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Eastbourne Airshow by boat 2015

We were fully booked for the 2015 Eastbourne Airshow for all of the four days. From a birthday party group to a fancy dress bunch of Bay watch groupies.
Red arrows Eastbourne Airshow
Every loved the view you get of the Airshow from the water as we can get much closer to the action than those on the beach. Plus no traffic to deal with getting to and from the show.
Rib Charter to Eastbourne Airshow
The highlight of Saturdays trip was the Vulcan bomber which did an anazimg display and made epic noise.
Airborne eastbourne boat rides

Miss Isle’s French connection sailing with Natasha Lambert

Natasha Lambert’s sailing adventure across the English channel on 1st July 2013.  Piloting Miss Isle her specially converted 6.5m Mini Transat yacht.  Natasha is able to steer & trim the sails by sipping and blowing into a tube. The boat was modified by her dad and it works very well.Natasha leaving boulogneNatasha setting sail from Boulogne Harbour in France setting course for Dover harbour in the UK
escort vessels leaving BoulongeOur RIB Aintree and the Cat Wet Wheels leaving their moorings ready to follow Miss isle across the English Channel
miss sile passing Cap Gris nezMiss Isle passes Cap Gris-Nez on the French coast before turning NW towards Dover. Natasha is maintaining an epic pace of 7-8 knots along the French coast. We are ahead of schedule now.
miss isle shipping lanesMiss isle passed very close to the stern of this massive tanker. 230 meters long and doing 12 knots.
Miss isle enters Dover HarbourMiss Isle arrives at the Western entrance of Dover Harbour to be greeted by the press sho where picked up earlier by Wet wheels. Also The Dover RNLI lifeboat comes out to greet Natahsa and congratulate her on her amazing achievement. To see the BBC news taking to Natasha click here.  To sponsor Natasha here

wet wheels press boat
Wet wheels
dover RNLI lifeboat welcomeDover lifeboat from Aintree.

Youngest person to Kayak the English Channel

On Tuesday 19th of February 2013 we escorted the Youngest female person to Kayak the English Channel across to France. At the age of 13 it is impressive. A cold winters day but the wind held off for what must have been the calmest day in months, they were very lucky. Following are some pictures of the day. See the article in Kayak and canoe magazine and sponsorship is still coming in on Just Giving

The RIB was covered in frost at 6am in Dover Marina forecast was good though for a max of 5 degrees but no wind ideal crossing conditions.

frosty boat at 6am Dover marina
We arrived at Shakespeare Cliffs just to the West of Folkestone Harbour at 08:00. We loaded up all the guys gear and set of at 09:00. Due to a small swell the kayaks had to transport the gear out to us as Folkestone harbour is a beach at low tide making mooring impossible.
Youngest person to kayak the english channelThese twin Kayaks are built for speed and in the wake we got 1 up to 9 knots which is impressive, but only possible to sustain for a short period. The average speed was 5 knots!!
Fast kayak crossing of the channelHalf way across and they had only taken 2 hours so on course for a four hour crossing.
channel crossing pilot boatThe French shipping lanes where busy so no breaks for an hour to get in front of the fast approaching ships. When we arrived at Cap Gris-Nez in France they had taken 4 hours and 15 mins which is a fast time. Well done guys and girls. The ITV gave some coverage of the crossing with more pictures.

Last kayak escort trip of the season

Last kayak escort trip of the season two guys from Eastbourne paddling for a cancer charity.  Course plotted we set off from Rye Harbour at 06:30.  With the kayak on board we headed round to folkestone which took 30 mins. We unloaded the kayak and the guys set off.kayak-shipping-lanesWe plotted a course taking into account the tides and wind with an estimated time of arrival at Cap Gris Nez in France after 4 hours.Channel Course Plotted for KayakThe guys met some serious wakes from the container ships. Photo below shows a 3 meter wake. The kayak is 22ft long and struggles to get over it!! You can see the white cliffs of Dover in the distance.Container Ship has a massive wakeFour hours later they touch down in France. We over took 3 swimmers and 1 big rowing boat who where also crossing at the same time.This was the last of 12 kayak crossings this summer. Looking forward to next season already.Kayak reaches French coast

Kayak the channel Video

These three guys got across very quickly.  To see the details of their trip the blog can be found here.  The video is also a good watch.[youtube][/youtube] If your looking for a safety boat to guide you across the worlds busiest shipping lanes by Kayak then contact us to discuss your trip further. You can see what it required for the trip here.

Cap gris nez France by Kayak

Filming at Illfracombe North Devon

Filming at Illfracombe North Devon with the RIB Aintree. Some shots of the trip and area below a shot of Illfracombe harbour. The slipway is only useable 2 hours before and after high tide as you can see from the last photo.
Illfracombe harbour with rib
There were two choppers on hire as well. Three good boys toys on one rugby pitch.
Boys toys
Lundy Island was interesting as only 21 people live there. Interesting disembarking there with a ferry pier the only way off. A 10 knot easterly made for a choppy sea and the rest of the island is just cliffs..
camera crew on riblundy from rib
The Lundy ferry arrived while we were there.lundy ferry arrives
The friendly ferry crew let us board through their side door. The ferry took the swell out of the situation .
Lundy Ferry
George practising his rib driving skills for when he next gets beached.Rib on mud Illfracombe HarbourThe whole day was a good experience and showed that the Bristol channel and the English channel have something in common apart from the channel bit!! They both have rough and confused seas….

