Chairman’s Blog – December 2014

Dear Berth-holders

As many of you will know, I have taken over as chairman from Frank Pullen until the next AGM which will be held on 23rd March 2015. Mike McGregor has joined the committee as vice-chairman. We are very grateful to Frank for his 5 years in post when he has fought our corner with marina managers, Edinburgh Leisure and Edinburgh Council, to ensure that facilities in the marina were properly maintained and charges were reasonable. We have kept our members informed through our website, notice board on the loop shed and regular email blogs and have set up the weather station and live web scan. With our encouragement and assistance the new marina managers have installed free WiFi to the pontoons. They also give regular updates on their Facebook page. Next year’s charges have not yet been decided but are expected to rise by no more than 3%.

Parking: There is a beautiful new parking area where the derelict “Norwegian Block” used to be. It is intended that this will be reserved exclusively for berth holders and marina staff, with vehicle entry controlled by a gate, opened by a code or key fob. All visitors will use the red gravel, parking area close to the bridge.

The “Hub”: this new development to be built in 2016, on a site to the west of the scout hall, will house the administrative offices, a bar and Bistro and the Yacht Club which will rent a lounge/ meeting/ office area with balcony overlooking the Forth. PEYC committee are keen to share this premises with the berth holders, perhaps as Associate members at a reduced subscription.

Travel Hoist: My boat was taken out last week and it was a fairly painless experience (– except for the charge!) Following an accident, when a boat owner slipped off the hoist when coming down the ladder, a safety cage has been added to prevent further falls. Pressure washing is carried out by the site staff before the boat is transported to its cradle in the boat park.

Boat park: Electricity supply is being improved and connections for all boats are promised in the near future. Temporary cones are placed across the entrance to stop non boat owners bringing cars into this area. Punctures have been reported from sharp objects buried in the gravel.

Cardiac Defibrillator: this is now installed and all marina staff are trained in its use. If required the office staff or duty officer will bring it urgently.

Marina Facilities: For hygiene reasons, shared water hoses will not be provided on the pontoons. We noted that there are no longer disposal points for used oil cans and paint tins. Russell has promised to rectify this.

East Coast Sailing Festival: This will be held at Port Edgar between Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd August, 2015 by Forth Yacht Clubs Association and PEYC. It will comprise yacht racing, including restricted sail classes for the occasional racer, a rowing regatta and a cruiser muster. It is hoped that cruising yachts from other clubs on the Forth and Tay, as well as those at Port Edgar, will take part in this event. An interesting programme is planned including day cruises with civilised lunch stops at other clubs. The evening social events organised by the Yacht Club will be included. For those wishing to help, we would like some berth holders to assist in welcoming visitors and some yachts may be invited to act as committee boats during the event.

Boat Jumble: The BHA hope to hold its annual Boat Jumble sale in late February /early March. This will probably be in the Scout hall on a Sunday morning. Don’t throw out your useful junk yet. Someone might buy it!

Annual General Meeting: This will be held on Monday 23rd March in the Yacht Club with interesting speakers. We urgently need new members on the committee to take the Association forward into what promises to be an interesting and exciting future for Port Edgar- so how about it?

Yahoo Group: We are planning to set up an internetchat room” so that members can discuss matters of interest, request crew, offer advice to others or pass on complaints.

Contact Us: The committee welcomes any feedback, observations or information from members. Please look at our website ( ) and contact us on . For information about cruising on the Forth, look at (

Murray Carmichael