Bart’s Bash, Sunday 21 September 2014

The Andrew Simpson Foundation is attempting to break the Guinness World Record by having “The Largest Sailing Race in 24 Hours (Multiple Venues)” Guinness World Record attempt

Colin Weston invites any cruisers who are not already taking part in any other organised entry to join Medway Yacht Club on Sunday.  The estimated start time for cruisers is 11.30 and 11.40. Race control on the day is on VHF Channel 37.

If any cruisers from any other MSBA club want to join us can they gather up river of MYC well before the start time – they should be aware that there will be dinghy racing starting earlier. We do need a race entry form and donation (all of which goes to the sailing foundation) and the form is below – this needs to be returned to MYC or Chatham Marina before the race.

To take part and be part of the record attempt at Medway Yacht Club you will need to sign up to race at and follow the ‘sign me up’ link and create an ‘account’ (not a financial account unless you want to follow the Just Giving link to fundraise). If you do not sign up you can still take part in the race so register on the Sunday morning.

Registration on the day is 0800hrs and 0930 for group 1 and 0800hrs to 1000hrs for group 2 on the morning of the 21st September in MYC library or by completing the attached form at Chatham Marina.

We are asking a minimum contribution of £5 per boat/person which we will collect from you at registration, all of which will go to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

It is the intention to sail the Magula Trophy on the 21st but this is to be confirmed.

Pirates Cave have donated a prize to the first boat in each group over the finish line. So many thanks to them for their kind donations.

Schedule – timings

The provisional schedule of start times (subject to any changes depending on how many boats we get):   

Group 1

  • Oppies    10.00 hrs   
  • Toppers & PY ≥ 1116  10.10   
  • Dinghies   PY  ≤ 1115  10.20  (not Wayfarers)

Group 2

  • Slow Cruisers   11.30   
  • Fast Cruisers   11.40   
  • Dragons and Sonatas 11.50   
  • Squibs and Wayfarers 12.00 

This schedule and the group of classes for each start may change so check the MYC Bart’s Bash homepage (see below). We will post any last minute changes on the club notice board on the morning of 21st September.


Briefing will be at 0930hrs for group 1 and 1030hrs for group 2 on the morning of the 21st.


The course will be decided on the day depending on the wind direction and conditions.

We are planning a prize giving as soon as we can after racing.

Last Note; As this race has mushroomed to a massive Worldwide event it has become a huge organisational fete, the organisers have had to change many details to fit in with the Guinness World Records Organisation, who are very strict. We need to have at least 25 boats taking part so please support the event by signing up (so we know too) and turning up!

Any questions please email me on

Bart’s Bash Social

Saturday 20th September 2014. On Saturday evening at 7.30pm there is a supper and raffle to raise money for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. It is a 3 course supper with coffee for £20 – £5 of which is going to the charity. Please book your table and pay at the office

  • Starter: Salmon & Coriander Fishcake with Lime Salsa
  • Main: Stuffed Chicken Breast with Parma Ham and Asparagus. Served with a Hollandaise Sauce. Served with New potatoes and Green Beans.
  • Dessert:   Chocolate Fondant with Honeycomb Ice Cream
  • Coffee.

More details of the event:

Keep away from the LNG terminal!

Kevin Beacon of Medway VTS informs us that there have been several recent breaches of the exclusion zone. To put it simply, pleasure craft must keep at least 150 metres away from the terminal. If a tanker is present, the exclusion zone increases to 250 metres. See relevant Notice to Mariners

18th century Russian ship visits Chatham

russian shipThe Shtandart, a faithful replica of Russia’s first warship built for Peter the Great in 1703, has arrived in the Medway. The tsar, using the name Peter Mikhailov, learned the art of shipbuilding from Dutch and English shipwrights when Chatham dockyard was at its peak. Shtandart was accompanied as far as Rochester Bridge by the Medway Ports launch, then turned back and berthed outside Chatham Marina this afternoon.

If you want to sail on Shtandart from Chatham to Ramsgate on 17-19 September, cost £99, click here.

Boats that go bump

Several boats have been damaged this year on their moorings in Gillingham Reach and Short Reach. Max Taylor, Deputy Harbourmaster, suggests that owners report any damage to their vessels direct to Medway VTS (email or phone 01795 663025) and Kent Police, including the state and extent of damage (photographic evidence welcome), approximate time and any additional evidence such as unusual paint/scuff marks. One recent incident in Gillingham Reach left red paint on the damaged yacht. With luck Medway VTS may have a CCTV recording of the incident which will assist an investigation.

Could your club use help from the RYA?

RYA Workshops

This series of workshops covers a number of topics within Club Development and is your opportunity to hear the latest from the regional team of RYA Development Officers, meet other clubs and share good practice. They are completely FREE for all RYA affiliated clubs.

The workshops take place in October, November and January at Medway Yacht Club and other venues. Click here for venues and dates. Each workshop will begin at 7pm. Please encourage a variety of members and committee members to attend from your club. To book your place please email Sam Rowe ( or Andy Hooper (

Queenborough YC raises £1600 for Macmillan

Chris Knibbs, secretary of Queenborough Yacht Club, informs us that the club’s open day on Saturday raised over £1600 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The event included a hog roast and boat jumble.

Peel Ports in new economy drive?

Lightship under towPeel Ports are replacing and refurbishing the navigational marks in the Medway. Wil Pretty snapped this today and wondered if it could be one of the replacement port hand marks…

Winter Warmers from the CA

Clifford Mickleburgh, who runs the Kent section of the Cruising Association, warmly invites all Medway/Swale boaters to a series of winter talks at the Dog and Bear in Lenham. The talks start at 8 pm but the pub serves good food so you may want to go earlier, say 7 pm, for a meal. It’s best to phone before 5 pm and tell them what you want so there will be less wait for everyone. A small charge of £3 is made for CA members and non-members for the talks.

On Thursday 9 October, we are fortunate to have Captain Bill Sadler, Master of the Trinity House flagship vessel, Patricia, which works around the coast of England, Wales and the Channel Islands undertaking aid to navigation maintenance work, towing, wreck location and marking amongst other projects. You can also enjoy a cruise with a difference joining her as a passenger and see how she completes her vital work. Other talks to follow will be:

  • Thursday, 13 November 2014   The adventures of Santy
  • Thursday, 11 December 2014    James and Carol Littlewood – Paddington
  • Thursday,   8 January 2015       Neil and Pat Lynn “Alexandroupolis or Bust”
  • Thursday, 12 February 2015     The Marine Accident Investigation Board
  • Thursday, 12 March 2015          Members’ Presentations

New bridge over the Medway


Work is to start soon on a new bridge at Holborough giving access from the A228 to a thousand new homes on the east side of the river. We understand that there will be at least 8 metres clearance under the bridge.

Davies says No to Estuary Airport

airportSir Howard Davies has formally rejected plans for a new London airport on the Isle of Grain on grounds that it would be too risky and too expensive. Environmental and wildlife concerns, and the need to deal with the Montgomery wreck, weighed heavily in the decision.