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Scottish Seabird Centre
'What's On' at the Scottish Seabird Centre
Puffin Club: Join us 2pm - 3pm weekends and holidays for fun make and take sessions.
1st - 2nd January: Happy Hibernation. We all need to snuggle up at this time of year but some animals stay asleep for the whole winter! Make yourself a happy hibernating hedgehog in this weeks Puffin Club.
3rd - 6th, 8th-11th,15th, 22nd - 23rd, 29th- 30th: Feed the Birds. Create a fabulous feeder for your garden and help feed the birds in winter.
1st - 31st January: Nature Photography Exhibition 2010. Now in its fifth year the Nature Photography Exhibition 2010 showcases the shortlisted entries from this year's Scottish Seabird Centre competition. View these stunning photographs and select your winners from the ever rising standard of entries. For further information about the competition, previous winners and exhibition please visit
7th January 2.30pm: Storytime by the Sea. Snuggle down for an afternoon of stories by the sea.
16th January 2pm - 4pm: Wild About Art - Feed the Birds. Help feed the birds as well as cheer up your winter garden by making a colourful bird feeder in this 2 hour art workshop with Alchemy Arts.
All activities are free with admission to the Discovery Centre, unless otherwise stated.
There may be a charge for the Seabird Centre's Walking With Birds events.
Please note we will make every effort to provide this programme, but operational issues or circumstances beyond our control may necessitate the cancellation, at short notice, or any part of it.
Further information can be found at
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)
Wednesday January 12th, Jimmy Cornell, World Cruising Destinations
Jimmy Cornell started world cruising in 1974 in 'Adventura' a 36 ft yacht which he fitted out himself and in which he visited 70 countries with his wife and children. In a second steel 40ft Adventura, he completed a circumnavigation between 1990 and 1992, part of which included the first round the world rally. 'Adventura 3' followed in 1998 in which he completed a 5 year circumnavigation. In all, Jimmy has cruised over 200,000 miles. Subsequently he launched the ARC, which is now the largest transocean event in the world, and founded the World Cruising Club. Amongst his rich collection of publications is the bible of ocean sailors - 'World Cruising Routes' (1987), and subsequently a companion volume 'The World Cruising Handbook', which was replaced in 2010 by 'World Cruising Destinations'. Jimmy Cornell also launched noonsite, a website dedicated to cruising sailors. At this talk Jimmy will tell us something of his extensive experience and some of the stories behind his latest book. This will be a most interesting talk and a wonderful opportunity to meet one of sailing's best known personalities.
Wednesday January 19th, Ray Bridges, An Atlantic Crossing
In late 2009, Ray deputy chairman of GXSA took his new boat 'Sonar' with a long-time friend John as crew, from Haslar marina in the Solent to Grenada via Gibraltar and Tenerife on his first Atlantic crossing. They were joined by Ted for the longer trans-Atlantic leg from Tenerife to Grenada. Ray, on the right of the picture, will share his experiences with us from his initial planning to his arrival which was reported widely in the local press.
Wednesday January 26th, Rory McDougall, Around the World - and Live your Dreams!
Rory McDougall is a remarkable sailor and explorer. At the age of 21, in June 1991 he launched 'Cooking Fat' (known as 'Cookie'), which Rory, a surveyor by profession had fitted out himself. During the following six years, Rory sailed around the world. Cookie is a Wharram Tiki 21 design and is the smallest catamaran and multihull to circumnavigate the world at just 21ft in length. She has no engine and Rory navigated his way using the time honoured simplicity of sextant and compass. Rory built Cookie on the site of the old 'Pick & Park' market garden at Ipplepen, Devon, with the help of his stepbrother Barnes Robins. The world voyage was a wonderful discovery of islands, countries, continents, nature and cultures, experienced in a simple and non-intrusive way. The biggest discoveries for Rory however, were the insights into his own personal growth brought about by the challenges of voyaging and of loneliness.

Poole Sailing Ltd
New Programme and Special Boat Show Offers
Our New 2011 programme is now available on our website.
It's London International Boat Show time again! Whilst we don't have our own stand at the show, Rob Gibson our Chief Instructor will be available daily at mid-day on the RYA stand giving Sail Trim presentations and signing his books and he will be glad to discuss your 2011 Sail Training needs. I will be available on the Poole Quay Boat Haven stand on January 12th and will be pleased to meet up with you there.
If you are unable to make it to the show, you can still take advantage of the following special "Boat Show Offers" available for the period of the show (8th-16th Jan 2011).
- Boathandling course 1 Day 15th January �100 (normal price �135)
- RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory 5 days 27 Feb-3rd March �300 (Normal Price �400)
- RYA Practical, 5 Days, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore-prep 6-10th March, �320 (normal prices �400-�460)
- All 2 day Start Yachting courses �175 (normal price �200)
- Any other event of 2 days or more less �20
Finally, we are planning to do more mile-building cruises this year. If this is of interest please let us know and we will try to arrange destinations to suit.
Best wishes and good sailing in 2011.

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