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Case Study Glencoe Boat Club

Mr David Southcott, late of Cashley Farm, Buchlyvie moved to Glencoe with his family 10 years ago. They recently completed the building of their new house on Yatter Whaup Croft at Tigh Phuirt, Glencoe. A delightful, modern property of traditional West Highland form, was in large part a self-built labour of love for this retired Submarine Commander. It is situated on croft land close to Loch Leven’s shoreline with plenty room for his beloved boats. He currently owns, among others, a sleek 28” Trapper, ‘Black Pig’ which he races in the summer months against a flotilla of determined keelboat racers at Glencoe Boat Club. David is no mean sailor, he counts HMS Spartan, Oberon and Conqueror of the Falklands Campaign, among his commands.

He joined Glencoe Boat Club in 2003 and is the current Vice-Commodore. His duties include marshalling the Club membership’s extraordinary local maintenance team. Each year the weather in the west highlands takes its toll on Club infrastructure and members of the Club rally round to ensure the following year’s activities, including its annual Regatta can take place. The Club is now in its 44th year and is fully supported by its members subscriptions and hard labour.

This winter El Nino washed away a large section of rock armour on the western edge of the Club car park and yard. Estimated at £150,000 to repair, David suggested a ‘self build’ approach by Club members to make the project more affordable. Several weeks later, with the purchase of £5,000 worth of rock armour, the use of David’s management expertise, tractor and a neighbour’s  JCB the job was completed at a fraction of the cost and to the great satisfaction of the team.  Three cheers for Naval ingenuity and community action!

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