Sailing muster bid to widen support


A PLEA has gone out to the Anstruther community to make the town’s summer sailing muster an event to be reckoned with.

From humble beginnings in 1997, the colourful August spectacle has grown steadily to become the biggest single sailing gathering on the UK’s east coast.

But the organiser and commodore of Anstruther Sailing Club, Cairns Birrell, firmly believes the muster’s fundraising potential for the town is limitless – if businesses, charities and organisations now jump on board.

He said: “The muster was always a bit of a party for sailors who would see us as a destination for the weekend, but it has grown to become a social event for the town too. However, it’s been stuck in its size and style for the past few years and we need to evolve.”

In 1997, just nine boats took part but the event now regularly attracts over 100 boats carrying 300 crew.

The event, which is sponsored by Anstruther Fish Bar and Scotland’s Secret Bunker, boasts live entertainment on the pier and family attractions such as children’s rides, stalls and cookery demonstrations.

The plan is now to incorporate new elements such as a regatta.

The RNLI’s Lifeboat Gala day failed to take place for the first time in 30 years this summer and Anstruther Community Council is keen to support plans which create a new focal point for the town.

Secretary Martin Dibley said: “Pittenweem has a wonderful arts festival, St Monans has a fair day and Crail has its festival,” he said. “We will do whatever we can to help make the muster more of a community event.”

Mr Birrell said: “Things are falling by the wayside but the muster is not going to. It’s very important to Anstruther and the East neuk that it grows.”

To become involved or for more information, contact Cairns Birrell on 07710 451779 or e-mail: