Latest news on the build up to Scotland’s ‘biggest biennial cruise/race’ centres on an enlarged fleet of 35 entries plus a 15 yacht muster leaving from Rathlin to join in the St Kilda Challenge 2018.

PLANS ARE building nicely for the second St Kilda Challenge, reveals organiser in chief, Comann na Mara chairman Gus Macaulay.

‘We are aiming to cater for 35 keelboat entries, either racing under category 3, or cruising in company with a safety boat in close proximity, and Glen Porter’s Scottish Clipper 60 Taeping will head a 15 strong fleet up from Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland, going ‘direct, up the outside to St Kilda’, hopefully all to arrive at the same time. It should be busy in Village Bay!

‘I hope the Irish fleet will return via our marina at Lochmaddy where shoreside entertainment will be laid on from Thursday to midnight on Saturday and on the water local skiff crews will race,’ said Gus.