Boating comes of age

LMS pupils & staff and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland sea-staff and volunteers pictured together on their arrival back in to Oban on Sunday 20th May.
LMS pupils & staff and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland sea-staff and volunteers pictured together on their arrival back in to Oban on Sunday 20th May.
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FOR an incredible 18 years pupils from Lady Manners School have been battling the waves and the weather for one of the most memorable school trips ever.

The children have been joining sail training charity Ocean Youth for voyages to Scotland’s remotest islands, including Shiants and St Kilda.

Tim O’Neal, Group Leader and teacher at LMS, said: “Former teacher Colin Ford began these trips 18 years and we’ve been doing it ever since.

“It’s a challenging week but it’s a lot of fun so demand is always high.”

Recently 24 pupils form year 10 joined the vessels, Alba Explorer and Alba Endeavour, in Oban Marina for a week-long voyage.

While the weather was changeable throughout - with hail, rain and gale force winds - pupils completed 220 nautical miles in total.

Trevor Farmer, OYT Operations Manager, said: “As ever, it was a pleasure to have Lady Manners School children aboard.”