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New boat for Essex river cruises
A NEW boat that can accommodate wheelchair users and other people with disabilities or mobility problems is being introduced by Blackwater Boats for trips and longer charters on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, near Chelmsford.
Official Boat Naming and Launch Trips taking place 2pm on Sunday 28th April.
Called ‘Blackwater Dawn’, the traditional style wide-beam river boat, with open views from the covered forward deck, will be fully operational from May 2013. Wider than the previous ‘Blackwater Rose’ Narrowboat it now replaces, it includes galley facilities, a large toilet compartment and a platform lift - enabling safe and easy access for older people, and those with a disability.
Owner Ron Abbott, who runs Blackwater Boats with wife Judith, said: "We have wanted to cater for a wider range of passengers for a while and our new vessel allows us to do that. Many more people can now experience a river cruise, with all its scenery, wildlife and other sights and sounds.”
Blackwater Boats have been offering trips and charters on the Chelmer and Blackwater for rivers the past ten years from Sandford Lock, near Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, Essex. Prior to that the proprietors spent another ten years operating holiday hire boats from the same location. Charters offered range from two to six-hours which allows for either a short trip or a longer cruise through locks before returning to Sandford Lock. Prices range from £5.50 per adult for a one-hour trip to £190 for a six-hour cruise for up to 12 people.
Mr Abbott added: “Previous charters have included birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Guests can bring aboard their own refreshments to enjoy during the river cruise, perhaps stopping for a riverside picnic, or be taken to a convenient landing place to visit a local pub or restaurant.”
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
West Suffolk Sailing
SESCA Forthcoming Events
Just a reminder that we are running our first Topper Team Racing Training Session, next Saturday (20th), from around 11.30 am using the Club's Toppers. We will be starting with two boat team racing, where the objective is to make sure that neither you or your team mate come last! Races last for only about 12 minutes, so there will be plenty of opportunity to practice starts and manoeuvres. Team racing provides a very good way of sharpening up your boat handling, tactics and knowledge of the rules - while being fun and interesting for competitors and spectators alike. It would be helpful if you could let me know if you are planning to attend - otherwise just show up. All welcome!
Sunday sees the start of the Spring Series with the first race commencing at 10.30am. The day prize will be a cake to celebrate the Queen's Birthday! It would be great to see more boats out on the water, particularly some of the Enterprises and GP14s that have been languishing in the dinghy park for a while. If they all got afloat, we would have a great fleet. Last weekend saw seven boats out enjoying a breezy day's sailing, which was an encouraging start to the season. It was also pleasing to see several new members and a number of visitors, who came down to find out about joining the Club.
The Club Open Weekend will be held on May 18/19, from 10.30 am - 4 pm, as part of the RYA's 'Push the Boat Out' initiative. We have already arranged quite a lot of promotion through the local press, BBC, RYA and online but any help that you can give to help advertise the event would be appreciated. Please find attached a Club flyer and RYA poster, which we would be grateful if you would print out and put up at your work; local post office; gym; college; supermarket etc.
We are planning on offering sailing taster sessions and fun rides on both days, so would very much appreciate the help of as many member volunteers as possible in providing trips in either their own or one of the Club boats. We would also be grateful for assistance in welcoming and registering visitors; marshalling cars; manning the galley and signing up new members. Please could you let me know if you are able to assist on either of the two days and what you would prefer to do. Thank you if you have already volunteered.
Island Rib Voyages
Island RIB Voyages and Jersey Voucher - RIB Carteret Deal
All trips are weather permitting
A valid passport is required
Multiples can be purchased
Voucher expires 01/07/2013
Vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion
Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash or equivalent
Exciting speed boat trip on our 10 metre, 12 passenger RIB.
4 hours to explore the beautiful French fishing port.
Opportunity to enjoy a spot of shopping
A chance to try some French cuisine in a variety of restaurants along the estuary
Short 30 minute boat journey
Enjoy a short visit to Carteret giving you the opportunity to shop, dine or just relax.
This 5 hour trip (4 hours in Carteret) will take you to the tranquil port of Carteret where you can explore the local shops, have a spot of lunch/dinner or just enjoy the sunshine. The trip will set off from St. Catherine’s breakwater, passing Les Ecrehous and hopefully seeing Dolphins along the way!
