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Perfect weather for Survival Island

Raft racing, lobster creels and the 1966 Atlantic Rowing boat

Wednesday July 10th 2013

Yesterday's low cloud and drizzle moved through during the night to leave us with a fantastic day today. It really is the far north-west Highlands at its best.

This morning the Red Snappers took on the Blue Whales in the raft build and race, making rafts from wooden spars, ropes and mussel farm barrels and racing them on the sea loch, with a good degree of splashing and piracy.

Meanwhile the Red Arrows and Blue Moons left in boats to pull up their lobster creels and stopped at Ardmore to meet Rebecca’s father, John, and see his 1966 Atlantic Rowing boat. It was ‘chins to the floor’ at the sight of the small wooden rowing boat in which they braved the mighty north Atlantic. There were great sqawks of excitement as the Blue Moons pulled the only lobster of the day from the depths of Loch A Chadh-Fi.

In the afternoon the teams swapped around with their instructors and teachers. Mr Hesselmann and Miss Bedell were both fiercely competitive with their respective Blue Moons and Red Arrows teams in the raft race. I think they enjoy the week as much as the pupils!

Two victories each for the Reds and Blues saw the ‘Olimpets’ scoreboard staying level until the Hesselmann Hamilton Bedell Award for Excellence in Raft Building was given to the Red Arrows. It will come down to tug ‘o’ war at the beach to decide the ‘Highfield Olimpets’ this year.

It is not far off perfect conditions for Survival Island tonight and the excitement at high tea before departure was clear to see. They have heard many stories from previous years and now it is their turn!

Early reports from the island suggest that camps were quickly established and the pupils have a number of small campfires on the go.

Beach day tomorrow!