Bobby Muir, Marina Superintendent, Stromness
Bobby Muir, marina superintendent at Stromness has been a firm fixture previously at Kirkwall and Stromness marina for a few years now and enjoys meeting up with visitors who keep coming back! Bobby reckons he has quite a long list of regulars now and the new visitors are on the increase too. This summer, 14 ribs on a charity rally around Britain put Bobby through his paces as he filled their tanks with over 3,000 litres of diesel from a 1400 litre fuel tank on a Sunday. Now that’s clever!
Bobby says it was all about timing with the fuel lorry standing by at the ready. He recalls, “The rally had planned to fill up before they reached Orkney but sailing conditions had encouraged them to change their plans and come to Stromness a bit earlier. We normally don’t order fuel to arrive on a Sunday due to the costs involved but we couldn’t see this group stranded till Monday as they were on a tight time schedule and it was all for charity. With the help of a couple of local committee members we got them all sorted out. Hopefully we will see them again in Orkney and I’ll have the fuel supplier ready to go!"
“We had a memorable trip all the way from Kent to Orkney but our VHF had given poor reception all the way. On arrival in the beautiful Stromness Marina the local radio man Stuart Walker confirmed we had “aerial problems” up the mast and went for spares.
Contemplating how we were going to deal with our aerial problem, we went off to collect bicycles from the Orkney Cycle Hire man, John Heddle, who happened to be up a ladder repainting his third floor windows.
I asked “You don’t fancy going up a mast do you?”
His response surprised and delighted me! “Well, if you can’t find anyone else I’ll give it a try and tick it off my ‘must do’ list”. ” Read full comment...
Sue and Richard Jones, Stromness Marina Visitors