St Kilda Challenge Scottish Offshore Yacht Race Adventure

Crew on rail sailing during St Kilda Race
Crew on rail sailing during St Kilda Race

St Kilda is on many people’s bucket list and what better way to get there than to sail and race. The offshore race will start from Rathlin Island off the North East Coast of Northern Ireland and head North outside the Hebrides to the finish line at St Kilda.

This 11 day trip starts at Largs with delivery and race training to Rathlin Island. After a good night sleep the race begins to St Kilda. On arrival in Village Bay, St Kilda spend some time ashore (weather permitting) then sail East to Lochmaddy where we will celebrate our accomplishments and party with the other competitors. Next we deliver the yacht back to the home port of Largs with some stops on route amongst the beautiful Scottish Islands.

The previous 2 edition of this race were won by Daniel Smith of Sailing InTuition. The 2018 race onboard a Clipper 60 and the 2021 race onboard InTuition. Here is a quick summary. Tough Going in the Rathlin to St Kilda Challenge ( Daniel won’t skipper the 2024 race but instead the race will be skippered by a fellow round the world race skipper with extensive offshore and race experience.

Pre-course experience: Offshore experience and watch keeping experience necessary.

Minimum age: 18

Course content:  This course contains race training and offshore racing. We will sail in a watch system with overnight passages, potentially in rough conditions.

Course starts: Monday 09:00 @ Largs, Scotland

Please email before booking as a minimum crew number is required to race.

When comparing costs with other providers it is worth remembering that all costs are included in our courses including fuel, gas, consumables, food, and berthing.

Optional extras include food and drink ashore, purchasing a logbook if required and waterprooof hire.

When booking with other providers where berthing fees are not included, this is charged to the customer during the course adding a significant extra cost.

20% deposit is required to secure a place on the course with the balance due 6 weeks before the course begins.