We look back to Saturday

For those of you who couldn’t make it on the Saturday, unfortunately you did miss a great occasion. Weather was OK and did improve as the day went on but nothing there to dampen the spirits except for celebratory glasses shared among friends, members, sponsors and any of the additional throng that witnessed the naming and launch of skiff “MAIRI”. We had a great crowd at the naming at the sea school and then an accompanied procession led by Adam the piper. A great spectacle for Cullen and there are many many people who should feel very proud for the lead up to the day and the success of the day. “MORAG” and the “SOY LOON” were there on the water to greet and salute “MAIRI” as she entered the water in the late morning. Apart from the people there was the fire engine and team, the coastguards, Buckie Lifeboat and crew and Macduff Lifeboat and crew. I just hope they were there in celebration and not through any miss placed doubt as to the quality of build by the build team. After the launch all skiffs were rowed by a wide variety of club members and folk wanting to try a shotty. There was a big swell running on the day and if you get a chance check out Alan Robertson photography for some great shots of the skiffs in the swell as well as the launch and procession. We were back at the harbour on the Sunday again for social rowing where the swell had picked up just a fraction more making for some exciting adventures out of the harbour and coming back in, with the suck and blow created by the swell washing across the harbour entrance. We had a number of visitors and locals out on Sunday all of whom expressed a lot of enjoyment and will be giving some serious consideration to joining either 3HA of FWSC to continue with the rowing. So Portsoy Festival is only a fortnight away and possibly too late to start training but hopefully we will have “MORAG” and “MAIRI” at least making a showing in some of the races. Next year may be a different thing once we get winter training sessions started.

Please also look at video footage from Saturday’s launch thanks to Brian Smith from Jasperimage.


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