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A Fantastic Turnout at Lymington Yacht Haven’s Open Day

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14 August 2014

Berth holders, the local boating community and the visiting public enjoyed a fun active day on and off the water on Sunday 10th August when they attended a special Open Day at Lymington Yacht Haven.

Despite the change in the weather, the Marina Open Day was a huge success as hundreds of people enjoyed a whole host of activities in a large marquee overlooking the marina.

Lymington Yacht Haven supplied free bacon rolls and coffee to welcome the crowds in the morning, and when the sun came out in the afternoon visitors were tempted by the ice creams available from the on-site Nick Cox Chandlery.

Some visitors were able to get out on the water with Solent RIB Charters for some fast lapping in the western Solent within close reach of Hurst Castle. The majority of Yacht Haven's business tenants attended the event and chatted to Berth Holders and visitors about the products and services on offer. Paul Glatzel of Aquasafe Powerboat School ran model boat races on a boating pond, which had been specially erected in the marquee for the event. Two lucky winners received a remote control model Lifeboat to take home with them at the end of the day.

Both berth holders and the local boating community were invited to hand in out-of-date flares free of charge, as part of the Hampshire Police Marine Unit’s Flare Amnesty hosted by Lymington Yacht Haven on the day, and hundreds of people braved the rain to bring them in. A record number of 2400 out-of-date flares were collected. A spectacular cloud of smoke went up over the marina on Sunday afternoon when Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading Bomb Disposal companies, safely destroyed some 130+ damaged marine flares that had been recovered as part of the Flare Amnesty.

Rupert Wagstaff, Director of Lymington Yacht Haven, said: “The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for sailors who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures. We were pleased to be able to offer a safe, legal solution to the problem and we’d like to thank Hampshire Police Marine Unit and Ramora UK for working with us to provide a free and easy way for our berth holders and local sailors to dispose of hazardous out-of-date flares. Following the success of this year’s initiative we’d be delighted to host this service again in the future.”

A Lymington Yacht Haven berth holder, Kate Thornton remarked on the day “The open day had a real buzz about it and we were very impressed by the choice of activities in the marquee. We hadn’t appreciated the wide range of services offered on-site at the marina and thank you for the opportunity to meet so many of the tenants under one roof. Our eldest grandchild had great fun racing the model lifeboats while our youngest enjoyed having her face painted and trying her hand at loom bands, and best of all they both had a huge grin on their face after our exhilarating RIB ride up the river; it was a great fun day for all of us.”

Lymington Yacht Haven ran a free prize draw for a yacht owner to get their boat lifted and scrubbed, and Mr & Mrs Gaskell of Sea Spirit, a Fairline Phantom 38, were the lucky winners.

Missed the event but want to know more?

For any enquiries about berthing or boatyard services at Lymington Yacht Haven or any of Yacht Haven’s on-site tenants please contact 01590 677071 or lymington@yachthavens.com and the marina team will be more than happy to assist.