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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.
Seal spotting and Wildlife watching
A one and a half hour trip from Ramsgate's Royal Harbour to a local seal colony in a National Nature Reserve. �20 per person.
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.
JUNE - Wednesday 1, Saturday 4, Sunday 5, Saturday 18, Sunday 19.
Fishing Trips, all day
A longer trip departing 0900, returning 1630, allowing for more intense fishing, also with rod and bait included in the price of �45 per person.
JUNE - Saturday 11, Sunday 26.
New for 2011
Thanet Coast and Offshore Wind Farm

We will be running a 3 hour trip along the East Thanet Coast to North Foreland and out to the Thanet Offsgore Wind Farm. See the spectacular coast and bays, and the largest operating wind farm in the world. Cost �30 per person.
JUNE - Sunday 12 1030

Hobbs of Henley
Interested in a mooring?
We have 80 riverside moorings in Henley and 18 in Goring that are available for annual rent. If you are interested in a mooring, please contact us on 01491 572035 for more details.
Hobbs of Henley welcomes top London Concierges
The Henley Partnership recently launched an initiative to invite 25 head concierges from 5 star London hotels last month and invited Hobbs of Henley to co-host. The concierges were transported from Park Lane in London and given a champagne breakfast aboard our newly refurbished MV Waterman. During the cruise, Jonathan and Suzy mingled with the concierges and Jonathan gave an insight into what Henley can offer as a tourist destination, including the services Hobbs can offer guests. Jonathan entertained our guests with a running commentary on the sights and rich history of the river in Henley. After the cruise, our guests were treated to a tour of Stonor Park, followed by a taste of Henley with lunch at The Little Angel. The feedback from the visit has been extremely positive and Hobbs are already receiving bookings from the Hotels that attended. Just a quick line to say thank you for a wonderful day yesterday. It was very interesting looking around Henley and very informative. Bill Howard, Head Concierge, Baglioni Hotel, Park Lane. Just a quick note to thank you for such a lovely day yesterday! It was the first time I have ever been to Henley-on-Thames, and I loved it, I'll definitely be back for a longer visit and will certainly recommend Henley to our guests. I was really impressed by how you managed to sort out the weather too, and bring out the sun!!! Jennifer Steain, Head Concierge. Jonathan is proud to represent Henley as the current Chairman of The Henley Partnership. The partnership aims to promote Henley as a business and tourism destination and welcomes input.
Henley Royal Regatta
2011 will be remembered as a vintage year for Henley Royal Regatta where the weather is concerned, proving the old adage 'Wet Ascot, Dry Henley' correct. Whilst the sun shone all week, all of the 53 boats of the Hobbs fleet were kept extremely busy! The entire fleet from motor launches, which provide river taxi services from Stewards Enclosure to Fawley Meadows, to launch drivers and umpire launches following the races was on the move throughout the Regatta. The New Orleans hosted Invesco Perpetual guests for three days of the Regatta and The Waterman provided The Henley Business School with river trips from Greenlands up and down the course for the duration of the Event. Demand was high for self-drive motor and rowing boats and Jonathan Hobbs, our Managing Director, said: It was very satisfying to see all our hire boats being enjoyed by so many people, enabling them to really participate in the Regatta atmosphere. Great fun was had by everyone and all credit to our staff for providing a first class service for which we have received many words of thanks. All in all one of the best Regattas in years!
The Henley Music and Arts Festival
Hobbs of Henley have again provided assistance to the Festival organisers with the administration and operation of the boat moorings at the Festival site. This is an unpaid gesture of support to the Henley Music and Arts Festival Charity from Hobbs of Henley. Peter Herbert, Director of Hobbs of Henley, oversees the allocation of the moorings to people who wish to arrive at the Festival by boat. Peter said: As demand grew for boaters attending the Festival, it became difficult for the organisers to facilitate their needs so they asked Hobbs of Henley for help and we are happy to oblige. All of our chartered boats are available for bookings during the Festival and the boats provide an excellent platform to sample the Festival atmosphere, hear the musical performances and enjoy the firework display from the open upper decks.
The newly opened and refurbished Thameside Kiosk
Hobbs of Henley have successfully completed the lease on the Thameside Kiosk (previously Parrott's boat hire office). We are proud to have re-invested in this riverside feature and have refurbished it with a nostalgic feel. We will use the kiosk for both ice-cream sales and for the operational support of our chauffeured launches 'Lily-Anna' and 'Evie'. They will be moored on moorings right beside the kiosk. There has been a lot of positive feedback regarding the look and style of the kiosk having previously been unused and unkempt for a number of years. This new venture will improve visibility of our chauffeured launch fleet to the public and will also provide an ideal departure point for Hobbs river taxis to events such as Rewind Festival.

