Skye sailing club raise cash for leader

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Sacha and Jennifer Shaw competing in the Portree Highland Games.

A team of young sailors from the Isle of Skye sailing club are taking part in a 30 nautical-mile sail to raise money for their team leader Sacha MacInnes to volunteer in Kenya next year, writes reporter Katie Carabine.

Seventeen-year-old Sacha MacInnes  will lead her team around the Isle of Raasay in two dinghies, a sail which should take at least six hours to complete.

She is hoping to raise money to help her volunteer in a community project in Africa next June as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.

Sacha will be part of a team helping improve a local community through a variety of methods, including sports coaching and building facilities.

A donation will also be given to Skye Sailing Club who are supporting the team and allowing them to borrow equipment.

Sacha said: ‘I started off with the idea of doing a simple sponsored sail which I didn’t believe could ever happen.  The instructors at my local sailing club were very keen on helping me out and have given me the resources, time and direction I needed to make it all possible.  It was them who gave me the nudge to make this more public.

‘I am thankful to the club and everyone who has helped me make this possible.  I have been given masses of support from the team, our instructors at the club and the trustees.’

Donations can be made on Sacha’s Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sacha-macinnes.