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Sealife-Adventures Trip Calender
Sealife-adventures is a Visit Scotland 4 star Wildlife 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, binoculars and an endless supply of hot drinks and biscuits. We have a toilet on board. 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.
EASY ACCESS pontoon & car.
Wed May 1st 14:30 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
Thur May 2nd - 12:45 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
Fri May 3rd - 14:55 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
Mon May 6th - 11:00 - 4hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
Mon May 6th - 15:00 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
Tue May 7th - 12:00 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
Tue May 7th - 15:00 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
Wed May 8th - 09:15 - 4hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
Wed May 8th - 13:15 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
Clearsky Adventure Centre
Hooray...great forecast for Castle Ward this weekend! Enjoy fun activities at Clearsky Adventure Centre
Join us at the Castle Ward International Bread Festival for some fun activities and tasty treats!
FREE Hansel & Gretel family bike trail...
...with an exciting prize for the winners! Follow the breadcrumb trail to the gingerbread house and solve the mystery puzzle, everyone who answers correctly will be entered into a draw to win a family ticket for the Strangford Sea Safari! Bring your own bikes or hire from us (bike hire available from age 9 months +). Trail open Saturday 25th & Monday 27th May. Email now for more info...or call us on 028 437 23933
Strangford Sea Safari
Sightseeing boat trips on Strangford Lough! Age 3 years +. Sunday 26th May.
12pm - FULLY BOOKED
1pm - FULLY BOOKED
2pm - FULLY BOOKED
3pm - 2 spaces left - Whirlpool Special!
4pm - 5 spaces left - Whirlpool Special!
5pm - 4 spaces left - Whirlpool Special!
Email now for more info... or call 028 437 23933!
Bike and Canoe hire!
Bike hire and Canoe hire available for all the family! 15% off if you hire both bikes AND boats! Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th & Monday 27th May. Call 028 437 23933 to book!
Giant inflatable Fireman Sam Slide!
Located next to Castle Ward Mansion House. Open - Sat 25th & Mon 27th May.
The Island Rib Voyages
�25 Instead of �45 for a 3 Hour Les Ecrehous Reef and Marine Wildlife Rib Trip!
Les Ecrehous Reef & Marine Wildlife Rib Trip
�25 Instead of �45 for A 3 Hour Les Ecrehous Reef and Marine Wildlife Rib Trip! Fantastic Opportunity To See Grey Seals & Dolphins With Island Rib Voyages!
There is still time to purchase the deal click on the image to be redirected to the Jersey Voucher deal site.
- Voucher expires 31/05/2013
- All trips are weather permitting multiples can be purchased
- Vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion
- Vouchers cannot be exchange for cash equivalent
- Please refer to the deal's description for further info
- Exciting speed boat trip on a 12 passenger 10 metre RIB
- Visit the peace and quiet of an offshore reef
- Opportunity to see Grey Seals and Dolphins
- A whole 2 hours to explore the beautiful Les Ecrehous
Les Ecrehous is the perfect place to explore, take a swim in crystal clear waters, have a picnic/BBQ or just to simply relax!
This 3 hour trip (2 hours at Les Ecrehous) will take you to the tranquil Les Ecrehous where you can explore the Islands whilst taking in the breathtaking surroundings. You might even see some Grey Seals and Dolphins along the way! Depending on weather and tides, there could be an opportunity to visit the near by Ecreviere Sand Bank.
All voyages will depart from St. Catherine's and customers are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to the departure time.
Suitable for ages 5+, and not advised for people with heart conditions, or people with serious back injuries/problems.
Voyage times and dates can be found on the Island Rib Voyages website by clicking the following link. newsletterlinks/3510edced533903d25692a5fab1b8694/
It is advisable that you attempt to reserve your place, regardless of the weather, as these bookings fill up quickly. If a trip needs to be cancelled due to unsuitable weather conditions, Island Rib Voyages will make this decision and reschedule you onto another trip.
If you have not attempted to reserve your place by Friday, 31st May 2013, Island Rib Voyages will not be held liable if all trips are fully booked at this point. It is up to the voucher holder to attempt to reserve a seat early on to guarantee a seat on a trip prior to the expiry date.
Corporate group bookings can be made for up to 20 passengers.
You may bring a picnic, drinks, swimwear and other small items on board the RIB to Les Ecrehous. Enjoy!
Hobie Cat Centre
Hobie Exclusive Offers, Holiday Offers - Ex-Demo Kayaks and Hobie SUP
Hobie Stand Up Paddleboards
We are now selling the range of Hobie Stand-Up Paddleboards if you would like a PDF copy of the brochure and pricelist sent to you just send us an email. firstname.lastname@example.org Hobie offer a great range of SUP boards including a choice of inflatable boards which fit into a handy rucksack carry case.
