Launching at the Seawall, Malahide
When the boats come out of the water for the season it always seems months away before launch day comes around again. It came a little earlier this year. Passing the boat deck most evenings you would either smell the work that had been done or witness the hard grafting by all the scouts whether it was making small repairs, lots of sanding , varnishing and finally anti-fouling .
Finally on Saturday afternoon the crews gathered ,joined by the Beavers , Cubs, Families ,Friends and our Parish Clergy Rev. Dr. Norman Gamble and Father Frank Reburn to celebrate and bless the launching of all our craft for this year’s coming season .
Group leader Colin Lynch welcomed our guests and all present to celebrate the start of a new boating season at the Malahide Sea Scout group. After official proceedings Mr. Tommy Taylor a Life Honourary Member of the group went about deciding which section had proved to be this year’s winners in the Tommy Taylor boat maintenance, which went to the Friday nights section. However congratulations went to all sections who took part in boat maintenance for this season. Boatmaster Colum McCaffrey expressed his delight with the cooperation from all sections in making the date in March possible and wished all for a safe and active season on the water.
Beavers and cubs were treated with trips on the powerboats and the barbeque made possible by the scouts. Also in attendance were our friends from the Howth Coastguard Unit.
A final official duty by our Group Leader Colin Lynch was to invest Father Frank Reburn into the group as our Chaplain. Father Frank had been previously a member of a Sea Scout group back in the nineties in Wicklow town. A special thanks and presentations were made too both Rev. Dr. Gamble and Fr. Reburn. Rev. Gamble has being officiating at our launches for many years and the group is ever grateful to St. Andrews Parish who in the past acted as our sponsors for over 27 years.