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Old 05 December 2002, 05:37   #11
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I am a student there at the moment. With over 150 members, the uni sailing and powerboat club is as strong as ever
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Old 05 December 2002, 05:45   #12
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I've been fighting the urge to do this but can do so no longer..........

On the UoP sailing & powerboat club website. Please tell me that the description of powerboat trips is a bit of post modern ironic humour and not indicative of quality of spelling from current Plymouth students!

"In the past we have also organize powerboat trips to The Tamar, Torky, Cargreen, Saltash, Newtonfrees, Bovesad and Corsand. We are currently plnning more trips to places like Lew, Salcombe and Dartmouth so look out for notices."

Lew? Torky? Corsand? .... Cor Blimey !
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Old 05 December 2002, 05:55   #13
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My spelling is crap but the web site was created by someone that has been in a boat twice. It is also just a bit out of date!

What is this Sailing and Powerboat club. Mike U mean the Powerboat and sailing Club!
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Old 05 December 2002, 06:32   #14
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Yes, I am still here studying my books like a good student! And I do occasionally use a dictionary!

Union street is an experience for a quiet Islander type like myself.

As for the Sailing and Powerboat Club at the Uni?

Financially restricted to say the least. The Uni does provide a lot of powerboat courses to HSE divers and the like! About 250 people through PB2 each year. So we must be doing something right.

The website should be updated soon as I understand from this years comittee, but, is likely to have a more sailing slant due to the interests of those involved.

Dave, you can kick some rear end on your return next year!!
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Old 05 December 2002, 06:39   #15
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That sounds like a good idear. I still have the site and the passwords so i could change it if i could find a spare 5 mins. We will see. U teaching this weekend Karl.
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Old 05 December 2002, 08:27   #16
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Those were the days!

The days when the Powerboat club were at there best were 1992 - 1996. There was a huge following, ques to get boats, ques (at 4am) outside student servces to get on Level 4 courses!

Belived to have had the highest number of power instructors working at one establishment durring 1994-96, there were dozens of us.
OK, well, two dozen +.

Unfortunately the current students don't get up to much now, especially as the Student Sailing championships (held in wet and wild November) have moved to Portland harbour.

Not used to heavy weather as over time the experiance has fallen off and they have to keep it safe. (Grant you, there are a couple of exceptions experiance wise)

Combination of lack of people to be taught and the charges that the uni make for sailng / powerboating are running it down.

That said the uni kit is still excellent now it has been modified (polar circles) to the way it should have been on day one, the ribs we (the club) bought have been sold, we raised alot of money and bought alot of kit, which the uni has taken over and sold for its coffers.


As for Jaspers, I like the Jasperiser and a chocolate.
don't forget your 20p for the mug.
Cheap mug!!!


As for union street, they still have civil and military police vans running up the pavement to block the doors as the police pile in, though granted, not the same as my first summer when they sealed the street off at both ends and allowed people to fight for 15 minutes before picking up the pieces.

Gypsy Moth is a good little pub though, still looks like the marines live there. I'm not military, but in Plymouth you always know someone who is / has been, and Union St is not the place to kick off.

Whats the web address for the club now?
I will have a peak

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Old 05 December 2002, 09:21   #17
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The address to the club web site that is out of date is www.sailpower.org.uk

The rules and regulations are killing the power boating. Not allowed out in more than a 5 which is sensible for people that have never been on the water before, but leaves other using their own boats. The equipment needs refresh but the polar circles are very interesting now and completely student proof. The new councils on them make them ideal for their job.

p.s. should be powersail.org.uk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05 December 2002, 09:22   #18
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http://sailpower.org.uk

Thats all true!

They are now charging 70 for a PB2 which I accept in the commercial world is nothing. However for a University it is very steep!!! Although the instructors do get paid very well now ( so i can afford to go to Union street)

The Polar Circles Superb ?Ribs? not inflatable but made of Gas pipe - check the website if you want to see them.

Great for teaching and great in the rough.

I should use one at the rib net conference in May. We could play chicken in them!!!
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Old 05 December 2002, 09:25   #19
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You could play chicken in a pig no problem with a rib. U could prob play chicken with a tanker and come off better. I have seen one take a lump out of a stone wall on a pb2 course ammazing stuf gas pipe! Problem is that you have to be realy carfull of the slipways don't want to be replacing them to oftern!
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Old 05 December 2002, 09:30   #20
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Polar Circles

I read an article in Maritime Jourrnal about the polar Circles and their testing. The sponsons are supposedly bullet proof from a range of 2m.

With the british navy and their recent navigational errors lets hope this wont be tested when they do firing practice.
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