Shrimper regatta set for Rothesay return

The Shrimper Owners' Association's annual regatta will be based on Bute from June 12-20 - the event's first visit to the island since 2010, when this picture was taken. (Pic courtesy of Ian Fisher)
The Shrimper Owners' Association's annual regatta will be based on Bute from June 12-20 - the event's first visit to the island since 2010, when this picture was taken. (Pic courtesy of Ian Fisher)

Sailors from around Britain and beyond will descend on Bute this weekend for the start of a week-long regatta run by the Shrimper Owners’ Association.

All the regatta’s participants are owners or crew members of Cornish Shrimpers - small gaff-rigged sailing vessels built to a design which has its origins in the centuries-old working boats of south-west England.

The members of the Shrimper Owners’ Association will gather in Rothesay this Friday and Saturday, having launched their boats at the nearby Kip Marina, and will be based in and around the island for the rest of the week.

The programme for the regatta includes a welcome reception at the Victoria Hotel, a cruise to Caladh Harbour in the Kyles, a race in Rothesay Bay and a sail to Millport for a cycle round Cumbrae.

The week’s itinerary has been organised by Ian Fisher, who has family links to Bute through his mother, grandmother and uncle - Mollie, Beth and Archie Ross - and who learned to sail in the waters around Bute in his youth.

And the Shrimpers’ gathering is not the only notable sailing event taking place around Bute this weekend: Saturday is also the day of the Isle of Bute Sailing Club’s prestigious Round Bute Race, run over a 45-mile course around the island for more than 15 years.