Wick Marina has now teamed up with Inverness, Orkney, and Shetland Marinas to form a group, ‘Sail North Scotland’, to promote sailing and business on the ‘Viking Trail’.
The Visit Scotland Growth Fund provided a grant to help set up the group. This is an exciting new venture and we hope to build on the ever growing marine leisure activity by offering secure modern berthing and facilities.
SNS’s first major presentation was last month at the Gothenberg International Boat Show where we had tremendous interest in our area, enhanced by kilts and Old Pulteney nectar!
Lots of good contacts were made so we look forward to welcoming more Scandinavian visitors this summer.
The website is available at Sail North Scotland or see the Sail North Scotland brochure.
We have now moved into our ‘new’ new offices in J S Duncan’s former premises, and it’s looking great. Thanks to all the tradesmen and volunteers who helped make it happen. Unfortunately however, we have had to put our plans for new visitors toilets, showers, lounge and kitchen facilities within the building on hold. The existing ones will continue in use meantime.
Wifi is now available on the marina, contact office for access and costs. Plans for waste pump-out and on-site fuelling are currently on hold, but diesel, oil and craneage are available from a local supplier.
The old redundant slipway cradle has now been dismantled and stored, and is for sale to any interested party. The yard area has been cleared and is now used for secure storage of small craft.
This month the Crown Estate announced their 1st Round of seabed leases for marine renewable projects in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters.
This, along with the proposed Beatrice Offshore Windfarm twenty miles south of us, is another exciting opportunity for business in the area, and we are actively pursuing the major players and advising them of our proximity and our facilities. Survey companies are already showing interest and we are confident that this will build in the future.
See the Crown Estate website for more details.
We are about to commission a Feasibility Study into improving facilities and depths in the River Harbour and Approaches, the provision of launch, retrieval and testing areas for marine renewable devices, and potential Wick Bay developments. These are for the long term to further our diversification plans.
9th September 2009
We were delighted to welcome the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, to formally open our new marina. A lovely sunny day greeted the arrival of the Princess and 140 invited guests and a large crowd of well wishers.
After meeting several local crews on the marina, she spent time chatting to every guest ashore, before unveiling a Caithness stone plaque, which eventually will be placed at the entrance gate. Chairman Willie Watt thanked her for her support and invited Adam Miller of the Isabella Fortuna to present her with his beautifully hand made rigging block desk pen holder. After receiving her gift she said a few words of congratulations and encouragement to Willie and his Board, and wished Wick well for the future. Willie finally presented her with ‘his and hers’ Wick Harbourfest 58 deg N T-shirts, and hoped we would see her and her husband sail into the marina wearing them soon!
At an evening reception later two of our guests, John and Marie Christine Ridgway gave a fascinating presentation on their adventures around the world, and were also presented with one of Adam Miller’s pen holder blocks. Thanks to everyone involved for a great day.
For more photos of the opening and local interest see:-
Wick Marina Opening Photos
29th August 2009
Quick stop for a pair of intrepid US sailors raising money for wounded servicemen after having crossed the Atlantic in a tiny flatboat. See the link below on ‘Church and Chips’. Reached London the following Friday. Well done.
Church and Chips for US Sailors
Homecoming Harbourfest and RNLI Lifeboat Day ’09 held during the last weekend in June was a spectacular success, with thousands thronging the quays in glorious weather.
Friday night saw a re-enactment of the old Herring Queen ceremony which fell into abeyance in 1953. Our ‘Queen’ Lynsey Bremner was conveyed into the harbour aboard our local fifie, the Isabella Fortuna, and then moved in procession to the stage where she was crowned by Mrs Ray Richard, Herring Queen in 1939. Many locals and returning exiles had a tear in their eye during this evocative and emotional evening.
On Saturday there were over forty charity stalls offering a huge variety of attractions from fast food to heritage photo prints, and all were well satisfied with the additions to their coffers.
Forty six visiting vessels packed the new marina, ranging from the restored former Kirkwall lifeboat, the Grace Paterson Ritchie, to a genuine forty foot Canadian canoe which took fourteen young people at a time on trips around the harbour. Many yachts attended from the Moray coast, some from further afield, and we are indebted to all the crews who made the effort to support us. There was also a varied programme of water based activities, with kayak displays, Red Cross rescue demos, local small boat action, and a round of the Scottish Triathlon competition. Sumburgh Rescue helicopter also attended but was unable to do its winching exercise with Wick Lifeboat, due to lack of wind! Yes, the weather was that good in Wick!
Sunday saw the well attended quayside Blessing of the Fleet service by the Salvation Army, followed by the spectacular sailaway of the fleet. A Hymns of the Sea service was held in the evening to round off a wonderful weekend of maritime heritage and nostalgia.
Check out the links below for more stories and photos.
Wick Harbour Bustles Again as the Sun Shines
Photos on the Caithness.org Forums
Photo Gallery on Caithness.org