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    Edith May Trading Company
    Edith May Tea Room
    The barge is now fully 'winterised' and the Tea Room is open for business from today (Sat 22nd) and then every Thursday-Sunday, 1030-1600 throughout winter. We look forward to welcoming many of you aboard.
    Valentine's Night aboard 'Edith May'
    Following last years greatly oversubscribed event, there will now be two evenings at Valentine's, on Saturday 11th and Tuesday 14th February. Couples enjoy a 3 course meal, prepared by our former House of Commons chef, whilst being serenaded by the romantic sounds of Tessa Billington's harp. Please follow the link for further information -
    'Folk Fortnight'
    Three fantastic bands are booked to perform aboard the barge beginning with 'Skinners Rats' on Sat 25th Feb, 'The Bubbleband' on Sat 3rd March and 'Moveable Feast' on Sat 10th March. More information available at
    Buy tickets for these evenings by email, telephone or online -
    'Folk Fortnight' 25/2-10/3
    Three great music nights are lined up for the next couple of weeks, with the 'Skinners Rats' kicking things off this Saturday. The fortnight culminates on Saturday 10th March with 'Moveable Feast', a London based band with talented front man, Mitch Feral. Hatches open 1845hrs, music starts 1930hrs. Tickets �10. Available to buy online (, by phone (01634 365343) or by email.

    Poole Windsurfing
    Top Windsurfing Tips & News - 31/03/2012
    Olympic Windsurfer Bryony Shaw - Exclusive Video Training Diary
    The Olympics are almost upon us and one of our best hopes for a gold medal could be from windsurfing ace, Bryony Shaw. In the build up to the big event Bryony is making a series of video training diaries to document the training & preparation she will go through to get herself ready for Olympic Gold. Here at Poole Windsurfing - Top Tips & Latest News, we have been offered exclusive access to Bryony's video diaries before her sponsors release them to the public.
    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is proud to be sponsoring the bright new hope of British windsurfing, Bryony Shaw. As the sport's first ever British woman contender, she raced to Bronze in Beijing in 2008. And as London 2012 fast approaches, she's aiming even higher, for gold.
    Of course, with rigorous training well under way for her Olympic success, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles supplied her a Transporter kombi to help ferry her and all her gear around. This first video follows her on a training day ahead of her busy summer schedule.
    Why not get yourself into windsurfing this summer?
    The best place to start is with one of our beginners windsurfing lessons. With lessons & training, one day it could be you going for gold and driving around in a nice Transporter kombi!
    Things To Do In Poole - Including Bonus 5 Free Activities
    1. Take Windsurfing Lessons at UK's No1 Spot with the Poole Windsurfing School. When looking for things to do in Poole, holiday makers and locals often forget that they can take windsurfing lessons and learn how to windsurf at the UK's No1 spot, Poole Harbour. It is just around the corner from the popular tourist destination of Bournemouth and being the second largest natural harbour in the world, with a designated area for watersports, it really is the UK's No1 Spot to learn to windsurf.
    2. Take a trip out to Brownsea Island. The Brownsea Island Scout camp is recognised as being the world's first Scout camp, the event being regarded as the real origin of the worldwide Scout movement. Described by presenter, Bill Oddie as "the best place for seeing wildlife in Dorset". You can see Sika deer, wading birds and the elusive red squirrel. There is lots for the kids with 'wildlife tracker packs', trails, and a range of exciting events and activities. Find out more on the National Trust Brownsea Island webpage. Escape the hustle and bustle of Poole & Bournemouth, wandering through the woodland, heathland, wetland and shoreline of Brownsea Island. Many special events are on offer throughout the year including the popular Open Air Theatre, activity weekends and guided walks. Boat Services are available from Poole Quay and Sandbanks Jetty, boat trips also run from Bournemouth Pier. The Island is open daily to the public from 24th March - 4th November 2012.
    3. Hire a traditional beach hut. Take to the beach in style by hiring a beach hut in Poole and be a part of a great British tradition. You can't get a more traditional thing to do in Poole! The latest news is that Poole Borough Council have recently built 22 brand new beach huts at Branksome Chine. They have stunning views across Poole's award winning beaches and are available to hire on a weekly basis between April and September.