Pirate day Hastings 2012

We took a full boat charter on the RIB to view the Red Arrows off Hastings sea front on Pirate day Hastings 2012. The record was broken for the most pirates in one place. The previous record was 8,000. Hastings smashed the record with over 14,000. To finish the day off the red arrows did a display over the sea and our boat. See below for some of the photos
red arrows hastings castleWhat a day for it!!
Busy west hill hastingsEven the West hill was rammed with pirates.
red arrows pirate dayJust missing each other looks great from below.

Kayak channel crossing Thurs 5th July

This trio started their epic journey by crossing the British Channel to France. Escorted by our safety boats they made good speed across the channel and hit the coast just South West of Calais. From there they will follow the European coast to the North Sea before joining the Kiel Canal through Germany. The route will take them onto the coast of Denmark and Sweden before finally arriving in Helsinki in September. [youtube][/youtube]They believe they are among the first people, if not the very first, to complete this entire route by sea kayak and good luck to them its a long way. They will be paddling over 1,600 miles over the next three months  If you want to donate to Alzheimer’s Research UK you can do so here on their Just giving page.

The Crossing

The weather was perfect, pretty much the only perfect day for that sort of crossing in the last three months. Once launched at Dungeness lifeboat station after the fog had lifted they used the 3 knot North Easterly current to push them up the channel towards Calais.  This was planned so they could get as far up the French coast before the tide turned and pushed them back down towards Bolounge. There is a six hour window before the current heads the other way. These kayaks only cruise at 3-4 knots so the current makes a massive difference.  The trio then set up camp for the night and we headed back to Dover to fuel up for the return journey to Rye Harbour.

Thinking of doing it yourself

We have a couple of slots left this year to escort you across so get in touch as soon as possible to discuss and reserve your week. The cost is £950 for 1 boat that covers 2 kayaks. The cost for 2 safety boats is £1750 all in which covers up to 4 kayaks.

Beachy Head Holiday Accommodation

beachy head cottage bedroomAccommodation – Beachy Head Holiday Cottages are located in the picturesque village of East Dean, winner of several Best Kept Village awards.  Beachy Head Holiday Cottages offer guests a comfortable and elegant place to stay in a stunning location.   There are eight cottages in total.  Each cottage has been lovingly converted from farm buildings using traditional materials such as flint and oak, and decorated to an extremely high standard.  The cottages vary in size, sleeping between two and six people.

All cottages are equipped with a microwave, hob, and cooker, gas central heating, wi-fi, and tv/dvd/Freesat.  Linen and towels are provided. Most have dishwashers.  There is a separate laundry. Dogs are welcome.  Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Beachy Barn can seat up to sixteen in the open plan kitchen/diner and so is ideal when used in conjunction with some of the smaller cottages for family gatherings, wedding parties etc.
beachy head holiday accomodationThe three most recently finished cottages are located within the walls of the restored Victorian Walled Garden.  This is a sheltered and tranquil spot with views of the Downs.  Guests are not only welcome to sit and enjoy the view.  They are also encouraged to explore the trees and plants in the company of gardener Mark Procter.  Notice boards at the entrances to the Garden provide recipe suggestions for using the produce currently in season, which is marked out so that guests can help themselves to herbs, vegetables and fruit when they are ready to be picked.

Contact:  Beachy Head Holiday Cottages 01323 423878,



Fathers day present ideas Sussex

Looking for fathers day present ideas Sussex why not buy a speed boat driving experience trip or gift voucher. You have a choice of two harbours to book your trips from, Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne or Rye Harbour both on the East Sussex coast & only 1 hour from London. If your father likes action and speed then look  no further for an original present idea.

Fathers day present ideas sussex

Our race power boats

Our latest addition to the fleet is Type-R an ex Honda Race boat from the one make series currently running around the Uk coast. Eastbourne Extreme will be hosting a round of P1 150 Honda Championship on 14th July 2012. Powered by a 150HP race prepared Honda outboard you can take the wheel on an hour long powerboat race experience in the exact boats they use for this series. Both our boats can carry 4 passengers and each trip lasts 1 hour. Each passenger gets 15 mins at the wheel then rides the remainder of the trip in the passenger seat. Have a look at trip details, videos & gallery pictures here.

Fathers day gift ideas

Drive a boat availability

We run full boat bookings at any day of the week or weekend, weather permitting. If you book less places we need to fill the boat so the chances are you would be doing your trip on a weekend. To see available dates, book a place, or buy a gift voucher online click here.

Fathers day Gift Voucher