King castle

Dumfries and Galloway pupils take to the water to be king of the castle

Daniel Jones receives the winner’s trophy from Emma Harper MSP

The Five Castles Sailing Regatta for secondary school pupils was organized by the Solway Yacht Club and the Annandale Sailing Club who have for several years organized the event in partnership with sponsors, the Galloway Activity Center and Common Thread.

With the regatta being the focal point of the day, the clubs also held introductory sessions for non-sailors, including activities on, in and around the water, with the aim of rebuilding outdoor activities after the recent pandemic.

Ms Harper accepted an invitation from Lindsay Tosh of the Solway Yacht Club, one of the organizers of the Five Castles Regatta, to present the prizes to the winner and enjoyed meeting and joining the young teams on an afternoon bright and windy at Loch Ken.

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Ms Harper said: “I was delighted to be invited to the Five Castles Regatta and asked to present the prizes to the winning teams.

“All the youngsters were fantastic and it was good to see so many of them on the water which is so positive for health and well-being.

“Our young people have experienced major challenges and disruptions in their lives, like everyone else over the past two years. and it is fantastic to see clubs like this coming together again and being appreciated by young people in our area.

“I commend all the organizers of Annandale Sailing Club and Solway Yacht Club for their dedication to promoting such important activities with the support and partnership of the Galloway Activity Center and the valuable sponsorship of Common Thread.

“I encourage students, who may have never tried water activities, to participate and try their luck!”

Daniel Jones, from St Joseph’s Academy, Dumfries, said: “It was great to compete in the Five Castles Regatta at the Galloway Activity Centre.

“It was fun to get out on the water, meet people from schools in Dumfries and Galloway and learn about sailing and water safety.

“The day also allowed us to strengthen our teamwork skills.

“I was really happy to win an award and I thank Mrs. Harper and the organizers for such a fantastic day.”