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Solar Powered channel crossing world record

Simon and his father built this catamaran using solar panels from their solar company AKT Solar. The date was chosen as the longest day of the year so as to get the most sunshine possible. They wanted to break the Solar powered Channel crossing world record. Amazingly the weather was perfect not a breath of wind and perfect blue skies.  These conditions are very rare in the channel so luck was on their side. Leaving Dungeness early morning we set off into the channel.

Solar powered boat leaving Dungeness en route to France

The cat was able to hold an average speed of 4 knots which is a good pace and the same speed that most kayak crossings average.

Mid channel crossing with solar powered Catamaran

Mid channel the wind started to pick up from the East tossing the catamaran around a bit but it just ploughed on through the half way point. Still perfect conditions re the sunlight and we were on target for a 7 hour crossing.

Solar Powered Catamaran arriving in france

After 6 hours and 59 minutes Simon steered his solar catamaran into Boulogne harbour in France.  A great job and well done.

record channel crossing

Family days out activities in Sussex

If your looking family days out activities in Sussex then why not try our new boat attraction a go.  Suitable for all ages we can run you up the coast from Eastbourne towards Beachy Head and the best part is you and the family get to drive our powerboat!Family Days out Activities in sussexThe boat can seat four passengers and we have the following 2 activities available:

Speed boat family trip

The 1/2 hour speed boat trip where the skipper takes you for a cruise up the coast towards Beach head past Eastbourne pier and back again to Sovereign Harbour cost £17pp or £60 for the whole boat.

You drive 1 hour trip

This trip is where you get to drive our race prepared Honda Powerboat.You don’t need to have any experience of boating or driving to enjoy this activity. The cost is £45 per person or £135 for the whole boat.

To book just contact us or book online here

Rowing English Channel challenge

Some photos of a customer rowing himself across the channel in a converted Pico sailing dingy. A mixed day with quite a lot of fog making the navigation very important. We now run an AIS transponder to increase safety which allows the ships in the shipping lanes to see us what ever the weather.

rowing the channel navigation route

Planning your route can be quite technical as you can see from Robins course plot pre journey. The current runs up and down the Dover straight at up to 5 knots.  Hence the banana shaped course.  He stuck to the plan and timing and hit the coast in France perfectly. If you want to cross yourself we will help you to plan the route and course.

Rowing the channelThe Pico all ready on Folkestone beach. The safety boat met up about 1 mile into the trip. Started off great weather with a gentle NE wind to help push the boat along at up to 5 knots.
Safety boat arrives Safety boat rendezvous between Dover and Folkestone with Will and Henk onboard to help Robin navigate the busy shipping lanes and the ferry traffic.. shipping lanes Plenty of massive ships passing just before the fog came in for the rest of the journey to France. You can just see Cap Griz nes in the distance below and we are only half a mile off the coast! The return Journey to Folkestone took 45 mins and just before we hit the English coast the fog bank lifted revealing the bright day we had left behind earlier that morning. rower arrives in france

 

P1 Powerboats racing at Eastbourne Extreme

Eastbourne Extreme will be hosting a round of the P1 Superstock Powerboat race series. On the weekend of the 14th & 15th of July. Eastbourne is round 3 of five in the one make series.

We will be offering boat trips out to see the racing up close. We will have 9 seats on our RIB available each race. These boats powered by Evinrude 250hp two stroke outboards can reach speeds of up to 65mph. The seas off Eastbourne should make for good racing.

Check out the boats in action below. Details of prices & availability will be updated soon. Like our Facebook page or Follow us on twitter to hear first & get 15% discount on your seat.

Kayak the English Channel

Kayak the english channelWe can help you Kayak the English Channel using our local knowledge and cross channel experience. From you first ideas to planning the trip we can make your crossing happen.

We have RIB safety boats to escort you across the worlds busiest shipping lanes. This is quite a challenge when your in a Kayak that can only travel at 2 -5 knots. Some of the large ships travel at 20 knots so timing is everything. Our ribs have Radar & AIS (Automatic Identification system) which allows us to track oncoming ships from up to 100 miles away.

If your thinking of crossing & require a kayak for the job then contact Epic Life in Hastings who have great experience in Kayaking across. Even if you have never paddle before Cliff will be able to train you up in a very short time. The last person to cross in August last year had only been kayaking for 3 months. He got across in 6 hours. Contact us to discuss your trip ideas.

New Charter Rib

New Charter RIBOur New Charter Rib is being built by Redbay Boats of Northern Ireland. The new boat is 7.4 meters long & powered by a Mercury Optimax 250HP outboard.

With seating for 10 passengers and a long range fuel tank holding 320 litres it has a range of 300 miles. Equipped with all the toys such as Garmin 750 touchscreen plotter with HD Radar. Icom AIS ship tracking system & VHF DSC radio. Onboard ipod docking stereo.
rib charter rye

Half Term Boat Trips

Half term boat trips will be running from Rye Harbour. Children aged 8 upwards can have a ride & drive trip in our Honda Powerboat. No experience necessary. Each group must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is £25pp for 45 mins out on the boat. Normal RRP is £45pp. Each trip can take four passengers and you all get to drive. To book your boat trip you can Contact us here

Half Term Boat Trips from Rye Harbour

Stag & Hen Activities

Organising a Stag or Hen activity in Sussex or Kent then we have the day out for you.

You Drive

Take our race prepared Honda Powerboat for a spin around the coast in Rye Bay. You all get to drive and ride – no experience necessary. Everybody has done go-karting & paint-balling so why not try something different. Each trip lasts an hour. Prices from £45pp
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Rib Charter

If you just want a blast then charter our rib for your stag & hen activities. We can take you round the bay or up the coast for lunch in Eastbourne or Brighton.
Stag & Hen Activities

Our skippers have been crewing RIBs for new Charles Dickens film on the Thames

For the first two weeks of November two of our skippers Will and Henk have been chartered to drive safety and camera ribs in the Royal docks for an up coming Charles Dickens Film. the crew converted a Tall ship into a paddle steamer which looked fantastic seen below going under the Dartford crossing in the fog
Tall Ship under Dartford bridge on Thames with ribFilming mostly took place in the dark so night shift action was required. Will was driving Marine Film Services 1, an 8.8m Ribcraft coded to cat 4 with a 250hp Suzuki four stroke hanging off the back, seen below.
Ribcraft Marine film 1 on the Thames
Henk was driving a 6m Valiant with a 115hp Yamaha on the back. A great work boat for all sorts of camera operations we ended up filming in daylight in the medway seen below. Rib safety boat in the River medway for film