David Bowdler, SSBUA Committee, Stromness
David Bowdler, committee member of Stromness Small Boat Users Association has 44 years sailing experience particularly in ocean racing. He has achieved two transatlantic crossings and most recently competed successfully in the 2010 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race, coming second overall.
Closer to home David loves to sail around Hoy from Stromness due to “the varied conditions including the usual big swell which makes for great surfing; and the fabulous scenery, especially the cliffs of south west Hoy". David’s best sailing tip is buy a tidal atlas and talk with the locals if in any doubt!
“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