Jeremy Owen is in his third season as Manager of Jamie Knox Watersports Centre at Brandon Bay in Ireland. The difference in seasons in a place like this makes for a challenging environment for a windsurfer to work in. Just think; Brandon Bay going off on your doorstep and you have piles of paperwork to do! We think, however, despite his claims, Jeremy gets more than his fair share of world class waves.
0730: Get up
0800-0830: Walk the dog!
0845: Arrive at work which is about a 5 minute drive from home and start putting out the rental kit from wetsuits to surfboards to windsurf equipment.
0900 – 1000: If the conditions are good, either surf or windsurf, then most people arrive in the morning to rent our kit on a first come, first serve basis. I also make sure the instructors are prepared for their surfing/windsurfing lessons and have all the right kit to make the day a success. Also discuss locations for different groups depending on ability.
1000-1200: Desk work combined with lots of phone calls from booking requests, ferry timetables, sales calls from windsurfing importers or magazines as well as updating the website.
1200 – 1400: Grab some lunch whilst waiting for deliveries. We try to avoid this however, due to the carriage costs. We either get kit and clothing delivered in one big batch or rely on English windsurfers coming across on the ferry in their vans to bring various odds & ends in return for free broadband access or surfboard hire for their visit. This works out a lot cheaper!
1400 – 1600: In the summer time, this can be a very busy period. As the afternoon sessions start, more people arrive to rent kit etc. ‘Make hay whilst the sun shines’ is Jamie’s favourite saying and we have to maximise our business in the holiday season. In the winter, however, the afternoons are spent holed up in the office away from the weather until your paperwork is done and you can go and play!
1700-1730: Start to put away the rental kit, sign board etc.
1900: Summer time finish if there is a lot of rental kit out. It can be a long ole day but then in the quiet season, we make up for it with plenty of wave sailing sessions before we lose the light.
After work: If no wind then a quiet pint at The Green Room down the road then home to walk the dog and see the missus!
2300: I’d like to be in bed by ten but my girlfriend says I have to stay up till eleven otherwise I get grumpy!
Note: If it’s down-the-line at Gowlane then the day can sometimes be quite different. Jamie is first out the door with the kit trailer on the back of his 4WD and if I can get cover in the shop to man the phones and sell spares then I’ll be joining him for a session. It’s certainly a flexible working environment!
Visit www.jamieknox.com or phone Jeremy on 00353 66 7139411.