After long discussions with those with local knowledge and experience, we have decided against Loch Lomond for next year's Big Mac and opted for the Firth of Clyde as the venue best equipped to safely host a group gathering of MacGregor boats.
We will launch from Largs which provides access to the cruising waters of the Firth including a range of islands, lochs, anchorages, marinas and mountains. The area provides options in all weather conditions, in relatively sheltered waters with few tidal races or dangers.
The week long event will start with two nights at Largs marina with a view to moving on to Loch Fyne for the weekend, harboured in the pretty village of Tarbert. We will then find our way back to Largs perhaps by a different route.
This is a marvellous cruising area and offers sailing that can challenge the adventurous but also provide sheltered waters for the inexperienced. The Kyles of Bute are a must on a cruise of this area and a visit to the Isle of Arran is a possibility.
The great thing about MacGregor gatherings is that they are flexible. You get the benefits of company and support if you want it but you can cut loose and do your own thing when you like. That said, at some point I will have to make a firm booking with the marinas (I have provisionally booked Largs and Tarbert for up to ten boats) so please express your interest on this thread. I will update as plans and ideas develop.
For those who wish to stay more than a week there is plenty to explore further up the Clyde, around Arran or even through the Crinan Canal.
Several members have been cruising this area this summer; I have visited four times and I have the support of Anneke Wallace, who knows the area very well, so there should be no shortage of experience and ideas to make this an enjoyable week.
Quentin Sands (Editor)
1993 MacGregor 19, Margarita