Rothesay pupils launch sail training fund-raising campaign

The tall ship Maybe offers sail training courses in the waters around Britain and Europe - though she's only a rare visitor to Scotland.
The tall ship Maybe offers sail training courses in the waters around Britain and Europe - though she's only a rare visitor to Scotland.

A fund-raising drive has been launched to help meet the cost of sending a group of Rothesay Academy pupils on a trip-of-a-lifetime sail training course later this year.

The trip, scheduled to last from June 20 to 23, will be aboard the tall ship Maybe, which was launched in Amsterdam in 1929 and has taken part in the world-famous Tall Ships Races for the last seven years.

A rare visitor to Scottish waters, the Maybe, based on the east coast of Yorkshire, is run by a non-profit organisation and spends several months each year sailing around Europe.

The Academy pupils’ trip in June will cost more than £3,000, but received a boost last week in the form of a £1,000 donation from For Bute, the Rothesay-based charity set up to support island-based good causes through sales of second-hand items at its shop in Victoria Street.

Other applications for funds to help meet the cost of the trip have already been submitted, while the group will also be undertaking a bag-pack at the Co-operative’s supermarket in the town’s Bridge Street.

If you would like to help, or know a potential source of funds to which the group could apply, please contact Rothesay Academy on (01700) 503367 and ask for Katie Hamlet or email enquiries@rothesayacademy.argyll-bute.sch.uk.