A warm wel­come to all

The Oban Times - - West Highland Yachting Week -

C raobh Ma­rina man­ager Alas­tair Spence said: ‘Holt Leisure Parks, and the Craobh Ma­rina staff, are again hon­oured to be ac­com­mo­dat­ing the fleet for two nights at the open­ing of this spe­cial an­niver­sary West High­land Yacht­ing Week.

‘As al­ways, we wish the race com­mit­tee, the spon­sors and all the be­hind the scenes vol­un­teers a very suc­cess­ful week and thank them all for their labours and sup­port. A warm wel­come is af­forded to all and we re­mind all com­peti­tors that if they re­quire any kind of as­sis­tance or have any spe­cial re­quire­ments, please be re­laxed at ap­proach­ing any of the ma­rina staff who will be in at­ten­dance to en­sure a mem­o­rable time is had by all.’

Fa­cil­i­ties for yachts be­fore and after the re­gatta are also avail­able at nearby Kilmelford, Cri­nan and Ard­fern.

It is per­haps the ca­ma­raderie of the event that is so strik­ing.

With an après sail so­cial pro­gramme that extends its ap­peal to all ages across the week, there is a range of ac­tiv­ity to en­joy. From ceilidhs to bar­be­cues, an open mic night to fam­ily swim­ming as well as gen­eral boat to boat so­cial­is­ing, the event is as alive off the wa­ter as it is dur­ing the day’s rac­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Seventy years of sail­ing amid stun­ning West Coast scenery bring­ing peo­ple to­gether with a com­mon aim will be cel­e­brated in style for 2017.

Change in rac­ing for­mat for Sun­day and the Round Lis­more Race re­turns.

For the 70th an­niver­sary, there will also be a change in for­mat for rac­ing off Craobh Ma­rina on the first day. While the Ar­gyll fleet will cir­cum­nav­i­gate Shuna Is­land, the Tun­nock’s spin­naker fleet race on a Round the Buoys course to the south of Craobh.

En­hanc­ing the 70th race pro­gramme this year is the re­turn of the pop­u­lar Round Lis­more Race from Oban – an is­land cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion held only when tidal con­di­tions al­low.

The Joint Re­gatta Com­mit­tee is invit­ing ev­ery­one who has taken part in the past and those who would like to be part of this his­toric event in 2017 to come on­board for a very spe­cial 70th birth­day party.

Chair­man Andy Knox said: ‘We look for­ward to wel­com­ing fa­mil­iar faces as well as those who are new to the event to cel­e­brate WHYW 70. We al­ready have par­tic­i­pants from all over the UK and be­yond tak­ing part in this amaz­ing event.

‘Not only is WHYW a unique re­gatta to be part of but it brings a sig­nif­i­cant rev­enue boost to all the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties of the area.’

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