NEW FOR SUMMER 2013-HOBIE SUP BOARDS ARE INCLUDED IN HOBIE EXCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP. For only the price of a typical gym membership you can work you legs on the mirage drive, strengthen you core on a paddleboard or give you self a full workout on a Hobie Cat all whilst breathing in the beautiful fresh sea air and having the time of your life. The membership gives you unlimited access to our range of boats, kayaks and sup boards, bookable online for full details visit the website http://www.hobieexclusive.co.uk. FOR 1 MONTH ONLY (March) WE ARE OFFERING 3 MONTHS FREE MEMBERSHIP FOR EACH NEW SIGN UP. PLACES ARE LIMITED SO CALL US NOW ON 01202 671661
EX - DEMO OASIS KAYAK
We have just one 2011 Hobie Mirage Oasis Kayak (Ivory Dune hull colour as above picture) ex-demo available for �1850, it comes complete with all the paddles Mirage Drives and seats. The boat is very little used and is in immaculate condition. Usual RRP �2650
Wildwind 25th Anniversary
We are circulating the following message on behalf of Rockley Cats and Wildwind Holidays.
Have you thought about the summer holidays yet? No? Well, it's time to book your annual treat, a week in Vassiliki! This year, the Rockley Group is travelling to Vas on 2nd-9th June 2013. The offer is amazing and well exceeds the past years - 25% off the brochure price (that is a discount of just over �210!), plus a free Wildwind 25th Anniversary t-shirt, free bottle of wine, and free BBQ. Bookings must be made and paid in full by 28th February. So get in there early! The Wildwind holiday offers an unforgettable sailing experience, no matter what level of sailor you are, or a relaxing yet stimulating holiday if you just accompany your sailing partner. www.wildwind.co.uk Amazing sailing conditions are guaranteed, and the hospitality, competence and friendliness of the Wildwind team are next to none. Trust me, I'm one of the customers returning every year since 2003! If you are interested in joining us this year and experience the companionship, banter and lasting friendships that always accompany our group, simply call the friendly team at the Wildwind UK office - John, Sheila, Ann & Tina - on 0844 499 2898 or 01920 444091, or email email@example.com. Just mention that you are joining the Rockley Group for 2nd-9thJune and they will apply the discount to your booking. If you have any questions or queries I can be contacted on 07917 843930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2013, and hoping to see you in Vas! Best wishes, Nina
KEEPING UP WITH THE LATEST 2013 HOBIE NEWS
Our YouTube channel now gives you lots and lots of the best videos of Hobie Sailing, Kayaking and fishing as well as plenty of technical information about the boats.
We have now added 2 NEW Facebook Pages. So if you are already a member of our hobiecatcentre group, please like our new thehobiecatcentre and hobiefishingkayaks pages.
If you are a twitterer, we are putting plenty of news on to our twitter feed please join in
Edith May Trading Company
105th Medway Match
Edith May competed in the Medway Barge Match last weekend. Full match report here - http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/105th-medway-barge-match-18th-may-2013/
Rochester Sweeps Festival
Edith May is currently moored on Rochester Pier, by the bridge.
The Tea Room is open 1000-1700hrs, with real ales from the Dockyard's Nelsons Brewery and live music. Please see below for full details:
Sunday 5th May, - DAY TIME
Swinging The Lead, 12.15-1pm;
Adam Beattie & The Consultants, 2-2.45pm;
The Beards, 4-5pm;
LUKE JACKSON CONCERT Tickets are �10 from the Medway Council Box Office on 01634-338338.
Monday 6th May-DAY TIME
Pierre Vincent 12.30-2.30pm;
Border Crossing 2-2.45pm;
Davey Malone's Floating Ukuleles 3-4pm;
The Allen Family, 4-5pm;
Classic Film - 'Island of Lost Souls' will be screened aboard the Edith May in an event organised by the Rochester Film Society. Tickets are �10 and include tea, cake and an introduction and discussion led by 'The Other Cinema' organiser, Nick Walker. "Originally rejected by the BBFC on its initial release for being "against nature", this first and best screen adaptation of H. G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau is a taboo-flaunting, blood-curdling spectacular, and one of Hollywood's wildest, most notorious, pre-Code pictures."
Rochester Sweeps Festival
Following the success of last year's event, the barge will be returning to the Rochester Sweeps Festival over the Bank Holiday at the start of May (4th-6th). The tea room will be open from 1030-1700hrs, with the barge moored on Rochester Pier. There will be real ales aboard and music acts throughout the day. There are also two evening concerts, with 'No Worries', supported by John Barden, on Saturday night, and BBC R2 Young Folk Musician of the Year Nominee, Luke Jackson, on Sunday night. Tickets can be purchased by calling Medway Council's ticket hotline on 01634 338338 or visit http://www.whatsonmedway.co.uk/festivals/sweeps-festival/edith-may-barge
Splash White Water Rafting
Splash Adventure Holiday Deals. Do something Different This Year!
