Gala night raised nearly £12,000 for Cove Sailing Club

An amazing total of nearly £12,000 was raised by Cove Sailing Club’s Casino Royale Gala Evening at Rosslea Hall Hotel.

Organisers say cheques and donations are still coming in, but the amount raised at Friday night’s event has exceeded all their expectations.

“It was a fabulous night – everyone had a really good time and it was great to see all our hard work pay off,” said Carol Anne Calder, one of the event planning team.

“We’d particularly like to thank our platinum sponsors, DRB Marine and Cattle & Creel restaurant, as well as everyone else who gave so generously.”

The James Bond-themed evening included a live auction conducted by Roo Irvine of Kilcreggan Antiques, who spent most of last week filming for her first appearance as a regular expert in TV’s Antiques Road Trip.

There was also a silent auction, red carpet photographs, a fun casino and dancing into the small hours when a bus donated by Garelochhead Coaches whisked the revellers home – albeit without their coats in several cases!

The proceeds will go towards building a new clubhouse for the sailing club, which is based on the shore of Loch Long and is also used for many community events, including RNLI fundraisers and as a meeting place for the local brownies and photography club.

The current clubhouse, which was built from recycled portable buildings in the 1970s, is dilapidated, so the club has been organising a series of projects to raise funds for a replacement.

The sailing club’s next big event is their annual ‘Push the Boat Out’ day on Saturday May 20, when anyone can come along for free and get out on the water for a taster session on kayaks, dinghies and sailboats. Non-members are welcome.