Soaking the baton at Montrose Sailing Club

At the Montrose Sports Centre on Saturday, club secretary Craig Robinson prepares to carry the baton in Kirriemuir later in the afternoon.

At the Montrose Sports Centre on Saturday, club secretary Craig Robinson prepares to carry the baton in Kirriemuir later in the afternoon.

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Hot on the heels of the Montrose Sailing Club’s 50th Anniversary, the club played its part in the celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Baton Relay coming to the town on Saturday.

Not only do the club have a member who helped to design the Baton, and another who proudly carried it in Kirriemuir, but it held its first ever dry-land taster session, at the Sports Centre games field, on Saturday.

A club spokesman said: “Judging by the number of people who came along to the sailing club open day on Sunday, a good number of people spotted our two bright yellow and blue Laser Picos (courtesy of the Angus Council Community Fund) and were not put off by Saturday’s rain.

“All the same, it was with some trepidation that we opened the curtains on Sunday morning, but fortunately we were given a near-perfect day for folk to try sailing - bright, warm and with a steady breeze - and they certainly did come and try!”

More than 30 new sailors attended the open day, keeping the club’s volunteers busy kitting out the visitors for a safe sail, getting them on the water and preparing them tea and cake to warm-up afterwards.

The spokesperson continued: “All who came had a great time sailing on our “unusual” patch of water, and with the club’s own sail training programme and links with Monikie Country Park RYA sail training centre, we hope that we will have some budding Sir Ben Ainsleys or Shirley Robertsons joining the club, and a few more who will come to enjoy messing around in boats and 
seeing the seals.

“The Club would also like to thank Montrose Community Sports Hub for the opportunity to take part on Saturday and to send our best wishes with the baton and its bearers to all of the athletes and volunteers who will be taking part in Scotland’s Games next month.”

Meanwhile, if you missed the open day and are interested in trying a new sport, see www.montrosesailingclub.co.uk for details of the sailing programme and get along to Esk Road any weekend when the tide’s in.