Since its launch in September. 2004, The Rosehearty Community Boat Club has built one traditional Zulu Yole sail boat, renovated an ex naval launch and is presently re-building another traditional sail boat. Not only does the club use these boats to provide a leisure activity for members of the community of all ages; working on these boats preserves traditional building skills, which are fast dying out.
Right from the beginning, the club has recognized the importance of involving young people in these activities and there have always been several youngsters attending the Red Kirk on a regular basis to help and to learn boat building skills. Times change however and of late, the club members have recognized that there is the need in the community for more facilities for all of its youngsters.You often hear the quote “There is nothing to do here” and we want to do our part in addressing this issue in Rosehearty.
2012 SAW THE BIRTH OF THE CLUB’S
“ YOUTH PROJECT”
At the club’s Annual General Meeting of that year, the decision was taken to establish a youth group within the club. Youngsters from within the community would be offered the chance to learn to sail safely and correctly in the sheltered water of Port Rae, in Rosehearty.
A contact with the Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust had already been established through contact through contacts at the Portsoy at Peterhead Sailing Club earlier in the year and after extensive talks with a similarly minded group in Portsoy and with other local groups with boating interests, plans were agreed for the club to initially build two Optimist Dinghies ; these to be ready to sail in April 2013.
Rosehearty School was keen to help in setting up this facility and kindly hosted an ~”Information Evening” for parents and children. Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust would try to provide six “Topper” dinghies with trailer, rescue vessel and equally importantly, qualified instruction. By this time, the club had recruited several new members; all keen to build this exciting project. One of these new members has previous sail training experience and a training certificate. After a huge effort by this new team, dead on time, the first Optimist took to the water in April, soon to be followed by Optimist Number two. True to their promise, A.S.T. Duly arrived in July with the Topper dinghies. Sailing now takes place regularly and will continue through to the end of the season. 2014 is anticipated with enthusiasm.