The Skye "crew" at the awards

 

Skye's sailors are on the crest of a wave after taking Scotland's top sailing award.

Against the odds the Portree based group were officially named RYA Scotland Club of the Year 2016 during a ceremony staged at the Glasgow Science Centre .

The boating community from around the country gathered as RYA Scotland recognised the achievements and outstanding commitment of Scotland’s volunteers, coaches, instructors, officials, clubs and performance sailors.

The theme throughout the evening returned to the boating ‘family’ as the support network that enables the vast range of activity represented across the ten award categories.

Skye Sailing Club was awarded the RYA Scotland Club of the Year award for their recent investments in the club and commitment to the local island community within the past year.

Club Secretary Liz Williams and her son Callum collected the award and she said: “We’re so pleased to have gained this recognition as the members have put so much work into the club over the past few years.

"With adult sailing courses or free sailing offered to primary 7 pupils on Skye, the additional junior and holiday visitor sailing courses and our club racing have all been embraced by our growing membership from the local community.

"People behind the scenes have put a lot of hard work to this and we would like to extend more opportunities to the people in Skye. We’re very proud of the achievement.”