The Joint Re­gatta Com­mit­tee grate­fully ac­knowl­edges the sup­port of all spon­sors en­sur­ing the suc­cess of the 70th West High­land Yacht­ing Week.

The Oban Times - - West Highland Yachting Week -


World renowned bis­cuit mak­ers, Tun­nock’s is the ma­jor spon­sor of WHYW and the 70th an­niver­sary year of the event marks a decade of sup­port from Tun­nock’s for this spe­cial re­gatta. The unique range of Tun­nock’s prod­ucts com­ple­ments what is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised as a ‘unique mov­ing’ re­gatta. When the yachts race in sep­a­rate fleets, the spin­naker classes are known as the Tun­nock’s fleet. Tun­nock’s also spon­sor the Tobermory to Oban pas­sage race on the fi­nal day of the event and award the Thomas Tun­nock Tro­phy for the win­ner in IRC Class 3 on Fri­day.

The Le­marac Cup is also awarded on Thurs­day in recog­ni­tion of the sup­port given by Thomas Tun­nock Ltd. The fa­mous Tun­nock’s sur­vival boxes will be given out to each boat to mark WHYW 70 and many yachts do not set sail with­out a healthy sup­ply of tea­cakes and caramel wafers! Boyd Tun­nock CBE, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and grand­son of the founder of Thomas Tun­nock Ltd, has been a reg­u­lar com­peti­tor at West High­land Yacht­ing Week in his aptly named Moody Le­mara’ (caramel spelled back­wards).


The re­stricted sail classes are known as the Ar­gyll fleet on the days the yacht fleets race sep­a­rately point­ing up the many years of sup­port Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has given to the event. This is in recog­ni­tion of the eco­nomic and com­mu­nity ben­e­fit the re­gatta brings to Oban, Craobh and Tobermory. WHYW is a com­mu­nity event as well as a rac­ing re­gatta with so­cial events open to the public. The re­gatta, or yacht week as it is known, is a real at­trac­tion for lo­cals and vis­i­tors with busi­nesses recog­nis­ing the eco­nomic in­put to the area over the week. WHYW wel­comes the gen­er­ous sup­port from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil to keep WHYW on a winning course.


Mal­inWaters.com is de­lighted to sup­port WHYW, one of Scot­land’s most cel­e­brated sail­ing events and in par­tic­u­lar in its 70th an­niver­sary year. WHYW has in­tro­duced many peo­ple to the un­for­get­table beauty of the Scot­tish Malin Waters re­gion. Malin Waters sup­port is in keep­ing with the com­mit­ment to nur­tur­ing the devel­op­ment of ma­rine and coastal ac­tiv­ity in par­tic­u­lar sail­ing in the Malin Waters re­gions.

Malin Waters wish all those tak­ing part the very best of luck and look for­ward to many more an­nual WHYW events. The event is a sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tion to the Malin Waters mar­itime cal­en­dar of events for 2017 and one which they are very pleased to sup­port.

Malin Waters is funded by the Malin Waters part­ner­ship con­sor­tium cov­er­ing the shared mar­itime waters of North West Ire­land in­clud­ing Done­gal & Sligo, the mar­itime coun­ties of North­ern Ire­land and Western Scot­land. Malin Waters pro­motes op­por­tu­ni­ties for sail­ing, surf­ing, div­ing, kayak­ing as well as other wa­ter based ac­tiv­i­ties as well as pro­vid­ing in­no­va­tion in the devel­op­ment of new ma­rine tourism prod­ucts and ser­vices. Visit www.mal­inwaters. com for more in­for­ma­tion.


The Tobermory Har­bour As­so­ci­a­tion (THA) looks for­ward to wel­com­ing crews for West High­land Yacht­ing Week 2017. The fleet has ac­cess to an­chor­age, moor­ings and pon­toon berths with full fa­cil­i­ties as well as fan­tas­tic on­shore fa­cil­i­ties in the Taigh So­lais build­ing, in­clud­ing show­ers, toi­lets and laun­dry room. In

the past few years, THA has in­stalled sev­eral new moor­ings, in­clud­ing two in the beau­ti­ful Aros Bay, and is in the process of build­ing a new ex­ten­sion to the pon­toons. Ashore, the pic­nic benches next to a new shel­ter are well used by all and the aquar­ium in­side the Taigh So­lais build­ing is now a ma­jor vis­i­tor at­trac­tion on the is­land be­ing the first catch-and-re­lease aquar­ium in Europe. THA has a friendly and ex­pert team of staff, al­ways happy and oblig­ing to help and has been a sup­porter of WHYW for many years.


