Willie Watters, Marina Superintendent, Kirkwall
Willie Watters, marina superintendent at Kirkwall marina, keeps himself pretty busy between at the marina, the sea cadets and the Orkney Sailing Club. Willie finds that the most common questions he is asked are, “Where are the showers?” (currently at the sailing club but watch this space!), “Where can we get a taste of your local whisky?” (Scapa and Highland Park – all local bars and at Highland Park Distillery) and “When is the best time to leave?” He assures us this is all to do with the tides though!
Willie’s covers the marina during the summer months but he was glad to help a couple from Germany, the Voss’s, who needed to return home for the winter without their yacht, leaving Willie to organise a return passage crew if their health would not allow them to come back themselves in the spring. Willie says, “Thankfully they did come back and in fact were here again this summer!”
“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