    4. Find something for everyone at the Tower Park Complex. For those days where the whole family just needs a bit of entertainment, Tower Park has it all. Attractions include a 10 screen multiplex cinema to bingo, bowling and a water park with 12 of the UK's craziest indoor and outdoor rides.
    5. Stroll through Compton Acres - the South's Finest Privately Owned Historic Gardens. Built in 1924, Compton Acres is a wonderful example of a historic garden in the UK. It is of late Victorian Mixed Style design with seven distinct gardens to wander around and enjoy, including the famous Italian and Japanese Gardens. Having undergone extensive refurbishment over the past 8 years, Compton Acres is now highly regarded as one of the most important historic gardens in England. As well as its beautiful ten acres of gardens, there are two cafes, shops and a specialist Plant Centre. Special events such as pony rides and an Easter egg hunt are also held throughout the year. As an addition or backup to the above we have also compiled a list from our insider local knowledge of the top 5 free things to do in Poole! Incorporate some or all of the following free Poole tourist activities and you can justify one or two of the great paid for experiences, such as windsurfing lessons at the Poole Windsurfing School.
    Top 5 Free Things To Do In Poole
    1. Walk around the famous Sandbanks Peninsular. Walk around Poole Harbour and the world famous Sandbanks peninsular, taking in both the natural scenery and a sneaky peak at the 4th most expensive property in the world. Many of the rich and famous have houses on the Sandbanks peninsular and a leisurely walk is the best way to get a glimpse of how the other half live! You can stop off at Sandbanks beach for on-route refreshments and a dip in the sea to cool your feet.
    2. Spend a day or an evening at Poole Quay. Spending some time at Poole Quay is a great free activity to do during your visit to Poole. You can sit in one of the many restaurants or bars and watch the yachts come and go in the marina and Poole Harbour. Poole Quay is also home to the most famous super yacht manufacturer in the world, Sunseeker. You can see the latest luxury and performance super yachts been fitted out and prepared for delivery around the world!
    Every Thursday in July on Poole Quay from 7pm check out the 'Summer Breeze with Fireworks on the Quay' where you can enjoy live music, street entertainment, family activities, special themed nights and a fantastic fireworks finale at 10 pm. In August Summer Breeze on the Beach then takes place at Shore Road Beach, Sandbanks every Thursday. If you are visiting Poole between the months of May and August, Friday evenings herald the return of "Quay for my Car" on Poole Quay, kicking off at 6pm. There are shows for everything from VW Beetles to Porsches. The Poole View website has a list of 'Quay for my Car' dates and the type of cars that will be shown.
    3. Cycle the famous 7 mile stretch of Poole & Bournemouth beaches. If you want to see the famous 7 miles of golden sand beaches then taking to 2 wheels is a smart way to get around. Cruise along the promenade towards the famous Sandbanks beach and if you are feeling adventurous, over the chain ferry and into the Purbecks. In the other direction you can go all the way to Hengistbury Head and even take a land train from there to Christchurch Harbour.
    4. Browse Poole's Weekly Farmers Market and Street Market. Every Thursday between 9am and 2pm Poole's Farmers Market is held in Falkland Square. You will find the best local and free range products brought to you by the Farmers, Nurserymen, Bakers and Pie Makers who breed, grow and make their own produce. The Farmers Market is held in Falkland Square, outside the Dolphin Centre. There is also Poole's Weekly Street Market every Thursday & Saturday between approximately 9am and 5pm along Poole High Street from Lagland Street/North Street to Old Orchard. The market offers something for everyone at great prices.
    5. Swim in the Sea at Sandbanks. Make the most of Poole's natural wonderland by enjoying a relaxing swim at one of the five gently sheltered beaches, including Sandbanks - winner of more Blue Flags than any UK resort - with soft golden sands, raked and cleaned all year round. "Under a blazing sun, Sandbanks, on it's gradually sloping peninsula, felt more like Miami's South Beach" Daily Express.
    Enjoy your stay - you certainly won't run out of things to do in Poole!
