Applecross boatpull team complete latest challenge

The Applecross Boatpull Team successfully completed their 15th annual fundraising challenge last weekend.

This year the 11-strong team pushed their mock lifeboat ‘A’chomraich’ 50 miles round the Black Isle, setting off from Glen Ord on Friday and passing through Cromarty before finishing at the North Kessock RNLI Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Applecross boatpull

Previous expeditions have seen the team pull the lifeboat around 700 miles across the Highlands and Islands.

While the total raised this year in aid of RNLI lifeboats, Highland Hospice and CHAS is still being tallied, the team received a boost through a £1,445 donation from the Scottish Sea Farms Heart of the Community Trust.

This donation will go towards the team’s accommodation and expenses during the boatpull and was welcomed by team member Alfie Edwards, who said: “This money really helped us get the event off to a flying start. With our expenses covered we can concentrate on raising money for the charities.”

Rory Conn, commercial sales manager with Scottish Sea Farms, added: “The boatpull has grown in reputation over the last 15 years and this cash really helps the team continue what has become something of an institution. Prior to us helping last year, the guys were having to cover all of their own expenses and this help now lets them concentrate on raising funds.”

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The successful Applecross team pictured at the North Kessock RNLI Lifeboat Station last Sunday