Last week the local Sea Cadet Unit were presented with a cheque for £500 on behalf of the North of Scotland Branch of the Nautical Institute by local marine consultant, Captain Bob Sinclair.
It marks the second consecutive year of support by the local branch for TS ‘Gowanlea’.
As part of their annual programme, the North of Scotland branch hold a series of monthly meetings to discuss nautical and offshore related issues, and also hold fund raising events such as an annual mariner’s dinner dance.
When presenting the cheque Bob Sinclair highlighted his own time at TS ‘Gowanlea’ between 1967 and 1974 and how the skills, knowledge and experiences gained during the period have helped to shape and support his career, even into formal retirement.
He said: “I really had a fantastic time, learned to sail, kayak, travelled all over the UK and gained an insight into seamanship, navigation, stability and engineering.
TS ‘Gowanlea’ Commanding Officer Craig Trail commented: “This donation help towards us continuing the activities that we offer to the cadets.
“We aim to give the best possible head start in life through nautical adventure and fun, and thanks to the North of Scotland Branch of the Nautical institute, we are able to do this a little easier.”