Borders MSP John Lamont visited St Mary’s Loch Sailing Club to see – and christen – the club’s new RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) rescue boat.
During the visit, which took place during the club’s annual training camp for junior members, Mr Lamont was taken out on the rescue boat. He also watched some of the training sessions and met sailing instructors and junior sailors.
The club was able to buy the boat as a result of funding from Awards for All Scotland.
Club commodore Alison Robertson Morrish told The Southern: “The RIB will be particularly useful in enabling instructors to get much closer to sailors to highlight teaching points.
“It will be used on a regular basis for training and coaching purposes, and will be of great value during our annual summer camp, which we run for younger members (eight to 16-year-olds). We are currently working with RYA Scotland with a view to running a youth regatta for sailors across Scotland in 2016.
“In addition to supporting the training needs, the RIB will provide us with improved rescue cover.”