West Highland Yachting Week

The recent West Highland Yachting Week saw the annual race around the Isle of Lismore pass right by the front door of The Pierhouse. 96 yachts with all their colourful spinnakers up was a beautiful sight!

West Highland Yachting Week’s history reaches as far back as 1882 when the newly formed Royal Highland Yacht Club held its first regatta in Oban. This historic and unique sailing regatta is now in its 66th year. It has evolved into the West Coast's biggest sailing event taking in 3 venues, Craobh Haven, Oban and Tobermory.

1000+ competitors from around the world attend the event which evolved a distinctive blend of competitive racing combined with a varied and full programme of family social events. The event organisers say that "in addition to spinnaker classes, four restricted sail classes are offered which attract skippers with limited experience, crew or equipment. Whilst these classes also suit the yachts with small children aboard, some of the most competitive crew members are the children themselves! Many of our competitors are infrequent racers, often first timers – the Committee is always delighted to encourage those dipping a toe into racing waters for the first time."

The race is over for this year - but bookmark the WHYW's website, put a date in your diary to visit Oban and of course The Pierhouse Hotel here in Port Appin!

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