Pole dancers turn attentions to mast

ECM Bodyworks pole fitness group members with Atlas Sailing co-owner and skipper Andy Dobson, before sailing from  Fleetwood Marina. From left, Carrie Thacker, Aby Ickingrill, Shelley Blundell (above), Stacey Ennion and Emma Colsey-Nicholas.
ECM Bodyworks pole fitness group members with Atlas Sailing co-owner and skipper Andy Dobson, before sailing from Fleetwood Marina. From left, Carrie Thacker, Aby Ickingrill, Shelley Blundell (above), Stacey Ennion and Emma Colsey-Nicholas.
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This yacht certainly had the wind in its sails as pole dancing group The Hurricane blew into a marina for a day of sailing.

The pole dancers, from ECN Pole Fitness Blackpool, turned their attentions from poles to masts to sail the 50ft yacht, Atlas, across the high seas to Piel Island.

The dancers took on the challenge to sail from Fleetwood Marina up to the island, off the Cumbrian coast, and back again, led by skipper Andy Dobson and hospitality director Graham Zirfas, who set up their company Atlas Sailing to offer team bonding corporate days out with a difference to firms.

And after word got around that the dancers would be on board, they were heartily cheered on by a large group of men who turned out to see them take to the seas.

Andy said: “Although the day was somewhat grey and overcast this didn’t dampen any spirits. The girls, collectively known as The Hurricane, quickly made their mark on Fleetwood.

“Prior to their arrival word had got around the marina of the impending trip so ‘coincidentally’ on the day there were quite a few men hanging around the pontoon.”

After entertaining their new shipmates with a few pole dancing moves, the girls wasted no time taking to the helm and later helping to anchor the vessel.

Emma Colsey-Nicholls, owner of ECN Pole Fitness, said: “We had a brilliant time.

“It was really good to get out and do something different.

“It was different to what we normally do but we were all fit enough to keep up.”

The Bavaria 50 yacht is one of the biggest in the North West, powered by a more than 120m2 of sail which the girls, all aged between 25 and 35, all helped to put up and down along the voyage.

Emma added: “There was a raised eyebrow [when six pole dancers wanted to sail] but we’re just normal people up for a laugh and want to experience new things. The team building and working together aspect was fantastic.”