Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Port Hand Marker Missing On Thorney Channel Approach

If you have watched the news over the weekend you may be aware that a 'mini tornado' hit the south coast Sunday morning. Luckily there is no damage to report from the Marina. For those that haven't caught up with the news, click here to see an article from the BBC with a small video. 

Unfortunately the port hand pole marking the end of Thorney Island Sailing Club's  concrete jetty which is submerged 3 hours either side of high water and extends almost half way across the channel has completely disappeared. The Chichester Harbour Conservancy has been informed together with Defence Infrastructure Organisation, who are responsible for maintaining it.

At high water, the underwater obstruction is difficult to locate for those of us who are familiar with the area, let alone skippers from elsewhere. As far as I am aware a replacement has not yet appeared. 

The Thornham Team
01243 375 335

Trafalgar Wharf Hosts World Record Attempt: Daredevil’s Solent Sail in UK’s Biggest Pumpkin

You’ll never guess what Trafalgar Wharf are up to today! They’re attempting to set a new World Record by crossing from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight in a hollowed out giant pumpkin!

Yep, that’s right…a PUMPKIN!

They were contacted by contemporary artist Dmitri Galitzine, who asked them for their help, and how could they resist. To be fair, the pumpkin will be fitted with a small outboard motor which will enable Dmitri to travel at about 1 or 2 knots, but the crossing point is over one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. This is going to be the first ever attempt in history to cross the Solent in a giant vegetable!

The pumpkin was prepared and tested at our sister site Trafalgar Wharf, on Sunday and Monday, with the crossing to take place on today. We have our fingers crossed for good weather and a smooth ride for Dmitri.

And as if sailing across the Solent in a bright orange vegetable isn’t madcap enough, they will also be trying for a Guinness World Record attempt with a 100 metre paddle dash in the pumpkin (no motor this time!!) in the wet dock here. They’ll be racing against the clock to paddle 100 meters in under three minutes.

They’ll be doing this on Wednesday 23rd at 1pm so if you’re around and fancy coming to watch then please do go down. They’ll be serving up pumpkin soup to keep you warm. To find directions to Trafalgar, please click here

If you fancy going down to watch, then please drop Jo a quick email – jo@trafalgarwharf.com 

The Thornham Team
01243 375 335

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Thornham Marina Takes on 2 Apprentices For a Day To Raise Money for #HelpACapitalChild !

As part of Help A Capital Child Week, the Thornham Team will be joined by Gillies & Emily, Capital FM South Coast breakfast presenters on Tue 22 October.

Gillies & Emily will be assisting Cliff & Josh in the day to day activities of the yard. 

Now obviously, they are not used to working with the outside elements, so lets hope the weather & Cliff is kind to them. If you are reading this guys you may want to bring some wellies!! 

Help a Capital Child is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children throughout the UK. The money raised will be used to fund specialist Teenage Cancer Trust units in Hospitals across the country, which are specifically designed to make life a bit better for teenagers. They can share their experience with people of a similar age, and the environment is designed to allow them to still be a teenager despite everything they are going through. 

If you want to see how our apprentices get on, why not pop down between 11.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday 22nd Oct. 

You can make a donation by visiting their website, or clicking here

The Thornham Team
01243 375 335