Off she goes, Iain Oughtred's slightly foreshortened Penny Fee, at 15ft. Sails by Jeckells, spars by the wonderful Jeremy Freeland at Collars. The rest by Messrs Burke and Morgan (that's Jonny by the way...)

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Loki Launched

Jonathan Osborne pipes Loki to the water. Photo copyright Chris Perkins
What a day was had on Saturday. Loki, the soon to be renamed Royal Loch Broom Sailing Club (in honour of Kate and Will's marriage, not that committee meetings more often than not end up in the bar of the Royal Hotel opposite) skiff was launched amid great rejoicing and fine piping from Jonathan Osborne. Loki, Norse god of mirth and chaos, appropriately, the work of two winters by a posse of stalwart club builders, led by commodore Copestake, was launched in the traditional way with a dram of malt on her figurehead. Her colour scheme of cream and black, by the by, bears a striking resemblance to an Irish stout, but that could be purely coincidental. Concensus was she is pretty fast 'out of the box' and if we avoid too much fiddling and fettling, and concentrate on rowing, should get faster as the season unfolds.
Cream and black in honour of the liquid that kept her stout-hearted builders hard at it for two bitter Highland winters. Photo copyright Chris Perkins
I was present, minding my own business, when surprised in an un(?)characteristic pose by our resident paparazzi Chris 'Snatch' Perkins who crept up from behind a bush to snap this candid shot of the RLBSC secretary and flag officer, captioned cruelly on Ulla's website "Loki's quite remarkable figurhead...".  I will get even...
Photo Copyright Chris  P******s


  1. That Perkins!
    Damn his eyes!
    By the way, in today's economy a dram of malt is a bit spendy on a figurehead, don't ya think? Better, you save a portion of that dram for Doryman.

  2. Jessie Osborne, who christened Loki, was a little profligate with the malt, I recall, as confirmed by the gasps from the crowd at such extravagance. But the god of chaos and mirth is a thirsty god so better to placate him well at the outset as we will need his help, no doubt, later.