Lay Up For Winter – Boat Out of Water Checklist

It’s that time again – with boats coming out of the water, a few simple hints and tips can ensure that re-commissioning in Spring will be much more straightforward.**

  1. Give the bottom a thorough power-wash and also wash down the topsides and deck.
  1. Give the interior a thorough wash down with a disinfectant solution to prevent any build up of mould and mildew whilst laid up.
  1. Winterize your engine:
    1. Top off your fuel tank to prevent build up of condensation.
    2. Drain and flush the cooling system before replenishing with anti-freeze mix.
    3. Change the oil and the oil filter.
  1. Winterize plumbing by either draining it completely or refilling with anti-freeze.  Water and holding tanks should be flushed with anti-bacterial solution and drained.
  1. Disconnect and remove the battery – alternatively set up a battery charger to maintain it through any long period of inactivity.
  1. Check the hull for any damaged paintwork or cracks – repair and reseal with a good wax coat.
  1. Provide your boat with a properly fitting cover to protect it from rain, snow and frost.
  1. Ensure that, although protected, there is always good airflow to prevent build up of damp and mildew.
  1. Keep the sea cocks and drains open to prevent build up of any water from rain or leaks.
  1. Grease all parts that require it to protect from corrosion.

Click to download these tips as a handy PDF to print and keep.

**These hints and tips are provided for useful information only and Christopher Rowe Limited accept no responsibility for any resulting consequences.

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What’s On – Penzance/Newlyn – August Bank Holiday



Saturday 26 August 2017:

Pirate Saturday – 10am – 4pm

Children’s and Adults Treasure Hunts and many shops with special pirate deals. From Causewayhead to Chapel Street. For more details: Pirate Saturday


Penlee Park Theatre – Romeo and Juliet – 7.30pm

It’s MODS V ROCKERS! Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers theme. For more details: Romeo and Juliet

Tickets: CRBO Tickets or call the Box Office on 01726 879500


Sunday 27 August 2017:

Pirates on the Prom – Penzance Prom – 12 – 7pm

Guinness World Records Attempt to regain our title as ‘LARGEST GATHERING OF PIRATES’ – 15,000 Pirates needed To Win!  All pirates must be in the designated area on Penzance Prom by 4pm to be included in the count at 4 – 4.10pm.  Entertainment on the Prom from 12-7pm.  For more details, including what to wear, please visit: Pirates on the Prom


Penlee Park Theatre – Tales from the Trees – 2pm

‘Tales from the Trees’ by Squashbox Theatre is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology.  ‘Tales from the Trees’ is 50 minutes long and suitable for children aged 5+ and their families.  For more details: Tales from the Trees.

Tickets: CRBO Tickets or call the Box Office on 01726 879500


Penlee Park Theatre – Macbeth – 7.30pm

Shakespeare’s dramatic story of ambition turned bad is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks’ hilarious new musical, steampunk-style adaptation.  For more details: Macbeth.

Tickets: CRBO Tickets or call the Box Office on 01726 879500


Monday 28 August 2017:

Newlyn Fish Festival – 9am – 5pm

One of the biggest and best celebrations of the sea, seafood and fishing in the country.  Fish cookery demonstrations, fish display, crab picking demonstrations, two music stages, luggers in the harbour, trawlers racing, gigs sprinting, children’s rides, entertainment and education, lots of fabulous food to enjoy plus art & craft stalls to explore.  For more details: Newlyn Fish Festival

Admission: £5.00 (free entrance for children under 16) tickets at the gate. (Fishermen’s complimentary tickets available from the CFPO office.)


Penlee Park Theatre – The Princess and the Pig – 6.30pm

Folksy Theatre are delighted to be returning to Penlee following last season’s sell-out performance of the Smartest Giant in Town, in 2017 we have their musical adaptation of Jonathan Emmett’s “The Princess & The Pig’.  An exciting new show for friends & family, an open-air production, filled with music, and puppetry!  For more details: The Princess and the Pig.

Tickets: CRBO Tickets or call the Box Office on 01726 879500





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Vintage Car Rally – Penzance – Saturday 15 July 2017


The Rotary Club of Penzance is holding a Vintage Car Rally on the Western Promenade in Penzance on Saturday 15th July from 10.00 – 16.00.

There will be a wide range of cars from the 1920s until the early 1970s, so there will be lots of superbly restored cars to see and marvel at.

