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**Brookbank e-Newsletter - February 2010**[]

    • Brookbank Canoeing & Kayaking Master Class**

Brookbank Canoes & Kayaking are delighted to announce the launch of the 'Brookbank Master Classes' in association with Canoe & Kayak UK magazine. These key note lectures/presentations will be held at the new Brookbank paddling superstore located in Waltham Abbey, North London.

    • 5th March - Rush Sturges and Tyler Bradt
Both Rush Sturges and Tyler Bradt, legends within the kayaking

world, will be present throughout the evening to talk through their experiences whilst making this incredible new edition to the River Roots movie collection.

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    • 6th May - Becky Mason - Open Canoeing

Becky acquired her paddling skills and her love for canoes from her Dad, Bill Mason, the author and filmmaker of the Path of the Paddle series. She enjoys continuing the family tradition of sharing her love of paddling by teaching canoeing using her unique hands-on instructional technique she calls Classic Solo Canoeing. Becky will be talking about her own canoeing experiences and showing clips of Justine Curgenven's "This is Canoeing" and introducing the UK to the Canadian paddlers featured in it - including Becky herself.**

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    • Brookbank Sailing Master Class**

Brookbank Sailing are delighted to announce the launch of the 'Brookbank Master Classes' in association with Dinghy Sailing magazine. These key note lectures will be held at the new Brookbank sailing superstore located in Waltham Abbey, North London and to ensure that we don't clash with sailor's time on the water, the lectures will be held on Thursday evenings at 7pm.((

Please note entry is free to Brookbank Loyalty card holders. Loyalty cards are available to purchase on the night for £4. The loyalty card entitles you to free entry to all Masterclass lectures plus gets you 10% discount in store on clothing and special offer prices on end of line kit. Valid for 12 months.

The Brookbank Master Classes are as follows:

((4th February 2010 - Jim Saltonstall - The Racing Rules

(Jim is a sailing legend and was the coach for the GBR Youth team (1977-2000), GBR Olympic team (1996 and 2000) and ISAF Youth team (2000-2008) SOLD OUT((

25th February 2010 - Steve Cockerill - The Boat Whisperer SOLD OUT((

He is the current RS300 National Champion, Blaze National Champion, UK Laser Masters National Champion (Standard Rig), Laser Masters Worlds 2nd Apprentice (Radial Rig), and Laser Radial National Champion.((

1st April 2010 - Mike McNamara - In Tune - the boat, the sailor, the rig - all in synq!!(

Top sail maker, coach and sailor - currently the Cadet National Coach and inspirational speaker on a aspects of making you go faster.((

29th April 2010 - Dave Cockerill - Single-hander wave sailing

(Dave is the RYA Topper National Coach, holds an RYA Class Coach ticket. He was the 2005 RYA Squad Coach of the year. He currently coaches the RYA Topper National Junior Squad and the Topper Class Association’s All-Girls Group as well as coaching as far afield as Ireland and Dubai.((

Plus more sailing legends to come throughout the 2010 season....

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The Boat and Caravan Show 2010 - 23rd - 28th February, Birmingham NEC

The Boat and Caravan Show 2010 is back at the NEC in Birmingham. Come and see our range of beginner, intermediate and advanced water sports equipment available. Our friendly staff will be on hand to guide you around the different disciplines of paddling and answer any questions you may have about our great value package deals.

Brookbank Canoes will be there from Tuesday the 23rd February to Sunday the 28th February.

We look forwards to seeing you.

If you are looking to buy a new boat, caravan, motorhome, tent, park

home, holiday home, lodge, 4 x 4 or simply want to research where to go on your 2010 holidays - then you need to visit the Boat & Caravan Show.

Discover exclusive new Spring model launches from the leading

caravan and motorhome manufacturers, as well as all the latest 2010 model ranges. This years show features more entry level campervan conversions than ever before!

Visit the Boat and Marine Hall sponsored by Motor Boats Monthly

magazine and explore a huge choice of river boats, narrrow boats, sports boats, luxury motoryachts, RIBs, canoes, kayaks and inflatables.

