Al­ways open, al­ways safe

Yachting Monthly - - PILOTAGE -

We dropped the moor­ing and sailed back into Stornoway Har­bour where I met the act­ing CEO of Stornoway Port Au­thor­ity, John Maclen­nan, who told me: ‘To the best of my knowl­edge the har­bour has never been closed be­cause of bad weather in its 150-year his­tory. We in­stalled new, more ro­bust pon­toons in 2014 and spent £1mil­lion on ma­rina im­prove­ments.

‘The one thing that’s im­por­tant to get across is that we are a two-hour flight from Heathrow so crew change is easy, as the French fish­ing boat crews well know – they fly in from Lori­ent, Brit­tany.’

The har­bour mas­ter, Tony Mor­ri­son, added: ‘This is the last stop to the Faroes or Ice­land and a lot of yachts use it as a jump­ing-off spot. We are also 70 miles from St Kilda. The har­bour has no bar, no nar­row en­trance, so we get 15,000 vis­i­tors a year ar­riv­ing by cruise ship.’

So the UK’s windi­est place has shel­ter as safe as the Ser­pen­tine.

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