Last Sunday Hovertravel showed its gratitude to the volunteers who make up the Shaping Portsmouth Ambassadors programme with an extra-special hovercraft experience.
Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, explained: “The Ambassadors at Shaping Portsmouth give their time for free to engage with the local community and businesses, to drive passion for the city. Their energy and enthusiasm are making a real difference across the city and beyond. Hovertravel wanted to say thank you by inviting them onboard a private charter for some fun on the Solent.”
Starting with an inshore fly-by of Fort Monckton and Fort Gilkicker, the guests were treated to demonstration of the extreme manoeuvrability of the hovercraft with 360 degree spins and then sped on at over 40 knots to fly round No Man’s Fort and Spitbank Fort before returning to Southsea. With the pilots providing an expert commentary during the flight and hosting an informal question and answer session after landing at Southsea, the visitors were given an in-depth insight to Hovertravel’s operation and had the chance to take a selfie with the world’s only year-round commercial hovercraft service.
Shaping Portsmouth Ambassadors are volunteers who live, study or work in the city and want to do something to help their local community and wider City. Ambassadors are invited to regular meetings at a variety of interesting places around the city for an update on the Ambassador project and be kept informed of new developments in the city. If you would like to become a Portsmouth Ambassador, you can find details here.
Hovertravel can organise private charters for groups, associations, clubs or parties. If you would like to find out more about the Hovercraft experience please visit the website here.