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“It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the Sparkling Dunbar Harbour Festival due to be held on Sat 15th August 2020. However, we are delighted to announce that 2021 will see the 10th Anniversary of this fabulous annual event. We look forward to bringing you some surprises next year to celebrate a decade of fun.  A spectacular event t’will be, me hearties!”

Photo by Fraser Stewart. 


John Sim - Director (photo1).  John is a retired Oil-industry Engineering Manager, married with two daughters and five grandchildren. A qualified Electrical Engineer supported with a Business Degree, he and his wife Madeleine relocated to Dunbar from Edinburgh in October 2019 after having spent 42 years working and living overseas in countries as diverse as Uruguay, Italy, France, USA, Egypt, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Angola, Gabon, South Korea, Singapore and India. He has always been associated with the sea since serving in the Royal Navy from 1963 to 1974.  Thereafter, he worked in the international offshore Oil and Gas industry from 1974 to 2016 managing both mobile offshore drilling units (MODU’s) and fixed offshore oil and gas installations.

Paddy Crerar CBE - Director (photo2). Paddy has been an active harbour user in Dunbar for 20 years. He is Chair of Crerar Hotels, and he and his wife farm outside Stenton. Paddy works in community related projects as a non-executive Director of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise. He is also patron of Scotland’s most supported hospitality charity.

A very warm welcome to both.      Click <<READ MORE>> for a photo of Paddy

 Our empty harbour: "Now where’s the other end?” --- photo by Kenny Maule

Harbour Trust figures for 2019/20 financial year.

  1. Public mooring income - UP 8%.

  2. Fishing mooring income - DOWN 1%….a reflection of the change in mix to smaller boats.

  3. Fishing Landings - UP 2%…. 2019/20 was a record year for Dunbar.

  4. Launchings - UP 8%….but still down on earlier years…indicating that we still may not be catching everyone.

  5. Retail outlets  - UP 66 %.

  6. Visitor moorings - DOWN 67%.

Mooring charge credits:  The Harbour Trust is very grateful to those who have written in to say that they will leave their credit balances to be offset against next year’s mooring charges. Everyone is entitled to have a credit balance refunded to them and, if this is your wish, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the details of the bank account into which the refund will be paid.

On the 29th of March, three coastguard teams, Dunbar, North Berwick and Fisherrow, were tasked to reports of a person stuck on rocks after climbing at Horseshoe Point, Canty Bay. As the teams were departing, information was provided that the casualty had managed to self-extricate and required no further assistance.

Coastguard advice: “Please follow government guidance at this testing time and think about the dangers of an activity which in turn could lead to a requirement for assistance. If you see someone in difficulty or something you are concerned about on the shoreline, beaches, cliffs, mud or water, call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.”

photo from Google maps

Angus, when and where did you start sailing?  “It was a long, long time ago, in another country, far, far away.” In fact it was in the ‘70s on Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland, in a sailing dinghy.

What is more difficult: sailing or dentistry? “Dentistry is more difficult; there’s always the risk of falling down the patient’s throat and never re-appearing.”

What was your biggest race/regatta win? "East Coast Week feeder race at Blyth and The Scotsman trophy, Granton-to-Kirkwall Orkney."

Both yourself and your wife, Marie-Florence, have been Commodores of the Sailing Club. Any comments? "Nobody else volunteered so duty must be done”.

When husband and wife are both on their yacht, who is in charge? “We sail by committee: Marie-Florence on helm, Angus Cameron on sail-trim, Johnny Blyth on spinnaker, and I paid the bills and bought the drinks.”

Are all of your family sailors? “Yes, two sons, Finlay and Hector, then starting now are our grandchildren.”

Your yacht was called Nyvaig; what is the meaning? “In corrupted Gaelic it means ‘small warship’, used at the Battle of Largs, 1263, when evicting King Haakon of Norway.”

Your house is called Blawearie; what is the meaning?  “The local burn is called Blawearie (tired of the wind). The wind blew constantly whilst sorting out  the house and garden.”

What was your longest sail?  “Galle, Sri Lanka to Al Mukalla, Yemen on a pal’s yacht. Is that far enough? Too many pirates nowadays. On Nyvaig we sailed to South Brittany and back to Sunny Dunbar.”

