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    August


    Sealife Adventures
    www.sealife-adventures.com
    Sealife adventures Trips
    Sealife-adventures is a Visit Scotland 4 star Wild Life Experience. We run wildlife, whirlpool and whale watching trips from our purpose-built easy access pontoon and private car park on Seil, a scenic 30 minute drive south of Oban. Our boat offers a unique combination of uncrowded comfort, stability and exceptional speed from silenced twin engines.
    All trips are skippered by David, a marine biologist who has been an owner/skipper in this area for 25 years. Our enthusiastic wildlife guide will provide commentary and an endless supply of hot drinks and biscuits - there is a washroom.
    We have scheduled the following trips for the next few days, pre-booking is strongly advised. We can schedule in other trips to suit you.
    Please phone us on 01852 300 203 (eve and weekend) or 01631 57 10 10 (office hours), if you wish to book or for more information or if you wish us to schedule in more trips.
    4 hour whale & Corry, Mon July 30th 11:00, Full
    3 hr Corry Wildlife cruise, Mon July 30th 15:00, Spaces
    5 Hour Whale & Corry, Tues July 31st 9:15, Full
    3 hr Corry Wildlife Cruise, Tues July 31st 14:15, Spaces
    5 Hour Whale & Corry, Wed Aug 1st 9:30, Spaces
    3 hr Corry Wildlife Cruise, Wed Aug 1st 14:30, Spaces
    5 Hour whale & Corry, Thur Aug 2nd 10:00, Full
    3 Hr Whirlpool Special, Thur Aug 2nd 15:00, Spaces
    5 Hour Whale & Corry, Fri Aug 3rd 10:00, Spaces
    3 hr Whirlpool Special, Fri Aug 3rd 15:00, Spaces
    5 hr Whale & Corry, Sat Aug 4th 11:15, Spaces
    3hr Corry Wildlife Cruise, Mon Aug 6th 9:45, Full
    5hr Whale & Corry, Mon Aug 6th 12:45, Spaces
    3hr Corry Wildlife Cruise, Tues Aug 7th 10:00, Spaces
    5 hour Whale & Corry, Tues Aug 7th 13:00, Spaces
    5 hour whale & Corry, Mon August 13th, 2012 9:45, full
    3hr Corry wildlife cruise, Mon August 13th, 2012 14:45, spaces
    5 hour whale & Corry, Tue August 14th, 2012 10:00, spaces
    3hr Corry wildlife cruise, Tue August 14th, 2012 15:00, spaces
    5 hour whale & Corry, Wed August 15th, 2012 9:30, spaces
    3hr Corry wildlife cruise, Wed August 15th, 2012 14:30, spaces
    5 hour whale & Corry, Thu August 16th, 2012 9:45, spaces
    5hr whale&corry special, Sat August 18th, 2012 10:00, spaces
    5hr whale&corry special, Sun August 19th, 2012 10:00, spaces
    3hr Whirlpool special, Sun August 19th, 2012 15:00, spaces
    5hr whale&corry special, Mon August 20th, 2012 11:30, spaces
    5hr whale&corry special, Tue August 21st, 2012 12:15, spaces
    We have been having great trips with some whale sightings and great views of the sea eagle chicks. we have also seen a lot of porpoises, seals and all the seabirds. Hopefullly the good sunny weather will return and give us a warm August.

    Clearsky Adventure Centre
    www.clearsky-adventure.com
    WIN Olympic sports with the Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward
    WIN! Have a go at Olympic Sports with CLEARSKY!
    Win our COMBO hire package PLUS Archery!
    The Clearsky Adventure Centre team want to help you celebrate the Olympics with another FAB competition!
    The Clearsky hire COMBO package is a fun day of Bike and Canoe hires with 15% off the total price - but some lucky people are going to win this for FREE - with an Archery session thrown in as well!
    All you have to do is answer the question below and the prize could be yours. Open to either 2 adults or a family of 4, the deadline is Monday by 5pm.
    Head to our Facebook page to enter by commenting on the competition post with your answer to the question and get an extra entry if you 'share' the link on your wall! Or, if you don't have a facebook account, you can email us at fun@clearsky-adventure.com to submit your answer and forward this email to friends and family for an extra entry! Just put 'Olympic competition' in the subject line and send us your answer to the question.
    Question:
    Over the next 2 days team GB will be going for gold in Archery - but how big is the diameter of the gold 'bull's eye' target that the competitors have to hit to score top points?
    Good luck everyone!
    Upcoming events:
    Sunday 5th August
    Family Coasteering!
    Wednesday 8th August
    Paddle Power Kayaking!
    Saturday 11th August
    Overnight Canoeing trip to Salt Island
    Sunday 12th August
    Strangford Sea Safari
    Family Adventure Day
    Saturday 18th August
    Angus Rock Lighthouse picnic trip
    Sunday 19th August
    Strangford Sea Safari
    Angus Rock Lighthouse picnic trip
    On Target - Archery and Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting!

