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Staff Update

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Please extend a warm welcome to the new voice on the VHF David Haile our newly appointed lock keeper. David is a local man, born and bred in Cleator Moor.

 

Change of Roles for Dale.

Dale has returned from the Sea Lock at Whitehaven to his role as Dock Master and working on the pontoons, and he is looking forward to taking care of all of our customers and their boats.

Join us at Whitehaven Marina for a nautical fun day and boat jumble on Saturday 11th July!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Whitehaven Marina praised for quick thinking emergency response during Whitehaven Airshow drama

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Whitehaven Marina received high praise from organisers of the Whitehaven Airshow for their quick response to the drama that unfolded last friday evening when one of the Red Devils parachutes refused to open. A Red Devil parachutist was caught by his colleague in mid air and both landed safely in the sheltered water of Whitehaven Marina in front of a crowd of over three thousand people who all saw the drama unfold in front of their eyes.

The planned emergency procedures strictly followed by Whitehaven Marina and the Marina team’s quick thinking meant that the two parachutists were back on dry land tucking into a pie and pint within ten minutes.

Whitehaven Marina Manager, Simone Morgan said “We take the responsibility to keep our water environment safe and clean very seriously and we have many varied events throughout the calendar year for which we practice our emergency procedures. Its good to reassure members of the public and our customers that our planned procedures work and the marina safety boats respond rapidly.

Whitehaven Airshow organisers said:- “One team member caught his team-mate and brought him into Queens Dock. Our safety procedures worked perfectly and a huge thank you to Whitehaven Marina for getting them out of the water so quickly.”

The quick thinking of the Red Devils team and the marina safety boat coxswain meant that incident passed without injury to anyone.

For further details of the incident please visit: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-33209713

Whitehaven Marina to exhibit at first ever Northern Boat Show in June 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Whitehaven Marina is very pleased to be supporting the first Northern Boat Show to be hoisted in the famous Liverpool’s Albert Dock. The show will take place from Friday 5th June until Sunday 7th June 2015. This new event will be part of the 2015 International Mersey River Festival and is expected to attract 25,000 visitors.

 

With over 400 fully serviced pontoon berths and as the most comprehensive marina on the North West coast of England, Whitehaven Marina is delighted to be showcasing its fantastic marina facilities and services at the show.

 

Simone Morgan, Whitehaven Marina Manager, commented. “We have seen a significant

increase in our berthing enquiry numbers this year, which proves that there are more and more people wanting to get afloat in this part of the world; some from the Lakes, others from the East Coast and others as far as North Wales and the Isle of Man. We have a

beautiful coastline with varied cruising opportunities, so Liverpool makes perfect sense as a venue and we are looking forward to meeting new customers and existing customers in Liverpool.”

 

For those visiting the show, the Whitehaven staff look forward to seeing you on the

Whitehaven Marina Stand SD51. Do come along and say hello, plus for your chance to enter our prize competition to win a half price annual berth at Whitehaven Marina (Terms and Conditions apply) The show is open from 10am until 5pm Friday to Sunday.

 

For further details on berthing at Whitehaven Marina please contact Simone Morgan or Tony Taylor on +44 (0)1946 692435 or email enquiries@whitehavenmarina.co.uk

Or logon to www.whitehavenmarina.co.uk

 

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Calling all Traders to Whitehaven Marina’s ‘Nautical Fun Day and Boat Jumble’

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Whitehaven Marina is seeking stallholders and general traders, marine and otherwise to participate in their annual ‘Nautical Fun Day and Boat Jumble’. The Event, to be held at the Marina on Saturday 11th July 2015.

 

Simone Morgan, Marina Manager, commented “This will be our third Fun day and Boat Jumble and it is growing each year. This year we wanted to get the word out there early as a few stallholders said they were sorry that they were unable to attend last year. This year we are combining the Jumble with a BBQ for our berth holders on the Saturday evening so we are hoping for a good turnout. It’s a great fun day.”

