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Get set for WHYW 2016…

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UP TO 100 yachts are expected to line up for the start of this year’s West Highland Yachting Week (WHYW) marking the 69th year of this famous Scottish regatta that takes place from July 30 to August 5 2016.

The popular sailing format that mixes passage and Olympic style racing oêrs both white sail and spinnaker classes ensuring a range of options for everyone in the feet.

Tunnock’s remains the major sponsor of WHYW with support from Argyll and Bute Council, Malin Waters, Tobermory Harbour Association, Owen Sails, Gael Force Marine and West Coast

A regatta with a history of 69 years must be doing something right. Organised by a joint regatta committee (JRC) comprising members of Royal Highland Yacht Club, Oban Sailing Club and Western Isles Yacht Club, the event remains unique. No other regatta is based over three venues – Craobh, Oban and Tobermory – with passage races linking the three ports of call and a day’s racing off each port over the six days. Two feeder races from Oban and Gigha bring competitors from north and south of the country to muster at Craobh Marina for the start of the week’s point series on Saturday July 30.

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Here the fleet will enjoy the camaraderie and hospitality of the Lord of the Isles pub and restaurant at Craobh that hosts the grand opening party on Saturday. This is the springboard that sets the social scene for the week ahead with barbecues, live music, dancing and general boat-to-boat socialising at all ports of call.

REPUTATION

WHYW has a well-deserved reputation not only for highly competitive racing on the water but an excellent après sail social programme. This gives the chance to catch up with friends, some not seen since last year’s event, as well as making new acquaintances. It is a reflection of the success and longevity of the regatta that there are often three generations of the same family competing since it’s an event that oêrs a range of competing options – accommodating white sail for families or those short-handed on crew to the highest level of national competition in the spinnaker classes.

WHYW chairman Andy Knox said: ‘Now into its 69th consecutive year, West Highland Yachting Week continues to attract new participants from other areas of the UK and sometimes beyond to enjoy their sport in one of the most scenic parts of the world. Many will return by sea or land bringing friends and family after savouring the delights of this corner of Scotland. Not only is this type of event nowhere else to be found but it brings much-needed revenue to local communities in this area.’

A FLEXIBLE MIX…

The regatta has always oêred great flexibility to do only a few days or compete in the entire series. With up to 10 racing classes separated by handicap, the spinnaker classes are known as The Tunnock’s Fleet and the restricted sail yachts comprise The Argyll Fleet on the days the both fleets race separately. This flags up the sponsorship of the event from both Tunnock’s and Argyll and Bute Council.

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