Racing Archive

Racing Archive

Fastnet place

We have lost a team member due to work related issues so we have one place available in the Team. More info on the racing page but basically training plus 11 or so races and the Fastnet. Experience is not critical but attitude and working as part of a team is.

This is not part of our RYA Milebuilder programme but you will do over a 1000 miles building a lot of experience along the way.

pic of Mel off the Fastnet in previous race.

Experience v Miles

Picture shows us on a lovely day with just enough wind and the team are learning how to use a spinnaker. We are off the south coast of England having to work out the tides, ‘keep a weather eye open’, plan our days and think about where to go if it doesn’t all work out. In terms of a RYA Milebuilder probably 60 miles at most and you need at least 2500 before you can take YachtMaster Offshore exam. But they are 60 valueable miles and when we offer sailing mile building it is about developing you as a sailor. So whether it is a cross channel Milebuilder to France or the Channel Islands, or even just in the Solent we will help you gain experience and develop your sailing skills. Do you get this experience in an Atlantic crossing–more in a future post.

Snowy sailing

We are sailing 1st to 3rd February. Obviously a bit on the cold side but we do have both diesel and electric heating. Bit on the short side for a mile builder but we will probably log over 30NM and include Cowes with a good meal out. Our RYA sailing mile building trips in the summer typically log 200miles or more and normally include at least one overnight passage. Great for budding Yachtmasters and those who want something a bit more challenging than the Solent

Row, row, row your boat

We have had a couple of requests about how to row a yacht from would be 3 Peaks Yacht Race teams. The picture above shows a square section aluminium extrusion attached to stanchions with U bolts and the rowlocks fitted to it. The only rowing that could be involved in our cross channel milebuilders or RYA mile building sailing is from an Anchor or, more likely, a mooring buoy to the shore, though we normally carry a small outboard for these purposes.

Fame at last?

Lymington Yacht Haven have put this picture on their Facebook page today. I doubt I will be dining out on it but hopefully it may help raise awareness of the 3 Peaks Yacht Race. What is less well known is that Pete in our team is a Type 1 diabetic and has to constantly monitor and control his blood sugar level, winning a gruelling race just shows the resolve he has.

If you do have a medical condition we need to know about it but, whether it is a race or a cross channel milebuilder it has to be something really serious to stop us taking you.

Round the Island Race–special offer

We were full for the Round the Island Race but have lost one due to work. So we have one place and if you are female it makes the cabin share easier. details are on the programme page, in short, meet Thursday evening 27th June, train Friday, race Saturday back to Lymington Sunday afternoon. Anyone signing up by 9th February gets £95 off so just £300. The milebuilder cross channel sailing and RYA mile building courses are now up on the site and we have several bookings.

Why are we based at Lymington Yacht Haven?

Well certainly not because it is cheap. Lymington Yacht Haven is just about the most expensive in the country, but it does have a number of significant advantages especially for Mile building courses.

Unlike many Marinas it has free car parking which is patrolled at night. Others charge or you have to find a spot on a road as near to the Marina as you can.

Being close to the West end of the Solent RYA Milebuilders to France, Channel Islands and the west require only 3 miles before you are heading towards your destination. Compare that with say Port Solent where you have to lock out and go down to Portsmouth, then round the east of the Island before heading South.

The facilities are superb, LYH was voted best in UK in 2017. The New Forest National Park starts at the edge of the Car Park 100m from Wild Spirit. With a variety of paths some regulars choose to arrive an hour or 2 early, miss any traffic and go for a walk.

Sailing, the meaning of life and brexit

Will it affect Cross Channel Milebuilders, races etc? My guess is that it might possibly make it difficult for Basil in the picture, sadly no longer with us, he would dip under the Boom and hook his paws over the other side as soon as he heard ‘Going About’.

I am confident that our RYA Mile building sailing to France and the Channel Islands will not be affected. Two main reasons. 1) The French want our money 2) The Channel Islands have never been part of the EU. Travel to and from France to the CIs has never been an issue, which just demonstrates point 1.

We already have a booking for the May Mile builder and if I am not available (due to some delayed keyhole surgery) then Geoff West a very experienced skipper will run the trip.

Civil Unrest in Somerset

The civil unrest in Somerset–see picture from Somerset County Gazette 10/1/19 has had no impact on our Milebuilder sailing programme, or inded it seems anything else. I love the dog having a scratch.