There is a lot happening at Skye Sailing Club and this are is where we announce and give fuller background detail on headline splashes we make via our Facebook page.
Our Facebook page will always carry very last minute alterations to sailing and session times so please always check there for the very latest, on-the-spot updates from the Club.
The weather tried to mess things up but we managed to race for the trophy and after a close battle:
In September 2016 Sacha MacInnes led five other Skye Sailing Club cadets (Corrina Coll, Chloe Urquhart, Murphy Henderson, Kenneth Nicolson, Chris Whatley) on a sponsored sail around Raasay in two dinghies with the aim of raising money to help fund her African Adventure – volunteering at a school building project in Nakuru, Kenya.
The final Skye Sailing Club keelboat event of 2017, the Round Raasay Pursuit, saw Sandy Rankine bring Calum Matheson’s ‘Roxanne’ home ahead of a competitive local fleet. This win maintains Roxanne’s 100% win record for races entered in 2017.
Fantastic day on the water in all the boats but the Taz which was too much for all in attendance!
Mixed fleets, mixed crews, mixed results but the best survived – even the one that tried to lose a finger!
End of another fabulous week of RYA youth and adult sailing courses with an attempt at setting new World best for sailing on a Topper!
Students from America, France and Yorkshire we think... unfortunately we could not understand his accent, but he sailed like a Yorkshireman!
Winning the Kyles' Cup brought a first trophy for Cristien McLaren's 'Alchemist', skippered by Iain MacLean, at the end of a tough weekend racing from Kyle of Lochalsh to Portree (Saturday) and back the next day.
Four days of RYA summer school sailing (try saying that three times very fast!) for new sailors along with some improvers tweaking up their skills.
Fun times on the water for some as we opened the doors to those hoping to try out sailing with High Life Highland.
End of the first week of Skye's Summer Sailing School with 6 brand new sailors, 6 improvers and an assistant instructor all achieving great things.
Our latest batch of new adult recruits have passed their RYA Beginners Sailing Course held during the evenings since the end of May.
A gust of 55 knots was reported by crews on the way across on Friday afternoon. Whatever the weather, the same wily old campaigner came out on top after handicap!
There was nothing blowing this morning so we took a safety boat ride to the sea badgers' caves – we smelt them, we saw evidence but the illusive sb's were a no show ☹️
After an early lunch some breeze came so we sailed, we capsized, we even answered all Jay's questions!
A full, action-packed day on the water today with the final Portree Primary group of P7s – only the weather was grumpy.
Despite the foul, fickle drizzle, rain and wind we managed a sail a spectacular capsize (you had to be there), we all managed to follow Mrs MacKinnon's lead to Keep Smiling and Carry On!
Sadly it was too windy to sail today but we had the togs on so went in search of sea badgers and oceanic slinkies in the powerboats...
The wetness of the boat rides meant it was drier in the sea where it was discovered the group all had webbed feet – once again we were in the presence of the mystery hooded boat driver... it's like Hong Kong Foohey all over again.
Today it was the turn of our most distant travelled group from Sleat (Bun-Sgoil Shlèite) to be hosed and generally fill the air with mallarkey!
There was a great deal done during the day 'okay, after three...' head dipping, boat tipping, flipping and splashing and I think the boys may have come off second best... just!
Thanks again to Chris and Kenneth for keeping things in order and to Heather and James' Taxi for getting everyone here and back to Sleat again.
If only we had a waterproof camera, Macdiarmid and Knockbreck P7s could have had hundreds of pictures if only the rain had stayed away!
There's a prize for the first email to us via the website that correctly identifies the flourescent hooded spectre on one of the boats – instructors need not enter!
But, despite the weather (and Sacha's bashed toes!), all on the water were smiles while Mrs Lumley looked on; next time Mrs Lumley, next time!
What an absolutely lovely day out on the water with the latest group of P7s, this time Portree Group 2. Sadly we said goodbye to Mr Munsie who will not be with us for the next Portree group... he looked happy enough though and managed a celebratory flip!
Everyone, and we mean EVERYONE got wet today, but everyone went away glowing at the end of another fun day... thanks to Mr Munsie and his class of P7s who all steered brilliantly and really went for it when it was time to capsize!
We had a cracking day sailing with Kilmuir and Staffin Schools – none had been sailing before and everyone managed to steer and even help sort out a capsize in between seaweed battles... Brilliant!
Our 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 with us to formally present us with RYA Scotland Club of the Year and to join in the fun on and off the water.
Skye Sailing Club is the best sailing club in Scotland according to the sport’s governing body the RYA and to help celebrate this 2016 accolade the Portree-based facility will open its doors for free sailing sessions for anyone over the age of 10 on May 13 from 10.00am – see Portree from a different perspective!