Hopes high to keep sailing school afloat

editorial image

A community sailing school in Queensferry looks like it has been rescued - after an appeal by a charity trust.

Edinburgh Leisure 
revealed recently it was pulling out of operating Port Edgar Marina and Sailing School in Queensferry because of lack of funds.

Private consortium Port Edgar Holding Ltd was granted a 30-year lease of the run-down marina by the city council’s economy committee earlier this week.

And the Scottish Sailing Trust said yesterday it has managed to raise £13,000 in less than four weeks to help save the sailing school.

The cash included a £2000 donation from Gylemuir 
Primary School.

A spokesman for the Trust said: “As a result of the funds collected, the Trust has found a financial backer and a bid 
for the watersport centre boating assets was submitted last Friday.

“The Trust aims to 
continue its fundraising 
efforts and leverage its 
success by applying for grants and seeking corporate sponsors to invest £160,000 in 
upgrading the equipment.”

The Scottish Sailing Trust was recently set up 
by members of the local 
community.

It says it aims to continue to provide a full range of courses and activities at Port Edgar to children, adults, schools and sailing clubs.

It also plans to work closely with local authorities and RYA Scotland to develop its services, particularly for disabled and disadvantaged groups.