WEST HIGH­LAND YACHT­ING WEEK

WEST High­land Yacht­ing Week (WHYW) cel­e­brates its 70th an­niver­sary this year and the re­gatta, run­ning from July 28 to Au­gust 4, is set for a spec­tac­u­lar birth­day party, both on and off the wa­ter.

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WEST High­land Yacht­ing Week (WHYW) cel­e­brates its 70th an­niver­sary this year and the re­gatta, run­ning from July 28 to Au­gust 4, is set for a spec­tac­u­lar birth­day party, both on and off the wa­ter.

Set in the stun­ning sur­round­ings of the Ar­gyll coast, WHYW is a leading in­ter­na­tional yacht­ing event and of­fers a winning com­bi­na­tion of round the buoys and pas­sage rac­ing, com­ple­mented by an ex­cel­lent après sail so­cial pro­gramme.

Tun­nock’s re­mains the ma­jor spon­sor of WHYW for this spe­cial birth­day year with sup­port from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, Malin Waters, Tobermory Har­bour As­so­ci­a­tion, Owen Sails, Gael Force Ma­rine Equip­ment, Scot­tish Canals, Bir­linn Books and West Coast Mo­tors.

Over the 70 years of the event, WHYW has al­ways tried to of­fer some­thing for ev­ery­one. From highly com­pet­i­tive rac­ing with a full points se­ries, to the op­por­tu­nity to take part for just a day or two, the event can ap­peal to those who just en­joy pas­sage sail­ing or want to try com­pet­i­tive rac­ing for the first time. In ad­di­tion, com­peti­tors can choose to race with or with­out spin­nakers for the se­ries.

Event flex­i­bil­ity has there­fore been at the heart of the WHYW suc­cess story as is the for­mat of be­ing a ‘mov­ing re­gatta’ with pas­sage races link­ing all three ports of call – Craobh, Oban and Tobermory. The event gives the op­por­tu­nity for all the fam­ily to take part, ei­ther in the non-spin­naker classes – the Ar­gyll fleet – or for those seek­ing on the edge com­pe­ti­tion in the spin­naker classes – the Tun­nock’s fleet.

All yachts muster at Craobh Ma­rina for the start of the re­gatta. The feeder race from the Clyde has been re-in­stated for the 70th event with yachts sail­ing from Largs to Ar­dr­ishaig. Yachts then make pas­sage through the Cri­nan Canal to Craobh. Scot­tish Canals is of­fer­ing a 10 per cent dis­count for out­ward and re­turn pas­sages through the Cri­nan Canal for all en­tries. Also on of­fer will be a spe­cial prize from Scot­tish Canals for the win­ner of the Clyde Feeder on hand­i­cap. Those com­ing from Ire­land and the south can take ad­van­tage of the Gigha race to Craobh with the north­ern placed yachts rac­ing to Craobh from Oban.

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