Tobermory Lifeboat Day returns with a bang

Lifeboats News Release

Thunderstorms didn’t deter the crowds of locals and visitors at Tobermory RNLI’s first Lifeboat Day since 2019 on Sunday 14 August, which raised nearly £5000 to help save lives at sea

Raft race in Tobermory Harbour

RNLI/Sam Jones

The winning raft
After the storms had passed through, the day kicked off with the Tobermory Severn class lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, arriving at the pontoons with local high school pupil Sorley Carmichael piping on the bow. With the lifeboat alongside, it was made open to visitors to tour around and meet some of the crew. Over 200 people were shown around over the course of the day. Ashore, advice was available from our Sea Safety stall, there was a variety of stalls and games to enjoy (including the popular human fruit and welly machine) and the Coastguard Rescue Team, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police were on hand with their vehicles and equipment displays.

The crowds had a choice of food for all tastes including homemade cakes, locally made ice cream, wood-fired pizza, locally sourced burgers and prawns kindly donated by a local fisherman. Stormy Stan, the RNLI mascot, made his inaugural appearance at a Tobermory Lifeboat Day and now features in many visitors’ holiday snaps!

The day was expertly compered by the Master of Ceremonies, Alasdair McCrone who kept the crowd both entertained and informed with facts about recent shouts and our station’s history. Later in the afternoon, Alasdair took the role of auctioneer in a competitive auction for donated lobsters, prawns and cakes; including a masterpiece of a lifeboat cake expertly baked and decorated by Joyce Malcolm.

The event rounded off with the eagerly anticipated highlight of the day, the raft race. Six rafts of varying design and seaworthiness competed with all ages taking part. After a valiant effort, the RNLI raft failed to place and was soundly beaten by the winners with a crew of local high school pupils! Hugh, Seonaidh, Finn and Oliver were the clear victors in their raft and took the trophy (for the third time in succession for brothers Hugh and Seonaidh!)

The total raised is currently nearly £5000 with some more donations still to be added. The day was a resounding success and a welcome return to the highlight of our fundraising year. The day wouldn’t have been possible with the generosity of a multitude of people and businesses. As well as everyone who attended, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to:

· Everyone who baked

· Everyone who donated raffle prizes

· All the volunteers who helped man a stall

· Tobermory Harbour Association

· Local fishermen

· The Mishnish Hotel

· The Pier Café

· Café Fish

· Glengorm Estate

· Tobermory Bakery

· The Scottish Salmon Company

· Tobermory Co-op

· Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team

· Police Scotland

· Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

· The Western Isles Yacht Club

· Alasdair McCrone

· Rob MacDonald

· Nettie Wood

· Morven Summers

· Lucy Mackenzie from Lip na Cloiche nursery

· Aros Hall

· The Foodie Shack

· Isle of mull Ice Cream

· Tobermory Bay Tours

· The Mishnish, Tobermory Hotel and MacGochans for allowing collections

· Ewan Miles from Nature Scotland

· Ben and Polly Stone

· All the businesses who readily displayed our posters

If you didn’t make it on the day, there’s still time to donate! Here’s a link to our Just Giving page:

RNLI media contacts

Leanne Blair, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07711549609 or [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789


Stormy Stan and coxswain David McHaffie

RNLI/Sam Jones

Stormy Stan and coxswain David McHaffie
The human welly and fruit machine

RNLI/Sam Jones

The human welly and fruit machine
Coxswain David McHaffie and lobsters ready to be auctioned

RNLI/Sam Jones

Coxswain David McHaffie and lobsters ready to be auctioned
Volunteers selling prawns

RNLI/Sam Jones

Volunteers selling prawns
Volunteers selling home baking

RNLI/Sam Jones

Volunteers selling home baking

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