    Windsurfing Legends - Philip K�ster
    Young windsurfing sensation, Philip K�ster is firmly placed to become a great windsurfing legend. His amazing results in the PWA Wave Tour, winning every single event he entered in the past season, have won him the title of PWA World Champion and a place as one of our 'windsurfing legends'.
    Growing up literally on the doorstep of world class windsurfing at Vargas in Gran Canaria, Spain, with his parents running a windsurfing school, you can see why he has become a windsurfing legend at such an early age. Learning from the age of 8, he would windsurf every day, already hitting the biggest waves he could find! This explains why he has become a master of windsurfing 'airtime' and the leading contender for mastering the triple forward loop.
    He has an impressive list of sponsors including Starboard, Neil Pryde, Red Bull, Volkswagen, Dakine, Maui Ultra Fins. You can see more photos, videos on Philip K�ster's Neil Pryde profile or Starboard's Dream Team International. For all his latest feedback from the world of windsurfing Follow Philip K�ster on Twitter.
    In an interview with Red Bull, Philip K�ster had this to say about his early days competing with other seasoned pro windsurfers...
    Red Bull - Being so young, did you find it hard to earn the respect from other pro windsurfers?
    Philip K�ster - "In my first year, when I was 12, it wasn't easy at all. I could do things that none of the others could do but the other guys wouldn't talk to me - some of them couldn't even look at me. But now they accept me, we surf together and have fun."
    Philip hit the international windsurf scene in a big way when he won the Red Bull Big Day event in 2008 and was crowned PWA Pozo Wave Champion in 2009. In the same year he was also named Rookie of the Year and won the German Wave Championships. Ranking third overall in PWA Wave for 2010, he followed up by becoming the 2011 PWA Wave World Champion, all this while still just 17 years old!
    In his final performance for the win as PWA World Wave Champion Philip K�ster scored 12 points with one amazing ride that included a one-handed goiter, a taka, a wave 360 landing back in the wave and then flying into a huge double forward on the way out.
    All in all Philip K�ster is already a windsurfing legend with a massive future ahead of him.
    Marcilio Browne Windsurfing at Jaws
    Brawzinho, as he is known, decided to become a professional when he was 12, and since then, has done all he can do to be on top. He won his first world cup PWA event at the age of 16, at the Belgium Indoor Jump contest, and in that same year had a very good performance on the PWA wave event in Portugal, finishing 5th.
    In 2007, at the age of 18 he won one of the biggest and most traditional events on the PWA, the Fuertventura Grand Slam , which was very important for his Freestyle World Title victory that year.
    Now living on Maui, he is working closely with his new sponsors, Goya Windsurfing to develop their range of windsurf boards and sails. Goya Windsurfing are at the cutting edge of windsurf equipment design and you can try out all the latest boards and sails at the Poole Windsurfing School. Each year we take delivery of the latest windsurf boards and sails from Goya Windsurfing, for our students to use on everything from beginners windsurfing lessons through to advanced private windsurfing lessons. Maybe you just want to rent the best windsurfing equipment available, in which case you can try out all the brand new Goya Windsurfing boards and sails by taking your windsurf hire time with Poole Windsurfing.
    Brand New 2012 Windsurfing Equipment at the Poole Windsurfing School
    All the latest 2012 windsurfing equipment from Goya Windsurfing, RRD, Amex, Billabong and Pat Love will be ready for you at the Poole Windsurfing School.
    POOLE, DORSET - All the latest 2012 windsurfing equipment will be unwrapped this spring at the Poole Windsurfing School. Each year they take delivery of brand new windsurfing equipment from Goya Windsurfing, RRD, Amex, Billabong and Pat Love. This year is no exception, with the latest 2012 windsurfing boards and sails from Goya Windsurfing & RRD being prepared for you.
    Learning to windsurf is a lot about having the right equipment and at the Poole Windsurfing School they pride themselves on having the latest windsurfing boards & windsurf sails for their students.
