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    Poole Windsurfing
    www.poolewindsurfing.co.uk
    Windsurfing For Cancer Research - Sunrise Sunset
    Posted: 04 Apr 2011 09:40 PM
    Sunrise Sunset is the big day for 'Windsurfing for Cancer Research'... Its all happening on Sunday 1st May and the day is open to all windsurfers, kite boarder, SUPs, kayaks and sailing craft whether beginner or expert. Entrants are encouraged to set their own challenge for the day and use this to get as much sponsorship as they can from family, friends and colleagues. It is not intended that everyone should sail all 'daylight hours' but to go on the water and have fun with many like-minded sailors. With your help there will be more than ONE THOUSAND people on the water at midday!
    One creative challenge set for last years event was the '50 loop challenge'
    Sunrise Sunset 2011 will be bigger than ever before. Most of the 2010 venues will be involved as well as many new venues being confirmed for 2011 shortly. Sunrise Sunset 2011 will be 'More than just a day at the beach' it will be the UK's BIGGEST windsurfing fun/fundraiser ever.
    All proceeds the the event go towards funding cancer research, education and support. The objectives of Windsurfing For Cancer Research are to raise cancer awareness amongst windsurfers through education and so promote early diagnosis and healthy lifestyles to reduce the incidence of the disease. Also, to improve the understanding of cancer and help increase survival rates by sponsoring specific research projects for the public benefit.

    Clearsky Adventure
    www.clearsky-adventure.com
    You can also stay up to date with any events or offers by following us on Facebook, both the Strangford Sea Safari and Clearsky Adventure. If you need any more information please feel free to call me on 028 437 23933.
    Strangford Sea Safari - Easter Sunday (24th April) and Monday (25th April)
    The Strangford Sea Safari is our very popular, exhilarating sightseeing boat tour of Strangford Lough. See the SeaGen, Angus Rocks Lighthouse, surface whirlpools and some of the many seals who are around at the moment! On a recent trip out on the Lough, one lucky group saw a pod of porpoises! An excellent trip that is available to anyone, young or old, which never fails to please. Prices from �15 per adult & �12 per child or upgrade to one of our 'whirlpool specials' for just �18 per adult and �15 per child! Age 4 years + trips leave from Strangford Pier and Portaferry Marina. Booking is essential, ring Ellie on 028 437 23933 or email on fun@strangford-seasafari.com. See www.strangford-seasafari.com for more information.
    Paddle or peddle? Bike or boat hire extravaganza! Easter Sunday (24th April) and Monday (25th April)
    Our Adventure Centre is based at the National Trust's Estate, Castle Ward. The grounds are stunning and the views across the lake are beautiful. A great way to get out and about to enjoy them with the family, is to hire a bike or a boat. Take the bike trails around the estate or spend some time paddling in Castle Ward Bay, a lovely way to pass the day this Easter Weekend! Booking is essential, ring Ellie on 028 437 23933 or email on fun@clearsky-adventure.com. See www.clearsky-adventure.com for more information.
    Easter Weekend Special Promotion
    FREE hire of toddler bike trailers (suitable for 1 or 2 children up to 4 years old) when you hire an adult mountain bike @�10 per hour. Additional adult bikes are available at �10 and children's bikes at �7. To book your preferred time slot please email Ellie or call 028 4372 3933.
    Paddle Power - beginners kayaking course - 27th April
    Using our state-of-the-ar?t kayaks and paddles you will learn the key skills involved with controlling a kayak and ultimately gain the confidence to relax and explore the lough under the watchful eye of our patient and friendly instructors! Then if you are hooked (!) you can progress to our full day Improvers Paddle Power Course to further develop your skills and help you become self reliant in kayaking. Ideal for beginners and those who have done a little kayaking before. Booking is essential, ring Ellie on 028 437 23933 or email on fun@clearsky-adventure.com. See www.clearsky-adventure.com for more information.
    Family Paddle Power
    Something different for the family! Learn to kayak together using our state-of-the-ar?t kayaks and paddles. You will learn the key skills involved with controlling the kayak and ultimately gain the confidence to relax and explore the lough under the watchful eye of our patient and friendly instructors. Age 12 years + and all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential, ring Ellie on 028 437 23933 or email on fun@clearsky-adventure.com. See www.clearsky-adventure.com for more information.
    Hire bikes or boats any day at Clearsky Adventure Centre
    Booking is essential. Come on down any day to our adventure centre to hire bikes, kayaks and canoes - a great way to entertain the family over the holidays! For more information on our hires click here. Booking is essential, ring Ellie on 028 437 23933 or email on fun@clearsky-adventure.com. See www.clearsky-adventure.com for more information.
    Family Adventure Day - Sunday 1st May
    A fun day for all the family! Archery, Canadian Canoeing and Orienteering, �25 per person or �90 per family of 4 or 5. A lovely way to spend quality time together trying something new! Booking is essential, ring Ellie on 028 437 23933 or email on fun@clearsky-adventure.com. See www.clearsky-adventure.com for more information.
    Strangford Sea Safari - Sunday 1st May
    The Strangford Sea Safari is our very popular, exhilarating sightseeing boat tour of Strangford Lough. See the SeaGen, Angus Rocks Lighthouse, surface whirlpools and some of the many seals who are around at the moment! On a recent trip out on the Lough, one lucky group saw a pod of porpoises! An excellent trip that is available to anyone, young or old, which never fails to please. Prices from �15 per adult & �12 per child or upgrade to one of our 'whirlpool specials' for just �18 per adult and �15 per child! Age 4 years + trips leave from Strangford Pier. Booking is essential, ring Ellie on 028 437 23933 or email on fun@strangford-seasafari.com. See www.strangford-seasafari.com for more information.

