STONEHAVEN Sea Cadets are riding on the crest of a wave after launching their newest training boat ... with the help of the town’s real ale festival.
The cadets were able to purchase the rowing boat after the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival gave them a £4,000 donation, raised at last November’s event.
The new vessel is called Seafarer – named after the official festival ale at last year’s event – and will carry the festival’s distinctive logo.
At the official unveiling of Seafarer this week, Drew Lawson, sailing principal for the Stonehaven Sea Cadets, said the new boat would be a real boost for local kids.
He said: “It’s vital for our cadets to have real, hands-on training at sea and the more boats we have to do that, the better.
“Seafarer is a great addition for us and will help hone the skills and discipline that will stand our cadets in good stead, not just now but as they go through life.
“This was a hugely generous donation from the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival and we are grateful to them for it.”
Drew said Seafarer had already been put to good use helping the youngsters train for the Sea Cadets’ National Regatta in London at the end of this month.
Robert Lindsay, organiser of the ale festival, said: “We were only too happy to help the sea cadets, but the praise really belongs with the 2,000 people who turned out to make last year’s festival such a success and help raise this money.”
He added the festival’s support would continue this year, with the Stonehaven Sea Cadets again being the event’s charity of choice.
Robert said: “We understand the cadets are now hoping to purchase a sailing dinghy. We’re hoping real ale fans will be able to put some wind in their sails this year.”
The fourth Stonehaven Real Ale Festival will be held at Stonehaven Town Hall from Thursday, November 1, to Saturday, November 3.
Robert said: “We’ve been hard at work planning for the event and we’ll have a few surprises this year that we hope will delight craft beer and ale fans.
“We’ll be announcing the full details soon, so watch this space.”