“Silver Darling” joins the fleet at Chanonry

Last Saturday, 13th May, Chanonry Sailing Club (CSC) Community Rowing skiff section launched its second St Ayles skiff, named ‘Silver Darling’.  Despite a forecast of heavy showers we enjoyed a perfect warm, bright and near calm day. Using the excellent clubhouse facilities, slipway, harbour and dinghy racing course the launch was part of the annual RNLI open day at the club.   For the launch of Silver Darling we were joined by both skiffs of the Avoch Skiffties, who rowed up from Avoch, together with both skiffs from Cromarty. The skirl of the pipes had roused everyone’s attention before words of thanks and the blessing of a dram from a Quaich meant Silver Darling was properly ready to slip off her trailer to her salty new home. The first CSC skiff, ‘Chanonry Maid’ was also on the water to join the raised oar salute.

Once all afloat the 6 boats had a couple of short races with Avoch demonstrating how it should be done with commanding double wins.  All good practice as we prepare for summer regattas.

The day included visits from the Invergordon and Inverness lifeboats and a dinghy sailing race.  RNLI volunteers provided refreshments and the local Sea Scouts got thoroughly involved using their own boats and began to get to grips with rowing on the skiffs.  We welcomed several members of the public to have a go on the skiffs and hopefully we’ll have some new members keen to feel the surge of collective power in a St Ayles skiff.


CSC Community Rowing section FB page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CSCCommunityRowing/?ref=bookmarks with a number of other photos of the launch.

Roger McMichael

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