St Kilda Chal­lenge to be held in June

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

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