Portpatrick Lifeboat Week 2013
Another fantastic week here at Portpatrick Lifeboat Week and the fireworks were the grand finale of another successful Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat week. The week started with the International Rib Raid from Ireland, which starts from Pier 36 Donaghadee in Ireland heading across to Portpatrick and returning back to Ireland after lunch and a round of mini golf at Portpatrick putting green.
There are lots of activities in the village of Portpatrick during the week including a pet show, Portpatrick’s got talent and a fun run. There’s lots for the family to enjoy, you can even try your creative talent at the sandcastle competition.
As usual we attended the Raft race, not as a competitor I might add! I went along with my camera only to be told on arrival that I was event photographer for the Lady Shear team! I got on with the job in hand and, although I say it myself, I got some pretty good pictures. With the determination of the girls from Lady Shear they won! They did a fantastic job of rowing their raft from the beach into the harbour, around the buoy, avoiding the water jets from the RNLI crew and back to the beach. Their flag, number 25, was the first one to be deposited back into the blue drum on the beach. What an event, it was so exciting. We celebrated afterwards with a few drinks outside The Crown!
The next day was changeover for us so once we had prepared for our new guests and Kirklauchline Holiday Cottage was sparkling and looking very inviting we headed off to Portpatrick again. This time we were there for the combined exercise with Stranraer Lifeboat and Portpatrick Lifeboat. Every year we watch this and every year it is amazing. We saw casualties being rescued from a yacht, from the rocks and from the sea. Unfortunately the helicopter couldn’t attend this year as it had been called out to a real life rescue instead.
The final event of the week is the bonfire, RNLI crew BBQ and the most fantastic firework display you will ever see.
The whole week here in Portpatrick is one not to be missed. This year the Portpatrick Lifeboat, the John Buchanan Barr was open for visitors too so you could actually go on board and have a look around. There’s also the newly refurbished RNLI shop and museum to visit.
New this season are pleasure rides on the “New Venture” Rib with Loch Ryan Leisure. Choose from a 30 minute pleasure ride, a trip to the Mull of Galloway or Ailsa Craig.
If you would like a holiday for 2014 to enjoy and visit the Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat week then do give us a shout! We are now booking for 2014 holidays and booking up fast! Contact Alison for details and bookings via our enquiry form, by e mail or by telephone 07824 770968.