As you all know there was no sailing this weekend due to our building renovations taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
Stage one Saturday;
Well what a job, just removing the roof brought forth the deepening mystery of how the roof sheets were still attached to the frame and also how the frame was still attached together. The more we removed the worse the rust was but despite the poor state of the beams they as usual refused to give up easily fighting us all the way.
Once all the old frame was removed it was then time to repair the upright posts by welding plates and sleeves on tops and bottoms and during this process we also found the mounting beam across the club wall was just hanging there so yes that was re bolted as well. Not mentioning any names but two people spent so much time on one corner its apparently going to be named M&M corner with suitable signage to come.
Stage two Sunday;
After temporarily putting up two sections on Saturday they were pulled back down for more measuring and discussion on Sunday morning by the design team who were all quite happy measuring drawing and discussing everything! While this was happening Aidan and I the W&FS TEAM (WELD AND FIX STUFF) continued welding and fixing anything we thought might possibly move when it shouldn’t. Followed by painting all the stuff we stopped moving. With steady progress the frame was completed and then it was time for the Colourbond sheets to go back on and off course the wind came up to around 20knots just in time for this job to begin but thankfully with all the volunteers pitching in each section was raised and fitted with clockwork precision (almost). I was slightly out on the timing of the thunderstorm which included rain hail and lightning and arrived about ten minutes early so we could complete the painting but did complete the roof.
There were many funny moments with musical power leads, cordless drills, grinders, ladders and tools taking place, it was definitely a good idea once you had what you needed for the job not to put it down because it was gone in a flash. Many people overcame the aversion to heights or just ignored it and climbed ladders and scaffold for two days and I bet like me they are feeling their leg muscles today. There was also a certain school teacher who after telling us of this new welder that he had just received and went and picked up from work only to find when he returned to the club that he had forgotten the inverter as it was a industrial wired unit which didn’t fit 240v, its amazing what a grinder can do to a power plug .
Finally both Pieter Verstoep and I would like to thank MARK, MARK, ANDREW, ALAN, ROGER, REECE, AIDAN, JOHN, DAVID, PAUL, DYLAN, LACHY, GEORGE and their families for their support and tireless efforts over the two days with everyone constantly pitching in and trying their hand at new skills, give yourselves a large pat on the back because without all your help and Ideas this project would not have been possible. Everyone when you come to the club next come inside the cage and look up at what this group achieved its bloody amazing.
PS: Good luck and safe sailing to George and Tara who are travelling to Yepoon this week to compete in the Queensland titles catch you on the water next weekend .
Paradise Point Sailing Club
Gold Coast Qld 4216
Mob 0407 145397