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.
4th - 8th June 2pm - 3pm: Turtle-y Amazing! To celebrate World Ocean's Day and World Environment Day come along to make a beautiful leatherback turtle.
11th - 12th, 18th, 25th - 26th June 2pm - 3pm: Gannet Food Chain Mobiles. Who eats who? Make a mobile that will help you figure out the food chain.
1st June - 30th June: Keli Clark Exhibition in the Picture Gallery. Keli Clark exhibits a new range of work focussed on the surrounding area, beautiful landscapes and the local wildlife. Free admission.
1st June: Walking with Birds - Isle of May from Anstruther. Advanced booking required. Join the Scottish Seabird Centre Birdwatching Group and Edinburgh RSPB. For all enquiries, call Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308.
3rd June 2.00pm: Storytime by the Sea. Snuggle down for stories by the sea, suitable for ages 2 - 5 years.
4th June - 30th June: Between Two Worlds Exhibition. Explore life above and beneath the waves in this exhibition. See the creatures and plants that make Scotland's seas such an amazing and diverse place.
5th June: Walking with Birds - Coach trip to Loch of Kinnordy and Monile Nature Reserve. Advance booking required. Join the Scottish Seabird Centre Birdwatching Group and Edinburgh RSPB. For all enquiries, call Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308.
8th June: Walking with Birds - Gore Glen, Gorebridge. Contact leader Gordon Spiers on 01875 820971/07763 467790.
15th June: Walking with Birds - Pencaitland Railway Walk. 6pm evening meeting. Join the Scottish Seabird Centre Birdwatching Group and Edinburgh RSPB. For all enquiries, call Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308.
18th - 25th June: Seabird Drawing 2011. This is an opportunity for enthusiasts with experience of field sketching to gather for a week of drawing and painting among the many seabird sites in the area: Bass Rock, Fidra, Dunbar, St Abbs Head, Tyninghame, Aberlady Bay. Artists can opt to do their own thing or join others on visits to seabird sites. Artists will be on hand if anyone would like help or guidance with drawing or painting in the field, and we hope to offer optional evening activities. Full details and costs can be found at
19th June 2pm-4pm: Wild About Art - Ships Ahoy. Use household scrap materials to make a ship's porthole with a sea view in this drop-in workshop with Alchemy Arts. Suitable for ages 4+.
22nd June: Walking with Birds - The Hirsel, Coldstream. Meet at the car park. Charge for entry. Contact leader Irene Nichol on 01620 893207/07516 495129.
25th June: Walking with Birds - Bavelaw and the Pentlands. Join the Scottish Seabird Centre Birdwatching Group and Edinburgh RSPB. For all enquiries, call Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308.
29th June: Walking with Birds - Tyne River Walk. Meet at East Linton, near the Railway Bridge. Contact leaders Tony and Ann Elger on 01620 842525.
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.

Hobbs of Henley
Festival Fever!
Summer is just around the corner and things are hotting up here at Hobbs with Festival Fever!
The Henley Royal Regatta will shortly have the eyes of the world on our small town, with top rowers from around the globe flocking to our famous river to pitch themselves against each other in Henley's famous, world class race.
Summer music cruises
We have a fantastic range of music cruises for you to choose from at Hobbs this summer.
Caribbean Cruise, Friday 10th June, 7 - 11pm: Dance to a Calypso steel band and transport yourself to the Caribbean on board the New Orleans.
Jazz Supper Cruise, Friday 17th June, 7 - 11pm: Lose yourself in the music of New Orleans with this fantastic cruise aboard The Waterman featuring a live jazz band!
Blues Brothers Night, Friday July 22nd, 7.30 - 11pm - Special Offer!: The jazz theme continues in July, this time themed around the famous Blues Brothers. Dance the night away at our disco with a live Blues Brothers Duo. Purchase your tickets before the 30th June 2011 for a 10% discount!
Tickets for all cruises cost just �39 per person and include a fork buffet. There is also a welcome drink on the Caribbean and Blues Brothers cruises. A cash bar is available.

