AGM does not spell DULL

Dear Friends of Portobello Sailing & Kayaking Club – which includes all skiffers!

Please join us for our annual AGM on Tuesday March 1st 7.30pm at The Beach House, 57 Bath Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1HE. See the Notice and resolutions attached.  

The three letters ‘AGM’ can sometimes spell the word ‘DULL’ to people and yes there is a bit of official business to get through. However it shouldn’t take more than ten minutes after which we will have the opportunity to meet and chat with you, our friends and members; to tell you our plans for 2011 and to hear of your ideas and thoughts and about the club and its potential. Continue reading “AGM does not spell DULL”

Basking in the labour of love: Skiff 2


Photos by Max Blinkhorn

Saturday 5th February 2011 brought a number of Portobello people together to help turn over the second skiff. We all basked in the labour of love that is the building of our second skiff. This is another milestone in the project which began 16 months ago, and we are now over half way to launching the second boat.

Photos by Patsy James

Nick Savage and over 20 volunteers have labored through the dark and cold winter evenings on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturday afternoons and remain on target for a launch date in April. 

The building of this second boat has benefited from all the lessons we learned on the first build, which has also enabled many more people to get involved. Young and old, men and women, from many different walks of life, some strong and some gentle, have all been equal in the workshop, and we thank them for their hard work. 

Video by Osbert Lancaster

The use of additional moulds has helped create a lovely smooth hull shape; there is some speculation that this boat will be faster than our beloved Icebreaker because of the slight change to the design. This remains to be tested on the water; can’t wait.  With the noticeably longer days we are now able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we await the day when Icebreaker has a playmate on the waves.