Sunday Race- Argyll Fleet.6 hours of snakes and ladders even drove the skipper to a performance of American pie behind the wheel. There was many stops and starts resulting in the fleet bunching together, raising tensions getting the skipper all agitated that we were being passed left, right and centre. The lack of wind made getting a lead very difficult and we had hoped the last beat to the finish would be enough to pull away from the fleet, however today we were not so lucky.To our delight, the chocolate box appeared on deck and Max, the youngest of the crew age 12, lost his tooth to a curly wurly during the run down the sound of Shuna.The wind strength and direction was, for the most part, nothing from no where.However, it was predominantly south and finished in the west. When the rain came on, the steak pies and special hot chocolates fortified everyone’s spirits.At the end of the day, it’s the taking part that counts and the real prize is the memories made.-Storm Chalmers, sunrise
Don’t forget your Rock’n’Roll outfits for Tuesday night at the Argyllshire Gathering Hall – think Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis!
Please note new arrangements for the ferry between Oban Marina and North Pier. Places are limited and should be booked with the Marina reception on 01631 565333 or visit their website for online booking system, including water taxi. https://www.obanmarina.com/ferry/
Please note the further restrictions as a result of the shortage of water.
With the first deadline for entries passing we are delighted to see that over 80 boats will be on the start line. (There is still time for late entries to apply) So for that reasons we have adjusted the class splits to firstly insure competitive racing and secondly to balance the starts.
Johnnie Readman -the Principal Race Officer- highlighted that West Highland Yachting Week is a “big” event and it is described as a Premium event. Therefore he wanted to give the racing a “big” event feel, by which he believes there should be more boats on the start line than the humdrum weekend/evening race starts.
So we have balanced the classes to over 10 boats on each start which should make it both interesting and challenging.
In accordance with NoR 3.6 and SI6, the following is the list of class splits:
Class Handicap Band
1 IRC rated to a minimum TCC of 0.850 and a minimum SSS of 10
3 CYCA handicaps 12.75 minutes and below
4 Restricted Sail class for CYCA handicaps below 12.65 minutes
5 CYCA handicaps 13.00 to 15.25 minutes
6 Restricted Sail class for CYCA handicaps over 13.75 to 16.75 minutes
7 CYCA handicaps over 15.25 minutes to below 18.75 minutes
8 CYCA handicaps 18.75 to 28.0 minutes
9 Restricted Sail class for CYCA handicaps over 16.75 to 28.0 minutes
For a full list of class yachts and entries please click this link
Please note the introduction of restrictions on the Crinan Canal.
SAILING PROGRAMME 2018 LAUNCHED
We are delighted to be able to launch the Social Program for West Highalnd Yachting Week 2018. This year it follows a similar theme although we are dleightedbto reintroduce the marquee on Kerrera on Monday night with live music courtesy of Oban Marina and we are pleased to welcome back The Stillwater Band to follow the Prizegiving at the Argyllshire Gathering Halls on Tuesday night. This year a Rock’n’Roll Theme has been chosen so dress accordingly!
After a busy few days on Mull we will then return to Dunstaffanage on Friday evening and the Grand Prizegiving with Dun Mor’Ceilidh Band .
We are delighted be able to launch the finalised and detailed sailing instructions for West Highland Yachting Week 2018.
This year sees the return of the Firth of Lorne Races off Oban bay on the Tuesday and this brings the passage races to three and the competitive course races to three balancing the week fully.
Today – Summer Solstice also brings the entries to 57 a record number achieved with one month until we all meet in Croabh Haven on Saturday 28th July for West Highland Yachting Week 2018
Don’t forget to get your entries in before the Early Bird rates expire on 30 May.