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Tobermory Race 2021

The Races. Rothesay to Ardrishaig or Rothesay to Crinan round the Mull, and later: Adrfern to Tobermory.  Starts July 17th

A race for cruisers and racers.

A cruise with some racing.

A fun weekend for families and crews.

A tradition for over a century.

Sailing Instructions are available below as a pdf for download and /or printing

CCC's 111th anniversary year. (we would have celebrated 110 years last year, but.... )

Part 1. Day 1. Option: Rothesay to Ardrishaig  or optional  Rothesay to Crinan round the Mull

Day 2. Through the Canal

Part 2 Day 3.  Ardfern to Tobermory

The Tobermory Race has been around for a century or more. Through the years, it has been a race with a difference. Not exclusive to high speed racers sailed by experienced crews, this is a fun race, a leisurely way to get to the west coast in company, with some competition along the way.

The race was the subject of a film narrated by Magnus Magnusson in 1968. One entrant that year Ian Nicolson, on St Mary, who features in the film, still races on the Clyde and west. Many boats have done the race over a number of years, but perhaps Ivanhoe holds the record? 50 consecutive Tobermory races.

To get an idea of the race as it was in 1968 watch the film here

Won't you join us for this fun event?

The event is open members of any RYA affiliated club.

Social side.

Subject to restrictions being as the Government's plan back to normality, there will be a catered meal at Ardfern. This will be collected from a point ashore to take back to your boat.

Then, on the evening of the finish in Tobermory, a dinner at the Western Isles Hotel. The actual format will suit the restrictions of the day, but as full as the rules allow. Remember to bring a face mask!

Booking is essential for both the meal at Ardfern and at Tobermory. Booking: go to the Members Area. (click)

Race details:

The race starts in Rothesay Bay on Saturday 17th July. Following the Kyles of Bute, past Ardlamont point turning right into Loch Fyne, and north to Ardrishaig and the Crinan Canal. Part 1 finishes off Ardrishaig. CCC members will get a 10% discount for the canal. Pay on the day at the sealock, don't pre-book if you want the discount.

Meanwhile, an option for those more adventurous, using the same start position, a race round the Mull of Kintyre, and north in the Sound of Jura to finish off Crinan. This fleet will possibly arrive at Crinan earlier than the Crinal Canal fleet, having sailed through the night while the others sleep soundly in the Canal!

Sunday 18th July. Transit through the Canal. Probably the busiest day of the year for the Canal. At times over 100 boats have transited  to arrive at Ardfern on Sunday night for the BBQ along with the Mull of Kintyre fleet. The night is spent at Ardfern, which is a short sail north in Loch Craignish from the Crinan Sealock.

Monday 19th. Race to Tobermory. Starting a little south of Ardfern in Loch Craignish,  through the notorious Dorus Mor, (with the tide!)  past the east side of the Corryvreckan, and then through the Sound of Luing. These tidal gates mean a race start at a time to make the passage through. Past Easdale, and into the Firth of Lorn, then onwards past Lady Rock and Lismore lights into the Sound of Mull. Here the winds can be flukey, but we'll make it to Tobermory, as a fabulous dinner awaits. We'll be joined by many members of the Royal Highland Yacht Club for part 2 race and dinner.

It's not essential to race. Some will just be cruising along the race route, and enjoying the cruise in company, and the social events.

Post Race Cruise in Company to follow - see separate page for more details.

After the race finishes in Tobermory, there's a cruise in company starting on Tuesday 20th,  to the Small Isles, on to the Western Isles, a BBQ on Vatersay beach, and then a cruise back past Coll, Mull and ending in Oban on about 28th July.

The Tobermory Race is a great way to get your boat west for the West Highland Week. What better way could there be to sail west than this.

Notice of Race and Sailing Directions will be published nearer the time, keep your eyes open for these, and details of the dinners as they firm up.

photo credits: Clive Reeves. 


The race west to Tobermory in the Sound of Mull The Kyles of Bute 1968 The start at Rothesay (long ago) Ivanhoe, did the race 50 consecutive years. Its an event for all sizes, large and small. The most scenic shortcut in Scotland - the Crinan Canal Before the start, in Rothesay's Black Bull The Kyles of Bute, 1950s? The Crinan Canal offers opportunities to catch up. Some race away, other just sail. All have fun! Tobermory can get crowded Rothesay the evening before the start. How many can you get on a maxi? Don't forget to bring your bagpipes!

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