The first race was won by Gordon Lawson’s J122 Moonstruck

The second St Kilda Challenge date has been set for 14 – 16 June.

It is a wild, rugged, desolate but jewel-like place where few have trodden, but the first race was won by Gordon Lawson’s J122 Moonstruck from Port Edgar Yacht Club, after a gruelling 23 hours at sea contending with unexpected conditions – a dearth of wind.

The 2018 edition of the St Kilda Challenge already promises to build on the strong foundations of 2016’s inaugural event, with the addition of a third fleet. Already, indications are that there will be a substantial increase in participants.

In addition to the racing fleet, which uses the islands of St Kilda as turning marks on a 100nm long course, there is also, rather uniquely, a cruise-in-company fleet which leaves the start line at the same time, but has the ability to anchor in Village Bay at Hirta on St Kilda to go ashore. A third fleet of racing yachts will set off from Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland in 2018, participating in a 200nm race, again using the St Kilda islands as a turning point, before finishing up in the Sound of Harris.

Race organisation and management will, once again, be carried out by Clyde Cruising Club – Scotland’s largest yacht club.

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