THOUSANDS TURN OUT FOR COMMONWEALTH FLOTILLA

Press release from RYA Scotland (photo by Pure West Media) People across Glasgow and West Scotland turned out in their thousands to welcome the Commonwealth Flotilla, which took place today (Saturday 26th July 2014).  The Royal Yachting Association Scotland, which organised the 19 nautical mile journey from Greenock to Glasgow, estimated around ten thousand spectators attended both of its official spectator sites at the Beacon Arts Centre and the Riverside Museum.  Many more  lined the route of the flotilla to catch a glimpse of the 250-strong fleet. In addition, RYA Scotland confirmed that over 1,900 sailors took part in the Commonwealth Flotilla, the largest assembly of boats in the history of the Clyde. The flotilla was headed by the CalMac … Read more

The Commonwealth Flotilla 2014 is moving through Argyll

Checkout the itinerary for The Commonwealth Flotilla 2014, You can see them coming through the Crinan canal on Wed 23rd July to Portavadie Marina for Wednesday night. Then on Thursday (24th) see them sail through the Kyles of Bute and Argyll’s Secret Coast to be Anchored in Rosthsay bay for the night before heading to James Watt Dock Marina on Friday and finally Saturday the flotilla motors up the Clyde to Glasgow and the Games. All set in the perfect Scottish weather of 10 Kts of wind and 22 degrees of heat. Booooom Heres some useful links for The Commonwealth Flotilla 2014 and for the cruise in company which is on its way through Argyll as we type. Here’s some useful links the main web site … Read more

Follow the paddlers!

The Argyll Sea Kayak Trail launches this week with a relay of paddlers heading from Oban on Monday to join up with the Commonwealth Flotilla.  The paddlers are carrying a satellite tracker and you can follow them on their journey at http://www.paddleargyll.org.uk/   Good luck to everyone involved, we’ll be following your progress and we’ll see you in Greenock on Friday!

Carmen stay clear of Thrust for West Highland Yachting Week win

After a week of racing in very mixed weather the 2014 West Highland Yachting Week trophy was clinched by Helensburgh Sailing Club’s Paul Scutt and Alan Jeffries in Carmen II.   This was the 67th sailing of West Highland Yachting Week, a regatta which races from three bases on the west coast over the week, Craobh Haven, Oban and Tobermory, and is held in great affection by the racing community.   Having scored five firsts across the regatta, the Scutt and Jeffries team, in Class 0, led the 2014 series from the first day, and were unstoppable despite a valiant effort from Patrick Shellcock in Thrust.  And the final day saw the fleet race from Tobermory to Lismore Lighthouse, in … Read more

What a perfect forecast for The Commonwealth Flotilla 2014 and for the cruise in company which is on its way through Argyll as we type. Here’s some useful links the main web site http://www.flotilla2014.org.uk/index.php and here’s a link to the boats taking part http://www.flotilla2014.org.uk/boats.php with live tracking to http://www.flotilla2014.org.uk/cruise-in-company.php

Four seasons in one day challenges Flying Dutchman Worlds sailors

Day three of the Flying Dutchman World Championships saw a return to the heavy conditions experienced at the beginning of the week.  The overnight leaders consolidated their position at the top of the scorecard but there is no room for complacency as new challengers appear into the top five.   Sailing on Wednesday morning was very hard for the fleet which raced its way through very wet and windy conditions.  With a southerly wind gusting up to 20 knots, by the end of the first race only 32 boats were left in the fleet.  Almost predictably the wind switched round to blow a steady westerly 12-15 knots and the second race was sailed in glorious sunshine   The courses were … Read more