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January


Appledore Sails
www.appledoresails.co.uk
Newsletter Jan 2012
Happy New Year to Everyone.
Despite the bad weather of last summer, and the cancelling of our planned trip to 'Obby Orse Day in Padstow for May Day, a Scilly Isles trip, and the Lundy Race, we ended up with a reasonable season.
In May I had a ten day trip helping to move a friend's boat from Corfu, up through Albania and Montenegro to Dubrovnik in Croatia. Despite all the warnings, sailing in Albania was delightful; the people very hospitable, and the several hour long thunderstorm was breath-taking. An evening in Montenegro was particularly interesting when no one in the small harbour spoke any English, but we were fed and watered and somehow ended up with a spare chicken! Another night we were moored by several Montenegro war ships with the gun barrels aimed directly at us.
In July an eight day leisurely trip took in Ilfracombe, Penarth, Bristol, Cardiff and Watermouth. It is always a lovely trip up the Avon, through Clifton Gorge and into the floating harbour where we found our favourite mooring right in the town centre was vacant and waiting just for us! An extra day off in Cardiff allowed us to visit the castle at last and was well worth the wait.
September saw a rather elongated trip to Tenby and South Wales hiding out as consistent storms blew a good force 10. It did mean we had a bird's eye view of the Wales Iron Man competition from Tenby Harbour which was a wonderful day and we will return for the next one. However much of our coastal exploring was done by bus in torrential wind and rain rather than by sea!
Many day sails saw trips to Clovelly for pub lunches, or mooring and anchoring practice, and there were several training and pleasure days spent out in the bay. Several people were introduced to sailing on short half day trips, and ashes were scattered for those who loved the sea.
Jez-y-belle was not to be left out with many sailing and motor trips around the estuary including those for wedding anniversaries and birthdays. She was well pleased with her starring appearance in the BBC Coast Programme.
Both boats are now out of the water, scrubbed, cleaned, and getting ship shape for next year when bookings already include the Lundy Race and a trip to the Scillies, with another pending.
We look forward to the new season; we hope you will come sailing with us. Remember the boats will be back in the water around the 1st April. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Anyone with sailing experience is welcome to come down to 'Obby 'Orse on May 1st. We will go down the day before and back to day after but tide times will mean some night time sailing. Patron is also available for the Clovelly Folk Festival 4th-6th May where you will be guaranteed a 'birds-eye' view.
If you have any ideas or times when you would like to go out, just let me know and I will see how I can help.

Scottish Seabird Centre
www.seabird.org
The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS. 01620 890202.
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, �4.50 for children and �5.95 for concessions. Book tickets online in advance at www.seabird.org.
January
Puffin Club - Weekends and holidays, 14:00-15:00, FREE - Fun 'make and do' sessions for kids age 4 to 8.
Nature Photography Awards exhibition. To Feb 2012, opening hours, FREE. Vote for your favourite out of our shortlist for the sixth annual Photography Awards.
Russell Childs exhibition. To 31 Jan, opening hours, FREE. Beautiful wildlife by a local photographer, with all framed photographs for sale.
Storytime by the Sea. 6 Jan, 14:00, FREE. Kids can snuggle down for stories by the sea - ideal for age 2 to 5.
Wild About Art: Feed the Birds. 15 Jan, 14:00-16:00, FREE. Use natural and recycled materials to make some tasty garden decorations, ideal for hungry winter birds. Drop-in kids session with Alchemy Arts.

