Despite the best efforts of Storm Callum, the show went on and the RYA Scotland team spent the three days of the show getting people on the water to try boating as well as catching up with members in the RYA Scotland members’ lounge.
As one of the major sponsors of Scotland’s Boat Show, RYA Scotland used the show as an opportunity to promote our sport and get people out on the water to try boating. Partnering up with sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae, You and Sea and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, there were just over 200 opportunities to get on the water despite all on-water activities having to be cancelled on the Friday.
The persistent rain throughout Saturday did not deter people from getting afloat. In fact we have some really fantastic feedback from those who took part. Sisters Moira McColl and Christine Menzies took part in a one hour motor cruising session on board You and Sea’s 40 foot motor cruiser, Millbrook.
“We were delighted that they laid on the wildlife for us. Really interesting seeing the harbour porpoises and seals. I also had an experience of driving the boat which is something I don’t normally get to do” commented Christine.
Jason and Robbie Turner from Greenock both went on a one hour cruising session aboard Cumbrae’s 38ft yacht Santa Vey.
Robbie said: “I have been sailing with the Scouts at Lochgoilhead, but this is my first time on a bigger boat. It was really good.”
Jason then commented: “I have done a bit of sailing on the Pipers at Royal Gourock Yacht Club. This was the first time out on a cruising yacht like that and we will be definitely be aiming to do that again.”
Rosaline Mieke took her boys out on the water to experience powerboating as part of a 30 minute RIB driving experience with Cumbrae.
“Amazing I really enjoyed it and it was thrilling. I got to drive it. So it was spectacular! Brought the boys along and they really enjoyed it!”
RYA Gold members were invited to join the RYA Scotland team for a brunch of bacon and sausage rolls as well as a free tea or coffee right up to 12 noon on the Saturday morning. Around 100 people took up the invitation and used the opportunity to catch up with friends and to set themselves up for a day wandering the show and pontoons.
Outside of this time an RYA members’ lounge at The Chartroom was open all three days of the show and offered people somewhere warm to dry out and enjoy a free tea or coffee. The discounted lunch menu in the lounge also proved popular. A few clubs and individuals used the opportunity of the lounge to catch up with RYA Scotland staff and volunteers to ask questions.
James Allan of RYA Scotland said. “The weather had us worried for a few days at the start of the week but in the end we had a really successful three days at the show. On-water activities were cancelled on the Friday but despite this we still managed to fill nearly 150 on-water sessions. Our Gold Member Brunch and the Members’ Lounge were particularly well received and offered us a fantastic opportunity to talk to our members face to face. We are already thinking ahead to next year!”
RYA Scotland would like to take this opportunity to thank the partners who delivered the on-water activities – sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae, You and Sea and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. A huge thanks also go to all the volunteers who helped over the three days supporting activity on the stand, on the water and in the members’ lounge. With everyone getting involved and doing a fantastic job RYA Scotland simply could not achieve as much as they do at the show.
If you visited the show and wish to take your adventure further then visit our 'Where's my Nearest?' page to find a club or training centre that will run a RYA training course to suit your boating.