pontoon and just managed to reach her under the armpits, she was a little heavier than me and the landing on the pontoon was not a pretty . . . → Read More: 4 rescues in one trip

Fastnet report

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Fastnet–Retired–all OK

Fastnet–Retired–all OK . . . → Read More: Fastnet–Retired–all OK

Fastnet time

fastnet race, wild spirit returns . . . → Read More: Fastnet time