Pontoons hit the jackpot

PUPILS from Girvan Academy took to the water today (Friday, June 21) in their newly-constructed skiff, the Creag Easlasaid, to celebrate the official opening of the £500,000 Girvan Harbour pontoons.

The Creag Easlasaid, Ailsa Craig in Gaelic, was one of the first vessels to berth as the 35 pontoons were officially opened by councillor John McDowall, who unveiled a cairn made from Ailsa Craig granite at the harbour.

Girvan Academy pupils held an official naming ceremony for their skiff which they constructed with the help of staff and community volunteers as part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project.

Garry Martin, project chairman for Sail West, a £7 million collaborative project led by Donegal County Council which the Girvan development is part of, said: “Girvan Harbour pontoons are a vital and strategic element of the overall Sail West project enhancing the links between Scotland and Ireland. It’s great to see the pontoons are already very popular with sailors both from home and away. This site is sure to have a positive future.”