** A special holiday webinar for Island Yacht Club members and friends **
Join IYC sailor Alan Hebert on a tour of summer sailing in the west of Scotland. Get a sneak peak at the Western Isles, the Caledonian Canal, and racing on the Clyde in "classic plastic" yachts with the Holy Loch Sailing Club.
Also joining us are Longtime Scottish cruisers and racers, Bob and Rowena Donaldsen, to tell us about their cruise down the Caledonian Canal, from Inverness to Fort William. Yes, you can Canal Cruise in Scotland!
Bob and Rowena are also longtime stalwarts in the Piper One Design Class and will share insights into racing on the Clyde.
December 9 update from Alan:
We will be joined by my friends Bob and Rowena Donaldson, who live in Scotland, on December 20th..
Bob and Rowena are mainstays of both the Holy Loch Sailing Club in Sandbank, Scotland and the Piper One Design Association. Their current boat is an Elizabethan 29, which is quite like a Pearson Triton or an Alberg 30. IYC sailors will get a first look at my Piper this coming weekend (assuming that the thunderstorms don't materialize) at our IYC midwinters race. On Rowena's invitation, my wife and I traveled back to Scotland and raced in the Piper Class National Championships this past August.
Bob and Rowena will be talking about their cruise down the Caledonian Canal. The canal runs the length of the Great Glen in the highlands, linking Loch Ness with Loch Linnhe. I've driven the length of the Great Glen and driven many miles alongside both Loch Linnhe and Loch Ness, but never been on the canal more than a few moments to look at one of the locks that transfer the water. I'm looking forward to seeing their photos.
One third of the talk will outline my "Dream Cruise" of the lower Western Isles. This cruise is pretty typical for a 1 week to ten-day excursion up the Western Isles. I have boated on some of it, driven alongside some of it, hiked around some of it, and daydreamed about all of it! We'll finish up with a review of the Holy Loch Sailing Club and the Piper National Championships, with lots of photos of these Scottish plastic classics.