Come sail away...

Mikey Robertson, Cheryl Moore and Alec Robertson set off from Rothesay Bay in an attempt to paddle to Port Bannatyne to raise money for this year's Stand Up to Cancer campaign.
Mikey Robertson, Cheryl Moore and Alec Robertson set off from Rothesay Bay in an attempt to paddle to Port Bannatyne to raise money for this year's Stand Up to Cancer campaign.

A three-person raft team took on a unenviable task at the weekend - attempting to sail from Rothesay to Port Bannatyne to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer 2015.

Alec Robertson, his 13-year-old son Mikey, and Cheryl Moore, crewed the Cancer Research UK raft which came in first in this year’s Isle of Bute Sailing Club raft race, and left the slip near the Victorian Toilets shortly after 10am on Sunday morning.

Accompanying the trio in a safety boat were Anna Harrison, manager of the Cancer Research UK shop in Montague Street, and Wendy Brownlie from the Isle of Bute Sailing Club.

The sailing club also timed their morning race to run alongside the rafters, offering a bit of moral support.

Anna told us: “The crew did amazingly. They shot across the bay in about 20 minutes but then the wind picked up and despite rowing very hard the wind and swell was pushing them backwards.

“They spent a couple of hours trying to get around Ardbeg Point but eventually the elements got the better of them.

“We lifted Mikey into the rib as he’d taken the brunt of the wind and was seriously cold, and Alex and Cheryl took the decision to row back.

“Incredibly, the waves washed them back to shore in town just 15 minutes later!

“They were a bit downhearted but Steve Campbell who was out in the safety boat for the sailing club told us that the weather was worse around the corner so I think it was definitely the right decision

“As fate goes, the afternoon seemed much better but I think I right in assuring the team that what they did was amazing and there is no need to re-attempt!

Anna offered her thanks to Wendy for escorting the raft, ensuring that everyone involved was safe, and also thanked the sailing club for joining in on the fun.

If you would like to make a donation to the rafters, just pop into the Cancer Research UK shop and speak to a volunteer.

* Likewise, if you’d like to get involved in this year’s Stand Up to Cancer campaign and have ideas on challenges or events to raise money, contact Anna or any of the team at the local branch.