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Pure Adventure
Pure Adventure Christmas Voucher Offer
Christmas Special!
Not sure what to get them this year? Let them choose their own adventure..
Pure Adventure is offering 50% off activity sessions bought as a Christmas gift voucher to be used in 2013.
This offer is for one month only, and it finishes Christmas Eve. In order to purchase the special 50% off festive vouchers, you will need to follow this link:, and enter the Christmas promotional code - XMAS12 - on the order summary page.
If you would like your voucher printed and posted with our Pure Adventure Christmas card, just select the First Class postage option rather than email.
Vouchers can be used toward any Pure Adventure Activity, providing a fun and unique experience!!!
Buying a gift has never been so easy.
Visit our website to purchase this special voucher which you can have emailed or posted to you.

Bridlington Sailing Coble
Work on Three Brothers, Bridlington's 1912 sailing coble, has started well. The Preservation Society handed over a cheque for �20,000 recently and the Harbour Commissioners have bought timbers to repair the vessel. Yesterday, the first new plank was fitted to the vessel. Thanks for your interest. Mike Wilson

Hobbs of Henley
Hobbs of Henley Autumn Newsletter
Welcome to our Autumn newsletter.
Well what a year and we haven't even reached the end yet! Where do I start? Since I last wrote our newsletter so much has happened it's been like a whirlwind, what with the Queen's Jubilee, River Pageant, Henley Regattta and Festival, Olympic Torch and then the Olympics itself! So lots to tell you all about.
The weather leading up to Henley Royal Regatta and Festival was probably the wettest we have experienced! Despite the weather trying it's very best to play havoc with these events and nearly cancelling the Regatta due to the river being so high after a record rainfall, the show did go on and all our bookings were able to go ahead and in true British style we didn't let the rain spoil things!
Then the sun (in true Rewind Festival style) came out again! This was one of the hottest and busiest weekends Henley has seen in a long time as 80's revivalists flooded into Henley to attend the 80's music festival. Again, this year, we were fortunate to be the official river taxi provider to and from the Festival. This worked so well again, transporting the thousands of people safely to and from the site. We look forward to welcoming the festival back next year.
Moving into the Autumn we are busy re designing our new look 2013 brochure and planning our next years events and public cruises - (one to watch out for is the Elvis Cruises) We will also be craning the boats out of the water very shortly for their winter makeover! Early next year I will be re vamping our website altogether to give it a much more modern, sleeker look! A big challenge but one I am really looking forward to - keep a look out for this!
This then takes us on to Christmas. Here at Hobbs of Henley we have something for everyone this Christmas. Whether you are looking for that special family cruise or a good knees up we have that perfect Christmas Cruise (
I would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you for reading our Newsletter and showing an interest in our business. We wish you all a very happy Autumn.
Did you know....?
The total length of the river Thames is 215 miles.
- There are 104 bridges over the river Thames.
- More than 100 species of fish have been found in the river Thames.
- The deepest part of the river Thames is the mouth which is in-between Kent and Essex.
October's offer!
We have a special offer for you! Book the Hibernia by 31st May 2013 for an evening charter then we will give you a 20% off the charter fee (not including food, beverages or entertainment)!! This offer lasts until Friday 21st December 2012.
Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant
To commemorate the Queen's Jubilee we were so hugely privileged to have her Majesty the Queen visit Henley back in June. A Royal River Pageant was organised in the Queen's honour and we were very excited that the 'Enchantress' and 'The New Orleans' were invited to take part in it. Her Majesty and his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh watched on from the Henley Business School whilst the Pageant proceeded past them, this was then followed by a Diamond Jubilee Garden Party.It really was a sensational day and the sun even paid us a visit!
Tuesday 10th July 2012
July saw the Olympic Torch pass through Henley but not just did it pass through the town it also took to the water courtesy of Sir Steve Redgrave who did a very special row past with the torch in hand! It was wonderful to see so many people take to the streets and river to come out and watch the torch make its journey through Henley. It was especially lovely to see all the children who had been granted special leave from their schools to witness this once in a life time occasion.
Hobbs at the Olympics!
We are finally able to announce publically our involvement with the rowing at Dorney Lake during the Olympics this summer. We were fortunate enough to be the river company of choice to ferry the rowing Olympians from Oakley Court (the Hotel they and their coaching team were staying in throughout the Olympics) to Dorney Lake. Our staff were based there from 6am every day until 7pm at night making sure the rowers and their coaching team were delivered safely by river in time for their races. It was an honour for us (and especially the staff invloved) to be involved with such an amazing event especially when our success this Olympics has been phenomenal! To view more amazing pictures please visit our facebook page ( : (perhaps you could like us whilst you are there!! )
Magic and mince pies!
Set sail to see Santa! Our Santa Cruises are back once again due to popular demand. The ever popular 'Fred in the Shed' will be adding some magic to the children's entertainment.These cruises proved to be hugely popular in previous years so do book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our website ( for more details, or contact us on 01491 572 035 to book tickets.
Party in style for the festive season as our Christmas Party Nights are back this year and are becoming more and more popular for smaller groups to have a shared Christmas Party Night out.This year we've put together a real cracker of a night out for you with a delicious buffet, festive disco and a complimentary glass of wine.If this sounds like your kind of night, then please visit our website ( ( for more information and look out for a competition coming soon in The Henley Standard giving away free tickets for this cruise.
BBC South Today
Jonathan and Tony Hobbs were interviewed by BBC South Today in July about our wonderful Umpire Launch the 'Enchantress' in the lead up to the Torch Relay coming to Henley. The Enchantress followed Sir Steve Redgrave as he carried the torch along the river. Please click here ( to see the interview.
Henley is a digital trailblazer!
Following a recent survey conducted by Google, Henley was named a digital trailblazer in social media! I was interviewed after we were recommended by Julie Perigo from the Henley Partnership as being one local business in Henley that used social media effectively. This is a wonderful compliment as we are continually trying to utilise online media to the best of our ability and to raise as much business awareness.