Beaufort Charters Limited
Aquacast Issue 16 / 2011
Pollack are in! (its not all Pollacks)
At the time of writing the Pollack season has started extremely well and far better than last year. Not only are they in good numbers but are also on wrecks that are relatively near Brighton.
Bring on the Jelly Worms!
This season is definitely looking better than last year, Cod are lurking just east of Beachy Head waiting to come round to Brighton wrecks in 4- 6 weeks time and then we can look forward to the days when you never know if it is a Pollack or Cod that has taken your lure and dived deep.
As the skipper found out last year in Florida, light tackle fishing can be great fun and and means you have to use all your skills to boat a fish, real Sport Fishing. Recently a group were on board who tried targeting Pollack with light tackle, had a great time, learnt a new technique and managed to boat their biggest at 15 lbs, not bad.
Sorry but prices had to go up this year due to fuel prices and now its looks like we may have to also put on a fuel surcharge. We hope this will not be the case but as fuel is our major cost we are very concerned at how the price keeps rising. Naturally we would let you know if you have already booked, or at the time of booking if we have to add a fuel surcharge.
There are now plans to build one of the biggest wind farms to date just off Brighton, probably come on stream in 2016 but we are already involved in surveys etc. What is your view, good or bad? Please let us know. It also looks like Kingsmere rocks off Littlehampton could become a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) in the near future, (not good for the Littlehampton charter boats) again your views would be appreciated.
We have recently organized a corporate day with 5 Charter Boats, Full English Breakfast in Brighton Marina Yacht Club, packed lunch and a prize giving and Dinner in the evening. Interested for your company and customers? Please contact us to discuss details.
You may remember the lady with something under her hat from last year. Our thanks to Tim Mansfield and Bill Reaves for their winning entries. Number one was: "Many women keep a muppet under their thumb - I think this nice lady keeps one under her hat and gets it out to lure a spotty big mouth whenever there's one to be had."
Aquacast Issue 15 / 2010
Fishing is never straightforward and this year has been no exception! The normal trends we have seen over the last 5 years were very different this year, Mackerel were very late in arriving, Pollack and Cod stayed out on the offshore wrecks instead of heading into the inshore wrecks and Bream were scarce on the wrecks during the summer. Some days it was very hard to find fish and yet the very next day we would have excellent fishing, we suspect the fish schedules were very disrupted by the harsh winter we had. But all was not lost. Conger fishing was very good with some excellent Pollack and Cod taken during the year. On a high note, quiet seasons are often followed by bumper catches the next year! - so book now for 2011.
Probably the best year so far for Conger, not only have we had on board some monsters but also introduced many anglers to the fantastic thrill of hooking into your first Conger, boating it and then holding it up for the photo, not easy when you are trying to tame 50 lbs of twisting, thrashing and angry fish. We also had a night trip for Conger when we hooked into 15 and landed 10 on the boat. It was interesting to see that when we shone a very bright light onto the fish when they were behind the boat, this seemed to subdue them and make it very much easier to bring them into the boat. No more gaffing for us since we have sourced a special extra large and strong Conger net, need the skipper to go with it now! 2010 some good Cod and Pollack but even better Conger.
This is fast becoming the place to be seen with your 'once in a lifetime' catch. Not only will you be featured on our homepage for a month, but you will always be in the photo fishing gallery. It's also a good place to look to see what type of fish you can expect to catch at any particular time of year.
We now have an honesty box for lost tackle and the majority of our anglers understand the reasoning, however some are not so sure. At the moment we charge �10 for rod and tackle hire, of which �1.49 is VAT which leaves us �8.51. Considering a complete set of tackle lost, cost us on average �2.50 most people understand when the skipper starts worrying after the 3rd set lost, with no sign of the angler in question mending his ways. We do not want to sell tackle or note down every hook and weight lost so the honesty box seems the best policy. Let us know what you think!
Aquavitesse will be out of the water for December, January and February and as well as the normal winter jobs of anti-fouling and water jet overhaul, we also intend to fit permanent sinks with running water in the fishing area for hand washing, fish cleaning etc and upgrade the deck hose system.
Whilst in Falmouth recently on holiday the skipper took a trip out on Wave Chieftain, we would really recommend this charter boat, plenty of room, friendly knowledgeable skipper in the form of Nigel Hodge and assisted by his impressive wife Emma. Go to or ring 07976 974616.
If you are looking for a Christmas gift that you want, print this out and leave it with your nearest and dearest, beats socks or underpants!
These are now up on the website, weekends are restricted so if you want a Saturday now is the time to book. Just to clarify Adverse tide means that the tide is too strong for any serious fishing and so we do not go out. We want to give our anglers the best chance to catch fish. It's not unusual for the ladies to outfish the men, but what is the secret bait she is hiding under her hat? Your best suggestion could win you an Aquavitesse polo shirt.

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