Morocco Rafting Holiday
Rafting season kicks of soon in Morocco and runs from 17th March to 29 May
3 Options on our Ahansel Multi Day Trip
�225pp Rafting 2 nights all inclusive
�299pp Rafting 2 nights all inclusive plus 2 nights Marrakech on B&B
�399pp As above but replace the camping on the river by 2 nights in a 4* hotel on the lake.
Holiday can be extended you add more nights and adventure activities.
Discounts for groups of 8 plus.
Spain Activity Holiday
Spain Mulit-Activity Holiday base in a luxury Finca on the Costa Blanca with stunning mountain and sea views. Maximum of 14 guests per week with 5 days of activities on a B&B basis.
Kids 12-18 �395
Full Board available for �10pp per day
Discounts for group bookings of 8 plus
Alicante airport is 1 hour away.
We still have around 90 places left on our unique Splash Ambassadors program for 200 lucky Splash guests. Unlimited Splash activities for 1 year at Splash Scotland and also a 7 night B&B multi-activity holiday at Splash Spain for �199!! Plus many more huge benefits. Where is the catch ? You have to do some work for us which is written feedback and take part in photo/video shoots.
We have yet again teamed up with Sportif to offer two exciting coaching holidays this winter.
Zanzibar 7th - 16th February 2013 �1295 pp
Join us in this Freeride paradise off the African coast.
Trip includes - Flights, 7 night's B&B at the Arabian Heights hotel on Paje beach, all transfers and 5 days kitesurf coaching from Lee Harvey.
For all the details go to the website.
Boa Vista, 8th - 15th March 2013 �995 pp
Cape Verde is possibly the best destination in the world for a KiteSurfari.
Trip includes - Flights, 7 night's B&B at Hotel Estoril, transfers and 5 days coaching.
All the details on the website.
Fuerte Race Camp- April 2013
Details coming soon. Keep an eye on Facebook and the website for info.
Spring/ Summer 2013
Currently in planning for the start of the 2013 UK kiting season, we are looking at running a number of clinics in Cornwall and around the UK. We will be running - Refresher courses, Freeride clinics, Race clinics and Wave clinics. Keep and eye on the website for dates as soon as we lock them in. Limited spaces, to ensure you get the best coaching possible. http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/kitesurf-clinics.html. If you would like a particular clinic or for us to run a clinic at your spot, please get in touch.
North UK Demo & Coaching Tour. North Kiteboarding UK are looking at running a Demo Tour this spring with free coaching from North Team riders. If you would like North to come to your spot with a load of shiny toys to try, please contact your local North shop and ask them to get in touch or email email@example.com
Pasty Cup 25th- 26th May 2013
We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Pasty Cup will be Round 2 of the BKSA Course Racing British Championship Tour and be hosted by Penzance Sailing Club. We are now looking for sponsors and volunteers to help us make this the best kitesurf race event in the country. We already have the best racing arena in Mounts Bay so should be easy! More details on the website http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/events.html
Windsurfing Legends - Francisco Goya
Argentinian ex world champion windsurfer, Francisco Goya is one of the all time legends in windsurfing! Having successfully competed in the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) since 1994 and becoming PWA World Champion in 2000, he is now based on Maui, Hawaii where he runs his own windsurf equipment company, Goya Windsurfing.
In a recent article he wrote for Boards Windsurfing Magazine, Goya sums up his thoughts on windsurfing.
"Wavesailing! I feel energy coming out of my skin as I say that word. The truth is that I'm still as passionate as ever about it; from gliding across a small wave to riding at Ho'okipa, this is my way of seeing the world. There is something magical about being propelled by something you can't see. I still find it hard to wrap my mind around it all. How we can hit ramps full speed, ride the biggest waves, all with just a board and thin membrane called a sail - it's crazy!" - Francisco Goya
1st Place Gran Canaria World Cup 1999
1st Place Hawaii Grand Prix World Cup (Super Session)
1st Place Aloha Classic World Cup 2000
1st Place Ireland World Cup 2000
1st Place Wadell USA Tour 2000
1st Place Jalama USA Tour 2000
1st Place Omaezaki Japan 2000 (Wave & Super Session)
YEAR RESULTS AND AWARDS
1ST Place PWA ranking 2000
1999 SAILOR OF THE YEAR Paris Boatshow Boards Awards
2000 World Extreme Sports Awards, Munich "Nea Awards"
He loves windsurfing all over the world and includes the following as favourite spots: Hawaii, Chile, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, La torche, Klittmoller, Guincho, Cerdena, CapeVerde, Fiji, Bali
Francisco even found time to re-join the PWA Tour in 2009, finishing 5th in the 1st wave event at Cabo Verde.