 

 

Whitehaven is calling on all marine traders with boating bits to sell, as well as other stall holders, to book their slot as soon as possible. Traders will be offered a 5m x 5m space on the Bulwark Quay to set up their gazebos and stalls at a cost of £30.  You Boat chandlery, one of the largest independent chandlers in the UK, will be present with a wide range of new and second hand equipment; idea for bargain hunters!

 

 

The event itself is free to visitors with free parking and free overnight berths for visiting boats. In the past the event has attracted families; boat enthusiasts; boat owners looking for specific parts for their boat; people with boating bits to buy or sell; even people who want to buy things to create a nautical theme at home; as well as people who just like the chance “to mooch about” and learn new things in a lovely coastal environment.

 

Contact Simone Morgan at enquiries@whitehavenmarina.co.uk or call 01946 692435 to book a space for your stall or gazebo.

Last year the Event Included:

This year we have more activities and stalls planned including stand up paddle board demonstrations and more.

 

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2015 Dates for your Diary

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

We are pleased to publish our 2015 “Dates for your Diary” including various events during the year in and around Whitehaven Marina.

 

Don’t forget you can get easy access all year round to our diary via the “Events” button on the bottom right of our homepage.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the first upcoming event which will be the “Tenacity Tall Ship (Tour) WSBA” at Lime Tongue on Saturday 11th April.

 

Annual Sea Lock maintenance completed at Whitehaven Marina

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Whitehaven Marina is pleased to announce the successful completion of its annual Sea Lock maintenance in readiness for the coming summer season. The lock gates, that have successfully protected the marina and the 400 boats inside from the awesome power of the Irish Sea after another year of heavy storms, have undergone a thorough structural inspection together with the  maintenance of the hydraulics, electrical systems, seals, anodes and backup systems. This year the focus was to carry out repairs to the pontoons on either side of the lock that vessels secure to on entry or departure. Much of the work was carried out by the cheerful Whitehaven staff in very cold and wet conditions!

 

Mark Bowden, Operations Director of Marina Projects who operate Whitehaven Marina, commented  “Like the massive sea walls which form the outer and inner harbours, the Sea Lock is a vital part of the infrastructure that protects the town from flooding; controls the water levels inside  and provides a sheltered haven for the various types of vessels that use Whitehaven Marina”.

The Sea Lock was constructed in 1998 at a cost of £6.7 million and formed the integral part of the regeneration of Whitehaven Harbour and town. Approximately 3400 vessels a year pass through the Sea Lock which is manned 24/7.

 

The Lock closure and its planned maintenance, has been timed to cause the least disruption to Whitehaven Marina users and this year, unlike in 2014, there was no requirement to fully drain the lock so the time that the Sea Lock was closed to traffic was reduced.

Whitehaven Marina is the most comprehensive marina on the North West Coast of England, with extensive facilities; friendly and professional staff and easy access to the cruising grounds of Scotland, the Isle of Man, Ireland and North Wales.

For further enquiries about the Marina and the Lock and its operation please contact simonemorgan@whitehavenmarina.co.uk or call 01946 692435 or visit www.whitehavenmarina.co.uk

For press enquiries and photographs please contact Mark Bowden on 02392 526688

2015 Whitehaven Sea Lock Closure

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

2014 saw one of the best summers in decades but also some of the worst storms in 50 years, which meant the piers, quay walls and lock gates protecting the marina and the town withstood a tough test against the awesome power of the Irish Sea. With that in mind and with winter now upon us, the team at Whitehaven Marina is busy planning the winter maintenance programme, which includes a long list of important tasks that need to be carried out on the sea lock.

This year’s annual sea lock closure will be between 0800 hours on Monday 23rd February 2015 and 1700 hours on Friday 27th February 2015.

A busy summer for the lock gates

During this time there will be NO access whatsoever through the lock and the area will be fenced off, preventing access across the pedestrian bridge. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are sure you will understand the need to carry out this annual maintenance to ensure that the gates work safely and reliably over the next twelve months.