See the new 2010 range of family tents and specialist lightweight

tents - ideal for back packing - before they hit the shops. The UKs biggest indoor display of pitched tents await you in the Yeomans Tent Pavilion as well as friendly, impartial advice about the buying right canvas option from The Camping & Caravanning Club.

Theres also a whole hall of the newest lodges, park homes and holiday homes from the leading manufacturers and thousands of holiday parks and destinations from across the UK and Europe to discover.

Its a great value day-out for the whole family. As well as a huge selection of products to buy, there are loads of things for the kids to enjoy too, with canoeing and climbing (all included in the entry price!). Parking is FREE and you all receive a free show guide on arrival.

    • RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2010, 6th - 7th March, Alexandra Palace,



Brookbank Sailing is exhibiting for the first time at the annual RYA

Volvo Dinghy Show and will be stocked full of special 'Show' offers for all types of sailing. Top brands will include Neil Pryde, Gill, Henri Lloyd, Gul, Typhoon, Crewsaver, Musto, Dubarry, Ronstan, Allen, Navisafe, Hawk, Optima and much more.

Brookbank Sailing is also proud to be sponsoring the Topper Eastern Area Development Squad in 2010 and will be presenting the young sailors with the extensive Neil Pryde kit at 11.30am Saturday 6th March with a very special guest Bryony Shaw - Olympic 2008 GBR Bronze medalist - Bryony is the first ever British Medalist in Women's Windsurfing.

    • Bryony Shaw Youtube Clip


Around the show

Loads for all the family to enjoy

Skandia Team GBR Photo Gallery - come and see stunning sailing images from the ‘Blown Away’ collection

Children’s treasure hunt - navigate your way to fabulous prizes

Hundreds of boats, clubs and associations - chat, ask advice, join up

Chandlery stores galore - get the latest kit and clothing

Sunsail Kids Zone - keep the kids happy. Go to the Sunsail stand for face painting, colouring in and pick yourself up a beach ball.

60 years of racing and cruising - GP14 display in the West Corridor

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  • Brookbank London
    • *Now it is fully operational here are some pictures of our huge

new store in North London.

    • Sea Kayaking News**

Valley Sea Kayaks now available from Brookbank

Although kayaking on the sea can be traced back several thousand years through various indigenous populations, it was the introduction of the fibreglass sea kayak that led to the activity gaining popularity as a recreational pastime.

  • North Shore prices come down.*

Yes in a bid to get more people into composite sea kayaks North Shore have now streamlined production methods and removed any custom order options to make their full spec composite sea kayak range available for £1,650. the quality and designs make North Shore one of our favourite brands to deal with and its always good to report a price reduction!

Full range of demo boats will shortly be available for all our brands with advance booking required

Composite Demo Boats from Valley, North Shore, Wilderness Systems, Tahe


Trak 1600 Folding Kayak <http://www.canoesandkayaks.co.uk/product/460/TRAK_T1600_Performance_Folding_Kayak>


Hobie Pro Angler <http://www.canoesandkayaks.co.uk/product/6014/Hobie_Mirage_Pro_Angler_Hobie_Kayaks>

Eskimo Lupo <http://www.canoesandkayaks.co.uk/product/7721/Lupo_Kayak_Eskimo>

Deuce <http://www.canoesandkayaks.co.uk/product/7573/Coupe_10_Basic_Liquidlogic>

& Deuce Coupe


sit on tops from liquidlogic

Gatz Canoes

Eddyline Sea Kayaks

Mohawk Canoes

Clearwater 156 Canoe - Kawartha <http://www.canoesandkayaks.co.uk/product/4967/Clearwater_156_Canoe_Kawartha>

    • Finding the right spraydeck for your kayak:**

Every model of kayak has a slightly different cockpit size and shape, and even within a single manufacturer’s range there will be significant differences in cockpit size and shape. For this reason it is always best to try a spraydeck on your kayak’s cockpit before purchasing. A spraydeck that fits well should be easy enough to put on by yourself, and stay on the cockpit as long as you need it to. Everybody will have slightly different needs and priorities. Link <http://www.palmequipmenteurope.com/gear/spraydeck-sizing.php>