    Surf's Up! Polzeath
    www.surfsupsurfschool.com
    Surf's Up! - Blame the Professor
    Every time I put out an e-mail re. the Beach House, the phone goes crazeeee! We've got one date left in June (Sunday 19th - Friday 24th - �900) that's it then until September (Sunday 4th - Friday 9th - �900)! As always first to ring with a credit card seals the deal (07760 126225). Sleeps ten, sand between toes guaranteed.
    Ash Cloud Mania
    We've been here before, haven't we?
    For those heading abroad for the Whitsun holiday, the sight of an ash cloud is not what you want to be seeing right now. You work hard, you plan your time off, you make all the necessary arrangements and then you have to go through all this uncertainty. You have our sympathies. Sitting in the departure lounge is no fun at the best of times.
    The upshot of all this ash cloud business is that Cornwall will be a beneficiary. We saw it last year, when the volcano erupted, it went crazy down here as people made last minute decisions to stay in the UK and head for the coast.
    So what will happen this year? I can tell you that, pre-ash cloud, bookings at the surf school for Whitsun were well up on any previous year! And the phone has been red hot this morning. It's going to be very busy. If it's your intention to come down here this weekend, then I would stop what you're doing and get on the phone to sort out accommodation (sorry - but the Beach House is full). I will keep my ear to the ground but the only place that I know has a few houses left is Roserrow and I only know that because I was up there last night with my boys hitting a few golf balls (not all straight) on the driving range. The new owners, have made a lot of good changes (01208 863000) and it's a great place to stay! My sister owns one of the houses so we go up their loads to swim etc.
    My second top tip, is that if you're thinking about coming down for a surf with us, I'd be looking to book lessons before you come down. The diary isn't full, not quite yet. But availability is getting limited. Give us a shout on 01208 862003 if you want to guarantee a place.
    Mahoustic
    Big thanks to all who turned up for our first gig of the year. After a 'loose' start it all kicked off at the Oystercatcher with half an hour left on the clock. It was when I was singing the chorus of Foxy Lady and found my nose about three inches from the ceiling beams that I felt confident all was going well. You've got to love a bit of crowd surfing. Wail (lead guitar) said, "I was looking at Will (drummer). When I turned around, you'd disappeared but I could still hear your vocal. And then up in the air in amongst a sea of hands, I saw your feet." Rock and roll.
    Long Sleeve Tees are in!
    Not only are they in, but they're on! When new stock comes into the shop it's like Christmas. I rip open the boxes ("NO!" shouts Sarah) and decide what I'm going to wear for the rest of the day. These new long sleeves are a revelation. Put one on on Saturday, still got it on today! And we're selling them at �14!! Fourteen pounds, that can't be right? With the new 1995 logo on the front too! Here's instructor Luke modelling a large.
    Okay that's me done. Whatever you decide to do over the Whitsun holiday, whether that's relaxing on the beach down here with us, tending to the roses in the garden or drinking tea out of a plastic cup in the departure lounge of terminal three, we hope you have a good one. Slip, slap, slop. Pete
    Fireworks on the beach
    Bit stormy down here at Polzeath today (see below) - it was plugs out in the office, as the clouds bumped together and the sky lit up. Nothing that the Cornish drainage system couldn't cope with, eventually. Needed the rain so no complaints. If you want to see daily photos of the beach - then http://twitter.com/#!/petecraske is the puppy. There are some pretty spectacular ones from today.
    Whitsun week - we have a vacancy at the Beach House coming up - Monday 30th May - Friday 3rd June - �550, sleeps ten. First to call with a credit card seals the deal - 07760 126225. Speaking of Whitsun, following a stunning Easter period, looks like everyone's been inspired to visit again at the end of the month. Bookings are well up on previous years - it's going to be a busy one. Could be a good year for Cornwall.
    I think that's it, yep, nothing else to report.... all's well on the beach.



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