St Kilda Challenge to be held in June
THE FIRST- ever yacht race from North Uist to St Kilda is to be held next year.
The St Kilda Challenge, a 24-hour competition, will start from Lochmaddy, North Uist, and finish in St Kilda, which is 42 miles west of Benbecula, and is one of the remotest parts of the British Isles.
The race, to be held in June, is being organised by the Society of the Sea - Comann nan Mara - which is based in Lochmaddy.
Ferry operator CalMac has offered to support the race which will be recognised by Royal Yachting Association Scotland, sailing’s governing body.
The largest island of the archipelago of St Kilda is Hirta, whose sea cliffs are the highest in the United Kingdom. There are also three other islands, Dun, Soay and Boreray.
The only year-round residents are military personnel, a variety of conservation workers, volunteers and scientists, who spend time on Hirta in the summer months, after the island’s last permanent residents were evacuated in 1930.