Dip your toe into racing at West Highland Yachting Week
This historic and unique sailing regatta is in its 68th year. Today West Highland Yachting Week (1st to 7th August) is the West Coast's biggest sailing event taking in three venues, Craobh, Oban and Tobermory, and offering a distinctive blend of competitive racing combined with a full programme of fun social events for all the family.
So if you love sailing and would like to participate in races in stunning surroundings, West Highland Yachting Week is for you. With a winning combination of round the buoys and passage racing, there’s something for everyone. Passage racing means the fleet moves from port to port with racing taking place off each venue.
Unlike many other events, West Highland Week encourages competitors to enter for individual races if they do not want to take part in the whole Series. Some choose to enter only for the passages races, or just one race – or even a Feeder Race before going off on a cruise.
The action starts at Craobh Marina
The 68th West Highland Yachting Week (WHYW) starts on Saturday August 1 at Craobh Marina. It’s expected that this year 80 boats will enjoy the great sailing, the chance to catch up with old friends, and the famous camaraderie for which this event is known.
WHYW chairman Andy Knox said: “Approaching the 68th anniversary of this unique event in sailing, we look forward to continuing to provide an enjoyable week of sport and social activities. Not only is this type of event nowhere else to be found but it brings much needed revenue to local communities in this area.”
He added: “Many of our competitors are infrequent racers, often first timers – the Committee is always delighted to encourage those dipping a toe into racing waters for the first time.”
Tunnock’s is the major sponsor of WHYW and there is support from Argyll and Bute Council, Malin Waters, Tobermory Harbour Association, Gaelforce Marine and help from West Coast Motors, Caledonian MacBrayne and Flit Self Drive.
For details of berthing and other information, go to the Sailing Instructions page and download Information for Competitors.
Don’t miss the fantastic social programme
As well as a great race programme WHYW is much-loved for its apres sail social events offering a wide range of activities for all ages to enjoy.
Meg and Les MacLeod host the grand opening party at the Lord of the Isles at Craobh Marina which continues on Sunday evening – a two day spectacular event!
As well as the usual range of food from the barbecue to a hog roast and special WHYW dinners there will be games and entertainment with prizes from Belhaven Best. Fireworks at midnight is always a spectacular finale to launch the event.
During the week there is ceilidh dancing at Skipinnish ceilidh house, a barbecue at Oban Sailing Club, family swimming at Atlantis Leisure and general socialising among the fleet.
West Highland Yachting Week website: http://www.whyw.co.uk/
Article: Alison Clements
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