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Malts Cruise 2011 - Discover Scotland by Sail

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 30, 2011 08:19 PM

Published: 2011-06-30 20:19:15
Topics: Rallies
Countries: United Kingdom

Exploring the West Coast of Scotland
36 boats from 8 countries take part

Starts Next Week

The Malts Cruise 2011 starts in Oban, Scotland, on 8 July, when the first participants register at the cruise office in Oban Marina, Kerrera and the Oban Distillery welcomes Malts Cruise visitors for a complementary tour.

One hundred and twenty people aged from 8 to 80 years, from 8 nationalities and crewing on 36 boats will be coming together to enjoy two weeks of cruising, ceilidh, wildlife, whisky, islands, mountains and lochs. The crews will get a real flavour of Scotland as they visit remote communities, sample local whiskies, vension and seafood, and join village ceilidhs (traditional dancing).

There will be time to explore ashore, with local guides helping participants to learn more (and hopefully see) wildlife such as red deer, golden eagles, ospreys, white tailed eagles and otters.

Welcome to All

The Malts Cruise is open to any craft that can cruise the Western Isles. The 36 boats taking part include two motor cruisers: Nimbus 350 Rat Hat and Aquador 32 Mast Climber. There are two classic replicas in the fleet: Edith Gray is a transom sterned Bristol channel pilot cutter, and Spray of Wight is a replica of Joshua Slocum's famous yacht. Spray of Wight is owned by World Cruising Club's Andrew Bishop, and will be leading the fleet in the Parade of Sail around Oban bay on 10 July. See the Cruise website for a full list of entries.

Chartering is a popular option for the Malts Cruise, as getting to the west coast of Scotland can be a cruise in itself. Around 8 of the British-flagged boats have been chartered by crews of friends and family from the UK, Germany and the USA. For a small fleet, the Malts Cruise is truely international!

Some participants have taken part in the previous Classic Malts Cruises, including Mogens and Kamma Termansen from Denmark, who keep Pinafore in Scotland. The Termansen's will be joined by another 12 Scandinavian boats. Coming from slightly further afield is Roberto Baylac's Bavaria 46 Summer Time from Argentina.

Malts Cruise Looks to the Future

The Malts Cruise is based upon the popular Classic Malts Cruise that World Cruising Club organised on behalf of Diageo's Classic Malts Selection. After a year's absence from the event calendar, World Cruising Club has re-lauched the rally as the Malts Cruise. Taking the best elements from the original cruises, and involving local communities en route, the Malts Cruise is a more intimate sailing experience.

World Cruising Club are delighted to have the support of Diageo's Classic Malts Selection for the Malts Cruise 2011. The sailing cruise will be visiting the Classic Malts Selection distilleries in Oban and Lagavulin, Islay, and a Classic Malts Selection roving "nose" will provide tastings (nosings) of the distilleries' unique whiskies.

The Cruise Schedule

The Malts Cruise starts in Oban, with rendezvous in Tobermory and Loch Tarbert Jura, before finishing in Port Ellen, Islay. Parties, crew dinners and a ceiledh are mixed with visits to distilleries, plus briefings on Scottish wildlife, history and culture take place along the route. Between rendezvous yachts can follow their own itinerary, exploring ashore and afloat, alone or in groups.

Malts Cruise Key Dates:

8th July - cruise office opens in Oban Marina, Kerrera

9th July - welcome events, Oban distillery tour and welcome party

10th July - parade of sail in Oban Bay from 11am

11th July - visit to Tobermory with distillery tour and local walking tours

15th July - visit to Rum with guided tour of Kinloch castle and wildlife walk

19th July - visit to Loch Tarbert, Jura

20th July - visit to Lagavulin distillery

21st July - final party in Port Ellen

The Malts Cruise website is available at