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Top UK sailing coaches visit Annandale club

Receiving top tuition Credit: ITV News Border

Around 50 young sailors have been taking part in a special youth training academy in Lochmaben.

Sailors from all over Scotland were given top tuition from some of the country's best coaches at Annandale Sailing Club.

Tim Ellis from the Royal Yachting Association Scotland, and Commodore of the Annandale Sailing Club, Stewart Mitchell, explain why sailing is such a fun sport to get involved in:

Sailing solo Credit: ITV News Border

The Royal Yacht Association Scotland have been touring various clubs around the country to pass on their skills and knowledge, and encourage more people into the sport.

Up to 50 young sailors took part in the training Credit: ITV News Border


Salt cow lowered into River Nith during boat race

Organisers of the inaugural "Nithraid" boat race in Dumfries and Galloway have created a statue of a cow, made out of salt, for the finish line of the race.

Crowds wait with the salt cow by the Devorgilla bridge in Dumfries Credit: ITV

Fourteen sail boats negotiate the 10-mile route between Carsethorn and Whitesands by any means possible, but without engines. When they arrive at Whitesands, the salt cow will be lowered into the River Nith.

The event has been organised as part of the Environmental Art Festival Scotland, by The Stove artists' collective.

The cow represents the trading goods that would have once been brought in and out of the area.