To begin with, the Sunderland Marina is a recreational and housing area on the north bank of the River Wear. In fact, it is in Roker around a mile down from the Wearmouth Bridge. Together with the help of a £1m lottery grant, the Marine Activities Centre opened in 1994. Indeed, it was round the world yachtsman, Chay Blyth, that opened the facilities.
Sunderland Marina Facilities
The Sunderland Marina has built up an enviable reputation for its superb facilities already. Its provision of high quality training is also second to none. The Marina provides an excellent base for North East cruising together with excellent facilities ashore.
Of course, housed within the four storey Marine Activities Centre are a number of organisations. They include an Italian restaurant, a cafe with panoramic views and a boating club complete with bar. Other residents also include Northumbria Police, Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Sea Scouts.
Built on and around the former North Docks, the Marina complex has room for many boats. As a matter of fact, there are 132 pontoon moorings and 95 fore and aft moorings. Since the Marina is at the mouth of the River Wear, users have quick access to the North Sea. The area has 24 hour access with staff and a CCTV system of course. Moreover, water, electricity, fuel and showers are available.
The Water Sports Centre is centrally located on the Marina itself of course. The Marine Activities Centre offers dinghy sailing, canoeing, kayaking, surf sports, climbing and power boating. The Marine Activities Centre also offers classes during schools holidays to help keep the kids active. It also welcomes visiting boats and the opportunity to follow the Riverside Sculpture Trail.
North Dock Tufa
It is a small accumulation of calcium carbonate and is in the shape of a dome with stalactites and stalagmites.
In short, the discovery of this geological feature came about in 1992 when the redevelopment plan was under way. Furthermore, its in a small corner of the Sunderland Marina and is a ‘must see’ feature for all visitors. The formation is still growing and geologists use it for teaching purposes.
Obviously, this is the norm due to their location.
Finally, for more information about the Sunderland Marina: Post code: SR6 0PW – Telephone: 0191 514 4721 – website.