Businesses in Oban and Tobermory with shop fronts are being encouraged to enter the West Highland Yachting Week window dressing competition to complement the regatta that takes place from July 28 to August 3 2012.
The competition returned to Oban last year after a number of years absence with eighteen shops and businesses taking part. The Joint Regatta Committee is keen to promote the shop front competition once again seeing it as an important part of community involvement in the racing week. Orsay in Stevenson Street was the winner last year receiving a trophy, a commemoration cake and a selection of sponsors’ products. Orsay focussed on sponsors’ Tobermory Whisky in the window display creating a colourful backdrop with whisky bottles.
Tobermory, one of the other venues of the event, has run a successful window dressing competition during WHYW over many years. The Mull Soap Company was the winner in 2011.
JRC chairman David Waltho explained: ‘We are actively encouraging the town to become more part of West Highland Regatta Week. It’s one of the biggest sailing events in the UK and we hope to attract upwards of 120 boats this year.’
He added: ’WHYW brings many competitors and visitors to Oban and Tobermory for this spectacle of sail and it would be great to see the local shops and businesses playing their part to show everyone is behind the event. We are handing out entry forms now and hope as many shops will enter, even if it is only on a small scale.
The theme will be left to individual shops as long as it ties in with WHYW and sponsors’ products will be handed out to use in the displays.
This year West Highland Yachting Week is being supported by Tunnock’s, The Oban Common Good Fund, Argyll and Bute Council, Tobermory Whisky, Tobermory Harbour Association, Caledonian MacBrayne, Scottish Fuels and The Crown Estate. West Coast Motors and Flit Self Drive are providing help with transport.
Mr Waltho added: ‘It is fitting that Oban and Tobermory links in partnership with events like West Highland Yachting Week since both have a fundamental association with the sea. We look forward to seeing as many imaginative creations as possible for our window dressing competition!’