St Columba’s pupils get answers to their nautical questions

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St Columba’s Roman Catholic Primary School youngsters visited Lochaber Yacht Club last week to find out more about taking to the waves.

Pupils from the school in Caol had developed an interest in boats to the extent that their teacher was running out of answers to their increasingly difficult questions.

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The solution was to ask the local sailors for help and the club’s commodore Hamish Loudon and senior sailing instructor Jon Gay hosted the school visitors.

So the group, with teacher and helpers, visited the sailing club to find out more about boating.

They helped to rig two sailing dinghies, crewed the rescue boat and tested the communication equipment.

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Once the practical boating lessons were completed, the children moved inside the clubhouse where a warm stove awaited.

A model yacht displayed the names of all the boat parts and everyone coloured in a drawing of a sailing boat.

Mr Loudon said: ‘It was a well behaved group who enjoyed the visit and they hope to return next year when the weather might be suitable for them to go afloat.’