    All types of windsurfing lessons will be running throughout the season from beginner, improver windsurfing lessons through to advanced courses and private windsurf tuition. Also, Poole Windsurfing has a windsurf hire program where you can pay by the hour or take advantage of a discounted 10 hour hire card that you use during the summer season.
    Its early days at the moment but here is a sneak preview of some of the brand new windsurf boards & sails that the Poole Windsurfing School will have this summer season: Click here to read more...
    Discounted Price on Full Beginners Windsurfing Course
    Book on our Full Beginners Windsurfing Course, learn all the essentials of windsurfing so that you are safe enough to get out on the water practicing after the course & get a nice discount on the price! If you are thinking of giving windsurfing a go why not save �11 by booking both halves of the course together? Quote FULLB when booking over the phone or by using the 'Name(s) for Gift Voucher/Discount Code' box during online checkout (Valid for normal & Gift Voucher purchases). Not only will you be saving money by taking the full beginners windsurfing course but you will also be getting ALL the skills and knowledge so that you are confident whilst out on windsurf hire, practicing what you have been taught. It really makes sense to take the full beginners windsurfing course if you want get a full understanding of the sport. Check out everything about our windsurfing school and read what past students have said about their time with us, on our Testimonials page. Our teaching venue of Poole Harbour really is the No 1 location in the UK for learning & progressing with your windsurfing. The safe, shallow, protected waters make for a rapid learning curve to get you off to the best possible start with your windsurfing. If you start learning to windsurf early on then you will have the whole summer to really get into the sport & progress your windsurfing skills with a mix of hire time & further lessons. This really is the best way to learn to windsurf, take a lesson then practice what you have been taught for a while and when you feel confident with those skills, take another short course to be shown the next module that will open up another level of windsurfing to you! Hope to see you all out on the water this summer!
    Goya Windsurfing Sails - Guru, Eclipse and FXR With Massive Savings
    Out of all the windsurfing brands out there we choose to use Goya Windsurfing sails. The Guru, Eclipse and FXR have such great build quality, extra little design features, cool looks and a development team headed by non other than ex world champion, Francisco Goya.
    Working closely with Goya Windsurfing, we are sometimes lucky enough to get fantastic savings that we can pass on to you. The following Goya Guru, Eclipse and FXR windsurfing sails are from the 2010 season but have all the key design and build features of the current models.
    Goya FXR
    The FXR 6 is a 6 Batten No Cam Freeride sail that supplies the maximum of power, speed and control in the Goya Sail range. The Goya FXR design changes from size to size to suit the conditions- The larger sizes are cut for power and speed- the fundamentals of slalom and race style sailing. Lightweight, great low end power- plane early and go faster. The smaller sizes are cut to excel in high wind maneuvers, jumps and speed. The new reduced head outlines on all sizes gives a quieter, easier feeling and improved overall range. Goya FXR is the sail of choice for Designer/Rider Jason Diffin for The Gorge summers of white knuckle power, speed and jump sailing, and light wind cruising on the big boards.
    Goya Eclipse
    Levi Siver's signature windsurf sail "The reason's behind the Eclipse for me is to have a balanced low drive sail with a compact feel and short mast. I wanted a sail that could go neutral real quick but then push on the gas when I need drive in my sailing. I make sure to downhaul the sail real good to create the tension in the sail that gives it release from the top and balance in high wind conditions. We created a tight head so the sail retracts back after it releases which gives it it's drive and balance. Now outhaul is relative to what the wind is doing. You can ride less out haul but make sure to have a good amount of down haul. The sail can touch to boom but shouldn't be rapping the boom unless it's 10 knot conditions.
    The Goya Eclipse needs shape so if its powered 5.0 and you flatten your sail its going to feel bad so it's better to go 4.7 and keep the shape. The Goya Eclipse has a big range from high wind control to being able to cheat with a sail size smaller because of the drive and full shape. Another trick is to move your harness lines an inch to two inches towards the clue to centralize the low drive management. So, the principle of the Goya Eclipse is to ride a smaller sail which means better style on the wave."
