Zipping around estuaries and calm shorelines on a stand-up paddleboard gives you a seal’s eye view of the seaside and, if you’re now looking to invest in your own equipment, an inflatable EZ Board SUP offers good value as well as easy transportation. The board, which measures 10ft 6 inch long x 32 inch wide x 4.7 inch thick, gives optimum buoyancy for users weighing between 60kg to 100kg. It’s made from multiple layers of PVC, drop stitched for strength and durability, and comes with all the kit – double action pump to blow it up, a leash, repair kit and backpack, plus an action cam mounting point and kayak seat attachment points. The adult size board costs £219.99 and there’s also a child’s version available, the 9’ EZ Board, which is priced at £199.99 (Explore the options: ezshopper.co.uk).
Lady in waiting
New to the fleet of classic boats in Charlestown Harbour this spring is Lady Daphne, a 1923 Thames Sailing Barge that once served the china clay industry from this very harbour and nearby Fowey. The arrival of Lady Daphne further supports Charlestown Harbour’s mission to reclaim itself as a hub for maritime heritage, helping to preserve classic vessels and create new opportunities for people to get on the water, enjoy sailing and learn about Cornwall’s maritime history. The harbour team, alongside Lady Daphne’s owners, are putting together an exciting programme of events and workshops – including pop-up theatre performances, cinema nights and family-friendly educational experiences – to encourage visitors to come aboard and explore. For more information, see charlestownharbour.com/lady_daphne/
Fancy a stint in Chichester?
Premier Marine Lodges’ R750 ‘Little Stint’ is a one-of-a-kind contemporary classic craft that’s currently on the market. With 750 sq ft of living space comprising two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and lounge opening out onto a large balcony/decking area, you’ll find all the best aspects of land and water living together here. Sitting in Chichester Marina, it has access to a private garden so you’ll have green space, as well as the water. The guide price is £375,000, for more, go to premiermarinelodges.co.uk/boat/little-stint.
Marine safety equipment specialist Ocean Safety has announced it will be sponsoring the 2022 edition of [email protected]. Focusing on the commercial high speed marine sector, [email protected] will take place on Monday 20 June at Cowes Yacht Haven on the Isle of Wight. Ocean Safety will be showcasing products from its commercial range, as well as giving live demonstrations of its lifesaving equipment to delegates. The company will also be exhibiting at the main Seawork show at Mayflower Park in Southampton, 21-23 June – find them on stand B45 in Hall 2. For more information, see seawork.com.
A harbour holiday
Experience the tranquillity of a tidal harbour when not out at sea, with a stay at Thornham Marina in Chichester Harbour. Two floating high-spec ‘Arks’, Seabreeze and Samphire, are ideal for a luxurious, romantic getaway for two – they each have a kitchenette, en-suite shower room, Freeview TV, mood lighting, a music surround system, and your own private deck to enjoy your complimentary breakfast. Walk around Thorney Island and you might be lucky enough to see seals. Bring kayaks or paddleboards and get out onto the water from the slipway at high tide, or if cycling is more your thing, head along the coast or up to the South Downs for amazing views. Prices start from £135 per night, rising to £260 per night, depending on the season. All bookings are on a minimum two-night stay basis. See thornhammarina.com/boat-stay for more info.
Be part of the #boatgen
Marina operator Boatfolk and charity the Andrew Simpson Foundation are working together to inspire children to become a boating generation. The #boatgen campaign aims to bring young boaters together and give them all the tools they need to start having fun afloat. From training for beginners to the opportunity to meet and inspire other like-minded young sailors, the goal is to build skills and confidence, on and off the water. Know someone this would appeal to? There’s bound to be a sailing or watersports event near them – you’ll find Boatfolk marinas in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Find out more at boatfolk.co.uk/boatgen/boatgen-activities.
See Norfolk from the water
Inject adventure into a stay on the North Norfolk coast with a privately chartered RIB from Morston Quay. Tour options include sunrise wildlife-spotting along the coast to Salthouse and family picnic trips to Wells-next-the-Sea. A travel photographer by trade, skipper Ian Aitken also has plenty of tips for those keen to capture spectacular shots of the scenery (£250/90-min charter, up to 5 passengers, ages 6+. doglegcharters.co.uk).
Go deep on the Dart
Set on the eastern bank of the River Dart a few minutes from Dartmouth, Noss on Dart marina offers easy access to some of the most beautiful anchorages and ports in Devon. Now, as part of Premier Marinas’ £75m ongoing redevelopment programme, there is an opportunity to secure one of just two 25m deep-water berths for larger yachts too. ‘The floating marina was completed last summer and we’re delighted to now offer these deep-water berths, which are extremely rare on the River Dart,’ said Andy Osman CMM, general manager. Both berths will be on D Pontoon – two spaces on a run of pontoon measuring approximately 100m long. For information on berthing at Noss on Dart, call 01489 884060, or go to premiermarinas.com.
Team work leads to must-haves from Musto
Leading performance clothing brand Musto has renewed its agreement as official clothing supplier to the British Sailing Team for another four years. The right kit plays a vital role in any sport, and the British Sailing Team – the most successful Olympic sailing team of all time – worked closely with Musto in developing its Spring/Summer 2022 dinghy collection. The brand has also teamed up with British pro kite-boarder Tom Court, who will be a lifestyle ambassador for the company and wear Musto gear when competing. For sailing kit for all of your own adventures, head to musto.com.
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