For the first time, West Highland Week organisers have included a class for classic yachts in their racing schedule

West Highland Yachting Week, celebrating 25 years of sponsorship by Tennents this year, looks set to be one of the best events in the area. Taking place from 30 July to 6 August, organisers have thrown the doors open to classic yachts and there’ll be a separate start for boats built before 1960 and wood boat built after 1960, but to pre-1960s design.

Organisers have already had a lot of interest with seven Scottish Islanders (celebrating their 75th anniversary this year) planning to take part. If this happens it will be the first time in 50 years the Islanders have raced together.

Based around the centres of Craobh, Oban and Tobermory, the regatta combines a mixture of passage and round-the-buoy racing over six days. The nine classes include three restricted sail classes and a Sigma 33 class, giving a range of options for competing. Feeder races from Bangor, the Clyde and Oban bring nearly 200 yachts to muster at Craobh marina on Saturday for the start of the regatta week on Sunday.

For regatta details contact the Joint Regatta Secretary Julia Heap on 01631 563309, e-mail or log onto