The largest sailing club in Britain is planning a cruise in company to Vatersay this month, as part of their delayed 110thanniversary celebrations.
The Clyde Cruising Club was established in 1909 with just six members in Glasgow, and has gone on to organise huge social sailing events, including cruises in company, musters and races, attracting visitors from all over the world.
They were due to celebrate their 110th anniversary last summer, with a cruise taking in Lochmaddy and Harris in June and a second event to reach Vatersay in July.
Now they’ve rescheduled their event and are celebrating 111 years sailing with a massive company of yachts and sailing boats joining together for a celebration around Scotland’s islands.
The anniversary cruise starts at Tobermory on Tuesday 20 July and stops at Lochboisdale the following day. After a day in South Uist on Thursday 22 July, the company will sail on to Vatersay on Friday.
A beach barbecue is planned for Vatersay beach on Saturday 24 July before the company of boats sails on to Mingulay and then to Coll via Gunna Sound, returning to Tobermory on Wednesday 28 July.
Vatersay is a popular destination for sailors – Clyde Cruising Club celebrated their 75th anniversary in Vatersay in 1985 and have two cups for junior sailors, the Barra Cup for the best log of the season and the Vatersay Cup for a log of merit submitted by a junior Member of the Club.
A previous visit by members of CCC to Vatersay beach was welcomed by island residents, who set up showers in the schoolhouse and raised funds for Cobhair Barraigh from willing visitors to the sands.
Picture shows an earlier gathering of cruising club sailors on Vatersay sands (Clyde Cruising Club).