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BWA Tour Highlights on TV

Just got a news snippet from the BWA committee. The first showings of the Tiree Wave Classic 2012 TV Feature with BWA Tour Highlights and interviews will be on Watersports World so set your sky box to record:

02/01/13    24:00-01:00     Sky Sports 4
02/01/13    05:00-06:00     Sky Sports 4

Looking forward to it already!

 

 

New Cycling Tours Inspired by 2012 Olympics

Team GB’s success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics along with Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Brit to win the Tour de France has inspired cycling enthusiast Roy Griffiths to start up a new cycling business.

Signpost Cycling www.signpostcycling.co.uk is a brand new cycling package tour business based in the South West of England and features guided and self-guided cycling tours initially in Dorset, Hampshire and the New Forest. Roy says “Having loved my cycling across this region for many years coupled with the fact that cycling is providing a high growth route to a healthier lifestyle for more and more people led me to believe that there is a real need to provide a quality activity break experience business based around cycling.”

Tour packages can be tailored to each client’s requirements and can include cycle hire (including electric option), accommodation, tour route maps & information or the services of a professional cycle tour guide. There are two styles of packages ‘Hub & Spoke’ with one venue as the base or ‘Linear’ where riders stay in a different location each night with luggage carried forward if needed.

Tours are often on traffic-free ‘off the beaten track’ routes and have been planned with meticulous care taking in some of the best scenery the region has to offer with rides through beautiful countryside, stunning coastlines, including the Jurassic Coast a World Heritage Site, and a whole host of picturesque chocolate box villages. Many of the rides have break off points to allow for visits to specific places of interest linking in to the history, culture and heritage of each area that is being cycled through including Hardy’s Wessex and the ancient New Forest National Park.

Accommodation has been specifically chosen for its high quality of offer and cycle friendliness. Riders will find themselves staying in boutique bed & breakfasts, family run small hotels, manor houses or even a castle. Many of the regions accommodation providers are realising that activity breaks are rising in popularity, as recognised by Visit England, and are committed to the provision of facilities that match the exacting requirements of this new marketplace providing great facilities for cyclists including secure bike storage, cleaning areas and laundry facilities.

The total value of cycle tourism across Europe is estimated to grow to around £14 billion a year (source Sustrans); moreover this green sustainable tourism does not heavily rely on cars. It makes minimal impact on the local environment and opens up opportunities ‘off the beaten track’ as well as in traditional locations. Signpost Cycling will be well placed to provide solutions to both domestic and overseas cycling tourists across the south west of England and northern Europe.

In development are routes linking in with the Cycle West INTERREG IVA European Programme initiative which includes – the Tour de Manche which creates a loop taking in Poole, Weymouth, Exeter, Okehampton, Plymouth, Roscoff, Saint-Malo, Mont Saint-Michel and Cherbourg and the Petit Tour de Manche providing a shorter loop taking in Weymouth, Dorchester, Poole then crossing over to Cherbourg and on to Saint Malo and back to England via Jersey. Both routes can be done in bite-sized pieces, long sections or the entire route with many opportunities to branch off along the way.

Wind Chill Open Day – 8th December

Here’s a great excuse to avoid Christmas shopping if ever there was one! Come and join Ross Williams and the Royal Navy Windsurfing Team for a winter warming Open Day at OTC UK.

For just £20 you can have unlimited use of the demo kit on offer, and gain some priceless windsurfing tips from the World Champion himself.

The day kicks off at 10am and the centre will be open until dark. For more information, get in contact.

 

MASSIVE SALE DAY – 01/12/12

We’re pleased to announce we have a rather large sale day this weekend, displaying plenty of bargains in the WPNSA hangar, whilst having lots more stock to browse in the centre. Boards, sails, masts, booms, extensions … you name it, we have a bargain just waiting to be snapped up. So if you’re looking for that Christmas present idea, or something to add to your Santa’s letter, look no further. For a list of kit, click here and for more information, get in touch.

Here’s a round up of the EFPT finale hosted by us here in Weymouth, filmed and edited by Josh Willmot. Enjoy!

 

Memento for Summer 2012

Just had this offer land in our inbox. A 96 page gallery of images depicting the action from the Games in Weymouth this summer. At £7.99 it isn’t a bad price either for a great memento.

