Racing Archive

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September Sailing

September and October are great months for sailing as the weather is still mild the water is warm (sea is at highest temperature about 21st Sept) and the crowds have gone.

We are looking at a cruise in September which will either go out to Islay and Jura or explore the Firth of Clyde and Arran. These are different from our Milebuilder cruises as long legs will not be a feature. Still very useful for mile building and experience but more time ashore in some friendly small ports

Evening of 6th to 12th September, looking like the most likely dates and we may use Largs as a base which is more convenient if we decide to explore Loch Fyne or go through Crinan and round the Mull of Kintyre.

‘And it came to pass’

We are now back home after shortest Ski Holiday ever–we managed to cross the Channel just before the news of the new French Coronavirus restrictions broke. We found out about them over breakfast in the Hotel 150 miles into France so we headed back. What effect will the Virus have on our sailing programme. Truth is I don’t know, the predictions seem to be that we will be through the worst by mid June so we continue to work on the basis that the Milebuilder sailing in Scotland will be OK. This mile building sailing is great for those progressing towards YachtMaster or anyone who just wants to sail in beautiful, remote, very low population density and possibly Cornavirus free places.

Normal service will be….

There is a pub in Sale called ‘Jackson’s Boat’ so thanks to Wild Spirit Wrench for the picture.

We are off Skiing until 22nd March but will get e-mails most days.

We are following Government advice and all events are on though we will have extra cleaning in place. The Milebuilder sailing trips in Scotland are on (and should be well after the peak of Coronavirus). These mile building trips are great for gaining experience and qualifying passages for RYA YachtMaster or just simply sailing in marvellous scenery. The Milebuilder from Orkney up round Shetland and back is probably full but not all deposits in yet so do let me know if you are interested. The other 2 Scottish Milebuilding courses have more miles plus still have places.

Coronavirus policy

Corona Virus Policy Quite simply we will comply with all legislation and UK Government advice and we expect everyone planning to sail on Wild Spirit to do exactly the same.

How might this play out. 1) Government advise no travel to starting point of trip/race. We comply but this is ‘force majeure’ so no refund but a lot of travel insurances policies may pay out 2) We decide to cancel even though no government advice requiring such action. We pay refund of cost of trip 3) You decide to cancel even though no government advice requiring such action. We don’t give refund. 4) Lots of other scenarios but too complex to plan for.

On board Hygiene Under supervision of a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health—Paul.

Sailors Grab Bags

Pic fro an Australian Boat–we don’t drink and sail, but once we have tied up…

We are now back from the Caribbean 600 and preparing for the UK season. Before the Mile builders we have a couple of races suitable for sailors who want to try racing. After a RYA course we then have our first Mile building sailing trip from Lymington to troon by way of Dublin, where we will be tied up

The Mile builder from Fort William up to the Orkneys is almost full but there is space on the other 2 trips and both of these will include a Qualifying Passage or 2 for budding YachtMasters, St Kilda is on the cards for the first Scottish Mile builder and we will certainly visit the outer Hebrides on this trip.

The third Mile building sailing trip from Kirkwall down to Troon is also likely to visit several hebridean islands and possibly Rathlin Island as well.

What a way to spend Easter

Pic of Wild Spirits having lunch outside one Easter after a race.

At Easter we have a race to Cherbourg, a good meal out and then a race back to Cowes. Both races are morning starts so we meet Thursday evening and will be back in by early afternoon on the Monday. These are Junior Offshore Group JOG races so a good social do in the Yacht Club in Cherbourg. Suitable for most people with sailing experience and for those with sense of adventure.

This will be our last JOG race before summer as we will be Milebuilder sailing up in Scotland this summer. We will also try and win the 3 Peaks Yacht Race for a second time plus compete in the Scottish Islands Peaks Race. After these we have more mile building sailing with Qualifying Passages for YachtMaster. Destinations include, St Kilda, Fair Isle and the Shetlands.

Try Yacht Racing

Before we go up to Scotland for the summer of mile building sailing we have some races starting at Cowes (join Wild Spirit in Lymington). The first one is weekend of 27th March and is out round Nab Tower at the East end of the Solent. Last year in windy conditions we finished 11th out of 22 in this race and hope to improve this year.

The Nab Tower race is suitable for people who have sailed a bit but not raced much.

This is a JOG (Junior Offshore Group) race so we always have a good social do afterwards. After this race we have the Easter races and then our first milebuilder sail up to Troon in Scotland

West Scotland Milebuilder sailing

Pic–Anchorage with rather good Restaurant in W. Scotland. I know where it is but don’t want to tell too many others

Our Mile builder sailing for 2020 will be in Scotland for several reasons including 1) The West Coast, Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetland offer some of the best cruising grounds in the World. You can find a secluded anchorage with Otters, Seals and Birds as your only company but sail somewhere and get provisions the next day. 2) The scenery is World Class and so is the local sea food. Paul loves cooking with fresh Fish, Scallops and Venison 3) For those progressing towards RYA YachtMaster there are a number of interesting Qualifying Passages available on this mile building trip. 4) We will go to Tobermory on Mull and out to the Hebrides, possibly even St Kilda on our way up to the Orkneys, we should have a couple of days cruising up there as well

Caribbean bound

Paul is out in Antigua skippering Spirit of Juno in the Caribbean 600 until 1st March.

We will get e-mails most days so do enquire for March and Easter UK races plus our Milebuilder courses and mile building cruises up in Scotland this summer.

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