    Carrowmena Activity Centre & Hostel
    www.carrowmena.co.uk
    Newsletter Summer 2012
    Glamping has come to Carrowmena Activity Centre & Hostel
    2 New Eco Friendly Camping Cocoons NOW available to RENT.
    Always wanted to camp but didn't want the hassel of pitching a tent, well look no further... Glamping has just arrived @ Carrowmena Activity Centre & Hostel. Enjoy a hassle free night or nights away in our secure, cosy, eco friendly camping cocoons in an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes the beautiful Mountain of Binevenagh. Our Cocoons sleep up to 6 persons, �45 per night per Cocoon if taking part in activities with us or �55 per night per Cocoon if only Glamping.
    Facilities onsite:
    Snack Bar, BBQ & picnic area (BBQ can be hired), Camp fire area (bring own fire wood)
    What we provide:
    Secure lockable Cocoon, Comfortable cushions/mattress to sit/sleep on, Plug sockets, Rubbish bins, Inside & outside light, Outside toilet & shower block, Dish washing area
    What you need to bring:
    Sleeping bag, Pillow, Cooking equipment (all camping equipment apart from the tent)
    Sleeping Bags & Pillows can be rented out @ �7pp per night ask a member of staff
    For more information or to BOOK contact us on 028 7776 3431 or info@carrowmena.co.uk.
    We look forward to seeing you all for a spot of GLAMPING...
    Maize Maze & Night Maize Maze...
    Opening start of August..... keep an eye on our facebook page for opening date...
    Summer Time Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
    'Night Maize Maze' every Tue & Fri Night from 9pm (Aug - Oct)
    Groups of 20+ persons can book for any night of the week.
    Price - �3pp
    Families - �10 (up to 5)
    No age limits, if you can walk then you're fit for the Maize Maze.
    New Loyalty Card for 'Master Maizer' Day or Night...
    Don't forget...
    'Halloween Haunted Maize Maze'... Wed 31st October 2012 (details to follow)
    Summer Program 2 Jul - 31 Aug 2012
    Activities include: climbing wll, zip line, archery & kayaking...Prices from �8pp...
    Gather a group of friends, family members or just yourself and book an adventure you will never forget...
    BOOK NOW for an adventure not to be missed...
    Canoe & Kayak Hire
    Available from Swann's Bridge:
    Activities include: climbing wll, zip line, archery & kayaking...Prices from �8pp...
    Gather a group of friends, family members or just yourself and book an adventure you will never forget...
    BOOK NOW for an adventure not to be missed...
    Half Day Prices:
    Single - �15per boat
    Double - �25 per boat
    Canoe - �25 per boat (includes boat, paddle, buoyance & helmet)
    (Wetsuits can be rented for �6 each)
    Boats can be hired for up to 5 days... contact Charlotte on 028 7776 3431...