Favourite board: Just about any board really, can be a 68 liter board at Ho'okipa or a 125liter one when I sail at Sprecks with my daughter Luna(4)
Favourite manoeuvre: Faster, higher, tweaker, on a deeper, bigger wave or simply riding the wind down the coast.
Francisco got into windsurfing through a combination of his older brother, Alejandro and from seeing videos and pictures of people windsurfing.
After moving to Maui when only 18 years old, Goya was living the dream, windsurfing all day long! 5 years later he got together with close friends to create his first windsurf board brand, Quatro. These boards absolutely rocked & still do today, with the brand going from strength to strength!
Now with Goya Windsurfing, the production covers a broader range of boards, sails, masts & now with a new branch of the company 211 Windsurfing Components there are also booms, extensions & base plates.
Here at the Poole Windsurfing School we are free to use whatever windsurf brands we choose & we choose Goya! The effort that goes into the design, quality of the finished products & awesome performance of the kit made them an obvious choice. Having a company where the owner/creator is still involved on a daily basis makes such a huge difference to the passion & end results. Francisco has even visited us for a demo day where we could chat directly to the man himself about the windsurf equipment and suggest changes, tweaks and improvements that he would then take back with him directly to the development team!
"I work together with a team that been focusing their whole life around windsurfing, the office, showroom, loft and factory are in Haiku, 5 minutes away from one of the most consistent and mixed conditions in the world to ride on. The mixed conditions that Maui has to offer along with a huge amount of visitors from all over the world, allow us to test the gear ourselves and receive direct feedback from our customers. So everyday we ride and hear feedback that is put back into the products, business and sport. All revolve around our passion and development for the ultimate ride, company and sport. When the new years gear arrive I'm just as excited about it as I was with my first board 25 years ago." - Francisco Goya
With his company, Goya Windsurfing he is looking to take the sport to the next level!
Top 10 Bed & Breakfast Accommodation Options Minutes From Sandbanks, Poole Harbour
We are always being asked are there are any bed & breakfast accommodation options close to Poole Harbour? The good news is YES there are several really nice bed and breakfast places within a 5 to 10 minute radius of the prestigious Sandbanks peninsular and the Poole Windsurfing School's teaching location of Poole Harbour. With the area being such a popular summer holiday destination the accommodation in Bournemouth & Poole book up very, very quickly. The trick is to be ahead of the game and know where all the little gems of bed and breakfast accommodation are and then book up your stay early on. Here at Poole Windsurfing we know the local area very well & either personally know what the various bed and breakfasts close to Poole Harbour & Sandbanks have to offer or we have been given direct recommendations from our customers that have stayed at the following accommodation during their holiday.
Top 10 Bed and Breakfast Accommodation close to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour:
1. Pinewood Lodge - a beautifully refurbished Victorian Villa, very well presented and in a great location, 1 night for 2 people �80
2. The Chines Hotel - Cosy rooms in a quite location with garden & even an indoor swimming pool! 1 night for 2 people �75
3. Grovefield Manor - very well presented and in a great location, 1 night for 2 people �65-�90 (standard double), 3 self catering apartments also available for weekly rent
4. Our Living Room - very nice boutique B&B with its own coffee lounge, 1 night for 2 people �60-�75
5. The Beach House - Just 2 minutes walk from us is a small family run B&B that is right on the harbours edge
6. The Laurels - Reasonably priced B&B on a bus route from Poole to Sandbanks, 1 night for 2 people �60
7. The Mariners - Very close to Poole Park & on the main route to Poole Harbour, 1 night for 2 people �70
8. Fenn Lodge - next door to The Chines Hotel, 1 night for 2 people �64
9. Mountbatten Court - Comfortable, clean rooms and friendly owners, 1 night for 2 people �60
10. Sunnyside B&B - 2 double rooms with en-suite shower rooms & toilet, 1 night for 2 people �60
So, there you have it a great round up of the best recommendations for choosing your bed and breakfast accommodation that gives you great access to the beaches, Poole Harbour, the Sandbanks peninsular and most importantly the Poole Windsurfing School!
Okay, first things first, let's just have a little look at the forecast for the weekend....not so bad as it goes! Bit of swell hanging around and light winds. Looks like we might see the big yellow ball out too from time to time. And the water's warming up nicely. We're running lessons everyday at 10am, 12pm and 2pm, just give us a shout on 07760 126225 if you want to book your lesson, always recommended to pre-book on a bank hol weekend.
Hope to see you around this weekend. If you're having lessons or hiring kit from us, awesome. Thanks. If you're not but you're on the beach make sure you come and say hi! And if you're not coming this way, have a great weekend wherever you happen to end up.
2013: January, February, March, April, May
2012: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2011: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2010: September, October, November, December