The Joint Regatta Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of all sponsors who ensured the success of the 69th West Highland Yachting Week and welcome those joining us for our 70th year.
Tunnock’s is the major sponsor of WHYW and this event marks the company’s ninth year of support. The unique range of Tunnock’s products complement what is a unique ‘moving’ regatta. Acknowledging the support of the famous biscuit manufacturer the spinnaker classes are known as the The Tunnock’s Fleet on the days the fleet race separately.
Tunnock’s also sponsor the Tobermory to Oban passage race on the final day of the event awarding The Thomas Tunnock Trophy for the winner of Class 3. And the company provide the famous ‘Tunnock’s survival box’ of teacakes and caramel wafers to each competing yacht – WHYW would not be the same without a taste of Tunnock’s!
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 Moody ‘Lemarac’. And the Lemarac Cup, named after Mr Boyd Tunnock’s yacht, is awarded on Thursday in further recognition of the huge support Tunnock’s contribute to the event.
Argyll and Bute Council
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 have 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.
Owen Sails, Scotland’s largest sailmaker 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 years event. Owen Sails is supporting West Highland Week throughout the event with repair services aimed at keeping all afloat for the duration.
Tobermory Harbour Association
A true Highland welcome is extended to all taking part in WHYW 2017 from Tobermory Harbour Association. The fleet has access to anchorage, moorings and pontoon berths with full facilities as well as the first class onshore facilities in the Taigh Solais building, including showers, toilets and laundry room. Since 2015 there are new moorings for use, including two in the Aros Bay and everyone can enjoy the views at the picnic benches next to the THA shelter and new viewing areas to Aros Path. Don’t miss the Mull Aquarium inside the Taigh Solais building – the first catch and release aquarium in Europe. The team of friendly and expert THA staff is on hand throughout the event and always happy to help where they can.
Gael Force Marine
Gael Force Marine one of the fastest growing marine equipment suppliers in the UK, stocking perhaps the widest range 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.
Webcraft UK Ltd
Webcraft are delighted to support this prestigious yachting event by providing web hosting, email facilities and technical support.
West Coast Motors
West Coast Motors is again providing a special transport service between Dunstaffnage and Oban to link up with apres 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 69 years! A bus and ferry timetable is included in competitors’ packs.