Campbeltown Classics, 2017

'Swn-y-Mor' sails at Campbeltown Classics, 2017
©Campbell Fox

Friday 19 May, 2017 saw a fleet of traditional boats arrive in Campbeltown for a weekend of fun, friendship, and excellent hospitality at the sailing club. This year’s event was a revival of scenes from a few years ago with boats arriving from other parts of the Clyde including Bute and Tarbert plus three from Northern Ireland and a couple from Wales. The Welsh boats included 'Molly Cobbler', the smallest boat in the fleet and well sailed, single handed.

'Swn-y-Mor', a converted RNLI lifeboat from the 1930s was a stunning sight both under sail and when alongside in the marina. Having circled the world there were plenty of stories narrated to the assembled company about her adventures.

A drinks reception on board the Scottish OGA President’s boat started the festivities, quickly followed by a meal at the Argyll Arms. The weekend was attended by Alistair Randall, recently elected President of the OGA, who had flown from London to join the fun. After a pleasant sail around in the loch on Saturday afternoon that gave good opportunity for enthusiasts and photographers to capture the scenes, the assembled company met at Campbeltown Sailing Club where an excellent meal courtesy of Argyll Bakery was the start of a fun filled evening with music provided by Paula and Bryan. Needless to say, the club provided hospitality of the first order, much appreciated by all who attended.

Although the weather was very cooperative for the first part of the weekend, departure day on Sunday saw three boats deciding to extend their stay, while the Irish boats had a rather boisterous trip home before spreading word of their enjoyment of the whole weekend on social media.

Gordon B Garman, President, OGA Scotland

29 Jun 2017