Posted on Friday 28 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Sailing pica

Tiffany Brien calls 'All Aboard' for local sailors to explore the breathtaking waters between Northern Ireland and Scotland's west coast.

Local sailors have been urged to explore the breathtaking waters between Northern Ireland and Scotland's stunning west coast during 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland.

Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien, an Olympic standard sailor who is now campaigning full-time towards representing Ireland in Rio's 2013 Olympic Games, believes that local sailing enthusiasts like herself are in for a real treat this summer, with a host of sailing events taking place for all abilities and sailing vessels.

One annual highlight is The RYA Malin Waters Cruise in Company 10-17 August 2013 –which includes power and sail vessels travelling to and from Scotland to Northern Ireland. All abilities are welcome to take part and the mother ship, 'Bravado', is on hand with a boat full of experts and instructors for guidance and support. This highly popular event gives participants the chance to experience the best of what Northern Ireland and Scotland has to offer on land and sea.

The beauty queen said: "Sailing has been a passion of mine since the age of seven and it's a huge part of my life. I have sailed the Malin Waters a number of times and I'm always amazed at the stunning scenery, fabulous conditions and the wide array of events on Scotland's West Coast. I'm delighted to be involved and would encourage all keen North Down sailors to get involved in the Malin Waters events this year. Whatever your standard, get out on the water and experience the Year of Natural Scotland."

Helen Campbell, Head of Marketing, UK & Ireland at VisitScotland added: "Malin Waters and Scotland's west coast are widely recognised to include some of Europe's premier sailing and coastal destinations. This year during the Year of Natural Scotland, there is no better time for Northern Ireland sailors to experience the vast array of events and activities."

James Stuart, Chief Operating Officer, RYA Scotland commented: "We look forward to welcoming Northern Ireland sailing enthusiasts to the west coast of Scotland. With hundreds of events and an extensive sailing programme including the 'RYA Malin Waters Cruise in Company', there's something for everyone."

Scotland's West Coast, with its rich sailing heritage, is a favourite destination for sailing enthusiasts from Northern Ireland and the region hosts approximately 90,000 visiting boat nights per year.

Northern Ireland visitors and the local boating fraternity are invited to make the most of the spectacular summer of sailing which includes key festivals, sailing activities and regattas including:

- The West Highland Yachting Week 27 July –2 August 2013. This historic and unique sailing regatta in its 65th year has over 1000 competitors taking part in three venues, Craobh, Oban and Tobermory. It has developed a distinctive blend of racing and a varied and full programme of family social events.

The Year of Natural Scotland also offers the opportunity to combine a sailing visit with a range of activities including wildlife watching, coastal walking and sampling Scotland's rich natural larder along Scotland's Seafood Trail.

To find out more information regarding sailing in the west coast of Scotland visit www.malinwaters.com and for details of accommodation, events and activities in the region during the Year of Natural Scotland, check out www.visitscotland.com/natural.



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