Tom Rendall, marina superintendent, Westray
Tom Rendall is marina superintendent at Westray marina, a Director of Orkney Marinas Ltd and runs the island ferry service to Papa Westray. With a few jobs to juggle in the summer, Tom still finds time to do that bit extra for his visitors to Westray marina. It is not unusual to find Tom boiling up fresh lobster from Costie Shellfish or Westray Processors in time for a yacht arriving. Tom modestly reasons that he is not necessarily known for his catering skills but he can’t go wrong with boiling the fantastic local shellfish (about 10 minutes he says) and it’s mainly because he has a big enough pan at home to do it!
“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