Sailing success for Peigi

Point teenager Peigi Macsween has just returned from a sailing adventure around the Scottish islands organised by a youth charity.

Peigi took on the St Kilda Challenge raising funds for the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland which provides valuable opportunities for young people.

On Monday 25th May the crew aboard Alba Explorer departed Oban Marina and headed to Tobermory. Strong westerly winds prevailed. Arriving safely they planned to head to the SW corner of Skye with hopes of sneaking through the Sound of Harris the following day.

Unfortunately the wind strength remained too strong and they were unable to find a weather window to pass through.

Harbouring overnight in Dunvegan they planned to head to Kyle of Lochalsh the next evening and into Coll. Despite not making it to St Kilda, spirits were still high.

Of her exciting challenge, Peigi said: “Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get a weather window to get us to St Kilda, which was a huge disappointment.

“However we circumnavigated Skye and visited Coll and Mull. We were sailing in challenging weather conditions with winds of force 5-7’s and some gusts of up to force 9 at times.

“I really enjoyed my week, I made new friends and enjoyed learning new skills! I saw some amazing scenery and wildlife including Whales and Dolphins.”

She added: “Thanks again to everybody who sponsored me for the challenge and helped to make the trip possible.

“The money raised will go towards funding young people from different backgrounds to have an adventure under sail!”

Peigi would like to particularly thank Alasdair MacDonald (Cambridge), MacMillan Engineering (Goat Island),DJ MacRae and the Lewis Taxi Drivers, Buth an Rubha and the Point Councillors.

Also the Stornoway Sailing Club and the Stornoway Rowing Club and all the bands and musicians that performed at the Woodlands fundraiser.