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    May


    Poole Windsurfing
    www.poolewindsurfing.co.uk
    Hot Freestyle Windsurf Move
    Posted: 29 May 2011 09:53 AM PDT
    Once you have the basic building blocks of windsurf freestyle, combination moves (albeit a little more straight forward than the above example!) start to become possible. The best way to start your windsurfing freestyle career is with plenty of light wind practice sessions. This is how you start to get the awareness & muscle memory for these advanced high wind freestyle moves. Practice, practice & more practice in the light winds & your whole windsurfing game will be taken to new levels!
    Light wind 'muscle memory' practice really applies to any windsurfing skill you are trying to master, whether its a tack, carve gybe, harness or anything else, the majority of any skill can be learnt in light winds.
    Windsurfing Lessons - Personal Recommendations
    Posted: 10 May 2011 02:06 PM PDT
    Why people choose Poole Windsurfing?
    The 2011 season is well under way now here at Poole Windsurfing and we are super happy with all the new equipment we have for you all to use this coming summer. Brand new intermediate windsurf boards, a full range of new 2011 advanced sails, new carbon RDM masts, all new fleet of Amex booms, new Billabong wetsuits - the list goes on! Basically, we have only the best top end windsurfing equipment at the Poole Windsurf School. Add to this our years of teaching experience & the fact that we are dedicated solely to windsurf tuition and equipment rental and you have yourself the perfect windsurfing training centre!
    Not to blow our own trumpet but we have been getting so many really nice comments back from students who have been on our windsurfing lesson or hired windsurfing kit recently that we wanted to included just a few of them here. Plus there is not space to put all the great feedback we get on our Testimonials Page...
    Opting for the Poole Windsurfing beginners course, they took me swiftly through what components make up a windsurfer (sail, mast, dagger board etc.) and the first steps of getting on to the board and sailing out and being able to turn round again (the latter I gather is more settling on the instructor's stomach). What I found was that, having been shown how to do everything properly the whole process of pulling the sail up and sailing was no longer a string of back-breaking terror-filled disasters but actually quite relaxing and relatively toll-free on the body. I did flop off a few times, some funnier than others, but soon got the point where I actually felt comfortable on the board and reasonably well in control. We went on to cover some turns and even tried a couple of tricks which challenged me, albeit in a good way. The highlight of the lesson was surfing on the bow wave from one of the cross channel ferries - actually surfing! Something I felt would have been weeks away from my first lesson. I couldn't recommend Poole Windsurfing more, especially since their independent status means they are purely there to teach windsurfing with no other commercial bias.
    - RG, Bath
    Thanks for the great kit and tips this morning, we'll be back! The early birds...
    - Tamsine, Lucy, Kat & Sarah
    I was very happy with training, spot and equipment. I would like to practise all season long, every weekend!
    - Jan
    Just to let you know what a great time Bethany had today. She is now watching windsurfing videos on Youtube.. will be in touch soon to organise another lesson for Bethany, and maybe for me too - yes - a water-phobe may be talked into having a go! Thanks again and see you soon.
    - Jacqui
    Thanks for the lessons Erin and I had a brilliant weekend, really looking forward to getting some kit off you and having some practise.
    - Rob
    Its great to hear back such positive comments from so many of our windsurfing students. We work hard at providing the best possible experience on our windsurfing lessons and when renting windsurf equipment from us.
    BBC Radio Solent Interview with Poole Windsurfing
    Posted: 05 May 2011 10:43 AM PDT
    BBC Radio Solent Interview - Just how easy is it to learn how to windsurf?
    Hosts of the BBC Radio Solent H2O Show, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world) and Shelley Jory-Leigh (British Powerboat Racer) chat to Terril Winters (Senior Windsurfing Instructor) from Poole Windsurfing about just how easy it is to learn how to windsurf.
    Find out the best way to learn how to windsurf, hear what ingredients make for a top windsurfing location & know when to get out there on the water.
    Windsurfing is a great sport for everyone to enjoy!

