One of the first marinas to be built on the Firth of Clyde has celebrated its 40th year. Now owned and operated by Yacht Havens Group, the original harbour basins in Troon were constructed in the 1800s by the Duke of Portland. The inner basin, where the marina now lies, was transformed into a marina in 1978 by a consortium led by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
Duke Darge was one of the first employees at the marina and remarkably he also celebrates his 40th anniversary as he continues to work there today. Having started as a young trainee, Duke now manages the 55-ton boat lift and storage ashore, while spending his spare time racing yachts around the west coast of Scotland and across the UK.
Marina director Stephen Bennie commented: ‘Troon Yacht Haven wouldn’t be what it is today without Duke’s loyalty, knowledge and experience. He is well known and highly respected across the Scottish sailing industry, not just because of his commitment to boaters here in Troon, but also for his incredible yacht racing achievements.’