Troon RNLI lifeboat station lifeboat pull with the William Riley lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 16 July 2022 as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, and to coincide with our station Open Day, there will be a lifeboat pull through Troon between 10 and 12pm.

The William Riley Lifeboat

The restored William Riley Lifeboat
Starting from the car park at North Shore Road, (near to the junction with Walker Avenue) volunteers from Marr Rugby Club will assemble to pull the restored William Riley lifeboat to the South Beach esplanade.

The William Riley lifeboat is a 2.7 ton 34 foot Rubie class lifeboat, that was built in 1909, and saw service as an operational lifeboat until 1931.

At 10am the lifeboat pull will start from North Shore Road, it will then continue onto Barassie Street, Portland Street onto Ayr Street before it turns onto the South Beach Esplanade.

Escorted by the 1st Troon Boys Brigade Pipe Band, the current Troon D class inshore lifeboat Sheena and coastguard personnel, the lifeboat will be pulled to the esplanade where local youth groups will then take up the pull.

From the south beach kiosk, the lifeboat will be pulled by teams from Ayr and District Sea Cadets, Troon Girl Guides, Troon 28th Ayrshire Scouts and Troon Tiger Explorers towards the Titchfield Road car park where the pull will end.
The William Riley will then by transported to Troon marina where she will be launched to attend the station Open Day and will remain there until 3pm.

Please be aware that parking restrictions will be in place on Saturday morning on Portland Street and at the Titchfield Road car park to assist with the pull.

As part of our Open Day and 150th celebrations, drone filming will be taking place to record the days events. Both ground and aerial filming will be carried out by If anyone does not wish to be filmed then to please speak to UAV360 representatives on Saturday who will be wearing hi-viz vests with the UAV360 company logo.

Why not come along to support all the groups pulling the lifeboat and to celebrate 150 years of the RNLI in Troon.

The William Riley Lifeboat

The restored William Riley Lifeboat

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.