BKSA Blackpool Round 4

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Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:54 am

Thanks Tony for sorting out a little misunderstanding. See you thursday night.
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Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:59 pm

I was at Starr Gate last night (but the wind wasn't :( )

Had a good look round from the perspective of us having a comp here (I tend to take the surrounding area for granted!) There is a large concreted area around the back of the BLCC, I would recommend that if you are planning van parties or just enjoying tunes from your van sound system, that you head as far as possible to the sea wall, adjacent to the BLCC boat storage area, Those wishing for a more peaceful evening should keep up near the BLCC building itself!

I may have been a bit lean with my suggested walking time to south pier, probably a little longer than 10 minutes, I've only ever gone that route on the water :oops:

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Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:52 pm

it is a far walk from starr gate to central pier , a skateboard and a small power kite on very short lines makes for a good trip ...

any one wishing to camp give me a bell and i will sort it out within the south compound

thanks phil 07903492577
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Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:23 am

Phil, PM at ya with a few names who have requested camping

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Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:30 am

Re: Saturday night

The Logicals reconveined after a summer break last night in preperation for this event (and some Manchester dates in September)

A bit about the band, we play regular gigs around Manchester, sometimes venturing out into surrounding cities such as Liverpool and Chester, with the odd trip to London (Alabama 3 support) etc. The sound has been described as a mix of The Stones, Primal scream, The Who and Pearl Jam, we probably got a Manc' vibe going on cos thats were we sprouted from

We play all our own tracks, and play the sort of venues that support that sort of thing around Manchester, such as Moho, Academy, Night and Day, as opposed to being a pub covers band!
We don't normally play songs by other poeple, cos they never played any of ours, but we do have a selection of classic trackes by bands such as The who, Primal Scream and The Clash for occasions such as this!

The BLCC is gonna be busy and we're hoping that the room will get hot and bounce!

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Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:50 am

Tony if it's anything like the finals a few years ago don't worry it will bounce and some people's heads will be used as mops as well!
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Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:54 am

wackos00 wrote:Tony if it's anything like the finals a few years ago don't worry it will bounce and some people's heads will be used as mops as well!
Yes, that was a good night, that is of course a reference to Dave " mop head" Ibbotson!

Many other good parties have been and gone at the BLCC, it always rocks

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Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:36 pm

hey guys. all sounds a bit better now.

I went and had a ride up where the comp site is today,
Conditions were really nice, nice lagoons are forming throughout the tide, and also the waves were surprisingly clean up there.

Im now looking foreward to it. Lets hope its pretty windy :-D
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Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:02 pm

Tony / Rich -

I appreciate the efforts you are making to explain this but having re-read all the above and clicked on the links, I am still confused. Part of the problem is that I think you are assuming your audience knows their way around the City, which not all of us do. For example, you refer to BLCC but do not explain what it is. I Google it and the only hits are for the Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.

I think we need maps and postcodes showing where the various parking options are.

Trying to decide whether to come or not and parking/access and whether I lose my spot if I try to get from the overnight spot to the day spot etc etc. is a key issue. Ordinarily this would not be such a big issue but as it is a Bank Holiday I assume the place will be heaving with pressure on spaces and traffic jams etc. Will be a nightmare if this is not thought through carefully in advance.

Thanks,

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Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:10 pm

BLCC = Blackpool Light Craft Club (the local sailing club)
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Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:52 am

The BLCC is indeed the Blackpool light craft club and it is at Starr gate, which is the south end of Blackpool!

From the M55, follow the signs for the airport, you will do a left turn at a roundabout with a merc' dealer on the right hand side, there is a filter lane for traffic going left due to the volume of traffic going straight on into the big blackpool car parks, this road is the A5230, Progress Way, changing to Squires Gate Lane
Once you turn left, follow the road, round a roundabout, thru several sets of lights, past the airport and eventually you come to a Junction, left is lytham, right is along the promenade road, there is a small road ahead of you, you will see a car park on the right of this road and a white building beyond, this is the BLCC.

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I am assuming we will be parking on the car park in the concreted are behind the BLCC, there will be people around from Thursday afternoon, I will be there around 5 I hope!
I will get post code for BLCC for sat nav users

Choose your travel times carefully, the M6 will have traffic heading to blackpool and also the lake district and will probably get busy around the Preston area, those joining the M6 from the M61 south of Preston will also see heavy traffic in this area, south of Preston.
The M55 can get backed up and crawl into Blackpool for several miles

Friday evening should be OK on M55, but M6 will be busy with poeple heading north after work

I know this traffic info is obvious cos its bank holiday weekend, but I already spoke to someone who changed their travel plans as a result of this info!

I can be contacted on 07834452180 if you need more info

Cheers

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Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:09 pm

....but the blcc is 20 minutes walk away from the comp area - where can people park their vans/cars SAFELY and close by to the action?
the details on the bksa site suggest drop off time windows and then go find a place to park - which will be nightmare for anyone arriving after 11am ???

people need to know - locals dont seem to know ???
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Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:19 pm

Thanks Tony.

Reading all the above together I think I will:

- try to arrive at BLCC by 09.00 Saturday
- park at one of the BLCC car parks (who do we ask to reserve a space, if we can?)
- leave the van there all day Saturday so as not to lose my spot
- find a way to get to the comp site (tram in my wetsuit with gear?) and back. I have dealt with worse

If this plan seems defective or there is a better way, do enlighten me. Otherwise, that's my plan.

BA
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Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:23 pm

Parking has been explained in earlier posts.
Plenty of spaces at south shore and competitor parking near event site. Additional parking can be had around the event site on the prom or in the surrounding streets e.g 2 pay and display on Rigby road
Is any parking safe with a car full of kit!

If I were visiting blackpool I'd park at south shore, which is a round £3 for 12 hours, anywhere else is expensive like any other big town, but most the locals know this :wink:

If you are free riding, I would suggest staying around south shore, you can ride up to south pier if the wind direction is right. the comp area is on the other side of south pier.

It's bank holiday weekend, it's gonna be busy, get in there early!!!

T
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Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:34 pm

Quick question Tony or whoever...

Is South Shore car park the big one at starr gate ? Was under the impression this was free for competitors or did I misread an earlier post. Am quite happy to dump all the kite gear in the marquee then leave van either at starr gate or hopefully in the competitor parking area closer by. Bringing the BMX for blatting about on.

Looking forward to it. :-D


edit... sorry just looked at the map and obviously south shore is not starr gate. We do get free parking at starr gate though ?
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