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Despite the damp weather yesterday some of the children from the special needs unit at Peel Clothworkers Primary School managed to get out for a short sail with us. Neither the rain nor the wait due to the flap being delayed going down didn't dampen their high spirits. Pictures of the group can be found in our picture gallery or by clicking here.
On Valentine’s Day members Eleanor Mylchreest and Richard Bannan tied the knot when they got married at Kirk Braddan church after which they and their guests enjoyed the wedding breakfast at the Palace Hotel.
Eleanor and Richard first met at the Manx Blind Welfare and have sailed together many times on POMII. We look forward to having the happy couple on board POMIII for a sail.
Also celebrating a wedding anniversary in February were that old romantic couple Adrienne and Frank Sanderson who had their Golden Anniversary. Frank says the secret to a happy marriage can be found in a good bottle of wine.
On the 20th February this years project with a group of eight children from the Ramsey Grammar School flexible learning area will commence. The project which is run in the first quarter of the New Year , a time when the demand for sailing from members is not high, is intended to assist these children in their personal development, including how to interact with others through working as crew on POMIII.
The project which is now in its fifth year has a different group of students each year, who are nominated by teacher Cathy Holland, who comes along on the sails with two other members of the RGS staff.
The timeslots allocated are on Friday afternoons and due to the constraints of the tides consist of a mixture of sails, on board work and harbour activities including using the dingy. As you would expect the weather plays a major part and the weekly plans are frequently changed to accommodate the weather on the day.
The skipper for the project this year is our good lady Gerry Kokke who will be supported by two of our other skippers.
Lets hope the fine weather we are currently enjoying continues so that we can make the most of the time available to assist these children.
Each month the Crewmaster will prepare a sailing programme which is based upon the suitability of the tides that allow access from Douglas marina.
During the winter months, in the weeks when the tides are suitable, the sails Monday – Friday are normally of 4 hours duration sometime between 0945 and 1615. At the weekend, as the restriction on the bridge operation during rush hours does not apply the start time can be slightly earlier and the finish time later.
We try to operate a self -service system whereby the programme is created for you to view and for you to select the sails which are suitable for you. A bit like going into a café and picking from the menu but we will try and put on specials if you request it. If you don’t see something that’s suits you please tell us.
So how do you go about booking a sail? Well that’s easy have a look at the sailing programme that’s published and either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 471222 and he will try and fulfil your wish. On occasions this may not be possible due to a variety of reasons and in these cases an alternative sail maybe suggested.
The sailing programme whilst prepared in advance cannot guarantee that the weather is going to be suitable so please bear with us if the sail has to be cancelled.
Happy sailing and we look forward to having your company on-board POMIII.