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RYA prize winners enjoy day out on Clyde Challenger

Clyde Challenger was delighted to welcome RYA Scotland prize winners onboard for an exhilarating day sail on the Clyde.

RYA Scotland caught up with the lucky winner Donna McKenzie-Skene after her day of sailing with her friends to ask if it had lived up to her expectations:

“Definitely – it was a really great day! Getting a turn at the helm along with the friendly welcome and the amazing lunch were the highlights of the day.”

“Everyone was asked about their level of experience so this could be taken into account and Glenn made sure everyone knew what they needed to know. Everyone was encouraged to take part. All of our party got a turn at the helm and some also did other things. It was made clear that we could do as much – or as little – as we felt comfortable with.”

 Read the full story here

Coastal Connections: Businesses gather to discuss marine tourism

Businesses are getting together on Sunday 9th February and getting on-board to discuss the impact of marine activity on the Clyde and on this occasion focusing on Largs.  The Largs Sailing Tourism Group is one of three industry groups formed with support from Scottish Enterprise to increase the potential of the economic value of sailing and water borne activity in the Clyde Waters area and will share statistics, insights, good news stories and whet the appetites of others to welcome ashore this important sector.

The meeting takes place at Largs sailing Club at 1200-1400hrs and speakers will include David Hewitt (LYH), David Kent (SSI), Jo Turner (sportscotland Cumbrae). This event is being supported by Scottish Enterprise and light refreshments will be served by Scotts Restaurant. Taste Ayrshire will be present to explain exciting new produce and developments with time being made available for discussion and networking.

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Sponsorship of 2013 RYA Scotland Award

Clyde Challenger and her crew are delighted to be sponsoring the 2013 Royal Yachting Association Scotland ‘Club of the Year Award’ at the upcoming annual RYA awards dinner on Saturday 1st February 2014.

This year’s dinner will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre, and will feature guest speaker Gerry Hughes, the first deaf yachtsman to sail single-handedly around the world via the Five Great Capes.

For more details and full listing of all award categories and shortlisted nominees, click here.

Tickets for this event can be purchased from the RYA Shop



Appearance at Marine Surveyors’ Conference

Clyde Challenger made an appearance at the International Institute of Marine Surveyors Scottish Small Craft working group on the 12 November 2013.  Held at Silvers yard in Roseneath surveyors were provided with a short presentation on Clyde Challenger by skipper Roy Graham before heading out to the yacht for a look around.

Commenting on the event, Glenn Porter, owner of Lewis Learning said “It’s great to be involved in the surveyors meeting.  The crew of Clyde Challenger have enjoyed meeting with them and sharing stories from both sides of the surveying spectrum.”

Coverage of this event can be seen in the forthcoming edition of Yachting Life

Photograph by Tom Elder.

Clyde Challenger on air!

If you made it down to Scotland’s Boat Show 2013 at Kip Marina you may have  seen Clyde Challenger on dry land towering above the main entrance!

Thank you everyone who came along to meet our skipper and crew at the Clyde Challenger stand.  We had a great weekend meeting so many sailing enthusiasts and even a few who had sailed competatively on Clyde Challenger in the past.  It was particularly fantastic to gain many new volunteers for our crew!

If you didn’t get a chance to make it along you can get a sense of the atmosphere from the event during this Inverclyde Radio interview with our very own Glenn Porter.  Click here to listen again and find out more about Clyde Challenger from the man himself!


Clyde Challenger sponsors 2014 Scottish Series

Clyde Challenger is proud to be sponsoring the 40th anniversary Scottish Series Yacht Race in 2014.  In May next year the scenic west coast village of Tarbert, Loch Fyne, will welcome over 100 yachts into the harbor for 4 days of competitive racing including  the ‘Clyde Challenger Passage Race’ from Gourock to Tarbert!   Come along and see us in action or get contact us for details of how to get involved.

Event organisers The Clyde Cruising Club encourage visitors to enjoy the shore side hospitality as well as fantastic programme of events for yacht sailors.  Clyde Crusing Club commented ‘it is a wonderful sight watching the boats muster in the upper Clyde with crews preparing, sails hoisting, adrenaline pumping as the yachts anticipate the start gun.  With action close to shore this offers a great opportunity for spectators to catch a glimpse of the excitement of the sport and skills of the sailors.’

Demolition of chimney at Inverkip Power Station

On 28th July 2013 Clyde Challenger joined many yachts outside the mouth of Kip Marina to witness the demolition of an iconic landmark on the Clyde estuary, Scotland’s tallest free-standing structure, the chimney of Inverkip Power Station.

After an eerie and tense wait with intermittent sirens and helicopters circling the structure fell in a matter of seconds leaving a thick cloud of dust which slowly moved across the water to obliterate our view to the other side of the Clyde.

Love it or loathe it this 236m landmark that once dominated the skyline of Inverkip is no more.

The video below shows how it felt to watch this historical moment from the Clyde Challenger.

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Join our team!

Interested in crewing with us?  Recruitment begins in September 2013 for the winter training programme and 2014 season.  Are you ready to take the challenge?  Note your interest by sending an email to