Who are the biggest drinkers around the North Sea?  “The Norwegians can be ‘extremely immoderate’ when greeting an incoming yacht which has duty-free booze on board. However my pal ‘Norrie’ set off ‘three sheets to the wind’ and hit the Forth Bridge on a fine day with unlimited visibility. Not recommended.”

What is your advice to young sailors?  “Take lessons with an experienced instructor, on a yacht with two sails and a spinnaker. You’ll learn the essentials of sail-balance. Small dinghies are good but you can learn wee Toppers and Lasers later.”  Thank you, Angus, we'll take your advice.

Enjoy this video of Angus sailing on Nyvaig, from Dunbar to Seacliff and return https://vimeo.com/223353638. Use full-screen and volume up.

Photo: Nyvaig, spinnaker up, entering harbour (never to be repeated),

Photo credit Pamela Maule

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers were called out to assist a fishing boat in trouble the afternoon of 16th March.

UK Coastguard tasked the crew at 3.50pm after the Dunbar-registered Spitfire became tail-tied - when the propeller gets entangled in its own net - 2.3 miles northeast of the Bass Rock.

The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched from Dunbar Harbour and was on scene 30 minutes later. A tow was set up and the two vessels made their way back to Dunbar. As they approached the harbour, the volunteer crew adjusted the tow to bring the Spitfire alongside, then manoeuvred the fishing boat to a safe berth in the harbour.

The coastguard stood down the crew at 4.45pm.   Photo:credit RNLI

Dunbar Harbour has the ambition of becoming a 'zero waste harbour'. The grant application has been sent off, to work with consultants from 'Resource Efficient Scotland' for improving waste management and resource efficiency.



Harbourmaster Quentin took part in production of this short film for Zero Waste Scotland  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2558434291140848

Also, how everyone can help:  https://bigplasticpledge.com/pledge/  

Many thanks to Quentin, aka ‘The Neil Oliver of Dunbar’, for teaching us all good habits.

Photo of Quentin’s ‘Early Sea School’ (by Kenny Maule)


This grey seal pup hauled ashore on the old slip leading from Cromwell to the East Beach. Local residents called the rangers and everyone was warned to keep away: “dinnae scare him and dinnae gie him ony o’ yer germs, and they bite, ken?”.

The pup was monitored by rangers and the next day ‘ran away to sea’ whilst still a youngster.

Photo 1 by Kenny Maule (at a distance with a telephoto setting)

Note: Seals eat primarily fish, using their whiskers for locating prey. Seals can feel the slightest movements in the water. In that way, seals can ‘see’ in turbulent water where the fish are, up to a distance of 100 meters. Flatfish, lesser sandeel and cod species are their favorite food when available. Pups must teach themselves to catch fish after nursing ends. Their mother doesn’t teach them the tricks. In this period, young seals lose a lot of weight. But eventually, most of them learn it in time. Phew!

Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2, credit Ecomare Museum, Texel, The Netherlands This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

21/3/20 “Dunbar lifeboat crew launched this morning at 2.30am (editor: yes, 2.30am while you were fast asleep) to a report of a person in the harbour. A man, aged around 30, had entered the water believing there to be a person in trouble aboard a small pleasure craft moored in the harbour. As the lifeboat prepared to launch, the man managed to get out of the water unaided.

The crew of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) searched the boat, the harbour and the surrounding area but found no trace of anyone else in the water or in trouble. Meanwhile, the shore crew established that the man was clearly in an inebriated and confused state and had mistaken the reflection of street lights on the boat for someone signalling for help. Fortunately, he was unhurt and did not require medical treatment.”

A spokesman for Dunbar Lifeboat said: “We urge anyone who believes there to be someone in trouble in the water to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Do not enter the water. It only puts yourself and potentially others in danger.”

The man was sent on his ‘merry’ way with his friend responsible for looking after him.

photo by Kenny Maule


Watch "Off the cuff part 2 Episode 45" on YouTube -- One Man And His Boat     https://youtu.be/kfNTBcpbQWU

Barry Brunton has been working all winter on his recently-built hull. He’s filmed the various stages and cheered up his viewers with a positive presentational style. Remember to hit “Subscribe” to help Barry reach 1,000 ‘subscribes‘ he needs for ‘You Tube’. Also the bell symbol for future alerts, AND you can share to others.

Looking forward to seeing him ‘hit the water’ this summer.

Photo by Barry himself

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