Unlike the 2014 closure during which the lock barrel was pumped dry to allow the huge, 56 tonne outer gates to be refurbished, this year all of the work will be carried out while afloat. Despite not emptying the lock we will be setting to work on a long list of essential maintenance tasks from pontoons and vessels including:

  • Upgrading and servicing bearings
  • Refurbishing pontoons
  • Adjusting centre and side seals
  • Anode inspection and renewal
  • Preparation and painting of gate skins
  • Maintenance of the gauge board system
  • Cleaning, scrubbing and scraping
  • Servicing backup systems
  • Electrical inspection and maintenance
  • Hydraulic inspection and maintenance
  • Overall structural inspection

 

The lock gates stood up against last years heavy winter storm

 

If you have any questions or queries about the sea lock closure or the lock operation in general please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01946 692435 or email enquiries@whitehavenmarina.co.uk, we will be happy to help.

Tall Ship Tenacity of Bolton sailing in to Whitehaven Marina in 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

INTRODUCING TENACITY OF BOLTON, THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THE TALL SHIPS YOUTH TRUST FLEET.

The Tall Ships Youth Trust has been gifted a 16 metre Ketch by Bolton School. Tenacity of Bolton, built in 2007, provides the perfect sail training environment for young people. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Trust to grow its fleet and to expand its sail training offerings.

With this in mind, the Tall Ships Youth Trust has decided to operate the Tenacity of Bolton out of the North West with Whitehaven Marina as her base. This opens up wonderful cruising grounds around Scotland, the Isle of Man, Ireland and North Wales as well as making sail training with the Trust more accessible to young people and groups in the area.

Tenacity of Bolton: Arriving in Whitehaven in Spring

Tim Law, Marketing and Operations Director commented “We are really looking forward to being up in Whitehaven. The marina offers fantastic facilities and the surrounding area opens up new waters for our sail training crews to explore. Having a new voyage programme for Tenacity of Bolton and the North West makes 2015 an exciting year for Tall Ships.”

The Tall Ships Adventures summer 2015 programme has just launched. Highlights include the Caribbean, the Biscay Challenge, the Fastnet and the Arc. Although focused on young people between the ages of 12-25, the Trust also offers exciting adult voyages for anyone up to the age of 80.

To find out more contact Tall Ships Adventures on 023 9283 2055 or visit www.tallships.org

For further information and images or to enquire about joining a voyage as a journalist please contact:

Kelly Hughes, Tall Ships Youth Trust PR and Events Officer
Tel: 023 9283 2055, Email: kelly.hughes@tallships.org

© Tall Ships Youth Trust 2014

Bart’s Bash at Whitehaven

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

 

The world’s largest sailing event! Whitehaven Sailing and Boating Association has been registered as a venue for Bart’s Bash! Come along and join in the fun, help break the new world record and support the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation!

Bart’s Bash is a sailing race that will be run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of this charity, each club will sail an individual Bart’s Bash race at their location. This particular event is attempting to succeed in gaining a Guinness world record for “The largest sailing race in 24 hours at multiple venues.” A huge number of people have expressed an interest and signed up, currently including over 40 countries, more than 600 clubs, together with 2500 sailors and rising!

Help Set a New World Record for Bart!

How did this all begin? Andrew James Simpson, nicknamed “Bart” was an English sailor. Bart had previously represented Great Britain by winning a Gold medal during the summer 2008 Olympics in Beijing, as crew for skipper Iain Percy in the Star Class. On 9th May 2013 he tragically died in a training accident in San Francisco Bay while preparing for the America’s Cup competition. The foundation is a charity set up in Andrew’s memory in 2013 to inspire the generation of young people through sailing in the UK and around the world.

The race at Whitehaven will be held on Sunday 21st September 2014, briefing at 9.00am outside the facilities block on the Bulwark Quay, for the race to begin at 11.00am. A donation of £5 per crew member will be collected for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Come along for a fun filled day and to support this great cause!

Whitehaven Boating and Sailing Association would like to invite you to the event. Please register your interest with;

Derek O’Reilly – d.t.oreilly@gmail.com

or

David Fletcher – d.fletcher27@o2.co.uk

If you would like more information please visit; www.bartsbash.co.uk