Out on the open water

 

They spent nearly 12 hours in open boats but now five sailing club team mates hope they have done enough to support Skye teenager and friend, Sacha MacInnes, to head out to Africa to help others.

Over the week-end Corrina Coll, Murphy Henderson, Kenneth Nicolson, Chloe Urquhart and Chris Whatley were joined by 17 year old Sasha to sail their dinghies non-stop around Raasay.

The aim was not only to complete the challenge but help Sasha raise the £2,000 she needs to cover her costs on travelling to Kenya and covering her costs while there.

Unaided the youngsters, all members of Skye Sailing Club, successfully navigated their way around the island with the first boat home, containing  Sacha, Chloe and Chris aboard taking 11 hours 13 minutes 51 seconds; while the second boat with Kenneth, Corrina and Murphy took 11 hours 18 minutes 02 seconds from Black Rock Buoy to Black Rock Buoy.

On her Just Giving page, where donations can be made, Sacha said: “I have recently completed my silver Duke of Edinburgh and am now working on Gold.

“For Gold I need to complete a residential of a minimum of five days. I have chosen to do a two-week voluntary trip to Kenya next June. Whilst out there I will work at local community projects situated in impoverished areas of Nakuru.

“I will be helping with manual labour and sports coaching at a local school. In order to generate the funds required to go on the trip I will be saving and fundraising over the coming months, and I am asking you to kindly support me on my way”