In addition, there will be a good range of traders on the Promenade for those that fancy a little bit of retail therapy. As it should be a bright and warm summer’s day, there will be a number of refreshment stalls as well to satisfy various tastes and preferences.

During the day, it is anticipated that there also will be musical inputs from some local schools.

Please come along to what promises to be a really good family day out with plenty to see and do.

The best part of the Rally is that it is free, although the Rotary Club of Penzance will be carrying out a street collection in aid of local charities, throughout the day.

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Cornwall Under 15 Cricket Team to tour the West Indies

Fully endorsed and supported by the Cornwall Schools’ Cricket Association and the Cornwall Cricket Board, the Cornwall Under 15 Cricket Team will tour the West Indies from Tuesday 28 March 2017 until Thursday 13 April 2017.

The tour will take in practises and matches in Barbados together with matches in Trinidad and a day-night match against Trinidad and Tobago.

It’s a great opportunity for the young squad to gain experience on different pitches – and to face a variety of different bowling and systems they may not have seen before.

We are pleased to advertise in the Tour Brochure and wish the squad an enjoyable and successful tour.

To support the squad, please contact Malcolm Broad:




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A Muddy Run for Cancer Research

One of our staff members, Kelly, has been persuaded by her sister to take part in the Race for Life Cornwall Pretty Muddy 5k run in September, together with some of her sister’s work colleagues – the ‘Trauma Girls’ at Treliske Hospital.

Basically, as far as she has been led to understand, it is a 5k run with obstacles and lots and lots of mud! We are sure that her sister has sugar-coated it a bit and she will end up looking like a swamp monster from one of the old black and white horror movies!

However, it is all in a good cause as she is raising money for cancer research, which, as some of you will know, is currently affecting a couple of her very close friends. Training is going well, although there is not much mud around to practise in due to the glorious weather we are having at the moment. Although we are sure that the element of surprise will be much better on the day for not having trained in mud!

We will be posting pictures of the creature from the black lagoon after the event so that you can all have a laugh at the state she ended up in and hope to post a few updates on how the training is going. With only a few weeks to go, it is time to really hit the tarmac and lay off the delicious cakes that the boss’s wife makes for us!

If you would like to sponsor Kelly, the link to her Just Giving page is:

Any donations will be gratefully received and will help Cancer Research to continue to find ways to fight this wicked disease.


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“Vertigo Sea” at Newlyn Art Gallery – 30 April-25 June 2016

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John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea is a three-screen, 48-minute meditation on humankind’s relationship with the sea, and an exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration and whaling.

Fusing dramatic footage from the BBC’s Natural History Unit, archival material from British Film Institute and newly shot tableaux in the Isle of Skye, the Faroe Islands and Norway, Vertigo Sea draws upon two remarkable books: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Heathcote Williams’ epic poem Whale Nation (1988). The work explicitly highlights the greed, horror and cruelty of the whaling industry, evoking memories of the slave trade, whilst juxtaposing sequences of migrants making a terrifying and dangerous journey across the ocean in search of a ‘better life’.

The immersive installation delivers a timely and potent reminder of current issues around global migration, the refugee crisis and ecological concerns.

John Akomfrah is an artist and filmmaker whose works are characterised by their investigations into personal and collective histories and memory, cultural, ethnic and personal identity, postcolonialism and temporality. Importantly, his focus is most often on giving voice to the experience of the African diaspora in Europe and the USA.

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Opening Event: The Exchange, Friday 29 April 2016.  All welcome.  7.30-9pm (Members-only Reception 6.30-7.30pm). With pay bar and food. FREE – no need to book.

Vertigo Sea is presented at Newlyn Art Gallery with financial support from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund awarded to Arnolfini, Bristol as the lead venue for the tour. During 2016 and 2017 the work travels to further venues in the UK including Turner Contemporary in Margate and The Whitworth, Manchester.

For more details contact


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Marmalade the Mouse…


Marmalade the Mouse is the star character in a Great British Series of children’s books written and illustrated by Lucy Magicmaker, who was born in The South Hams in South Devon in 1967. Part Devonian & Part Cornish, Lucy has a strong bond to the energy and landscape of The West Country, which is where her first few Marmalade the Mouse books are set. After spending many years of her life travelling the globe working for “huge corporations”, Lucy returned to her birthplace with a strong belief that “less might well be more?” Sitting down at her kitchen table, she slowly but steadily built a miniature mouse-sized company that she could call her own … and [without any frills or fuss] quietly became a writer and illustrator.

