Campbeltown Classics, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017 to Sunday, May 21, 2017
'Emerald' sails at Campbeltown Classics
©Gordon Garman

Scotland OGA looks forward to welcoming boats from other Areas to join in a weekend of hospitality, racing and a parade of sail at the inaugural OGA Irish Sea Group major event, Campbeltown Classics, 19 - 21 May, 2017. Entry forms are available to download as Word or PDF. Please return completed forms as email attachment or by post before 5 May.

Campbeltown is a natural harbour on the Mull of Kintyre. It can be entered in most weather conditions and height of tide and is well lit at night. Campbeltown Loch is a large expanse of water with little tidal streams when in the loch. It is ideal for racing with several navigation buoys and race marks laid by the sailing club. The marina was recently extended and updated and offers secure pontoon berthing and toilets and showers on shore. The town has all the facilities needed by visiting sailors and their boats including opportunity to enjoy the products of the local distilleries.

An entry fee for the event will include free berthing for Friday and Saturday nights and for boats arriving early or staying later there will be a discount on the published berthing rates. Campbeltown Sailing Club is very welcoming to visiting sailors and has a number of visitor moorings. There are areas of the loch where vessels can anchor and it is possible to launch boats brought by road.

Entries are invited from all classic boats, sail or power, including those not members of the OGA. The event is part of the OGA Irish Sea Group which in future years will be organising similar events in other ports around the Irish Sea. Sean Walsh from Dublin Bay Area, previous President of the OGA said:

"We are delighted that our meeting in January has lead the Irish Sea Areas to agree to support each other and come together in this way once a year. As an added bonus we hope that the injection of support into the Campeltown Classics event will help to re-energise an Area which suffers from its own size - covering as it does a huge geographical area with relatively few members. I am sure the Scots will welcome us with a grand party as the inaugural Irish Sea "major fixture" and I am looking forward to it immensely myself."


Friday 19 May: arrive in Campbeltown

Campbeltown Sailing Club will be open for an informal get together with bar and food available.

Saturday 20 May

Midday race and parade of sail in Campbeltown Loch.
1900 assemble at the Sailing Club for evening entertainment, food and drink and live music.

Sunday 21 May: farewells and depart for home port or to further explore the Clyde or ‘Round the Mull’ for further cruising on the West Coast of Scotland.

Neal Hill
Organiser email: