Sail Caledonia 2020 @ Fort William to Inverness
May 23 – May 30 all-day

The Great Glen Raids – which later became Sail Caledonia – were wonderful intense experiences. They seemed like a season’s worth of sailing crammed in to a week.” Iain Oughtred, boat designer (Water Craftmagazine no. 111).

The 2019 Raid was another great success with an eclectic selection of boats, while skippers and crews enjoyed fine passages and racing during the day with warm and friendly socialising each evening. The Results are now available and the Galleries page has photos from this year’s event. Don’t miss out next year, join the world’s longest running and best sail & oar raid – Sail Caledonia.

Well done to Jim Black, overall winner of Sail Caledonia 2019 in “Two Brothers”, a Drascombe Lugger.

Sail Caledonia was again a most enjoyable event with great camaraderie between all boats, crews and support staff. Anyone who appreciates stimulating company, laughter, live music, good food, occasionally challenging sailing, interesting small boats and a memorable experience should come.” Matthew Peacock, 2015 winning skipper.

Sail Caledonia is the annual Scottish ‘Raid’ or expedition for boats powered by sail and/or oars which takes place in the Highlands of Scotland each May. Everyone who has taken part has acclaimed it a fantastic event and an experience not to be missed.

Using the Great Glen’s stunning and varied lochs and the 200 year old Caledonian Canal, a fleet of up to 25 boats sails, rows, races, explores and ceilidhs their way up the glen. Accompanied by safety boats, nothing beats sailing and rowing from the Atlantic at Fort William, through Fort Augustus and the mighty Loch Ness, to the finish in the Beauly Firth at Inverness, the Highland’s capital. Sea-to-sea via some of the world’s most stunning mountain scenery in the safety of an accompanied expedition for small boats.

Sail Caledonia is a friendly, open event for smaller (c. 5m – 9m) boats capable of completing the journey under sail and/or oar. Anyone can join providing their boat conforms in general terms to one of the classes and the safety regulations set out in the Notice of Race (available on Downloads page).

We are always looking to build on the success of previous years and attract sailing boats of many shapes and sizes. Please enjoy our web site and if you have any questions simply get in touch.

Swallow Raid 2020 @ Mylor Yacht Harbour
Jun 29 – Jul 3 all-day
Raid England 2020 Essex @ Essex Outdoors Centre
Aug 17 – Aug 22 all-day

Moray Macphail has very kindly agreed to organise the 2020 English Raid.
Details are at the Raid England website (

The Raid will be based at the Essex Outdoors Centre at Bradwell with the boats kept at Bradwell Marina with sailing on the River Blackwater.
Website address is

Most of you will have missed a cracking Raid in Rhu in 2019. Don’t make the same mistake in 2020!

The costs below include 5 breakfasts, 4 packed lunches, 5 dinners, mooring fees, car and trailer parking.

£385 per person for those wanting to stay in the Centre (arrive Monday, depart Saturday).
£285 per person for those caravanning/motorhoming/camping
£260 per person for those living aboard (food included at the centre)
There is no charge for children under 5, but while the Centre is happy to accommodate small children, you will need to bring your own gear – high chairs, cots etc

To book your place on the Raid please go to, complete the form and send it to me.