The North British Police Sailing Championships – Charter Five days passage racing in the Clyde, chartered by a group of serving and retired police officers from Yorkshire.
Thanks to Zak Harrison for these photos
Lytham Hall Cruise – Charter A three-day cruise on the Clyde, offered as an auction prize at the Lytham Hall Charity Ball, with proceeds being divided between Sceptre Preservation Society and Friends of Lytham Hall.
Hebridean Cruise A two-week cruise for Members and friends, from Oban to Skye and the Outer Hebrides, with a swap-over of crew at the end of the first week at Mallaig.
This was a spectacular trip, enjoying a mixture of weather from hot and windless to cold and foggy, and taking in remote and beautiful anchorages and harbours. Some of the places visited were Coll, Castle Bay (Barra), Loch Skipport (South Uist), Loch Harport (Skye), Inverie (home of The Old Forge Inn, the most remote pub on mainland Britain, only accessible by boat and bike!), Tobermory, Loch Aline and Craobh Haven - Hebridean Cruise Photos
Members’ Cruise to Raasay A week’s cruise from Oban to Raasay, through the Kyles of Lochalsh and under the Skye road bridge (31m air draft for Sceptre’s 27m mast) to Raasay, to pick up a Member’s student son and friends for a day’s sail to Armadale on Skye - Cruise Photos
Oban to the Clyde An enjoyable few days with fantastic weather, stopping at anchorages in Ardminish Bay, Isle of Ghia and Lochranza, Isle of Arran which the crew had not visited before - Oban to Clyde Photos
Back Home to Holy Loch A visit to Sceptre’s home waters was arranged in September: she was built at Alexander Robertson’s yard in Sandbank on Holy Loch in 1957/58 and she is still remembered with pride by those associated with her at that time. The yard no longer exists, but the three remaining craftsmen who worked on the boat came along to see her again, along with the local historian, journalist, descendants of the yard owners, and other people interested in seeing a piece of their own British history.
Photo of Sceptre sailing up Holy Loch, by Ian Giles (permission sought)
Rhu to Fleetwood The last trip of the season, to take Sceptre down to Fleetwood for the winter, with a few mechanical challenges along the way to liven things up!