The RIB Osprey, which has given many visitors over the year fabulous days out on the island is under new ownership with a new skipper. Roy Giles is skippering the boat during the summer for his first season but is no stranger to RIBs, having been on the lifeboats for many years in Anstruther and teaches RNLI lifeboat personnel how to drive a RIB. As he is a lifelong Saints fan obviously the Isle of May with its shrine to St. Etheran has a particular draw for him. He will be taking out visitors at the same sailing times as the May Princess and can take up to 12 people at a time.
The RIB Osprey was previously skippered by Colin Murray and has served the island very well not just doing visitor runs but also taking staff and volunteers to and from the island is sometimes atrocious weather. It has also transported all sorts of cargo in its time, from live seals, the septic tanks (empty luckily) and most of the building materials that went into the Lowlight extension. Those island inhbitants who have used the boat over the years have a particular fondness for the boat and so it is good to see it in such good and capable hands.
So it is a boat with a bit of an island heritage and we on the island and given good weather will be a fine way of seeing the island this season.