Gerrards Cross Sailing Association (GXSA)
www.gxsa.org.uk
Wednesday January 11th, Jeremy Batch, From Galileo to Galileo - A History of Navigation
Regular attendees will recall Jeremy's previous excellent talks on the Lee Valley and the History of Docklands which not only had compelling well researched historical content, but also made stunning use of PowerPoint.
This time Jeremy will tell us about the history of navigation from the time of Galileo (1564-1642) "The founder of modern Astronomy" to today's Galileo - the new European Satellite navigation system.
This will be a most interesting, informative and enjoyable talk and a perfect introduction to our Spring 2012 programme. We look forward to seeing you there.
19:45 for 20:15 at the Memorial Centre. Visitors welcome.
Wednesday January 18th, Charles Sandison, The Sydney Hobart Race - Father and Sons
Charles will describe some of the background to the race, its preparation and build up before the start as well as the event itself.
He sailed with four friends and four sons in a chartered Beneteau First 47.7 down the east coast of Australia across the Bass Strait to Hobart in Tasmania.
In 2006 the weather was inclement. Large number of yachts retired.
Charles has sailed all his life, is a long time member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and has raced extensively offshore He now cruises his 43 ft catamaran, sailing round Britain in 2006 and later to the Mediterranean.
Gerrards Cross memorial centre bar opens 19:45 for 20:00 talk.
Wednesday January 25th, James and Carol Littlewood, Arcticulating Bear - Paddington to the Arctic
Members will recall James's excellent talk two years ago on his two year cruise to the Baltic. The following year he was to attempt a return voyage from Suffolk to the Norwegian Fiords and promised to come and tell us about his experiences if he made it to the Arctic Circle.
He did - and here is the talk.
Stories of wonderful scenery, clear light, empty moorings and lots of encounters normally denied to most south and east coast yachtsmen.
As ever James' and Carol's presentation will be superb showing their Moody Eclipse 38 "Paddington IV" at her best. If you don't make it to this talk, you will be missing a dream.
19:45 for 20:15 at the Memorial Centre. Visitors welcome.
GXSA Spring Programme 2012
The committee of GXSA is pleased to announce the weekly programme of talks for the Spring of 2012.
You will see that our first speaker on January 11th is Jeremy Batch. Jeremy has addressed GXSA twice before and on each occasion gave an excellent well researched and prepared presentation. This time he will be talking on the history of navigation to the present day. We do hope that you will be able to find time to join us.
The remainder of the programme has talks covering a wide range of nautical topics. When you have a moment, please review it and select those talks of particular interest. Even as a non member of the Association, you will be given a warm welcome should you decide to visit us.
Meantime, may we wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and good sailing in 2012.

Arrow Yacht Enterprises
www.sail-help.co.uk
Sticky's MailSplat for September 2011
Trans-Atlantic
I have been asked to help in the delivery of a 72' ketch to Cartagena in Colombia. 12 berths are available and the outline plan is:
Leg 1 Plymouth to La Coruna 530M
Leg 2 La Coruna to Canary Islands 1140M
Leg 3 Canaries to St Vincent 3010
Leg 4 St Vincent to Cartagena 1032M
All distances are approximate, departure late 2011 or early 2012. I will be putting out full details after my return from Malta next month, but if you are interested please send me a missile!
Theory Courses
I am running theory courses over the winter months as follows:
Day Skipper 26/27 Nov, 17/18 Dec, 21/22 Jan 2012
Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore 3/4 Dec, 7/8 Jan, 11/12 Feb 2012
Courses will be run either here in Cheltenham, or in the Solent area or where you wish if you can produce a quorum of four.
I shall be running, on demand, VHF radio courses (short range certificate) and also the Yachtmaster Ocean theory course. Please email me if interested.

Hobbs of Henley
www.hobbsofhenley.com
Hobbs of Henley Winter Newsletter
Welcome to our winter newsletter.
Here at Hobbs, winter remains a busy time for us, not so much out on the water, but more in the office where we take time to plan our cruises and events to ensure that we offer a wide variety of cruises to suit everyone. Whilst going through the calender this year, it occurred to me that 2012 really is going to be an amazing year; celebrating the Queen's Jubilee, 2012 Olympic Games as well as all our fantastic festivals in Henley and much, much more besides.
Last year we launched our new website and to ensure that we keep up to date, we've got some new developments planned for the coming months, which we are particularly excited about and will be announcing in our next newsletter!
We've put together some new cruises which are available to look at in more detail on our website, along with some super offers on mid week charters.
Our competition winner for our Santa Cruises was 2� year old Archie Burgess who won a Santa Cruise family ticket! Our Santa Cruises were a sell out and, due to popular demand, will be back again in 2012. The Henley Standard are currently running a competition for a chance to win two tickets to our Mother's Day Cruise. Pick up your copy before Thursday to enter!
In December, The Living Advent Calender was launched in Henley and was a new initiative set up by Julia Perigo from The Henley Partnership. The main aim was to raise money for various charities whilst raising the profile of local businesses. Throughout December, a special act would be behind the 'advent window' which was kept secret until their particular act was opened. We were privileged to take part in this event and we welcomed the Ladies GB rowing team aboard The New Orleans to sing carols. The boat was bursting at the seams with people who were welcomed on board with mulled wine and mince pies and there was a fantastic festive feeling by the end of the evening. The event was such a success that plans are already in place for Christmas 2012!
As we move forward to Spring, we are looking forward to getting back out on the river, with the sun on our backs and simply enjoying the water.




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