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.
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. Top up packs for the famous Tunnock’s survival box are an essential part of WHYW – indeed 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 ‘Lemarac’ (Caramel spelled backwards).
Argyll and Bute Council
WHYW has for many years received sponsorship from Argyll and Bute Council and the restricted sail classes are known as The Argyll Fleet on the days the fleets race separately. Argyll and Bute Council recognises the economic and community benefit the regatta brings to Oban, Craobh and Tobermory. WHYW is increasingly developing as a community event with a Festival atmosphere created when the fleet is in town. This in itself is a magnet of attraction for both locals and visitors. 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 MalinWaters region. MalinWaters support is in keeping with the commitment to nurturing the development of marine and coastal activity in particular sailing in the MalinWaters regions.
MalinWaters 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 MalinWaters maritime calendar of events for 2017 and one which they are very pleased to support.
MalinWaters is funded by the MalinWaters partnership consortium covering the shared maritime waters of North West Ireland including Donegal & Sligo, the maritime counties of Northern Ireland and Western Scotland. MalinWaters 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.
Tobermory Harbour Association
The Tobermory Harbour Association 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 a new extension to the pontoons. Ashore 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 have been a supporter of WHYW for many years.
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 year’s event. Owen Sails is supporting West Highland Week throughout the event with repair services aimed at keeping all afloat for the duration.
Gaelforce Marine 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. Gaelforce 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. Gaelforce is delighted to be supporting West Highland Yachting Week with many of its customer base involved in taking part in the event. Gaelforce 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. We also have an Engineering department to assist with any last minute repairs. The Marina team look forward to meeting everyone involved!
West Coast Motors
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
Webcraft UK are delighted to be supporting this prestigious yachting event again in 2018 by providing web development and hosting, email facilities and technical support. Webcraft have been in the web design business in Scotland for over 20 years and have created many successful sites for businesses in every sector, including many sailing sites. We are WordPress specialists, developing web sites using the world’s most widely used content management system, and offering attractive, search engine friendly sites hosted on UK servers with rapid response, personal support and back-up you can rely on.
Scottish Canals is supporting the 70th anniversary event with a 10% 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.
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Tarbert Harbour Authority
Tarbert Harbour Authority provide a range of leisure and commercial services at the heart of the heritage village of Tarbert on the shores of Loch Fyne. The marina is constantly evolving, with over 70 visitor berths available on top quality pontoons. In support of WHYW’s 70th year, THA have provided the third prize for the Largs feeder race and will be offering discounted berthing to all competitors returning home to the Clyde the week after the event. A marina representative will be present in Craobh on Saturday 29th, and looks forward to meeting the competitors and issuing prizes.