Every summer, The Royal Yacht Britannia’s Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound sets off from Edinburgh and sails via the Caledonian Canal to Oban – the gateway to the finest coastal scenery in Scotland.
Owned by Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip from 1962 to 1969, the classic 1930s ocean sailing yacht stays in Oban for the month of August where it is available for day charters around the beautiful Western Isles.
Built in 1936 by the famous Camper & Nicholsons yard in Gosport, Bloodhound was one of the most successful ocean racing yachts ever built, winning scores of races in the south of England and even crossed the Atlantic to compete in Bermuda.
Members of the Royal Family have always been keen sailors, particularly Prince Philip. Off the back of Bloodhound’s outstanding race history, Prince Philip purchased the yacht in 1962. It would accompany Britannia during the Royal Family’s annual two-week holiday in Scotland’s Western Isles, where Prince Charles and Princess Anne learned to sail on board. When not in Royal use Bloodhound, and her permanent three-man crew, were made available to yacht clubs across the country, teaching thousands of young people how to sail.
Bloodhound, this year, is skippered by Steve ‘Judders’ Judkins who was an able seaman on Britannia from 1977 to 1981. He and his fellow crew, who include former Royal Yachtsmen Geoff ‘Bagsy’ Baker and James ‘Tiny’ Little, enjoy entertaining Bloodhound’s day sailors with nautical tales and stories life in Royal Service on board Britannia.
Telegraph travel writer Gavin Bell, experienced a magical day’s sailing: “Cruising past misty mountains and sea lochs in a classic wooden sailing boat, in the company of dolphins riding the waves for the fun of it, is as good as sailing gets.”Read more about his adventures here.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 44(0)131 555 8800 to enquire about our day sails in August 2020.