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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.


The Official Race Partners

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Caledonian MacBrayne has a long history stretching back more than 160 years. Its name is synonymous with the west coast of Scotland, providing vital lifeline ferry services and carrying millions of people each year to and from the islands and remote peninsular communities. It has been, and remains a major local employer, both on shore and at sea.

We always aspire to be as supportive as possible of new events in the regions in which we operate. The St Kilda Challenge is a unique and interesting event which will showcase the new development at Lochmaddy and allow competitors to journey through some amazingly beautiful and challenging areas



OYT Scotland is the UK's leading sail training organisation. We believe that all young people, regardless of circumstance or ability should have the opportunity to realise their true potential in order for them to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

We inspire young people through the challenge of adventure under sail. Residential voyages aboard our fleet of sail training vessels provide a uniquely powerful and extremely effective environment for the personal development of young people from a diverse range of backgrounds throughout Scotland and beyond. Sail Training is a perfect and unique environment to further a young person's education.

At OYT Scotland we know that young people integrate learning and outdoor experiences, whether through play in the immediate grounds or adventures further afield, which then provides relevance and depth to curriculum in ways that are difficult to achieve indoors. Learning outdoors can be enjoyable, creative, challenging and adventurous and helps young people learn by experience and grow as confident and responsible citizens who value and appreciate the spectacular landscapes, natural heritage and culture of Scotland.

The journey through education for any child must include opportunities for a series of planned, quality outdoor learning experiences.

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With over 330,000 members, the National Trust for Scotland is the nation's largest conservation charity.

Incorporated on 1st May 1931, the Trust is unique in its holistic approach to conservation and in telling the story of Scotland.  

The Trust's  properties straddle a timeframe that stretches from the earliest geological processes through to the Mesolithic and into 20th century eras of human existence: they encompass architectural wonders; coastlines, which along with 400 islands and islets, provide homes for over one million seabirds; natural landscapes and all the wildlife they contain; 190,000 acres of countryside; 46 Munro mountains; 394 miles of mountain footpaths; 70 gardens nourishing 13,500 plant varieties; seven national nature reserves; 45 sites of special scientific interest.

Without the Trust's involvement, many of these places would have been lost forever to the elements, neglect and the relentless spread of development.

Well-known for its great houses, castles and gardens, the Trust has a vital role in caring for Scotland's wild lands and coastal habitats. The landscapes we look after represent Scotland in microcosm: it's possible in one day to experience both Arctic sub-tundra conditions in the Cairngorms and relatively balmy western coastlines warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream.

We welcome over two million people each year to our countryside properties and have restored over 100 kilometres of mountain footpaths in order to reduce pressure on vulnerable habitats and yet ensure public access to some of the loftiest, most spectacular places in the British Isles. 


Scottish Natural Heritage

Scotland's natural heritage is its wildlife, habitats, landscapes and natural beauty. Scotland is renowned for its attractive scenery and wild places and has a huge diversity of landscapes, habitats and wildlife. These are part of what makes Scotland special and are among the country's greatest assets.

Scottish Natural Heritage is funded by the Scottish Government. Our purpose is to:

  • promote, care for, and improve our natural heritage
  • help people enjoy nature responsibly
  • enable greater understanding and awareness of nature
  • promote the sustainable use of Scotland's natural heritage

All of our work supports our mission: All of nature for all of Scotland.


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Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is an ambitious organisation with a unique remit that integrates economic and community development. We work in a diverse region which extends from Shetland to Argyll, and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray, covering more than half of Scotland's land mass.

We are the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. Our purpose is to generate sustainable economic growth across the Highlands and Islands. 

We want the Highlands and Islands to be a highly successful and competitive region in which increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest. 


Events Scotland

Our 2020 vision for Scotland is for Scotland to be firmly established as the perfect stage for events.

Our mission to deliver this vision is to develop a portfolio of events that delivers impact and international profile for Scotland.

Our strategy to achieve this is to utilise and develop the following assets that Scotland has, that make it 'The Perfect Stage' for sporting and cultural events:

  • Our cultural identity and heritage
  • Our people
  • Our natural environment
  • Our built facilities
  • Our signature events

EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. Through funding and developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland's international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.



At 29studios we make Intelligent Videoâ„¢ weaving Strategy, Content & Analytics into our clients' communications.

A Creative Digital Agency - founded in 2009, based in Glasgow, Scotland with expansion underway in London, New York and San Francisco.

We are creative visionaries and digital design specialists, who subscribe to a set of core values in everything we do.

We: love what we do - innovate like crazy - travel often - help others

Being a 29er isn't something you learn - It's an attitude, a way of life. Each of us seeking to use our crafts collaboratively, breaking the mould to work with incredible clients across the globe, pushing boundaries with everything we do for our client and for ourselves.


Clyde Cruising Club

The Clyde Cruising Club is a yacht club founded over 100 years ago and is well known for organising the annual "Scottish Series" held in the Firth of Clyde each year, this year with over 100 boats having signed up already.

The objects of the Club are:

  • To encourage cruising and cruising races;
  • To promote sailing and racing in dinghies, multihulls, keelboats and motor yachts;
  • To organise racing events open to members and others;
  • To publish sailing directions to assist in pilotage of yachts in Scottish waters;
  • To provide training in sailing and other water-based activities to members and the general public including young people and the disabled;
  • To foster the social side of sailing on the Firth of Clyde and elsewhere; and
  • To do such things as may be considered desirable to promote the interests of sailing generally.


Sail Scotland

Sail Scotland is the national marketing organisation for sailing and marine tourism.

Sail Scotland delivers a range of strategic marketing activities, aimed at bringing more sailing visitors to Scottish waters, in order to grow the sector and deliver benefits to members businesses and the wider economy.


Isle of Harris Distillery

The creation of the Isle of Harris Distillery in Tarbert is thus driven by a deep and abiding love for the beauty and wit of this place and its people.

We want to make a 'Social Distillery', with the future of Harris at its heart, not only to enrich the island, creating an enterprise that will thrive for decades and even centuries to come, but to send the magical, elusive spirit of the island out into the world.

We do hope that you will recognise something 'set apart' in what Isle of Harris Distillers are doing and be inspired to participate in the realisation of its vision.


Harris Tweed Hebrides

Harris Tweed Hebrides is an award-winning company based at Shawbost on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. As  the main producer of Harris Tweed cloth, we export to over 60 countries and our customers include Alexander McQueen, Chanel, YSL, Paul Smith, Margaret Howell, J Crew, Rag&Bone, and Vivienne Westwood.

Harris Tweed Hebrides, founded in 2007 when Harris Tweed was at a low ebb, is generally credited with having revitalised the industry and taken the famous fabric into the front-line of 21st century fashion and design.

The company was named Textile Brand of the Year 2009 at the Vogue.COM Scottish Fashion Awards and again in 2011.

We pride ourselves in having skilled artisans throughout the company, representing generations of experience in this craft industry. And we work closely with more than 130 self-employed home weavers whose skills are fundamental to the process.



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