Malahide Sea Scouts held their annual Launching Day at the slipway beside their Scout Den for the coming Year. The Launch Day is a celebration of all the unseen hard work that goes on over the winter months to make the boats ready for the new boating year.
Sanding, scraping, painting and varnishing were all the order of the day behind the closed doors over the winter weekends. But the effort all seems worthwhile in the spring sunshine, as the boats emerge for another season of fun afloat.
Pride of the fleet are the group’s three East Coast Skiffs and are the boats that take the most time and energy to maintain, as they are Clinker built wooden boats, unique to the east coast of Ireland. These boats will form the back bone of the group’s seamanship programme and will come to the fore later in the season, as they are raced against other Sea Scout troops in the National Sea Scout Regatta. Also to the fore were the group’s fleet of Laser Pico Sailing Dinghys.
These are the scouts favourites, as they give such a degree of independence to young sailors and help them to hone all their skills of pitting themselves against the elements of wind and sea in a light, but speedy craft. The whole day was overseen and monitored by the group’s team of instructors from the four safety powered boats and from the new vantage point on the balcony of the newly refurbished Scout Den. The Blessing of the Boats was carried out this year by Fr. Conleth Meehan, whilst another leader, Bill Abbott kept all those present well sustained with a constant flow of burgers from the BBQ in the Scout Den.