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The Coal Exchange Pub in the centre of Emsworth only a couple of minutes drive from Thornham Marina has just started serving food for extended hours during the day and to 4.00pm on weekends. This is great news for sailors as finding a place to eat in the afternoon after finishing on the boat has always been a problem in Emsworth. We at the marina know this from working with the tides, we always seem to miss the normal lunchtime cut off of about 2.00pm during the spring tides on a Sunday or Monday.
The Coal Exchange is situated on South Street in the centre of Emsworth close to the water. There is a large public car park next door so parking is easy. The pub itself is tradtional in style serving beer by George Gale & Co. and a garden for those sunny days. The food ranges from snacks, sandwiches and salads to full on meals and of course Sunday Lunch.
Although the Coal Exchange is already known for the quality of it's food and friendly service the additional food serving hours offer a very useful option for eating when you have finished out on the water.
If you are an existing customer of Thornham marina and have friends who would like to either store their boat with us for the winter or take up an annual berthing contract you could earn yourself £50.00. All you have to do is introduce someone new to the marina, if they either winter their boat with us or take up an annual berthing contract we will give you £50.00 cash to spend on whatever you wish.
For all you budding adventurers here is a way of racing around the world on a budget, especially good for the smaller person, you probably also need a good sense of humour. Around in ten is an around the world yacht race starting in January 2009 from the Bahamas. Most of the owners are designing and building their own 10ft! yes, 10ft yachts so designs will be varied. The aim of the race is to beat the existing record for the smallest yacht to circumnavigate the globe, this currently stands at 11'10". At the moment there are 7 boats aiming to be on the start line.
This Item was brought to my attention by John Excel Marine Surveyor
Bluefin at 29ft. is the oldest GRP offshore catamran, she was designed and built by Tom Dowling in 1958 in Malta. After being damaged during a storm in 2005 she was bought round to Thornham Marina in Chichester Harbour where she has remained.
Last year Tom Dowling who has owned her for most of her life enlisted the help of two local sailors James Blake, son of the renowned yachtsman Sir Peter Blake, and Tom Porter, son of a local boat builder, who are now in the middle of repairing and refitting her with the aim of being on the start line of this years Round the Island Race.
Practical Boat Owner have just published a major artical on her history and the refit which is in the June edition of the magazine. This is out in the shops now or is available to buy as a download from their website here.
Thornham Marina have been sponsoring and helping this project in various ways including free yard storage, advice and introducing them to trade contacts.