Results from Orkney Sailing Events in recent years. In years gone by Orkney has had regattas in various locations including Burray, Finstown, St. Margaret's Hope, Rousay and Stronsay. Five main regattas continue each year, and Burray has recently made a comeback. These events are always worth attending whether for social atmosphere, good racing or an entertaining day out at a scenic location. Each event has something different to offer, below you can find a rough outline of each event.
For historical regatta information check out the old archive section which has been formed to cover Orkney sailing from the previous century. If you are interested in the history of sailing in Orkney you might like to check out the old boats page and the boat stories page.
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Other Sailing Events
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Holm Regatta is popular as a good venue in the Eastern side of Scapa Flow. Holm Sailing Club has a robust Snipe fleet but welcomes all sailing craft for their annual festival of sail. At Holm you can expect friendly racing with a good mix of sailing dinghies.
Westray Regatta is renowned for magnificent food, the event is run from Pierowall which requires a ferry journey from Kirkwall. The event is popular among the yachts who often stay overnight for the late night revelry. Westray has an indigenous fleet of Yoles which always provide a graceful spectacle. The course is generally a large triangular arrangement, typically a morning race is followed by a break for lunch and then an afternoon race. The ferry trip from Kirkwall is quite long, which requires an early start, and a late finish.
Longhope Regatta has a superb venue and always has a friendly atmosphere, a great family day out. Transport requires a ferry trip out early in the morning from Stromness via Moaness on a passenger ferry (alternatively camp overnight). Keep an eye on the tide here as it can be quite strong near the pier.
Stromness Regatta, Stromness has a strong Snipe fleet and the regatta is generally well attended. Depending on weather conditions the racing is held round the Bay of Ireland, or a short course round laid marks within the sheltered harbour. The race schedule is generally arranged to avoid conflicts with the ferry. The Golf Club is used for the prizegiving after. The tide can be significant while racing outside the harbour. In Stromness you can expect a friendly event with competitive Snipe racing.
Kirkwall Regatta is hosted by Orkney Sailing Club. In 2014 Kirkwall Regatta was the biggest dinghy regatta in Orkney, with a host of sailing craft taking part including Snipes, Yoles, Westray Skiffs, Lasers, Catamarans and Yachts. A reception/prizeging is held in the Girnel after racing. The Kemp Cup is also hosted by the Orkney Sailing Club, and is a blast around Scargun Shoal and Thieves Holm at the end of the season. The Kemp Cup itself is a large silver goblet, the largest sailing trophy contested in Orkney. Orkney Sailing Club has good facilities at Hatston including a wide slipway and a purpose built changing room/storage shed.
Burray Regatta formed part of the Orkney regatta circuit many years ago (Prior to the 1970s there were regattas in St. Margaret's Hope, Stronsay, Rousay and Burray), but the event eventually fell off the local sailing calendar. In 2017 the Burray Regatta was resurrected with the help and support from some of the other sailing clubs, and some lovely handcrafted trophies made by Sheila Fleet. The 2017 event was a great success and perhaps will continue to attract a following. Burray is one of the South Isles, connected to the Orkney Mainland via the Churchill Barriers.