Sean Milligan, Director of Orkney Marinas Ltd, Stromness
Sean Milligan, Director of Orkney Marinas Ltd, qualified in Yachtmaster Ocean and a former Yachtmaster Instructor has been sailing for 36 years. Sean’s favourite yacht is his current one (of course!), Escapde of Kirkwall, an 11 metre sailing yacht but there have been a few favourites in the past too. Sean reckons he owned his first yacht long before he ever thought about buying a house!
With a few stories to tell of places he has sailed to further afield, Sean is nonetheless still very fond of his local favourite, Pierowall, Westray as “It’s just a nice friendly place to visit. This is also a perfect stop off on the way to Fair Isle, a very special place”. Keen to help prepare our visitors for what to expect when they reach our marinas, Sean has drawn some marina plans and approaches.
“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