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Small Ships Race 2014

The Clyde Small Ships Race is over. 

Even though there was very little wind, a good time was had by the trainees and skippers. The highlight of the week was taking part in the Commonwealth Flotilla up the river into the Clyde on Saturday 26th July.

Pictures of the Small Ships Race and Prizegiving are available here.

Full race results are here.

ASTO would like to thank RYA Scotland, James Watt Dock Marina, Portavadie Marina and the Scottish Sailing Institute for their help and support for the event. Extra special thanks go to Robbie Crow from OYT Scotland for the on the ground organisation.

The next ASTO Small Ships Race will be the round the cans race in the Solent on October 4th.


ASTO and RYA Scotland are jointly organising a Small Ships Race in the Clyde in July 2014.

The Small Ships Race is a regular event that sees young people from 12 to 25 compete against other Sail Training vessels. The fleet consists of everything from a 35 foot bermudan sloop to a 90 foot gaff rigged schooner. The common factor is that most of the young crew on board have never sailed before. Together they will experience teamwork, tolerance and responsibility all while having an exciting adventure!

The Clyde Small Ships Race 2014 will bring Sail Training to the Clyde in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games and will join with the RYA Scotland Homecoming Muster and Cruise in Company. Some of the vessels will then join the spectacular Commonwealth Flotilla that will see 250 vessels sail into the heart of Glasgow.

Vessels taking part in the Small Ships Race include:

Alba Endeavour (Ocean Youth Trust Scotland)
Alba Volunteer
Challenge Wales
Clyde Challenger
City Liveryman
Spirit of Fairbridge

The vessels and their young crews have travelled far and wide to get to the event, with Challenge Wales travelling from Cardiff and Swan from Shetland!

Further details of the partner events are on Flotilla 2014.

The race will start from Greenock at 1400 on Tuesday 22nd July, race around Arran and up to Portavadie to watch the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on a big screen. From there we cruise in company with other boats through the Kyles of Bute and will finish in Greenock on the Friday with a party and prize giving.

Regular update will be on this web page during the race.