This is a special weekend for Orkney Sailing Club — with the 125th annual Kirkwall Regatta set to take place.

A scene from last year's Kirkwall Regatta.

A scene from last year’s Kirkwall Regatta.

The event is held on the first Saturday of August each year, with people able to watch all the sailing action taking place in Kirkwall Bay.

The racing actually begins this evening, with dinghy and yacht pursuit races, before the main contest starts tomorrow morning at 11am with a variety of classes, including yachts, dinghies, skiffs and yoles.

The weekend is then to be rounded off with a celebratory dinner, trophy presentation and dance in the Girnel.

M & A Lennie, of Seaview farm, have taken the champion of the show yard title at the 2014 Sanday Show with Killer Queen.

Sheep section judge at the Sanday show Brian Ridland, pictured on the right, presents the Best Animal in the Showyard rosette to Malcolm Lennie, of Seaview.

The best animal in the showyard prize at this year’s Sanday Show has gone to M & A Lennie’s two-crop Suffolk ewe ‘Killer Queen’ for the third consecutive year.

Today’s show also saw Malcolm and Angela Lennie, of Seaview farm, take the top and reserve cattle prizes.

The reserve champion of the showyard title went to Fraser Sinclair’s  four-year-old Connemara cross cob pony.

Malcolm Lennie said he was delighted to pick up the top prize and said that he thought the competition at this year’s show was stronger than it had been for a few years.

For a full cattle, sheep, horse, poultry and dog section results from the Sanday show see next week’s edition of The Orcadian.



Orkney Towage tugs working in Shetland this morning, Friday, as the giant tank is unloaded. (Picture: Ian Leask)

Orkney Towage tugs pictured working in Shetland this morning, Friday, as the giant tank is unloaded.
(Picture: Ian Leask)

The three Orkney Towage tugs which travelled up to Shetland on Monday to assist with a major marine engineering project have been in action last night, through to today, as the project progresses.

The Einar, Erlend and Harald, operated by Orkney Towage, steamed north from Orkney on Monday, arriving in Lerwick later the same day.

The tugs are playing a key role in an operation involving the movement of a large steel oil storage tank which arrived in Shetland onboard the heavy-transport vessel Xiang Yun Kou.

Within the last 24 hours the Xiang Yun Kou moved to an anchorage not far from Lerwick and ballasted down for the tank to be floated off the deck of the vessel. The three Orkney tugs are assisting with this complex part of the operation.

The tank is due to be installed west of Shetland as part of Premier Oil’s development of the Solan field.




A man was taken to hospital this morning following a one vehicle road accident in Tankerness, which resulted in a cement mixer lorry tipping over on to the verge of the road.

Speaking this afternoon, a spokesman for Kirkwall Police said that the driver was taken to hospital following the accident, but his injuries were not life threatening.

The accident happened on an unclassified road in Tankerness, described by police as being not far from the Bossack area.

Police said that drivers are advised to avoid the area until the vehicle is recovered, and the road is reopened.


An application from Scott & Miller LLP for a provisional premises licence has been approved by Orkney Islands Licensing Board.

The license was sought by local businessmen, George Stout of Jolly’s of Orkney and Thorfinn Craigie of Craigie Butchers, for their new retail venture, The Brig Larder.

The shop, which is to open in September, will be housed at 1 Albert Street — the former Grooves — and will offer customers, fresh butcher meat, fresh fish and wines, spirits and beers, all under one roof.


The Orkney Islands Council website will be unavailable for a short time from midday today, Friday, to enable essential maintenance work to take place.

It is hoped that the website will be available again an hour later and the Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused.


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