Owen Sails, Scot­land’s largest sail maker and one of the ma­jor play­ers in the UK mar­ket, is fa­mous not only for sails for rac­ing and cruis­ing but pro­duc­tion of a wide range of cov­ers and up­hol­stery as well as re­pair and rig­ging ser­vices. Owen Sails is de­lighted to as­sist with prizes for this year’s event. Owen Sails is sup­port­ing West High­land Yacht­ing Week through­out the event with re­pair ser­vices aimed at keep­ing all afloat for the du­ra­tion.


Gael Force Ma­rine Equip­ment claims to be the fastest grow­ing ma­rine equip­ment sup­plier in the UK, stock­ing one of the widest ranges of leisure boat­ing, com­mer­cial fish­ing and aqua­cul­ture prod­ucts avail­able any­where in the land. Gael Force has ma­rine out­lets across the UK with their flag­ship Ma­rine Me­ga­s­tore in In­ver­ness, a Ma­rine Cen­tre in Glas­gow serv­ing leisure and com­mer­cial cus­tomers on the West of Scot­land and a com­mer­cial out­let on the south coast in Ply­mouth. To add to this, they have a team of field rep­re­sen­ta­tives of­fer­ing cus­tomer ser­vice and prod­uct ex­per­tise right across the UK. Gael Force is de­lighted to be sup­port­ing West High­land Yacht­ing Week with many of its cus­tomer base in­volved in tak­ing part in the event. Gael Force looks for­ward to a con­tin­u­ing strong part­ner­ship with one of Scot­land’s premier yacht­ing events.


Dun­staffnage Ma­rina is hugely ex­cited to be part of the 70th an­niver­sary of West High­land Yacht­ing Week. The ma­rina has a dis­counted com­peti­tors’ berthing rate for the du­ra­tion of the week, cou­pled with a range of dis­counted Dubarry items within the chan­dlery. With the re­cently com­pleted berthing ex­ten­sion there will be plenty space for all in­volved. Dun­staffnage also has an engi­neer­ing de­part­ment to as­sist with any last-minute re­pairs. The ma­rina team look for­ward to meet­ing ev­ery­one in­volved!


West Coast Mo­tors is again pro­vid­ing a spe­cial trans­port ser­vice be­tween Dun­staffnage and Oban to link up with après sail events when the fleet is in town. West Coast Mo­tors has been bring­ing peo­ple to­gether via their trans­port sys­tem since 1923 much as WHYW has been at­tract­ing sailors for 70 years. A bus and ferry timetable is in­cluded in com­peti­tors’ packs.


We­bcraft UK Ltd has been in the web de­sign busi­ness in Scot­land for more than 20 years. Orig­i­nally based in Aberdeen­shire, they moved to Oban in 2003 largely be­cause of the owner’s in­ter­est in sail­ing. They have seen the in­ter­net go from dial-up to fi­bre, from Front Page to WordPress and from HTML to CSS, javascript and PHP. Work­ing al­most ex­clu­sively with WordPress now, the world’s most widely used con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem, they of­fer at­trac­tive search en­gine friendly sites hosted on UK servers with rapid re­sponse, per­sonal sup­port and back-up you can rely on. We­bcraft is de­lighted to sup­port this pres­ti­gious yacht­ing event by pro­vid­ing web host­ing, email fa­cil­i­ties and tech­ni­cal sup­port.


Scot­tish Canals is sup­port­ing the 70th an­niver­sary event with a 10 per cent canal dis­count in each di­rec­tion for those tak­ing part in the Clyde feeder race from Largs to Ar­dr­ishaig. Scot­tish Canals is of­fer­ing a free re­turn pas­sage to the win­ner of this race.


Bir­linn Lim­ited is an in­de­pen­dent pub­lish­ing house based in Ed­in­burgh. Es­tab­lished in 1992 by man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Hugh An­drew, Bir­linn Lim­ited is com­posed of a num­ber of im­prints, in­clud­ing: Bir­linn, which pub­lishes Scot­tish and gen­eral UK in­ter­est books, from bi­og­ra­phy to his­tory, mil­i­tary his­tory, and Scot­tish Gaelic; Poly­gon, pub­lishes lit­er­ary fic­tion and po­etry, both clas­sic and modern; BC Books is ded­i­cated to pub­lish­ing chil­dren’s books; Arena Sport is a sport im­print and is de­signed for the gen­eral trade; and John Don­ald pub­lishes aca­demic books. Bir­linn has kindly do­nated a num­ber of copies of

which will be pre­sented within the spe­cial tro­phies cat­e­gory for the week. – Map­ping the Is­lands, Scot­land

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