Skye Sail­ing Club pre­sented with top award

The Oban Times - - Sport -

SKYE sail­ing club has been pre­sented with its club of the year award.

The open in­vi­ta­tion for the com­mu­nity to join Skye Sail­ing Club for a Satur­day of sail­ing taster ses­sions was de­clared a re­sound­ing suc­cess by James Allen, RYA Scot­land’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, who was at the club to for­mally present the RYA Scot­land Club of the Year award to Com­modore Hugh Mac­Don­ald and join in the fun on and off the wa­ter.

Dur­ing the evening, James Allen de­liv­ered RYA Scot­land’s big plan for sail­ing na­tion­ally to cur­rent mem­bers and those from the past who came to reac­quaint them­selves with the set up af­ter hav­ing worked to form the Portree-based fa­cil­ity of more re­cent years.

The light breeze early on could not dampen spir­its and every boat at the sail­ing club was on the wa­ter for RYA Push the Boat Out as mem­bers wel­comed ev­ery­one to join them to see Portree from a whole new per­spec­tive – a sail­ing dinghy.

By the time those as­sem­bled drifted home, more than 30 had been on the wa­ter, many for the first time.

New mem­ber­ships were taken up and one adult be­gin­ners sail­ing course sold out.

Plans are now un­der way to sched­ule in ad­di­tional course dates and any­one that missed the sail­ing tasters can email info@skye­sail­ing­ and a new date will be ar­ranged for a trial ses­sion.

New sailors joined ex­ist­ing mem­bers for Skye Sail­ing Club’s RYA Push the Boat Out event.

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