Click on this pdf link to find out more: A Summer to Remember AIS

Pic below: John Carter.

New Website For Windsurf Magazine

Windsurf, the only monthly English language title in the sport has re-launched its website and released a digital version of the 10-times-year publication. Readers can view the latest news, extended features from previous issues and subscribe to both print and digital version at www.windsurf.co.uk

The new website includes beach guides, equipment test reviews and reports, in-depth technique and how- to features, travel advice and offers, longer-form sequential features and photo-stories plus a forum, social media integration and more. The print title, with Brian McDowell as editor, has already received a fresh and exciting make-over and this is reflected in the App versions.

The App version of each monthly issue is viewable on both Android and iOS tablet and mobile formats. Digital and print subscriptions are available at www.windsurf.co.uk/subscriptions

On your first visit per device you will be asked for a one-time, simple, quick registration. Windsurf prom- ise not to spam you or sell your contact details, but will from time-to-time contact you with important updates, news and offers from our partners that they genuinely think may be of interest to you. As the website is free-to-view Windsurf hope you understand that keeping track of real visitors helps to show advertising supporters genuine numbers of regular active users.

HARBOUR DASH 2012

The annual Harbour Dash will take place this Sunday 11th November, from Overcombe Beach, starting at 11.02am after observing the two minutes silence for Armistice Day.

It is a fantastic windsurfing event that has been running annually in Weymouth for over 25 years. It was founded in memory of Brian Matthews, who died in January 1986, the day after his 60th birthday. Brian learnt to windsurf in 1979, having been taught by Phil Gollop at his original set up of a few lock-ups at the end of Old Castle Road. The concept of the Harbour Dash came about because Brian was always the first for a seafaring adventure, sailing from the harbour to Overcombe or Ringstead regularly. The event has been cared for and nurtured by Norm Petty for the last decade, the prize for the winner being the Brian Matthews Memorial Cup.

The format of the event is quite simple. It’s a race from Overcombe to Portland Harbour, where you dip inside the wall via the north shipping channel, and back out into the bay via the east shipping channel. It’s then a quick zip back to the beach, finishing the same point that you started.

Whilst stuff of legend, the event has always been quite a low-key affair. The title for the fastest time was smashed by Olympic silver medallist Nick Dempsey last year, having previously being held for more than 20 years by local champ Adie Bugler. The ideal wind direction for a fast run is said to be west to north west, which is potentially on the cards for Sunday, and in addition to the local regulars, we will have a guest star appearance by Formula World Champion Ross Williams this year! Cost for entries is £15 on the day, covering the cost of the rescue boats. Any additional money raised will be donated to local charity – the Will Mackaness Trust, founded in memory of a young windsurfing enthusiast whose legacy has helped inspire and encourage many students from local schools into water sports.

The event will take place from Overcombe car park this Sunday. Please ensure you have paid and displayed and ready to go by 11.00am. For more information, get in contact.

Gaastra and Tabou Weekend with Ross Williams

We are very pleased to be welcoming Ross Williams to The OTC for a demo weekend this coming weekend, 10th / 11th November. The forecast is holding and there will be a mass of Gaastra and Tabou equipment available to try out. Here is the press release put on BOARDS Magazine website:

“Once again OTC in Weymouth powered by Pura Vida becomes a centre stage for a busy weekend. Despite the recent cold spell and the fast approaching winter season, Ross Williams will be hosting a demo/clinic weekend for Gaastra & Tabou at the Olympic Venue… Throughout the weekend of the 10th-11th windsurfers will have a chance to try all the latest 2013 Gaastra sails and Tabou boards, along with an opportunity to receive a clinic and tips from Ross all FREE OF CHARGE! It doesn’t happen often that the World Champ will tune your kit and tell you what to improve, so don’t miss out! After a successful year of competing on the PWA tour and winning the Formula World Title, Ross is now getting to grips with becoming the main man behind Gaastra/Tabou in the UK. His professional approach and dedication are perfect ingredients to ensure the long term success of the two brands. So get down to Weymouth this weekend!”

Event Organiser Adam Sims catches up with Head Judge Tom Hartman.