    Poole Windsurfing
    www.poolewindsurfing.co.uk
    Windsurf Lessons & Hire - Summer Special Offers
    Why not give windsurfing a go this summer with our great saving on a Full Beginners Windsurfing Course, costing only �79 per person! Now is the time to really make something of the summer, learn a new sport, build your fitness and have a laugh.
    We are running the Full Beginners Windsurfing Lessons 7 days a week throughout the summer, its just a case of giving us a call on 01202 237247 to find a course that suits you. Whether you are local or not, Poole Harbour really is the No. 1 location at which to learn how to windsurf. At the Poole Windsurfing School we provide all the latest windsurf equipment to make your learning easier and have experienced instructors on hand to see you through the learning process.
    It may not have been the sunniest summer on record but its been great for windsurfing and our students have really been progressing, making the most of the windy conditions.
    Our recent Olympic Silver Medalist, Nick Dempsey has shown what a great sport windsurfing is. Windsurfing really is an exhilarating sport that anyone can learn, with the fantastic modern stable boards & lightweight sails that we have available for our students.
    The introduction of such technologies as RDM Carbon masts (Reduced Diameter Masts) and shorter, wider boards have made it a lot easier than you may think to learn how to windsurf.
    If you can already windsurf and just want to rent some equipment to practice then why not checkout our great windsurf hire rates and maybe you also want to take part in our weekly evening windsurf club.
    Summer On Hold But Great Windsurfing Conditions!
    Summer may have been put on hold again for the moment but the conditions for windsurfing are fantastic! As you can see from the chart below we are getting a good breeze everyday this week here at Poole Harbour. There are even some nice clear sunny spells...
    Today's 'staff training' windsurf session was great, an empty harbour, steady top end of a force 4, sunshine & super flat water creating perfect blasting conditions. Unfortunately everyone was having too much fun to get any film/photos!
    Make the most of the conditions and come on down to the Poole Windsurfing School!
    Olympic Windsurfing Competition Format
    The Men's RS:X fleet start their Olympic campaign on Tuesday 31 July at 12:00 on the Weymouth Bay West Course. The fleet have a lay day on 3 August before racing resumes on 4 August. The Men's RS:X will play to the Nothe Spectator area on 7 August where the gold medalists will be decided after the Medal Race.
    British windsurf hopeful, Nick Dempsey - Bronze medal winner in Athens and fourth placed last time out in Beijing - explains the rules and format of the Olympic competition and how the course and weather conditions affect the final table.
    Nick Dempsey (GBR) is one of the most determined athletes in the fleet and as a Weymouth based lad he will know the waters better than anyone. The Brit won bronze at Athens 2004 but missed out on the medals in Beijing, finishing fourth. He won the RS:X Worlds at the same venue in 2009 and has finished on the podium at all eight of the senior regattas he has sailed in at Weymouth and Portland.
    Julien Bontemps (FRA) comes into London 2012 as the Men's RS:X World Champion having picked up gold in Cadiz, Spain in March. The Frenchman finished ninth at Athens 2004 and won silver at Beijing 2008 and he is aware of the threats posed at London 2012, "I think there are seven or eight guys who can win the medals," said Bontemps. "I think I am part of those and that's what we've been training towards. This is my third Olympics so I'm used to the pressure and to feel the entire nation behind me. A lot of people have confidence in you and it is a great feeling."

    Edith May Trading Company
    www.edithmay.com
    Evening Cruise
    The final evening cruise of 2012 will be on Wednesday 29th August. Departing from Chatham Maritime at 1730hrs, the trip takes in the upriver sights of the Medway before returning after sunset, at around 2030hrs.
    �30 per person, tea and coffee included. Passengers are welcome to bring their own picnic/wine.
    Other trips are available until 28th September. Please see www.edithmay.com for full schedule.
    Barge Championship
    This Sunday is the Southend Barge Match. Starting at 1130hrs, the entire match is held within sight of the pier, with the start, halfway point and finish all off the famous landmark as the barges complete a figure of eight course.
    Edith May currently lays joint first in the Championship with the Edme and a good showing here will set her up nicely for the final match on the Colne (spaces still available for Colne @ �125).
    Barge Burgled
    In the evening of Wednesday 25th July, the barge was broken into at Lower Halstow dock. Amongst the items stolen were two laptops (a 2004 HP and a brand new Sony Vaio Ultrabook). Unfortunately, they also stole the back up disks and so we have lost a great deal of photos from the restoration and the first few years of sailing.
    With much of the business being run from the laptop, it has been a difficult few weeks for Edith May Trading Company. We are grateful to those who have provided assistance over this period as we look to build our archive back up once again.
    Open Days - Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th August
    The barge will be in Lower Halstow dock this weekend, reprising her role as a tea room for a couple of days.
    Serving cream teas and cake, she will be open from 1100-1600 on both days.
    Slightly over half way through the season and there are many cups and pennants to show off, as well as plenty of stories we look forward to sharing!
    Barge Matches
    Edith May has now won 3 out of 5 barge matches this year. Adding to her triumphs in the Passage Match and Blackwater, she has now won the Thames for the first time in 60 years. Very fitting that she should win the Coronation and Jubilee barge matches.
    Her next match is the Southend, on Sunday 26th August. The whole race can be viewed from the pier head and commentary is provided. First start 1130hrs.
    Charter Availability
    Please find forthcoming charters with spaces for individuals and small groups below (there are more dates available for groups of 6 or more).
    Thursday 5th July - 3hr Lunch Cruise from Halstow, 1230hrs, �45pp, 6 spaces available
    Monday 23rd July - 3hr Evening cruise from Chatham, 1830hrs, �30, 5 spaces available
    Thursday 9th August - Fully catered day sail, Halstow, 0600hrs, 8 spaces available
    Edith May Tea Room
    This weekend is the final one for the 2011/12 season. The Tea Room will be open on occasion during the summer, including:
    5th, 6th and 7th May - Sweeps Festival: moored at Rochester Pier, by the bridge, open 10-1700hrs.
    18th and 19th August - Open days in the dock at Lower Halstow.
    Summer Charters
    The sailing charters are fast booking up. If you are an individual, couple or small group and are thinking of joining us for a sail this year, please consider some of the following days:
    Fully catered day, Chatham - Wed 16th May (9 places available).
    Fully catered day Halstow - Monday 11th June (10 places available).
    Uncatered day Halstow - Monday 24th September (10 places available).
    Cream Tea Cruise, Halstow - Thursday 24th May (10 places available).
    Cream Tea Cruise, Halstow - Thursday 21st June (10 places available).
    Cream Tea Cruise, Halstow - Saturday 4th August (10 places available).
    Lunch Cruise, Halstow - Sunday 20th May (8 places available).
    Barge Matches - Passage Match (Gravesend-Harwich) - 3 places available.
    Barge Matches - Blackwater Match - 4 places available.
    Barge Matches - Thames Match - 1 place available.
    Barge Matches - Southend Match - 2 places available.
    Barge Matches - Colne - 4 places available.

