The Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound, crewed by former Queen’s Royal Yachtsmen, nicknamed ‘Yotties’, this morning sailed from the port of Leith on its annual pilgrimage to the Western Isles of Scotland.
This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the classic ocean racing yacht. Owned previously by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, now permanently berthed alongside her ‘big sister’, The Royal Yacht Britannia, in Edinburgh, Bloodhound is owned and maintained by Britannia’s charitable trust.
Each year from July-August, Bloodhound makes the journey to Oban, recalling her days in Royal service, when every summer, Bloodhound would accompany Britannia during the Royal family’s annual two week holiday in the Western Isles. To this day, the Yacht is still skippered by the original crew who taught Prince Charles and Princess Anne to sail.
Sailing out of Oban Marina between July and August, the fully restored 63 foot yacht now offers day charters for up to 8 passengers, following the routes around the beautiful Western Isles loved by the Royal Family during their holidays.
Skipper, Steve ‘Judders’ Judkins, able seaman on Britannia from 1977 to 1981, and his fellow crew, which includes Team Captain Geoff ‘Bagsy’ Baker, enjoy entertaining Bloodhound’s guests with stories about life on Britannia whilst in Royal service, when they would go sailing and fishing with the family and call in at picturesque coves for picnics and barbecues on the beach!
Day sails on Bloodhound in August cost £185pp including: breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and guests can choose to sit back and relax while on board, or help the Skipper and crew ‘man the ropes’.
For further details on chartering Bloodhound contact the Events Team on 0131 555 8800 or email: [email protected].