A fleet of sailing boats will cover around 100 nautical miles in 24 hours, racing
from Lochmaddy to the archipelago, using the islands as a turning point before returning
to the finish line
The inaugural event launched in 2015. Bolstered by excellent feedback from competitors
and visitors alike, organisers Comann Na Mara and race managers Clyde Cruising Club
has taken the plunge to commit time and funding to a second event – vowing to make
the challenge biennial thereafter.
The Second St Kilda Challenge receives cross-party backing from the Scottish Parliament’s
Marine Tourism Committee.
The event will take place in June 2018 and organisers are expecting a substantial
increase in competitors
A third participating fleet leaving from Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland has been
announced and will include Scottish Clipper 60 ‘Taeping.’
Last year’s event was a welcome economic boost for North Uist, with 30 yachts bringing
dozens of crew ashore, while the cultural festivities on shore also attracted further
visitors to the island’s main town of Lochmaddy.
Accommodation, local services and attractions, as well as food, drink and craft producers,
all reported a significant rise in trade.
Comann Na Mara chairman Gus MacAulay said: “We have had exceptional courage and support
from the community, participants and those who were sorry to have missed the first
“I was quite overwhelmed at the end of the first event to hear so much positive feedback,
so for me and the other organisers there was only ever going to be one outcome –
to keep forging on with the next St Kilda Challenge.
“We are truly excited about making the event bigger and better for 2018 and look
forward to welcoming many more people to North Uist before sending them on their
way to the great adventure of the St Kilda archipelago.”
Stuart McMillan, chairman of Holyrood’s cross-party Marine Tourism Committee, said:
“Next year is the second St Kilda Challenge and clearly it is a race that requires
tremendous skill and ability. It also helps keep Scotland in the international spotlight.
I extend warm wishes to everyone who is taking part.”
Plans for expanded St Kilda yacht race announced
16 May 2017
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