Kyle RNLI set to make a splash at Maritime Day

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Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI is hosting its annual Maritime Day on Saturday, September 7, with the day’s events kicking off at noon.

Aiming to build on the success of last year’s day, this year’s event will be the biggest yet, with demonstrations from Kyle, Mallaig and Portree lifeboats, as well as the Coastguard helicopter.  Local Coastguard teams, the police and fire brigade will also be there throughout the day, as will the Lochalsh Junior pipe band.

Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI crew member and volunteer press officer said: ‘Weather permitting, we will have the local kayaking club enabling people to get out on the water, while onshore you can have a free safety check of any lifejackets you bring along.

‘The day will begin with the annual Kyleakin to Kyle swim, which sees competitors swimming between the two slipways.  Then, later in the afternoon, the Tractor Pulling competition is making a welcome return, where teams of six people see how fast they can pull our launching tractor over a set distance (its a lot harder than it looks!).

‘The day will be rounded off with the annual Kyle Fire Brigade Raft Race.  This year’s race will be a little different as the teams will all be supplied with the same materials and will have to build their rafts before they can take to the water!’

The event takes place at Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI, Fishery Pier, Kyle of Lochalsh.