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Stornoway marina open for business

Stornoway Port Authority Chairman Angus Smith and Chief Executive Jane Maciver

Stornoway Port Authority Chairman Angus Smith and Chief Executive Jane Maciver

Stornoway Port Authority are now accepting berth applications for its new marina, which is located right in the heart of the town centre in Stornoway’s inner harbour.

The new 70 berth marina can accommodate yachts up to 24 m length on a year-round basis.

This major expansion of the existing pontoon facility in Stornoway has paved the way for other pontoon developments throughout the Outer Hebrides, opening the Islands up as a sail destination to sailors of all levels and experience. The protected East Coast of the Island chain provides shelter from the worst of the North Atlantic weather while the West Coast provides challenges for even the most experienced sailors.

Angus Smith is Chairman of the Port Authority in Stornoway and one of the most experienced professional sailors in the Islands. Speaking about the new marina he commented:

“I’ve spent many years sailing round the Mediterranean, Caribbean and America and I have to say that the new marina in Stornoway is of the highest quality I’ve seen, not only in the infrastructure material, but also in the generosity of space for manoeuvring and availability to berth yachts up to 24 metres.

The incredible location of the marina in Stornoway, where it is right in the town centre with the great castle park on the opposite side is amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a marina with that kind of outlook. It’s really something special.

The fact that the marina is easier to get to than most marinas on the west coast with the airport within ten minutes of where you would keep your boat, makes it very attractive as there are direct flights from Stornoway to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen”

Chief Executive of the Port Authority, Jane Maciver said “Now, for the first time we can market Stornoway and the Outer Hebrides as a sail destination. The new marina in Stornoway, the soon to be completed pontoons in Lochmaddy and the development of Lochboisdale, with other projects in the pipeline, mean that people can cross the Minch and be confident that there are relevant and suitable infrastructure and facilities available here for them.

We want to get the message to people that the Outer Hebrides are not as far away as they may think. A selling point for us is that it is possible for someone to have breakfast in London and lunch aboard their yacht in Stornoway.

Our aim however is that these facilities will not only attract visiting vessels but also will encourage current and future generations of Islanders to take up marine recreation and sports.”

Applications for marina berths should be made to the Harbourmaster, Stornoway Port Authority, Amity House, Esplanade Quay, Stornoway. Further information is available on the Port Authority’s website: www.stornoway-portauthority.com

 

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