Grace Ritchie

Converted lifeboat Grace Ritchie acts as support to the yacht race 29 August 2009.

Svitzer Milford

Svitzer Milford in place as the "brake" 29 August 2009.

Ayton Cross

Ayton Cross waits for Nordtrave to catch up 29 August 2009.


Bulk carrier Nordtrave causes consternation amongst a flotilla of yachts en route to Hunterston 29 August 2009.

Le Grand Bleu

Seen calling at Campbeltown, 22 August 2009, is the mega yacht Le Grand Bleu. This 370' Bermuda registered vessel was built in 2000 at the Bremer Vulkan yard in Bremen for John McCaw Jr. who sold her to Roman Abromavich in 2002. He had her refitted and lengthened but, in 2006, he gifted her to his friend and associate, Eugene Svidler. The fully rigged 74' sailing yacht and 67' speedboat, which form part of Le Grand Bleu's inventory, can clearly be seen in front of the helipad.