Saturday 6th July dawned bright at a balmy 20 degrees - with blue sky’s it was perfect weather for our RYA Active Marina Ladies Day. Eight brave ladies (Yvonne, Caroline, Susan, Sue, Susanna, Pamela, Ann & Gwenllian) from Portishead Quays Marina had signed up for an exciting and exhilarating day afloat with our expert instructors - Kath, Jake and Hannah.
Boat ownership is all about freedom and having fun. For the early May Bank Holiday 2019 18 motor and sailing vessels set sail from Portishead Quays Marina to Penarth Quays Marina on a Cruise In Company as part of the RYA Active Marina Programme.
The cruise in company saw 12 motor boats and 6 yachts set sail on a staggered start on Saturday morning to head out into The King Road and down the Bristol Channel to Cardiff. It was a little lumpy on leaving through the Portishead Lock Gates, straight into a disappointing Northerly wind blowing at F4 with some strong gusts. Once around the breakwater heading down wind with an ebb tide the conditions flattened off a little. There were around 50 people on board the fleet along and 4 furry friends (all wearing lifejackets!) with 2 U18s – the youngest Ollie Potter at just 5 months old and Harry at 14 ably assisting his Dad on Jenny Wren! The fleet was a mixture of vessels from the smallest “Doctor’s Orders” (a 6.2 small fisher), a range of motor and sailing yachts through to the largest “Gracie” and “Liberty” at 50ft.
An introduction to weather for all yachtsmen and women. This 3 hour session will cover weather sources, where our weather comes from, understanding the inshore waters and shipping forecast and an introduction to synoptic charts. We will also review the wide range of on-line weather sources and provide some recommendations on great weather apps for your smart phones/tablets. We have a special offer on if you buy one you get one half price – Just £30 for 2 students!
This session will be an interactive session using practical activities to learn about how our weather is formed and even let students have a go at doing a weather forecast. To book your session click here.This session will be held at our Training Centre in Portishead. and will offer students the opportunity to ask any questions about weather forecasting and how they can make the weather forecast work for them. This 3 hour session is just £20 a head.
This session is an interactive hands-on session using our extensive range of Imray and Admiralty charts – you’ll be plotting positions using portland plotters and dividers in no time at all.
Portishead Quays Marina invites you to Carols on the Quay Wednesday 17th December, 20:30 come & join us for festive music and carols.
Oceans Galley will be open and serving hot drinks and tasty treats.
We look forward to seeing you.
Our 2015 Programme is now online click here for more details – we will be posting each session/workshop to our blog so make sure you subscribe to keep up to date!
The RYA’s Active Marina Programme is designed to help you get more out of life with your boat. Our programme encourages and supports increased berth holder activity, for Portishead Quays Marina Berth Holders through a programme of training, cruising and social opportunities. If you are new to Active Marina and want to know more click here for more details