As you are probably aware, St Kilda lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 50 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. The island was populated until 1930 when increasing hardships caused the entire population to be evacuated to the mainland. The Ministry of Defence set up a Tracking Station which is now largely manned by civilian staff. The other inhabitants are representatives of the National Trust and Scottish National Heritage who are responsible for protecting the wildlife and the fragile environment.
Please ask us for details of our next trip – our outline passage plan is, of course, entirely weather dependent and will involve an early departure from Ballachulish – crew members are welcome to arrive on the previous evening.
Our first day’s cruise will hopefully take us to Arinagour on Coll where we shall moor overnight. The following morning we will initially head south to transit the narrow channel between Coll and Tiree before heading north west to cross the Sea of the Hebrides to arrive at Castlebay on Barra. Continuing westward we shall pass to the south of Barra before entering the Atlantic Ocean for the 60 mile voyage to the archipelago of St Kilda and its main island of Hirta where we shall anchor in Village Bay. You can find more information about the islands at www.kilda.org.uk Or for photos of the 2005 cruise click here.
We would plan to spend a couple of days in St Kilda before making an evening departure for Castlebay. We would expect our return to be more leisurely spending more time at Barra, Coll and Mull with a scheduled arrival back at Ballachulish on a late morning.
We will take three yachts which will sail in company –
FIGMENT (LOA 10.3 m) our Catalina 320 is brand new in 2006. She is fully equipped with wheel steering, roller reefing, hot and cold water, Eberspacher heating, autohelm, refrigeration and like all our yachts, all the appropriate safety equipment.
FREEDOM (LOA 9.8 m) is our Westerly Fulmar. In 2003 she came third in the sailing sections of the Magellan Three Peaks Race from Barmouth to Fort William and was third in the Tilman Trophy in the 2004 Race. She is similarly equipped to FIGMENT but with tiller steering and cold water. Sailing Boat
FANTOM (LOA 9.7 m) is our lovely 1980 Sadler 32. Built to a classic design she sails really well. Comfortably and spaciously fitted out below with lots of traditional wood and plenty of storage and hanging space she has berths for 8 but is actually coded for 6 crew.