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Poole Sailing Ltd
Special courses and offers currently available for March
6th March, RADAR, �100
7-11 March, RYA Practical with Rob 2 places, �390
12 March, VHF Radio, �90
13 March, RYA First Aid, �90
17-18th March, Introduction to Boat Electrics, �200
19 March, Boat Handling in Marinas 2 places, �135
25 March, Yacht rigging, �135

Sea Searcher Boat Trips
Booking required for seal and wildlife, fishing, and coast and wind farm trips. For more information see the website.
Ramsgate Royal Harbour Sightseeing Trips
Sightseeing Trips operate from about 12 noon daily during school holidays, and weekends from the end of March to the end of September �3 per head duration approx 15-20 mins. Just turn up at the kiosk to book.
Fishing Trips, 3 hour
A taster of sea angling, with rod and bait supplied, departing at 0900 and returning at 1200. Especially suited to beginners. �25 per person.
MARCH - Saturday 26, Sunday 27.

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.
5th-6th March 2pm-3pm: From Egg to Adult. Make a gannet life cycle wheel and see how a gannet grows from egg to adult.
12th - 13th, 19th, 26th - 27th March 2pm-3pm: Paper Loop Chicks. Try and spot the first chicks on camera and make your very own cute chick to take home.
4th March 2.00pm: Storytime by the Sea. Snuggle down for an afternoon of stories by the sea.
9th March 7.30pm: The Secret World of the Grey Seals on the May. An insight into the secret world of the grey seals on the Isle of May in this fascinating illustrated talk by Dr Paddy Pomeroy from the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at St Andrews. The seal colony on the island is the largest on the east coast of Britain and one of two key sites for researchers studying behaviour and population biology of grey seals. The Scottish Seabird Centre is working with SMRU in a new research project looking into the changes that are happening in how seals use the North Sea for foraging and breeding. Tickets �5 (�4 for Seabird Centre members) available in advance from the Seabird Centre or on 01620 890202.
11th March 2pm-4pm: Wildlife Club - Bushcraft - Newhailes. This week we will be joining the National Trust of Scotland at Newhailes, Musselburgh to learn some bush craft skills.
16th March 10.30am: Walking with Birds - Port Seton. Meet at the Shore Car Park. Leader Irene Nichol 01620 893207/07516495129.
20th March 10am: Walking with Birds - The Hirsel. Join the Scottish Seabird Centre Birdwatching Group and Edinburgh RSPB. For all enquiries, call Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308.
20th March 2pm-4pm: Wild About Art - Woven Nests. 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 with Alchemy Arts. Suitable for ages 4+.
25th March 2pm-4pm: Wildlife Club - Beach Clean. We will be heading out to do a local Beach Clean to help keep Scotland beautiful.
30th March 10am: Walking with Birds - Lochore Meadows. Join the Scottish Seabird Centre Birdwatching Group and Edinburgh RSPB. For all enquiries, call Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308.
All activities are free with admission to the Discovery Centre, unless otherwise stated.
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 March 2nd, Karin Wilkinson and Andrew Walker, Sailing the North Aegean Sea
Mediterranean experts and GXSA members, Karin and Andrew describe their recent voyage exploring the Northern Aegean islands and changes in sailing there that they have noticed in the Mediterranean in the past 10 years.
Their talk will include part of the mainland coast of the North Aegean - as well as the islands and Halkidiki peninsula.
This should be a good evening to help plan our summer cruises - or just to see some excellent photos and dream of summer destinations.
Wednesday March 9th, John Apps, The Jester Challenge 2010
Association member, John Apps entered and completed his third Jester Challenge, which is a singlehanded cross Atlantic event for sub 30 ft yachts in 2010 - the 50th anniversary of the original OSTAR. John in talking about the event will answer some of the big questions in long distance sailing today:
1. Where does the Atlantic Drift?
2. Why has Russia replaced France as the Superpower in distance solo sailing?
3. If Jester Challengers find it impossible to walk on water, can they turn water into wine?
4. How do you turn a 150 feet boat [Ranger] around in English Harbour at its narrowest point 153 feet?
5. What has Ranger got to do with the Jester Challenge?
6. Are UK residents covered for personal injury when sailing on Sydney Harbour?
7. What has Sydney Harbour got to do with the Jester Challenge?
8. What is Greenpeace's view of long distance single handed sailing?
9. What criteria should you use for choosing your 3 scariest moments in an Atlantic crossing?
10. Can 99p LED bulbs from Hong Kong work in a tricolour for 3 months?
Curious? Come and hear the questions unravelled - as ever with John's delightful presentation style, it should be an entertaining evening.
Wednesday March 16th, GXSA AGM, The Royal Navy Presentation Team
The purpose of the Royal Navy's presentation team is to describe the myriad of roles and activities that our modern navy achieves to best serve our nation. This is done in an objective and realistic way using an excellent multimedia presentation. Senior officers, possibly a commander of a Frigate are available to answer any questions you may have. We are privileged to be able to have this team visit us. It is an opportunity not to be missed. The presentation will be preceded by the Association's AGM.

Arrow Yacht Enterprises
December Mailsplat
The itinerary for delivering a Jeanneau 45 DS to Marmaris in Turkey is now as firm as it ever will be. If any of you fancy a mileage building trip, or a Yachtmaster Ocean passage so that you can gain your certificate, here is your chance before it heats up in the Mediterranean. Legs 2 and 3 will be theYachtmaster Ocean qualifying passages, the rest will be passages with an inter island stop here and there.
Outline Passage Plan  E&OE
Boat Preparation: Wed 16 Feb - Wed 23 Feb. Burnham-on-Crouch and local area. Complete boat check and shake down passages.
Leg 1: Wed 23 Feb - Thu 3 Mar. Passage to Solent, to include Day Skipper Practical Course. 190M.
Leg 2: Crew join Mon 7 Mar. Tue 8 - Sun 20 Mar. Hythe to Bayona via St Peter Port Guernsey. 702M. To include max 2 days in Channel Isles. 12 days in all.
Leg 3: Crew join Mon 21 Mar. Tue 22 - Tue 29 March. Bayona - Gibraltar. 509M. 8 days passage.
Leg 4: Crew join Wed 30 Mar. Thu 31 Mar - Thu 7 Apr. Gibraltar - Palma. 446M. 8 days passage with stop(s). 2 days in port planned.
Leg 5: Crew join Fri 8 Apr. Sat 9 - Sun 17 Apr. Palma - Malta. 565M. 2 days in port planned.
Leg 6: Crew join Mon 18 Apr. Tue 19 Apr -Thu 28 Apr. Malta - Marmaris. 680M.
9 days passage with stop(s).
Total direct route mileage circa 3092M.

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