Zephyr Launched in Avoch

Sunday the 28th of February saw the launch of Avoch Community Rowing Club’s second skiff named ‘Zephyr’. She joins the club’s first skiff ‘Zulu’ which was launched in August 2014 and is the 114th skiff registered in the UK.
A beautifully sunny early spring day gave the perfect back drop as ‘Zephyr’ was piped through the village to the clubs launching site where a simple naming ceremony was held. She was accompanied by over a hundred people on foot as well as four skiffs from other local clubs Ullapool, Burghead, Findochty and Chanonry as well as a couple of canoes!
After a few well chosen words from the former chair of the local community council (and club member and skiff builder!) Angus McWilliam and plenty of applause, ‘Zephyr’ slipped effortlessly in to the tranquil Moray Firth.
The name ‘Zephyr’ has been synonymous with the fishing industry in the village throughout the years. One of the last of the large vessels to operate from the port in its heyday shared the same name and there is still a small fishing boat present today with the same call sign. Zephyr is also of course a wind and hand carved into the bow is a swirl of wind.
Many of the crowd took up the invitation to try rowing for the first time and as the sun set everyone warmed up with teas, coffees and mountains of cake at the club shed. A big thank you to everyone who made the day a great success especially the other clubs who came to support the event.

All the best to the Avoch rowers and their beautiful new skiff!

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