The Admiral’s next booze cruise

The Booze Cruise of the Admiral Redsocks continues this Saturday 26th July.
This time we expect the weather gods to be smiling on us and to arrive back in Collieston between 1400 & 1430.
Come and crack a few tinnies of BrewDog’s finest and celebrate with the crew


Check out the latest adventure of the crew of the Admiral Redsocks…

Their efforts to rendezvous with the canoe carrying the cargo of BrewDog ale down the Ythan were thwarted by really wild conditions on the bar at the mouth of the Ythan. Fear not the beer is safely secured and will be stowed aboard the Redsocks and carried up the coast to Collieston as soon as weather and tide permit.

The Next Voyage of the Admiral Redsocks – from Ellon to Collieston with a Cargo of BrewDog’s Finest

Voyage of the Admiral Redsocks
The last vessel to carry a commercial cargo on the Ythan Estuary was the Ashdene in 1968. Now that is about to change…

Sailing under the Jolly Roger and displaying BrewDog colours, the Admiral Redsocks and a relay of piratical crews will transport a cargo of BrewDog’s apocalyptic mother of an India Pale Ale from Ellon to reach Collieston in time to contribute to the Gala Festivities which begin with an open petanque tournament on the evening of 30th July.

The timing of the voyage is weather dependent – watch out for updates on this site, and the Collieston and Slains Blether on Facebook.

Ideally we would like to load the cargo at the riverside car park in Ellon at 0900 on Saturday 19th and we will confirm that on Friday 18th.


First race meeting for Collieston’s St Ayles Skiff at ScottishTraditional Boat Festival


Following an exceptional 3rd place in the Men’s Sprints on very lumpy seas, in addition to an admirable 6th place in the women’s sprints, Collieston Redsocks were awarded Best Newcomers and outstanding 6th overall out of twelve competing skiffs, whilst our good friends in Portsoy came in 8th. We bring home our first silverware and have set a precedent for things to come. Thanks to everyone involved in the final push to get Admiral Redsocks to Portsoy this weekend and to everyone who turned up to row and do us all proud.



Admiral Redsocks Launch, Sunday 22nd June at 2pm, Collieston harbour…


The newly built CORC boat,  which will sport a black hull, is to be named Admiral Redsocks , after one of Collieston’s most famous and colourful residents, the late Rear Admiral Steve Ritchie.

It’s all hands on deck to prepare for the launch, which will hopefully see the naming ceremony carried out by one of our village ‘originals’.

Following the launch, there will be plenty of opportunity for anyone interested to have some taster rowing trips about the harbour.

This will then be followed by a ‘Sausage Sizzle’ at the Community Centre, or beach if weather permits.