Suitable for ages 5+. 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:
Customers need to arrive 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please, take a printout of the vouchers to give to the skipper. If you have an iPhone you can use the Bump app to transfer an image copy of the voucher. The app is free and can be downloaded from https://itunes.apple.com/app/bump/id305479724?mt=8
It is strongly advised you attempt to book a place on board a trip early regardless of the weather, as these spaces 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 book a trip by Sunday, 30th June 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 book a trip early in order to guarantee a seat prior to the expiry date.
Group bookings can be made if 12 vouchers are purchased.
£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!
26 April 2013
The Summer season is rapidly approaching and there is lots to look forward to here in Bristol. Many food festivals, music events and of course Bristol's Harbour Festival. There will also be 70 Gromit sculptures unleashed on to the streets of our City. Each Gromit will be individually designed by different artists.
You can also see the new Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry going round the harbour and take a trip if you would like learn all about her.
In amongst all the activity we will of course be running our famous vessels in the harbour and on the Avon. Our Crew and Captains are ready for what is going to be a very busy and eventful Summer.
To arrange your private party please click through to our enquiry form or visit the website for our public trip timetable.
Below is a list of up and coming Avon Gorge Cruises.
May 4 Sat - Departs 12:15pm, Returns 3:45pm
May 5 Sun - Departs 1:30pm, Returns 5:00pm
May 6 Mon - Departs 2:30pm, Returns 6:00pm
May 18 Sat - Departs 9:50am, Returns 1:30pm
May 19 Sun - Departs 11:00am, Returns 2:30pm
June 1 Sat - Departs 10:30am, Returns 2:00pm
June 2 Sun - Departs 11:45am, Returns 3:15pm
June 9 Sun - Departs 5:30pm, Returns 9:00pm
June 16 Sun - Departs 9:30am, Returns 1:00pm
June 21 Fri - Departs 3:00pm, Returns 6:30pm
June 29 Sat - Departs 9:15am, Returns 12:45pm
June 30 Sun - Departs 10:00am, Returns 1:30pm
More dates available on our website.
08 February 2013
With one month of winter left we have completed 2 boat refits. The Greenshank (butty boat to the famous Narrowboat Redshank), which we use as our Bosons locker, has been hauled out of the water for the first time in 10 years. We are replacing its bottom entirely to save the vessel for many years to come. This year's Avon Gorge Cruise Time Table has been published. We will be running more trips than ever through the Gorge to the Bristol Channel. New this year we will be operating a Lunch Trip to Beeses, every Friday during the summer holidays. Beeses have a great reputation for quality food and we are all looking forward to delicious lunches on the riverbank. Further details on these trips, or Private Parties visit our website www.bristolpacket.co.uk.
Scottish Seabird Centre
The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS. 01620 890202. Also on Facebook /ScottishSeabirdCentre and twitter @SeabirdCentre.
All events are FREE for members, or included in the entry price to the Discovery Centre for non-members, unless otherwise stated.
Entry to the Discovery Centre is £7.95 for adults, £4.95 for children and £5.95 for concessions. Prices from 1 March will be £8.95 for adults, £4.95 for children and £6.95 for concessions. Under 3's are free. Family tickets are also available. Book tickets online in advance at www.seabird.org.
For further press information please contact Laura Adamson or Diane Smith, Scottish Seabird Centre firstname.lastname@example.org 01620 890202.
Weekends, 14:00-15:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Fun 'make and do' sessions for kids age 4 to 8.
4-6 May - Balmy Bats. Scare all your friends with a bouncy bat to hang in a place of your choice!
11-12 May - Salty Sea Eagles. Never been lucky enough to spot an illusive white-tailed eagle on the Isle of May cameras? Come and make one from paper using your own hands and feet as templates!
18-21 May - Terrific Turtles. World Turtle Day sounds like a perfect excuse to make some shiny sea turtles! What will you name yours?
25-26 May - Outnumbered by Octopi! Come and make your own eight-legged friend from the deep by recycling cardboard tubes.
Weekends, 14:00-15:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Fun 'make and do' sessions for kids age 4 to 8.
1-2 June - Beautiful Butterflies. Join us to celebrate National Butterfly Awareness Day by making your own beautiful butterfly to take home.
8-9 June - Stained Glass Sea Scenes. Celebrate Scotland's wonderful seas by making a beautiful stained glass picture, all in the name of World Oceans Day.
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