Yacht club’s payback for rescue

Scarborough Yacht Club Vice Commodore, Steve Parker (right), handed over a generous cheque to Colin Woodhead (left
Scarborough Yacht Club Vice Commodore, Steve Parker (right), handed over a generous cheque to Colin Woodhead (left

ALMOST £1,500 has been handed over by Scarborough Yacht Club to support the town’s RNLI lifeboat.

The money, which was raised at a series of fundraising events last year, was presented to Scarborough Lifeboat president, Colin Woodhead, by yacht club vice-commodore Steve Parker.

A spokesperson for the yacht club said members were especially appreciative of the role the lifeboat plays.

They added: “We are very much aware of the occasional need for the assistance of her boats and crew.

“In May 2011 the lifeboat was called to the assistance of three yachts in difficulty off Robin Hoods Bay.

“Both the Whitby and Scarborough lifeboats attended the stricken yachts as they were buffeted by gales and one crewman was knocked overboard.

“The rescue was successful and the boats were helped back to Scarborough harbour safely.”

Half of the money presented to the lifeboat was raised at a fundraising night organised by the rescued crews.

A £200 cheque from the yacht club has also been given to the 707 Association, which held its Hunter 707 Nationals boating event in Scarborough last summer, attracting 14 boats from around the UK.