Rotary yachts raise £2000 for charity

Ronnie Falconer.
Ronnie Falconer.

The Rotary Club of Rothesay recently celebrated success in the Clyde Marine Challenge 2016.

Tantina II, skippered by Rotarian Gordon Garman, and Parallel Motion, skippered by Rotarian Alan Marshall, participated in the event which raises money for WaterAid and other charities. The event was held from September 16-18, sailing from Largs to Tarbert via Port Bannatyne and back.

The presentation of prizes.

The presentation of prizes.

Rotarians Ronnie Falconer and Jenny Meade also joined as crew members.

The weather was perfect for sailing on the Friday, less brisk but bright and sunny on the Saturday, but a real challenge existed in sailing against strong southerly winds and a very 'lumpy' sea on Sunday.

The event has been held each year for the past ten years, originating from an idea shared by work colleagues Ronnie Falconer and Roy Hepburn. Roy's widow donated and presents the main prize. To date almost £50,000 has been raised for charity.

Tantina II won the Cumbraes Cup for Gordon's skill in coming first for the courses set on Friday around Little Cumbrae and from Largs to Port Bannatyne. Parallel Motion won the prize for 'Most Improved Crew' with Jenny's perseverance through the difficult Sunday sail. Tantina II also lifted the Sponsorship Decanter for the yacht which raises the most for charity.

There were some spectacular views from the decks of both vessels.

There were some spectacular views from the decks of both vessels.

Between the two Rotary yachts, around £2000 was raised for WaterAid and for Spinal Research, the charity for which Ronnie was personally raising funds.

Overall the event raised around £4000, so the sum raised by local Rotary involvement was a major contribution to this success.