Canoe winner no stranger to Loch Ness

Winner Kirsten Petrie 2 (Small)

The winner of the canoe raffled in aid of Loch Ness RNLI at the Great Glen Canoe Trail launch weekend has been won by local Kirsten Petrie.

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The unique canoe, named Mercurius after the charity’s first Loch Ness lifeboat, was kindly donated by by Ram Leisure of Devon, who craft hand-made canoes, kayaks and small boats and were demonstrating how they make their canoes at the Paddlefest.

The RNLI volunteer crew were delighted that Kirsten, who is the Youth Development Officer for Kilchuimen Academy and Glen Urquhart High School, won the canoe, as she runs the Duke of Edinburgh schemes at these schools and currently has three school pupils undertaking the service part of their awards with Loch Ness RNLI.

RNLI Loch Ness & Great Glen Branch Fundraising Manager, Joanna Stebbings, said, “We really appreciate Ram Leisure’s donation, which helped us raise over £550 this weekend.”

Also at the Paddlefest, the RNLI Loch Ness water safety team handed out information packs for kayakers, while the crew on board the RNLI lifeboat Thelma Glossop demonstrated rescue techniques and were able to carry out live exercises with paddlers, crews of the Fingal, HMS Archer, and the Cruise Loch Ness fleet.

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