    Surf's Up! Polzeath
    www.surfsupsurfschool.com
    10/08/2012
    If you're coming down this week, then surf is what you're going to get..in the 2-3ft range. Sweet. 07760 126225 to pre-book lessons and hire, worth doing as it looks like it's going to be busy.
    Surf's Up! - Where there's a Wave
    Back to the beach, what's up? Well..... in summary, it's been a nice, busy. About five years ago, Polzeath was over crowded - difficult to park; to get accommodation; to find space for a base on the beach or in the surf; to get a bite to eat - all a stress for visitors. What we have now, as a result probably of that period putting visitors off, the struggling economy, the weather and the OIympics, is a fluid busy that everyone can enjoy. There's space and it's a good thing. Those that are here are getting the best of it, no question. There's a really nice relaxed feel about the village, less manic than it used to be. As a business you might expect us to say that this is a bad thing. But this is our home and we too want to enjoy the beach, particularly as our boys get older and more independent. Take yesterday, I went surfing with my boys (and their cousins) at midday - 2ft super clean, low tide - plenty of space, none of that jostling for a set wave. A real joy. Makes a difference at the surf school too - both clients and instructors buzzing, well done Wailo and team. Lots of good feedback, everyone's a winner. Lots of good feedback too about the shop stock - well done Sarah.
    While I'm on the subject of holidays, Janey has asked me to let you know that we have two dates available for our flat in Trenant Close (a five min walk to the beach) - Sunday 12th August for 5 nights and Friday 24th for 7 nights. If you're keen for a last minute break then give us a shout on 07760 126225 - sleeps up to ten (we'd rather less), bunk beds, views to Stepper.
    Surf today - 2ft, light onshore - great for beginners and improvers!

    Purple Marine
    www.purplemarine.com
    Laser Offers
    Laser VAGO, Brand New 2010, Ready to sail
    Extras available:
    . Launching trolley �360. Top cover �240. Road trailer �580
    Save �482
    Offer price �4500.00 inc VAT
    Laser VAGO, Ex Demo, Package
    Included in price:
    . Launching trolley. Top cover. Road trailer
    Save �1233
    Offer price �4814.00 inc VAT
    Pico, Cosmetic 2nd, Package
    Included in price:
    . New race mylar black mainsail & jib. New fully padded toe straps. New Selden race kit out. New Selden race kicker system. New style alloy foils. New stacking launching trolley. New top cover
    Save �315
    Offer price �2550.00 inc VAT

    National Windsurfing and SUP Festival
    www.nationalwindsurfingfestival.com
    6 weeks to go to the biggest Windsurfing and SUP festival in the UK! ...




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