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The St Kilda Challenge

An annual international yacht race from Lochmaddy, North Uist to St Kilda. Comann na Mara in conjunction with associated Partners.

About the Challenge

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The St. Kilda Challenge: A message from the Earl of Granville, Patron of Comann na Mara

'We welcome all within the national and international yachting and sailing fraternity to join us in this unique challenging Hebridean event and indeed to all visitors alike. The inaugural race will be held on Friday 10 June 2016 weather permitting. If deemed so by race officials it could take place on Saturday 11 June.

Throughout our planned three day event starting on Thursday 9 June there will be a rich diverse onshore programme of cultural, educational and musical events. 

May I on behalf of Comann na Mara and our contributing partners extend a warm welcome to all who may join us for this nautical and community led event.'

Initial Calendar of Events

Thursday 9 June 2016

Friday 10 June 2016

Saturday 11 June 2016

Yachts arrive at Lochmaddy

09.30 am for the start of "The Race Round St. Kilda"

Prize Giving

Official Evening Reception and Onshore Entertainment

Onshore Programme of Events

Onshore Programme of Events


National Race Partners

With a series of national partners to vigorously and sympathetically promote The St Kilda Challenge within the international yacht racing community, Comann na Mara this year (2015) launch the annual Category 3 yacht event from Lochmaddy to St Kilda.

To this end under the auspices of Comann na Mara ( The Society of the Sea ) a Race Advisory Board has been created from within the following institutions; Caledonian MacBrayne, Scottish Sailing Institute, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Comhairle Nan Eileen Siar and Clyde Cruising Club.

Event Advisory Board

Earl of Granville

Earl of Granville
Patron of Comann na Mara


Gus Macaulay
Chair of Comann na Mara / St Kilda Challenge

St kilda John Readman

John Readman
Vice Commodore Clyde Cruising Club, Race Officer for St Kilda Challenge


George MacDonald
Company Secretary - Comman na Mara
Race Secretary - St Kilda Challenge 

Alistair Carter

Alistair Carter
Development Officer - Ocean Youth Trust Scotland
Creative Consultant: Event Onshore Programme and Online Media

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