Saturday, 18 May 2019

Pop-up food in Ardfern

‘POP UP’ KITCHEN TO PROVIDE FOOD AT YACHT CENTRE

Ardfern pop-up kitchen
Pop-up food in Ardfern

Permanent and visiting customers at Ardfern will be able to take advantage of a new ‘pop-up’ kitchen that will be coming to the yacht centre on some Friday evenings this summer. 
With the old Crafty Kitchen café in the village having now been demolished and a new building shortly to be under construction for the all-new ‘Craignish Cabin’, which is set to start trading in spring 2020, it is hoped the ‘pop up’ will help bridge the gap left by the temporary closure of the facility during 2019.
New operator and chef, Lucy Gladstone aims to serve fresh home-made local produce at the new restaurant, and will use the ‘pop-up’ to provide customers with a taster of what is to come at the ‘Craignish Cabin’.
“I will be cooking up the likes of pots of mussels with home-made sourdough bread, venison stew or seafood paella’s when we do the pop-up at the Yacht Centre this summer,” says Lucy, adding that she will focus on just one dish each evening.
The first ‘pop-up’ kitchen will be set up in front of the chandlery building on Friday 14th June with food available between 6pm and 8pm, and the one-pot dishes costing around £9.50/dish.
We look forward to welcoming Lucy to the Yacht Centre this summer to provide customers with some tasty hot food on some of the busy Friday evenings we see during the main season, and for the first event we will be providing a couple of glasses of wine each for AYC customers who have pre-booked meals beforehand.
The second ‘pop-up’ food event will take place on Friday 28th June, followed by events on Friday 12th July, Friday 9th August and Friday 23rd August. 

To pre-book meals please email accounts@ardfernyacht.co.uk up to two days before each event or speak to Bel in the accounts office to book a place.


CAR PARK CAFÉ AT THE VILLAGE SHOP


In addition to the ‘pop-up’ at the Yacht Centre the ladies at the village shop will be setting up a ‘Car Park Café’ in the village shop car park on various dates through the season. The first of these evenings is set to take place on Saturday 25th May from 7.30pm, with ‘all you can eat’ pizza, salads and pudding priced at £15/head for adults and £7.50/head for children. Soft drinks will be available for sale on the night and customers are also welcome to BYO beer or wine.
Please contact the shop on 01852 500298 to make a booking or for further information on dietary needs etc and please note that payment on the evening is cash only. 

Spring 2019 Newsletter

SPRING 2019 NEWSLETTER



STAFFING UPDATE

West Coast Marina
Fraser McIver, James Hoad, Neil Donaldson

From the beginning of June we are very pleased to announce that Fraser McIver will take up the position of Marina Manager in the business, overseeing all marina, mooring and storage based activity at Ardfern including all bookings and boat movements. 
Replacing Fraser in the workshop is James Hoad who will become Assistant Workshop Manager from 1st June 2019, working alongside Workshop and Yard manager, Bob Fleck. 
At the same time Neil Donaldson, who has 25 years experience in the leisure marine industry, will take up the position of Chandlery Manager in the business when Guy Neville leaves the yacht centre in June.
Over the summer months Grant Lees will step down from his Marina Coordinator role to assist in the chandlery before leaving Ardfern in mid August to take up his place at university this autumn. Meanwhile, Rachael Fraser will again join the team in the chandlery over the summer period.
We look forward to working with Fraser, James and Neil in their new roles. All three have excellent skills, which make them a credit to the marine industry and we are very fortunate to have them working at Ardfern. We also thank Guy for his many years of service to the company and wish him well for the future, along with wishing Grant every success on his new Naval Architecture course.

WIFI IMPROVEMENTS


With three new fibre broadband lines to the business and six antennas now in operation around the pontoons, the new WIFI network is now up and running and connectivity has been much improved, with much better signal and speed strengths than the previous system.


NEW OFFICE EXTENSION


Now the new office extension to the side of the chandlery building is nearing completion, in what has been the first phase of our building projects for 2019 at Ardfern, the temporary portakabin office in the car park will be imminently removed to free-up more car parking spaces again. 
The building works to improve the shower and toilet block facilities are set to take place over the winter of 2019/2020. 

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Round Mull Race 2019

Round Mull Race 2019 Open For Entries

Boats Under Spinnaker
Round Mull Race Under Spinnaker
Oban Sailing Club has invited entries for this years Round Mull Race which takes place over the weekend of Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June.   Entry forms can be downloaded using the following link RMR 2019 Entry Form



Oban Sailing Club Race Announcement
Round Mull Race 2019 Announcement

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Christmas Opening Times



Christmas Hours


Chandlery

The chandlery will be open on Christmas Eve for any last minute purchases, opening again on the 27th through to New Year.   Our opening times for the festive period can be seen below.

Ardfern Festive Opening Times
Ardfern Yacht Centre Festive Opening Times

Workshop Holidays

The workshop will be closing for the Christmas break on Friday 21st December, and will be open again on Monday 7th January.   We will be checking all boats are secure before the holidays, and staff will be in making sure everything is safe over the festive period.

The staff at Ardfern Yacht Centre would like to wish all of our customers a Happy Christmas, and New Year.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Crinan Canal - Restricted Lock in Times

Restrictions of sea locks operation to high tide 

Due to the continuing dry weather and its impact on reservoir levels Scottish Canals are now further restricting the operation of the sea locks to within one hour either side of high tide. In addition passage of the Crinan Canal is now only offered to vessels with a draught of 1.8m and below.

Review

Scottish Canals have said that the restriction will be in place for the next seven days and will help to preserve the depleting water levels, delaying closure of the canal at this time.
'This is a final measure following earlier restrictions which were put in place due to the continued dry weather.'
Scottish Canals are continuing to monitor the long term forecast and the effects of these restrictions on the water levels. Plans are being put in place should water levels deplete beyond acceptable levels and an update will be provided next week.

The policy of a minimum of two boats per lock in continues to be implemented for water conservation; this may cause delays of up to and over one hour.   Scottish Canals would appreciate your understanding and patience as they seek to take all steps possible to keep boats moving on the canal.

Updates

Further information is available at Scottish Canals which is  updated regularly.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Crinan Canal - Water Conservation Measures

Restrictions On The Canal

AS a result of the recent glorious sunshine the operators of the Crinan Canal are now taking measures to ensure that water resources are conserved on the canal to enable operations to continue as smoothly as possible.
"We have had to undertake some restrictions to ensure we can conserve water and remain open with some limitations,” said Donna Mallan, Scottish Canals, customer operations manager.

Further Information

Those wanting to transit the canal can find further information regarding the restrictions at Scottish Canals , which will be regularly updated if circumstances regarding canal usage change.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Round Mull Race 2018 Results

Round Mull Race 2018 Results


Spinnaker
Round Mull Race fleet under spinnaker, photo courtesy of Craig Pagett Photography

Fleet finishes

There was only one retirement in the 2018 race, Mor Toad after the first leg, the rest of the fleet completing the whole course.   Now that the Round Mull Race is over, the fleet are home and preparing for the next race, we can bring you the results.

Race results
Round Mull Race 2018 Points Summary

Congratulations to all those who competed in this years race, and we look forward to another successful event in 2019.


Round Mull Race 2018 Adjusted Results
2018 Round Mull Race Results