I caught up with James this morning and here is a short statement of progress at the sailing school:
What was promised on takeover has been achieved. A full programme of courses is offered and courses are filling and the school is busy. Despite the late start there has been a good take up and the staff are kept busy with plenty of students. Furthermore the programme of vessel replacement is being brought forward and new vessels such as the paddle boards have been introduced.
Staffing has been accomplished including those needed for the winter. However, James Urquhart has tendered his resignation as he is moving to the West Coast. Chris Bradby has stepped up as Chief Instructor, James Pearson is now the Principal and Bosun, and Caroline Pearson is the Business Development Manager.
1st July 2014
Today I spoke with Russell Aitken and this is a summary:
The activity is calming down now that most boats have been launched. However work on the landside continues. If you haven’t noticed, apart from the tree felling and scrub clearance the Norway building has been demolished along with the brick buildings that were used by the Parks Dept. Shed 4 is now coming down (after all the contents were removed!).
Demolition plans now include a couple of small brick buildings along the water front as well as the toilet block near shed 4. This latter block will be replaced by new facilities (semi permanent but more modern).
The work plan now consists of maintenance including painting, replacing broken guttering and generally tidying up. In addition, the base of Norway building will be levelled and tarmac’ed to provide parking space.
The next element of “construction” will involve installing WiFi across the site for all users. That is planned to start this season.
Note from the Management: It has not been possible to read all the “Meter Maids” as some are kept on board locked boats. Please relocate the meter so that it can be read at the pod. 1/4ly bills depend upon accurate readings, not estimates.
Note from the Management: Boat owners patience and tolerance during the past few months is much appreciated. There has been dust and rubbish from the demolition and rather difficult parking which should ease in the near future. Thank you very much, Russell.