It’s important to remember Tiree is not all about the shiny Pros. Each year the number of Amateurs, Women, Youths and masters easily outweighs the size of the Pro fleet. For the ambitious among the Amateurs, their competition is a stepping stone to the next level. In fact the winner each year is automatically promoted into the Premier Fleet by virtue, to make afairer playing field for next year’s new generation. Not every sailor is there to win however and the competition openly welcomes entrants who are just in it for the experience. John Skye is a great example here of how the system works; his first ever trip to Tiree was as an Amateur in 1997 and it was not until 2004 that he went on to win his first Crown.