Mr Peter Thomson, United Nations Special Envoy, Oceans and Richard Brisius, Chairman of The Ocean Race, visited Largs Sailing Club on Sunday October 31st, on their way to take part in COP26 in Glasgow on behalf of the Relay4Nature website. This relay with Natures Baton has been connecting major biodiversity and sustainability conferences to carry the consistent message “we cannot have a healthy planet without a healthy ocean.” Peter and Richard brought with them Natures Baton, which has to date circumnavigated the globe, been into the Arctic Circle and been carried by participants in The Ocean Race Europe. It has attended the IUCN Biodiversity conference in Marseille France earlier this year and will now be presented to the Chairman of COP26, via Largs Sailing Club.

Peter and Richard spoke with club members and racers preparing to take to the water for the club’s regular Sunday racing series. They also met a number of the club's younger members and instructors, and a group of youth sailors who were at the club for an RYAS run training weekend. All enjoyed seeing and handling the much travelled Baton!

It was a thrill to welcome such distinguished visitors to the club on Sunday and have the chance to feel part of the COP26 proceedings. We all thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the Relay4Nature and the Ocean Race itself. Truly inspirational for all of us who value our oceans and enjoy our activities on them.

Thanks to Marc Turner for images.