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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.

For those wishing to travel to St Kilda but preferring to sail in company there will be an organised flotilla to the islands as well, so whether you are an experienced sailor or a relative newcomer, the adventure awaits! The Flotilla part of the event will start after the Race itself, however we would recommend that crews still make their way to the start area for the same time of 09.30 and you will be directed to a waiting area till race crews have started.

It is also the aim of the organisers that all participants of the flotilla have the opportunity to actually stop at Village Bay, St Kilda - a truly unique place to visit. This again, due to the aspect of the bay, is weather dependant and will also require access to a rib or vessel tender as yachts are only permitted to anchor in village bay. If your vessel does not have access to a tender then please let us know as we are hoping to make provisions for this, but we cannot guarantee it at this stage. 

Vessels taking part in the Flotilla are reminded that although there will be a vessel from the event making the journey to St Kilda as well, the responsibility of safe passage and the suitability of the crew and vessel for the journey is that of the skipper of the vessel.

A voyage to St Kilda is a truly magical one however it is not one to take lightly. As the map shows St Kilda is in a remote location and the waters around it can be quite challenging particularly when the wind is coming from the south. There is a minimum equipment requirement for vessels wishing to take part in the challenge and details of this can be found in the "Notice of Race" section both vessels taking part in "The Race round St Kilda" and "The Flotilla" will need to meet the same safety and equipment standards. 

If your vessel does not have the equipment required for this section of the event or you do not wish to travel out to St Kilda then there will be plenty for you and your crew to get involved in onshore and whilst the race is underway you may wish to explore some of the beautiful areas around Lochmaddy and North Uist.

Advisory Notice for St. Kilda Challenge Flotilla [50KB]

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