Hello all you prospective mariners,

Since the last newsletter, a great deal of work has been carried out by the committee in getting us ready to invite you all out for a row. I delayed the publication till we had something definite to tell you about.

As you are probably aware, we have purchased a brand new St Ayles Skiff from the Cullen Sea School, where it was constructed by two time served and highly skilled boatbuilders ably assisted by two apprentices. We collected the boat from Cullen last month, with outstanding assistance from Avoch CRC who lent us their road trailer, and also Lossiemouth CRC who collected our launching trolley for us from Ayrshire.

The boat has been named Eilean Dubh which means Black Isle in Gaelic. It was also the name of one of the two last ferry boats to operate between North and South Kessock, so identifies with our village.

We are going to do the grand launch on Saturday 13th of May at 4pm. Mrs Margaret MacDonald who is a native of North Kessock, and has done incredible work for Kessock RNLI, has graciously agreed to officiate at the ceremony. (On condition she gets a dram).

We are now in a position to offer membership to everybody, thanks to Alicia our treasurer. Please follow the following link   https://membermojo.co.uk/nkrc The rates are on the application, which asks you to read the terms and conditions, and also the club rules. We are going to organise a booking system on the 18th once we have carried out the launch.

We have two highly qualified instructors, who are giving of their time to help us out with training, so watch FB and website for details. Http://northkessockrowingclub.co.uk

There is a useful article on our website in the documents section ‘getting onto the water’ which gives information on what exactly to expect on your maiden voyage.

Does anybody know a local piper who would could help us out?

Hope to see you all on the 13th when most of the committee will be in attendance if you want to get the craic.


Keith Brill, Chair