Launch of the third rowing skiff & the first mirror dinghy

Cullen Sea School in partnership with Buckie Community High School is gearing up for the launch and the official naming ceremony of the third Three Harbours Association St Ayles rowing skiff. Come along and meet “Canty” on Friday, 15thJune at Cullen Harbour. As part of the event we will also name and launch “Hope” the very first CSS built mirror dinghy. The official naming ceremonies to be held in the unique Cullen Sea School building at 1pm onwards while the launch of the skiff and the dinghy will take place at Cullen harbour around 1.30pm.

Lorna Wiles, Principal Teacher of Flexible Curriculum has added the following comment: “Cullen Sea School have provided our pupils with a wonderful opportunity to learn the time honoured skills of boatbuilding alongside highly experienced and skilled shipwrights.  It is so important that the expertise of these generous craftspeople is passed down to the next generation.  It has also been lovely to see the relationships between the generations grow.”

Manager of the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, Kay Jackson, and trustee Margaret Stenton are among those who will be in attendance as Canty takes to the waves. The Foundation made an award of £5000 towards the educational project in order to encourage young people from coastal communities to learn traditional boat building skills.

Kay said: “The students involved have achieved an incredible goal in creating their own skiff and we are delighted it is now seaworthy and ready to be launched. Their hard work and dedication has been inspirational. Not only have they learned lasting skills, but Canty will bring pleasure to all those who row in her for years to come. Our congratulations go to the Buckie High students, as well as the shipwrights at the sea school, for building this wonderful vessel with their own hands.”

As part of the project CSS runs weekly boatbuilding courses and every Thursday morning 4 pupils from the Buckie Community High School join us to attain useful wood working and boatbuilding skills. During the past winter these 4 pupils have, with the help of CSS’s own shipwrights, built “Canty” from a kit which was funded by the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation. A former pupil, Conan Ross  was also participating in the buiuld as part of a voluntary placement at Cullen Sea School. This placement has been part of his Activity Agreement learning programme, co-ordinated in partnership with Moray Council.

“Hope” the very first CSS built mirror dinghy took about 5 months from start to finish and was built mainly by two of our valued members and volunteers. We at THA hope that by summer 2019 we will have a fleet of 5 of these dinghies to run our own dinghy sailing training.

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