    Goya Guru
    Effortless and easy handling makes your sessions longer. Huge wind range means more time sailing and less time rigging. Soft and flexible, forward driving and quickly neutral, the Goya Guru will take you where you want to go on the water and in the air. Just visualize what you want to do, and the guru will take you there. The Goya Guru is also an excellent choice for smaller and lighter sailors in high wind due to it's forward stable draft, and soft, easy feel. Keith Teboul and Francisco Goya rely on the Guru to take them to a higher level with confidence, and so can you.
    These prices even include FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY (Mainland UK). Grab yourself a bargain and some of the best windsurfing sails out there on the market!

    Surf's Up! Polzeath
    Surf's Up! to go on strike - feel free to panic buy surf lessons, residential holidays, hoodies etc on 07760 126225! Tipping 21 degrees today with a 2 ft swell.
    That's a joke of course, we're not going anywhere - and I can't really think of a reason to strike! Erm........ no, no reason. No reason at all.
    Instructors Dee and Luke have returned from a winter surfing consistent chest high waves in Costa Rica - sounds awesome. They're back on the beach, in the line up as we speak. Speaking of the beach and the impending Easter Holiday I guess it's time for me to hand over to our tame Beach Manager. Some say he's been sitting on his own hair since the day he was born and that when he gets cut, he bleeds Mrs Palmers Surf Wax... all we know is that we call him the Wail!
    Surf's Up! team back on the beach - Wail, Big Sam, Rob, Paddy, Dee and Luke - here to please. Surf lessons everyday 10am and 2pm.
    See you on the beach.
    Wed 07/03/2012
    Easter just around the corner. Let us know if you need some lessons or hire (07760 126225), it's shaping up to be a busy one. And if you need somewhere to stay, don't forget the Beach House - few dates left. Oh and what I should announce is that we have a whole new range of kid and adult hoodies coming in for April! No need to go shopping in the City!
    ... In the words of a much respected head lifeguard, "The sea is unpredictable. There's no such thing as a rogue wave!" Wise words indeed. Although I feel I should counter this with... many years ago the Royal Navy were passing in a Destroyer and had picked up on the radio that there was a mass rescue taking place on the beach. They radioed the very same head lifeguard. "Is there anything we can do to help?" they asked. "Send me everything you've got!" came the reply! Really? Can you imagine!
    Picture the scene, I'm walking the dog along the coast path, camera in hand. I'm observing the waves, probably five in a set (group) and then a lull. With the light offshore breeze, the waves are nicely lined up across the beach, a corduroy sea. And then this set comes along where one of the waves is sat nearly on top of another, very little space between the two. You can see in the photo above the two broken waves are much closer together than either the one nearer the beach or the one just breaking further out. I wish I'd had the camera out earlier to take a snap before they'd broken. Anyway, it was very noticeable. So what's that all about, any ideas?
    Although there are many theories about how and why waves sort themselves into neat lines, it's widely recognised that there's still research to be done in this area. However, we know enough to make educated guesses. In this particular photo, the waves hitting the beach today haven't come from just one pressure system, but two. In other words you could have a swell originating from a storm in the north Atlantic and you could have one originating from the south. If the two swells meet close to shore, there's no time for them to sync, hence you get waves out of sync with the general pattern. We surmise that one pressure system, therefore one swell, will be the dominant party.
    Would you notice this if you were surfing? In the white water, probably not. Once the circular motion of the waves touches the ocean floor, they slow and bunch together. You might get a double up, but you can get them anyway. Out the back, in the line-up? Most definitely. I remember some twelve years ago when there was a huge swell forecast for the evening, I was surfing with a few locals. Before the big stuff really came in, the pattern of the waves changed. You could feel that something was happening. Every now and again a few bigger waves would roll in nearly on top of one another. It was pretty freaky!
    In summary, I don't think this is a rogue wave as such, more of two things coming together. No need to send in the landing craft and Apaches, not this time around thanks Captain.
    Oh dear, I just came over all surf school owneryish! All that stuff about waves, swell and pressure systems.. what was I thinking of! Sorry...
    ...Okay, that's me done - oh hang on, old 'Detail Pants' would like me to add that yes we do surf lessons, accommodation, hoodies, and other surfy stuff. Please call us on 07760 126225...

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