    Edith May Trading Company
    www.edithmay.com
    Shanty evening with 'Swinging the Lead'
    Following the success of last winter's sea shanty evening with the Hog Eye Men, we are pleased to welcome the shanty band 'Swinging the Lead' on to the barge at Chatham Maritime on Saturday 28th May, beginning at 1930hrs. Tickets cost �6 and bar facilities are available on board.
    If you would like tickets, please either email or call us on 01634 365343/07814950442.
    P.S. To get to the barge at Chatham, drive to the outlet centre but go straight on at the Odeon cinema instead of turning into the big car park. Follow the road straight ahead until you come to the lock gate and you will see the barge moored just outside.
    Charters in May
    Following the summer shut down of the Tea Room, a week of intensive work rigging the barge out was undertaken enabling the barge to be out on her mooring for the Easter Weekend. The first charter was a fully catered day on Tuesday and despite the drop in temperature from the weeks before, a great day out on the river was had, with excellent food and good sailing! Below is a list of dates in May for which we currently still have spaces for individuals, couples and small groups. If you are interested in any of the days listed, please get in touch by email or telephone.
    3 hr Chatham Trips, 0900-1200 @ �30
    Saturday 30th April Sunday 1st May (4 spaces available)
    Monday 2nd May (Cream Tea Cruise, 5 spaces available @ �37)
    Saturday 28th May
    Sunday 29th May (Fully booked)
    Monday 30th May (9 spaces available)
    NB. Please note that the barge will be running 'Dickens Trips' in the afternoon of all the above days. Tickets are available through the Dickens World website (www.dickensworld.co.uk) @ �23 adult and �18 for children. Ticket includes admission into Dickens World and a short trip on the barge.
    3 hr Cream Tea Cruise, Lower Halstow, ca. 1300-1600 @ �37
    Thursday 5th May (7 spaces available)
    Friday 6th May (10 spaces available)
    Fully catered day sail, Lower Halstow, 0800-1730 @ �100
    Wednesday 25th May (6 spaces available)
    There are more days available throughout the month for parties of 6 or more, please check the website for details.
    Tea Room closing, charters starting!
    Edith May Tea Room Closing!
    Now that the warmer weather has at last returned, it is time for the Tea Room to be packed away for another year and the sails bent back on so that the barge can do what she does best!
    This weekend (15th/16th/17th) will be the last of this winter/spring and the Tea Room will reopen regularly in the autumn. There will be the odd occasion when she is back in the dock and open to the public, details of which will be posted on the website and via the mailing list.
    We hope all that have visited over the past 6 months have enjoyed the barge and we look forward to welcoming many of you aboard again in the near future.
    Summer Sailing Trips
    The first charter is in exactly two weeks time and there are still plenty of spaces available throughout summer for tidal trips, day sails and barge matches.
    Trips are available from Lower Halstow, Queenborough and Chatham, as well as a limited number of spaces on race days around the coast. Attached to this email is a full schedule of all the days available throughout the season.
    Individuals, small groups and parties of up to 12 are all welcome aboard. Groups of 6 or more can pick any day from the schedule. Groups of 5 or less will be amalgamated to form larger groups where possible.
    3 hour morning and evening sightseeing trips are available from Chatham Maritime (�30 per person) and there are 3 hour tidal Lunch Cruises (�45) and Cream Tea Cruises (�37) from Halstow.
    A maximum of four places are available on match days @ �125 per person. Charterers will be picked up on the morning of the match and are invited to the evening prizegiving. Unfortunately, there is no overnight accommodation available on the barge.
    If you would like any further information, visit www.edithmay.com, or contact us by telephone or email.
    Summer Sailing Trips
    Following last years successful and highly enjoyable debut season, the Edith May Trading Company is pleased to be starting this year's charters at the end of April.
    Trips are available from Lower Halstow, Queenborough and Chatham, as well as a limited number of spaces on race days around the coast. Attached to this email is a full schedule of all the days available throughout the season.
    Trips are available for individuals, small groups and parties of up to 12. Groups of 6 or more can pick any day from the schedule. Groups of 5 or less will be amalgamated to form larger groups where possible.
    Trips on offer this year include 3 hour tidal cruises and day sailings (both fully catered and uncatered) from any of the listed ports.
    3 hour morning and evening sightseeing trips are available from Chatham Maritime (�30 per person) and there are 3 hour tidal Lunch Cruises (�45) and Cream Tea Cruises (�37) from Halstow.
    A maximum of four places are available on match days @ �125 per person. Charterers will be picked up on the morning of the match and are invited to the evening prizegiving. Unfortunately, there is no overnight accommodation available on the barge.
    If you would like any further information, visit www.edithmay.com, or contact us by telephone or email.

    Adventures in Good Company
    www.adventuresingoodcompany.com
    May 2011 Newsletter
    The perfect kayak hat
    I asked Pam (fresh from the Chesapeake Kayaking trip - note pictures on the left) to recommend some piece of kayak gear. She says:
    Besides my kayak and my paddle, my most important piece of kayaking equipment is my hat. It must have both high style and high function!! Here are the features that I think make up the perfect hat for kayaking:
    - Broad Brimmed and Stiff - I want a wide and broad brim that is stiff. It keeps the sun off my neck and my face and the rain out of my eyes. If the brim isn't stiff, the wind can blow it straight up where it doesn't offer any protection from the wind or rain.
    - Black underneath the brim - This cuts down the glare from the water tremendously, making the whole kayaking adventure much easier on the eyes.
    - Breathable polyester with vents around the crown - I want my head to breath and stay as cool as possible while wearing my hat. My hat has large mesh vents around 75% of the crown.
    - Chinstrap - for keeping my hat on my head on those windy days.
    - Adjustable Cord - this cord runs around the head to adjust the hat for different wind conditions and/or haircuts.
    - Sweatband - I paddle a lot in warmer climates, so the vents mentioned above along with a nice, soft, inner sweatband are a must.
    I'm always on the look-out for the perfect paddlers hat but currently I'm really enjoying this one I found at REI.
    Editor's note: Buy this hat and join us for Sea Kayaking Nova Scotia to give it a good workout!



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