GXSA (Gerrards Cross Sailing Association)
GXSA Talk - Wednesday January 30th - Helen Johnson - On Top of the World - Studying the Arctic Ocean
Dr Helen Johnson is a research scientist and lecturer at the Department of Earth Science at Oxford, specialising in ocean circulation and its role in the changing global climate. The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is a crucial gateway that connects the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic. Her talk will describe, with superb photographs, some recent expeditions to the region and the active research programme in Oxford aimed in improving our understanding of the ocean circulation in the Arctic and its impact on global climate change. Members will recall some recent stunning, thought provoking talks on oceanography at GXSA. Helen's contribution will be a wonderful addition to these and a certain hit with both sailors and those obsessed with scientific curiosity. Be there - this talk will be too good to miss.
GXSA Talk Wednesday January 23rd - Nigel Thomas - From Sadler to Starlight
Nigel is President of the Sadler and Starlight Owners Association, a past Chairman of GXSA, and a yachtmaster instructor. He has been involved with Sadler yachts since their inception in 1974 and is familiar with all aspects of the 'Sadler Story' from the early Sadler 25s, right up to the Sadler Starlight and Barracuda designs (used in the TV soap "Howard's Way"). GXSA members will be familiar with Sadler yachts - indeed many own or have owned one. They have all proved to be fast, safe, well designed and well built - often used by sailing schools. They are now considered to be classic cruising yachts of significant merit having achieved many well documented passages. Sadler Starlights ('Stella Maris' above) are regularly seen in the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers). The Sadler Story is one of entrepreneurship, vision and tenacity. If you have a keen interest in yachting, or just interested to learn about setting up successful small businesses, this is a talk not to be missed.
GXSA Talk Wednesday January 16th - Ray Bridges - 'A Caribbean Experience'
In Spring 2009, Ray chairman of GXSA made a transatlantic crossing from Tenerife to Grenada in his yacht 'Sonar', pictured above. Afterwards he set up a more permanent base in Southern Grenada in a small marina/hotel - ' Le Phare Bleu ' which he has used as a base to explore some of the Caribbean's most spectacular cruising grounds. In this talk Ray will share some of his adventures in visiting over twenty five different anchorages spread over the 500 nm between Grenada and the British Virgin Islands. Judging by Ray's talk in Spring 2011 on his passage from Tenerife to Grenada, this evening will be very informative and illustrated with superb photos; well worth the effort of putting on that overcoat and braving our winter weather.
GXSA Talk Wednesday January 9th, Doina Cornell - 'Child of the Sea'
At the age of seven, Doina's Romanian father Jimmy fulfilled a dream and took his family Diona, Gwenda and Ivan cruising around the world for the next seven years. 'Child of the Sea' is Diona's story of how that dream became reality. Her talk which is colourfully illustrated by photos, films and music, paints an intimate portrait of family life onboard a small yacht in the late 1970s, a bygone era of low-tech cruising. On the tightest of budgets, the family led an unbelievably rich life of experiences, travelling far off the beaten track to Pacific islands few yachts visit even now. The book also tells of the difficulties Doina had in settling back into teenage life in England and being accepted by her peers. Subsequently, Doina studied international history at the LSE and spent a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. After finishing her studies she worked with her parents on international sailing events and researched Jimmy's first World Cruising Handbook. She also managed the successful website for cruising sailors. Diona is now working extensively on one of Jimmy's latest projects - 'Blue Planet Odyssey'. She now lives in Gloucestershire with her husband Julius and two children, teaches in a primary school and is a local councillor. This will be a fascinating and memorable talk and a wonderful opportunity to combat the 'The January Blues'.

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