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February


Scudamores Punting Company
www.punting.co.uk
Valentines' Punts 2012
From Friday 10th to Saturday 18th February, we are offering couples a special rate for a private chauffeured punt to celebrate Valentine's Day. Tours last 30 minutes and include a long-stemmed red rose.
This tour must be pre-booked no less than 48 hours in advance. Booking slots are available on demand, from 10:00 until 19:00 each day. Tours after dusk are lit by the soft glow of Chinese lanterns.
Bookings can be made by phone, email or online. This tour can only be taken from our Mill Lane station.
Rates:
The price below is for a private chauffeured punt for two along the College Backs, with blankets, hot water bottles and a complimentary red rose.
Weekdays before 17:00: �65.00.
Weekdays 17:00 onwards and weekends: �75.00.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Please note: this service must be pre-booked in advance and is not available on-station.

Poole Sailing Ltd
www.poolesailing.co.uk
New year, New Look and New Management
Happy New Year!
The New Year brings change for many and this year that includes Poole Sailing! Mike Riley who has been running the business since its inception in 2004 has finally decided to retire properly and hand over the reins to current Chief Instructor, Rob Gibson. Rob and his wife Kate will take over the day to day running of the business which will entail a new first choice phone number; 07966 155 716 and Postal Address; 29 LULWORTH AVENUE, POOLE, BH15 4DQ. All other details remain the same and Rob and his team of first class instructors will continue to provide the same range of Courses and Sailing Events as before. We are taking this opportunity to update our website. Hopefully you will approve of the changes in style and layout while appreciating that apart from a shuffling of the pages and words, the content remains the same. Poole Sailing remains dedicated to providing you with top quality tuition and Sailing Events in a relaxed and friendly manner!
SPECIAL OFFER!
To show our appreciation to our existing students, and to get the new season off to a flying start we are offering a 15% discount on the following early season courses to those of you on our current client list. Plus friends and family if you want to bring them along.
5-Day Navigation Theory Course, 6th to 10th February.
1-Day Boat Handling Course, 19th February.
5-Day Practical Cruising Course, 20th to 24th February.
3-Day Practical Cruising Course, 26th to 27th February.
2-Day Practical Cruising Course, 3rd and 4th March.
All of us at Poole Sailing thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you all soon!
We have published a winter programme which includes our popular Boat Handling and Sail Trim courses, based on Rob Gibson's books, as well as RYA shore based courses through to March 2012.
If you have any preference for any training events or extended cruises next year perhaps you could let us have some dates which best suit you and we will try to accommodate them in our 2012 programme, which is currently being compiled. A 10% discount will be given for any event booked before the end of November this year.
Finally, don't forget that discounts are available for families of four or more and gift vouchers can be purchased as presents for special occasions.

Gerrards Cross Sailing Association (GXSA)
www.gxsa.org.uk
Wednesday February 29th, Ken Endean, Scilly Pleasures and Precautions
Ken Endean is a well known author and contributor to Yachting Monthly. His book "Channel Havens - The Secret Inlets and secluded anchorages of the Channel" continues to get excellent reviews. This talk will be about how to navigate around and between the Scilly Islands, how to stay safe when the weather is bad and how to enjoy ourselves when the weather is good. You've read the YM articles, now meet the author. Come and join us, it should be a fascinating and informative evening.
19:45 for 20:15 at the GX Memorial Centre. Visitors welcome.
Wednesday February 22nd, Gordon Tripp, Admiral Fitzroy - The First Head of the Met Office
Long known as simply as "The man who sailed Charles Darwin round the world in the Beagle". Admiral Fitzroy was in actuality far more - he was a remarkable Victorian, sailor and meteorologist and known to us all as the man whose name appears on barometers and mentioned regularly in the shipping forecasts. Gordon Tripp, acknowledged lecturer and meteorologist will enlighten us with all the details.
19:45 for 20:15 at the GX Memorial Centre. Visitors welcome.
Wednesday February 15th, Peter Rutter, Racing and the RORC (Royal Ocean Yacht Club)
Peter Rutter is a former commodore of the RORC and winner of the 2011 IRC National Championships title. He has run a series of very successful racing boats with the name of "Quokka". Peter will be talking about the role of the RORC in organising both racing and, yacht safety. This latter benefited much from the experiences of the 79 Fastnet. Peter will also give us some "go faster" tips which he has learnt over his many years of unsurpassed racing experience. He asks "Are all racing men mad?". His answer of course is definitely not, but sometimes, it just seems that way! You needn't spend Wednesday evenings on the weather rail to enjoy yourself - instead, keep dry and come along to this stimulating and informative talk.
19:45 for 20:15 at the GX Memorial Centre. Visitors welcome.
Wednesday February 8th, John Hazell, The Last Blue Water Rally
Just over two years ago, John and his friend bought a boat Fai Tira with the intention of sailing round the world. They took part in what ended up as "the last Blue Rally" specifically designed for cruising sailors. His cruise was prematurely ended by Pirate activity in the Indian Ocean. He will talk about his near circumnavigation, his various crew, the many problems overcome and the final difficulties due to the pirates. His blog describes a huge number of interesting and fascinating places which he visited, and the people he met, all amply illustrated with wonderful photographs. This should be a memorable evening and a perfect antidote to a chilly winter evening. 19:45 for 20:15 at the GX Memorial Centre. Visitors welcome.
Wednesday February 1st, Anna Hickman, Recent Marine Science Discoveries
Dr Anna Hickman, research fellow from the University of Southampton and the Challenger Society for Marine Science, will give an insight into some of the most remarkable recent discoveries in marine science. Researchers have crossed ocean basins and explored depths of more than 2000m, while others focus on life in a cup of seawater. These have unveiled new species and made important discoveries into how the seas and oceans affect our everyday lives. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the on-going discoveries of "serious science" and to meet one of the cutting edge researchers who are making these possible. 19:45 for 20:15 at the GX Memorial Centre. Visitors welcome.

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.
February
Nature Photography Awards exhibition. To 4 March 2012, opening hours, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Until early February see the shortlisted entries for the sixth annual Nature Photography Awards. From 10 February, the winners will be unveiled!
Mini Makers. Weekends, 14:00-15:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Fun 'make and do' sessions for kids age 4 to 8.
Walking with Birds with the RSPB. 8 February - Linlithgow. Contact Eppie Sweeney on 0131 445 4379.
Stories of the Sea. 16 February, 19:00-21:00. Tickets �7/�6 (kids & concessions) to be purchased in advance from the Centre or by calling 01620 890202. Suitable for age 8+. Treasures of stories and songs from Scotland's seashores. Learn about the real Selkie of Sule Skerrie from the hearthside of Marion MacRae, based on traditional music, song and story as told by Singer Storyteller Lea Taylor. Hear haunting songs and stories of the sea accompanied by renowned clarsach player and storyteller Heather Yule. An innovative performance guaranteed to delight, enthral and entrance - not to be missed.
Walking with Birds with the RSPB. 18 February - Musselburgh. Contact Margaret Harrison on 01506 844 580.
Scottish Seabird Centre Walking with Birds. 22 February - Musselburgh. Contact Tony and Ann Elger on 01620 842 525.




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