Catterline carties challenge cancelled

A HIGHLIGHT of the coastal calendar has been cancelled.

The Catterline Cartie Challenge, which has taken place each June since 2005, has had to be cancelled for this year due to damage sustained during the winter storms.

The Catterline Gala is scheduled to go ahead as planned, and will take place on June 8, and organisers have promised that the Cartie Challenge will return next year, on June 15 2014.

A statement on the Catterline Online website explains why the diffcult decision was taken: “The winter storms have taken their toll up and down the coast, and Catterline is no exception. The road down to the pier has been severely damaged, with sections washed away, and landslips blocking the road and subsidence threatening to collapse other sections.

“With no realistic prospect that the road will be repaired in time for the race in June, we are sorry to say that there is no option but to cancel the 2013 Catterline Cartie Challenge.”

The Catterline Cartie Challenge is an annual competition for home made “gravity powered” soapbox carties which is usually held as part of Catterline Gala Weekend. It was first held in 2005, and is now one of the highlights of the village year. It is now also part of the Scottish Cartie Association Championship.

The Cartie Challenge takes place on the Sunday after the Gala. The carties are time trialed down the brae from the Creel Inn to the harbour in a breathtaking display of skill, passion and nerves, with the winner being presented with the Connons Shield and hailed as the “Supreme Champion”. There are also prizes for the Constructors Trophy for the best aggregate time and a “Champagne Moment” for the most memorable incident of the day.

The Gala will be held on Saturday June 8 from 1pm till 4pm. If you are interested in helping with the gala, would like to find out more information, or would like to buy ceilidh tickets, please speak to a gala committee member or contact them through the Catterline Online website.

All funds raised by the Gala go to fund next year’s gala, with any surplus being used to support local projects.