Competition for new lifeboat a first

The Shannon class lifeboat, one of the first of which will be stationed at Montrose from next year.'Contributed photo
The Shannon class lifeboat, one of the first of which will be stationed at Montrose from next year.'Contributed photo

ENTRANTS into a competition to name one of the RNLI’s first new Shannon class lifeboats have until the end of this week to register.

It is the first time in the charity’s history that it has run a naming competition, which will be open to school children across Scotland. As well as naming the lifeboat, the winner and their family will be special guests at the naming ceremony next year.

Capable of 25 knots, the £1.5 million all-weather lifeboat - the first in Scotland - has been funded by a legacy and will the RNLI’s most advanced vessel and the first in a new generation of lifeboats to run on water jets instead of propellers. This will increase manoeuvrability in the water and enable more efficient sea rescues. Its arrival at Montrose in 2013, where a new station is currently being built, has yet to be fixed.

Chris Eves, project manager for the Shannon class lifeboat, says: “Traditionally RNLI lifeboats are named by a donor who has kindly given money to the charity, so this competition really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I think the most exciting part of this competition is that the lifeboat could be in service for up to 50 years – this prize is something that will be cherished for a lifetime.”

Entrants must be members of Storm Force, the RNLI’s junior club for children aged 7 to 11, and entries should be submitted by the closing date of Friday, September 7.

Anyone wishing to join Storm Force and enter the competition should do so no later than this Friday, August 24, either online at www.rnli.org.uk/stormforce or by calling 0300 300 9907. The winner will be announced on January 16, 2013.