Book 2 of Marmalade the Mouse’s Great British Adventures is set in Cornwall and is called:

The Story of Marmalade the Mouse and His Cornish Adventure


In The Cornish Adventure, Marmalade the Mouse boards a train to London. At least that’s where he thought he was going until he slipped into hibernation on the Paddington to Penzance service, only to wake up months later at the wrong end of the line!


Marmalade suddenly finds himself in a Cornish world filled with pirates and smugglers, fairies and kings. Together with his new friend Sybil, a bossy old seagull from Penzance, they embark on a series of crazy adventures … right on the Cornish edge!


Sybil the Seagull of Penzance is Marmalade the Mouse’s co-star throughout this Cornish Adventure and narrates the tale from start to finish in her hilarious broad Cornish dialect.  A great book to read aloud to children – and very funny!

Book 1 in the series is set on the muddy banks of the River Dart in The South Hams, Devon and is called:

The Story of Marmalade the Mouse and His Jammy Adventure


In The Devon-based Jammy Adventure, Marmalade has the utterly disastrous idea of setting up a jam factory! The story is set on the banks of The River Dart in the muddiest, cow-pattiest, windiest depths of South Devon, right at the point where the land meets the sea.


The Devon lanes and autumn hedgerows are bulging with blackberries and fruits, and for a brief moment Marmalade’s plan looks set to succeed. But as autumn turns to winter and the nights grow colder, things begin to go horribly wrong! This is a story about never giving up, no matter how impossible something may seem.

Children will LOVE the adventures of Marmalade the “irrepressible” Mouse, and you can buy signed and dedicated First Editions in the Marmalade the Mouse online shop priced £14.50 each – great value for such beautifully made hardback books with amazing watercolour illustrations.  When in the online shop, you may also find yourself tempted by the super cute handmade Marmalade the Mouse, and his little clothes … with a different mini mouse-sized outfit to go with each book, not to mention the Signed Limited Edition prints of the front covers.

With The London Adventure coming out next, Marmalade the Mouse is one to watch!



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Transition 2016 at Newlyn Art Gallery – 16 February 2016 to 12 March 2016

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Transition is an opportunity for artists to use the gallery space to consider how a series of works is developing or to try out ideas for an installation or interactive project. Each artist is given a weeklong slot in either the lower or upper gallery, with a total of eight projects over the four weeks. Throughout their week the artists re-evaluate their work and respond to visitors’ comments. Each project is in a constant state of flux, without the constraints of a finalised exhibition. Since the first Transition in 2000, more than 150 artists have taken part and benefited from the opportunity it offers. Transition remains unique to Newlyn Art Gallery, and has become a vital part of the programme, gaining national acclaim.

Week One: Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th February

Lower Gallery: James Thurgood

Frame: Using a selection of 20 found images from printed media, ’Frame’ is a participatory, image-based investigation into how we read and interpret images and visual language.

Upper Gallery: Cate Smith

A dynamic installation exploring the perception of time through movement and change, filming the process and allowing members of the public to view and discuss the project as a performance.

Week Two: Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th February

Lower Gallery: Angela Cockayne

A Cornish Expedition: An interdisciplinary and curious journey, which is both a voyage around a studio and the Cornish coastline; weaving narratives and objects, to investigate themes.

Upper Gallery: James Hankey

Welcoming assistance from gallery visitors, James will be experimenting with the placement of hundreds of small mirrors to create, reveal and question the potential of focal points.

Week Three: Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th March

Lower Gallery: Jo Willoughby

Irreducible Particularity: Testing an experimental and process-based working method, Jo will gather together signifiers and artefacts of everyday life to create an evolving site-specific assemblage.

Upper Gallery: Sam Bassett

Using the space as a studio, Sam will work with visitors through discussion and direction to construct new pieces, using a variety of mediums.

Week Four: Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12th March

Lower Gallery: Bram Thomas Arnold

An English Pilgrimage: A wooden hermitage, constructed from flotsam found along St Michael’s Way, will become a site for poetic and book-bound reflections on a series of walks.

Upper Gallery: Drawing Down the Feminine (led by Kate Walters)

This project will explore and negotiate an understanding of the hidden world of the feminine principle through paintings, drawings, sculpture, film, writing, talks, workshops and music.

Artists’ Discussions:

Each Friday morning at 11am in The Studio Café, Newlyn Art Gallery (19th & 26th February and 4th & 11th March). Join the week’s artists and curator Blair Todd as they discuss the progress of their residency. Free, no booking required, just turn up.

For more details contact –  Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn TR18 5PZ




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