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An ode to appreciation of the beauty of the sea:--

You need a discerning eye and a contemplative soul to enjoy coastal life. Since the first lockdown I have paced almost every morning along the beach, the pier and the hills close by. Each day brings new variety to my photo collection of my walks. The sea has a wonderful translucence in still weather, and an invigorating turbulence during gales. The tide sets a different scene every day. The sky has infinite patterns according to mist, fog descending, fog clearing and, of course, clouds that linger or scud. Stand on the glassy-wet beach when the tide is out, and you can see sunrises under your feet as well as stretching above your head.

By Yvonne Williams, Ryde, Isle of Wight, a heartfelt letter

Photo of Ellie Coyle’s painting, snapped by her mum.

In Broadhaven, resting after being placed by its mum.

Still whitish but looks darker in the water.

Photo at Dunbar’s Broadhaven, taken from FB.




BlueWild organised Thalassa's 5-year stability, inflation and swamping tests on a sunny Sunday, 27th of March. Thalassa is an 8.4m cabin rib with an internal 315hp diesel engine. Following a full inspection of paperwork and an 'out-of-water' structural survey two weeks ago, an MCA appointed surveyor had come from Inverkip Marina to oversee the flotation tests.

Thalassa's owner, Alan, had asked on social-media for 10 volunteers to be passengers with a regulation average-weight of 75kg pp. Alan kitted us out with brand new lifejackets straight from the packet and we all sat patiently aboard.

The tests involve checking all safety kit, then measuring the height of normal freeboard. With passengers all moved to starboard, all three tube compartments on that side were completely deflated to measure the resultant height above water and the angle of list. Key to the design of a 'Rib' (Rigid Inflatable Boat) is that it can sail as a normal boat even if all the tubes are deflated.

After that, 50 buckets of water are flooded into the centre-area footwell to simulate swamping before the bilge pump is activated. The surveyor observed closely and was clearly a difficult man to please but left satisfied that all tests had been successfully passed.

As a ‘thank you’ the volunteers were offered a complimentary tour around the Bass Rock early in the season which starts on 1st April. BlueWild Nature Boat Tours

“Hey, sit still youse doon there, nae jigglin’ aboot, ye can jiggle when Ah gie the orders.”

Photo by Kenny Maule

Coastguard, dramatic video:

Watch the video: Safety kit saves life of fisherman

This is the story of a life saved because the fisherman was wearing a lifejacket (PFD) and a locator beacon (PLB).

They are life savers .
Get the kit and WEAR it.
Live to tell your story too.

What had started out as an ordinary working day for commercial fisherman Paul, turned into his worst nightmare when he went overboard from the Sidney Rose, miles from land.

Paul says: “I’m very glad it turned out well, you hear the stories and know it doesn’t always. My message to other fishermen is simple: Wear a lifejacket. I did and it saved my life. They’re only small, they don’t get in the way when you’ve got them on, you get used to them, and if I didn’t have mine on, I wouldn’t be talking to you now.”

Photo from vessel owner Ben and man overboard Paul.

On behalf of the Harbour Trust, Yvonne Wemyss and Kenny Maule attended a two-day Oil Pollution training course intended for local councils and other ‘related’ authorities who would expect to be involved in the more ‘hands-on’ supervision of beach clean-up operations and protective booming operations.

The Harbour Trust has added Oil Pollution procedures to the Harbour Manual for the harbourmaster’s reference to more detailed actions.

First action if you see serious Oil Pollution: dial 999, ask for the Coastguard.

… then please inform our harbour master soonest 07958 754858.

Photo by Yvonne Wemyss

Here are shags with their springtime mating crests erect. They look like one mythological beast with two heads.

(In mythology, a double-headed eagle is linked to dominance over both East and West)

Photo by Kenny Maule, at the harbour entrance.




James joined the Trust in 2022. He has been an active fisherman at Dunbar for many years and currently operates three boats out of the harbour. He serves on the Harbour Management Committee where he has been active for over a decade. In recent times James has stood in voluntarily for the harbourmaster where necessary. He is Chairman of the Dunbar Fishermen’s Association. James’ wife, Cheryl, runs the Kittiwake Cafe at the harbour.





Alison grew up in Edinburgh and has recently moved to Dunbar. She sailed around the world in the Clipper Around the World yacht race 9-10 and is a member of the Royal St. George Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire in Co Dublin from her time living in Dublin. She is also a member of the Dunbar Sailing Club and volunteers in the RNLI Dunbar High Street shop. She loves adventure and has completed the 3-peak challenge, Killamanjaro and Machu Picchu.

She works for an international software company as a VP of Operations with a global team.She is learning to surf and loves paddleboarding around Dunbar. She joined the Trust in 2022.



Repairs to undermining of the North Wall started at 7.30am on 3rd March

Notification to all Harbour residents about these major projects had been distributed beforehand, informing everyone of the expected works.

Repairs to the undermining of the North Wall. AG Thomson had over 10 men involved, 6 items of plant and a hired spider crane. The low-tide work is being carried out in tidal windows 3rd to 5th March & 18th to 22nd March

An additional method: concrete rings have been used as shutters and wave protection for undermining areas. The rings are positioned beside the undermining with steel pins driven into rock, bolted together, then filled with ‘underwater’ concrete so they act as one unit.

In addition, a list of works scheduled during March and April:-- improvements to the maintenance bay, breakwater, lifting bridge, new bollards in Cromwell, entrance handrail & pointing and filling voids / defects / trip hazards.

Most of the costs will be funded from Marine Scotland Grants (general repairs £80k, maintenance bay £25k, with matching funding from the Harbour Trust).

All overseen by our ‘Man on Manoeuvres’, Robin Hamilton.

“ Here, it’s awfy expensive wi’ thae big machines.”

All local schools Innerwick, Stenton, West Barns, East Linton & Belhaven Hill now have marine ply boards and aim to complete their murals by the end of April. We have asked schools to consider harbour people, equipment & buildings etc. as new topics. The original five panels by Dunbar Primary will be erected again, showing local wildlife.

Robin Hamilton and John Band will varnish and arrange the mounting at the harbour. James Bissett plans to power wash the walls before the murals’ installation. Teamwork!

The school panels are underway, 10 in total.

Photo by Kenny Maule showing “the Belhaven Hill creativity in progress”.

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