The 'Home and Dry' fishing safety campaign was created with support from the fishing industry, to share vital messages about safety at sea, and help all fishermen get back to their families, home and dry. Useful information and a common-sense video https://www.homeanddry.uk
This is especially topical after the recent Cove fisherman tragedy.
On Wednesday afternoon on June 3rd, two people were saved from a capsized Wayfarer dinghy between the Bass Rock and the South Carr point. They tried to recover themselves but were unable, despite wearing correct safety gear. A rescue helicopter, the North Berwick RNLI, and Blue Wild’s boat from Dunbar which was in the area, all helped locate the two people in the (very cold!) water. The sailors were reported as being at South Carr but were found standing on the ‘Poo Buoy’ special mark over a mile away. BlueWild then transferred the rescued sailors to the RNLI shore crew.
BlueWild’s skipper Alan Stewart, who is an RYA Safety boat instructor has supervised safety at sailing regattas in North Berwick and in the Forth, said, “These were well-equipped experienced dinghy sailors caught-out by confused seas higher than forecast. The RNLI and Coastguard teams were superb. We were delighted to be able to help and will be happy to do so again at any time.”
Happily, after treatment from an ambulance crew, both sailors were safe to leave.
Photo by Kenny Maule of ‘Thalassa’ returning to Victoria Harbour at Dunbar
World Oceans Day
It was World Oceans Day on 8th June. Dunbar’s harbour master, Quentin Dimmer, invited several of Dunbar’s primary school classes to learn about the harbour. They were participating in a #citizenscience project, taking samples of seawater from the harbour and finding microscopic creatures as well as microplastics. The photos will form an outdoor art exhibition on the harbour walls sponsored by Sea Changers
to highlight the issue of microplastic pollution.
NB: The theme for World Oceans Day in 2021 is 'The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods'. The aim of this year's campaign is to "shed light on the wonder of the ocean and how it is our lifesource, supporting humanity and every other organism on Earth"
The vessel departed from ROSYTH, GB on 2021-06-15.
CABLE ENTERPRISE is a Cable Layer that was built in 2001 and is sailing under the flag of United Kingdom. Its carrying capacity is 10543 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 4.7 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 124.32 meters and her width is 31.6 meters.
She is visible, day and night, working off Torness on the NNG wind-farm projects.
Photo by Kenny Maule
Local dolphins, video.
Following World Oceans Day (https://unworldoceansday.org/) on 8th of June, spectacles such as this video below highlight the importance of protecting our seas. Having the opportunity to witness such a range of marine life so close to home should never be taken for granted and we should do all we can to ensure the sustainability of their natural habitat.
Bisset's Quality Seafood is a family run business in Dunbar. We sell fresh seafood and ready to eat dishes from our Seafood Shack, open 10am -- 4pm.
Seafood: haddock, sole, kippers + more
Ready to eat: crab, lobsters, prawns, crayfish + more
Photo credit: James Bisset
Lifeboat Fete Cancelled for Second Year Running
Dunbar RNLI regrets to announce that this year’s Lifeboat Fete has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions. Dunbar Lifeboat Station chairman Mark Lees said: “It was a really hard decision for us to take to postpone ‘Lifeboat Day’ for the second year running. We had hoped to bring things back to normal but with so much uncertainty about the rate of infection locally we felt that it wouldn’t be fair to the community, or to our fundraisers and crew, in holding the event. We had a really long hard look at what it would take to safely run the event and with the thousands of people we get every year, along with all the restrictions and mitigations we would have to put in place, our fantastic team of volunteers are really just not able to ensure everyone’s safety.”
Thank you for continuing to support us through these difficult times, it really is appreciated and please look out for updates on the virtual event, date to be confirmed."
Dunbar’s Lifeboat Fete is a tradition that dates back to the 1800s and a Lifeboat Queen has been crowned here every year since 1963 – even last year when the event had to otherwise be cancelled because of the pandemic, which has impacted hugely on our ability to raise funds to help save lives at sea.
Photo by Kenny Maule
Great news! Nice to get some international recognition for our wonderful town.
Dunbar Battery was recognised with a ‘special mention’ in the 5th European Award for Architectural Heritage at the ceremony in Barcelona recently.
Stone Stacking taking place on July 9,10,11 and on Sat. 10th July a concert at the Battery.
The three-day festival hopes to welcome competitors from Europe and beyond. The first day will see a family competition and an introduction to some of the artists arriving in the town. The following day, it is hoped attention will turn to Lauderdale Park, with plans to televise the event. Finally, on the Sunday, a winner will be crowned.
The creator of the festival, James Craig Page, highlighted the benefits of stone stacking and said: “Stone stacking is finding the art of balance in nature, using naturally found material to create sculptures and balances.”
James was pleased to say plans were being drawn up to see it return in July. “It will be great if we can go ahead and get people to meet up again and bring artists from around the world back to Dunbar. I was down at the Eye Cave recently and have to say it was looking stunning. Wherever I go in the world, it is very rare I can find a beach as good as the Eye Cave for variety and colour of stone. Hopefully we'll have the European Stone Stacking. back in Dunbar 9th-11th July."
"Here is a flavour of my creative practice and the stunning landscape of Dunbar in a film I premiered, featuring a sound track from Callum Easter, filmed by Bonnie Prince Bob. Europeanstonestacking
The Rowing Club celebrated this year’s Summer Solstice by rowing over midnight of the 21st June in good weather, a significant swell, and lit by an almost-full moon.
Kenny Maule was ‘encouraged’ to celebrate his 70th birthday by clambering onto the slippery Poo Buoy and drinking Corona (!) beer.
Now sing: “A life on the ocean wave”.
Photo by Christine Mincher.
A film crew (Eyebolls) spent Tuesday morning, June 1st, filming at the harbourside on behalf of Visit Scotland. They had a family of 4, happily meeting the grandparents, whilst ostensibly holidaying in Scotland. Luck gave them a clear, very sunny day and a light wind for the drone operator so they also got footage of several creel boats entering the harbour and the family did a bit of (unsuccessful) fishing themselves. Rhona opened early to supply refreshments. Maybe you'll see us on Visit Scotland's next promotional video.
Photo by Kenny Maule
Dunbar Sailing Club gave a big thank you to Dave Anderson and the team for organising a celebration at the club. Beforehand there were seven boats out for a sail followed by a superb BBQ at the rear dinghy-storage area which has been nicely tidied up, plus plenty of chat.
Definitely the best turnout for a few of years with a number of new faces in the clubhouse which is always welcome. Let's hope this is the restart of many such events, following the restrictions being lifted.
This photo of ‘derring-do’ shows someone bold enough to climb the mast to replace Andy’s instrument cluster sensors. Don’t look down!
Photo credit Kenny Maule
Harbourmaster Quentin spent several days ‘spring-cleaning’ around our harbours, removing rubbish, broken creels and tangled nets. Who could possibly have left all these?
Photo by Kenny Maule
I know you all like to know how Bob Clunas, our ex-harbourmaster, is getting on in Helmsdale. Well, on the 30th of May, he celebrated his 70th birthday.