Wayfarer Eastern Championships

Wayfarer champs 2017

Photo Mike Spurgin

The Wayfarer Eastern Championships were held by Medway Yacht Club at the weekend in gusty westerly winds. As you can see in the photo, the new orange MSBA race marks were used. If your club would like to use these or the original white ones, please contact MYC.

East Farleigh Lock to reopen on 21 July

East Farleigh lock nearly ready

Photo Yalding Boaters

The Environment Agency, which manages the non-tidal Medway, is reported to be confident that East Farleigh Lock will reopen on the afternoon of Friday 21 July. There may be a scramble as boats which have waiting all season to move up or down the river will take the opportunity to move.

Medway Dinghy Regatta, 8/9 July 2017

Medway Dinghy Regatta 2017

Medway Regatta Entry Form 2017

Medway Dinghy Regatta Sailing Iinstructions 2017

Rochester Pier closures, 15 and 21 July

On Sat 15 July and Fri 21 July Medway Council will be using Rochester Pier for fireworks: 15 July for Castle Concert Proms, 21 July for Medway Mile. For safety reasons access will not be allowed from 10am each morning for a 24hr period.

Missing inflatable and outboard

Has anyone has seen a grey Avon Redstart inflatable dinghy with silver Honda 2.3hp outboard, which went missing last night (Tues/Wed) from a yacht on the Hoo Ness YC moorings? The owner believes it came loose by itself but has searched for it today without success. The tender is marked “T/T Aurai” but this is very faded. If you have any information, please call Charles Hessey on 07720 147010.

UPDATE: the dinghy has been found, minus the outboard, near Sun Pier. It is now clear that this was the work of thieves.

Demolition of Kingsnorth Power Station, 27 July

Capt Ian Clark of Peel Ports has informed us that the two remaining boiler structures at Kingsnorth Power Station will be demolished by use of a controlled explosion on 27 July 2017 at 15:00hrs. No date has yet been given for demolition of the chimney.

Boatyard burglars arrested

Two men have been arrested following a burglary early on Tuesday morning at Shoregate Wharf Sailing Club (an MSBA member) near Upchurch. Several boats were broken into. Stolen items including power tools were recovered by police near to the scene.

MSBA Business Meeting, Tues 27 June 2017

Please make sure your club or organisation is represented at our quarterly meeting on Tuesday evening, 7pm, at Hollowshore Cruising Club, which is based at Youngboats at the head of Oare Creek near Faversham. You should have had an email with agenda etc. If not please contact webmaster@msba.org.uk

Stolen hovercraft now found

stolen hovercraftThis 2013 BHC Marlin II ‘Extreme’ was stolen over the weekend of 17 June from Broadstairs in Kent. It’s very distinctive in being one of only three in this colour scheme – black hull and red trim. It’s fitted with an upgraded ‘Rampage’ engine and was taken on its trailer, so could very well be launched on the Medway or Swale.

UPDATE: The stolen hovercraft was found by police in a Ramsgate yard, severely damaged by attempts to disguise it. Read more…