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Now that spring has sprung and the brighter nights are here, the sailing season has started and activity is well under way at Lochaber Yacht Club.
The first race of the season, frostbite, took place last month, with some excellent sailing conditions making for an eventful race.
The club’s annual fitting-out supper saw new and existing members enjoy an evening of good food, wine and company.
Tom McClean, the first man to complete a solo Atlantic crossing in a rowing boat, was the guest speaker at the dinner, and he entertained with many stories, including his solo crossing, as well as crossing the Atlantic in the smallest sailing boat shaped like a bottle, which can be found behind West Highland College in Fort William. He also told of how he claimed the tiny ‘island’ of Rockall.
The yacht club will be running a series of both adult and junior beginner courses this summer. The adult dinghy RYA level 1 course will be held over two weekends – May 13/14 and May 20/21, while the junior course will follow on June 17/18.
More information can be found on the yacht club website: www.lochaber-yacht-club.co.uk.