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New date for Hopeman harbour day

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Organiser Nigel Gunter
Organiser Nigel Gunter

FINGERS are being crossed for calmer conditions on Hopeman harbour’s rescheduled fun day.

The event was supposed to be held on June 6 but was postponed because of very high winds.

Hopeman Boatowner’s Association is running the fun day, and members are optimistic that lighting - or at least high winds - will not strike twice.

Nigel Gunter, one of the organisers, has predicted good weather for the new date of Saturday, September 12.

"It will be our own glorious 12th and the sun will shine," he said.

"We’ve discussed the best date with all those organisations that contribute to the success of the day, and they can all make it then.

"This is particularly important for Gordonstoun School, who provide much of the water-borne activities for young people, the fire engine, music and first aid cover."

People will be able to try their hand at sailing, kayaking and surfing, or explore some of the boats exhibiting in the harbour, such as Buckie RLNI and Gordonstoun sailing cutters.

There will also be sailboarding and paddle-boarding and there will be an opportunity to don a firefighter’s hat and hit targets with fire hoses of the Gordonstoun fire engine.

Anglers can compete for the best catch of the day prize, and the annual harbour awards will be announced.

This is the third year of the Hopeman Boatowner’s Association harbour fun day, which is aimed at giving young people and families a taste of the boating scene.

The event starts at 11am and concludes at around 4pm.

Entry is free and cash raised from stalls and competitions is shared between the RNLI and the harbour fund.

As there is limited space in the harbour for cars, parking space will be available adjacent to the playing fields.

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