John Hinckley, Co.Secretary, Orkney Marinas Ltd., Kirkwall
John Hinckley, Company secretary of Orkney Marinas Ltd and a Yachtmaster Offshore, has been sailing for 12 years and owns Albin Vega, ‘New Dawn’. John’s favourite sailing area is amongst the Orkney north isles because of the variety of destinations, flat water and interesting tidal navigation. John joined a great bunch of sailors on the North Sea Convoy Cup race from Skudeneshavn, Norway to Kirkwall in July this year. They were pleased to reach the calm waters of Kirkwall and toast their arrival with a local dram at the nearby sailing club.
“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