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Tobermory Race

The Tobermory Race has been going for many decades. In its heyday over a hundred boats would race to the west coast using the Crinan Canal. It was the start of the Glasgow Fair Holidays, and many families would use the race as a competitive way to get west from the Clyde. For a really interesting video of the 1968 race narrated by Magnus Magnusson and featuring several CCC members, see here

2022: The race this year starts on 16th July at Rothesay. It is in two parts, Rothesay to Ardrishaig, and then part 2 is Loch Craignish to Tobermory, with a canal transit in between. There's an alternate option for part one. Race round the Mull of Kintyre to Crinan, from the same start line as those going through the canal.

The start of part 2 can often be dictated by the tides. Two tidal gates to be negotiated include the Dorus Mor, and the Sound of Luing. Ideally a start time allows passage through these, and then the Sound of Mull all on a flooding tide, meaning tide with the race all the way. This year, with the tide change very early in the morning, the ideal time would be at sunrise early on the Monday. But a compromise is a 0700 start, allowing passage through the tidal gates, but then a slight adverse tide the rest of the way. Most would not want to get up at 0300 to start part 2 of this iconic race.

On reaching Tobermory on Monday afternoon, there's a dinner at the Western Isles Hotel. The menu is a down-loadable document at the foot of this page. A separate booking is available for booking and pre-paying for the dinner.

Crinan Canal are offering a 10% discount to Tobermory race entrants using the canal at Ardrishaig.

The Sailing Instructions are available as a a download below.

Note: The dinner at the Western Isles Hotel is cancelled due to insufficient numbers.


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Last updated 12:53 on 13 July 2022

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