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Arrow Yacht Enterprises
www.sail-help.co.uk
5 - 7 March: Budget weekend sail. �140 a head, supper ashore, bacon butties for breakfast, sandwich lunch, mooring and fuel paid separately and shared between the crew. Sit back and watch everyone else doing the work or get involved in navigation, pilotage and sailing the boat.
AYE Activity: A 7 day boat handling and mileage building passage 7 - 14 March. I have now three potential Yachtmasters Coastal who wish to brush up on their boat handling skills, both power and sail and then get across the channel for some sailing around the Channel Islands or north coast of Brittany. Cost to include food, fuel and moorings �560. One berth left on this passage. During the Easter break, I shall be taking a boat across the Channel again, this time only five days, 31 March - 5 April. Cost to include food, fuel and moorings �450. One berth left on this passage.
Charity Sail: I am currently teaching the Day Skipper Theory course to a young man, Oliver Hancox, who is planning to cross the Channel, single handed to raise money for Cancer Research. He will be sailing his Silhouette "Cariad" with a larger yacht as a safety boat, and a motor boat in support as well. At the moment the crossing is scheduled for June from Plymouth to Morlaix. Sadly Oliver's father died of cancer and this is why Oliver is raising the money. Visit www.channelchallenge.co.uk and you will be able to make a donation using this website. Please help out in any way you can.

Poole Sailing Ltd
www.poolesailing.co.uk
6-7: Weekend Cruise/RYA Practical Course
7-12: RYA Practical Course
17: Boat Handling
20-21: Weekend Cruise/RYA Practical Course
22-26: RYA Practical Course
Our 2010 programme is up on the website. It covers RYA shorebased courses as well as the practical events. We also have opened a twitter account called Poolesailing to keep you informed of our last minute special offers and other items which may interest you.

Scottish Seabird Centre
'What's On' at the Scottish Seabird Centre
Weekends and holidays: Puffin Club. Join us 2pm - 3pm weekends and holidays for fun make and take sessions.
6th - 7th March: Gannet Life Cycle Wheels. Find out more about the life of a gannet from egg to adult.
13th March: Build a Nest. The birds are beginning to build their nests and you can too in today's Puffin Club.
14th March: Pop-up Flower Garden Card. Make your Mum a lovely pop-up flower garden card for Mother's Day.
20th March: Build a Nest. The birds are beginning to build their nests and you can too in today's Puffin Club.
27th - 28th March: Paper Loop Chicks. Try and spot the first chicks on camera and make your very own cute chick to take home.
2nd March - 11th April: Scotland's Housing Expo. This exhibition gives a national focus to the design of our built environment and associated issues. Through a series of models, it highlights developments, ranging from low carbon design strategies to the complementary roles of design and sustainability within public and private housing. Part of the Sustainability in Architecture Programme and supported by the Scottish Government.
1st - 31st March: Charlotte Cadzow Exhibition in the Picture Gallery. Local artist Charlotte Cadzow displays new work exploring the sea and the local surroundings.
3rd March: Walking with Birds - Belhaven Bay. Meet at the Shore Road car park at 10.30am. Contact Lesley on 01875 815142 for details.
5th March 2.30pm: Storytime by the Sea - Snuggle down for an afternoon of stories by the sea.
21st March 2pm - 4pm: Wild About Art - Woven Bird House. In this Alchemy Arts workshop, weave scrap materials and fabrics to make a nest like the amazing weaver bird. See how skilled birds have to be to make their beautiful homes. Made from household scrap materials.
24th March: Walking with Birds - Vogrie Country Park. Meet at the car park at 10.30am (�1 coin needed). Contact Lesley on 01875 815142 for details.
31st March: RSPB Walking with Birds - Roslin. Contact Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308 for further information.
Further information can be found at www.seabird.org.
The Scottish Seabird Centre is a charity dedicated to inspiring people to care for wildlife and the natural environment. Charity number SC025837.

GXSA (Gerrards Cross Sailing Association)
www.gxsa.org.uk
Wednesday March 3rd, Duncan Wells, Anecdotes of a Yachtmaster Instructor
Duncan Wells is a GXSA member, RYA Instructor, and principal of Westview Sailing. He is the author of the Seamanship and Boathandling articles for "Sailing Today" magazine. Duncan sails a Hallberg Rassy 352, "Dorothy Lee" and was awarded the Bob Gammock Trophy in 2007. Duncan will tell us some "Yachting Capers" based on a return trip from Pornic in Brittany with an inexperienced crew. He will also recount some anecdotes about how he survived his unsurvivable flares accident. This will be an entertaining and informative evening.
Wednesday March 10th, Tony Firth, An Atlantic Short Circuit
Although "Gentlemen don't sail to windward", Tony Firth included a long windward leg in his 11-month circuit from the UK through Spain, Portugal, Madeira, the Canaries, the Cape Verde Islands and the Azores. His talk presents aspects of the first of his retirement sailing ambitions - to take his Rustler 36, Amoret, and a motley selection of crews on a circular cruise of the Atlantic islands without crossing the Atlantic. He confesses that he has high aspirations to be really expert at sailing, birding, tench fishing and solving the Guardian crossword but sailing probably comes first ...




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