Sonata Nationals, Medway YC, 20-24 August 2018

Photo Victoria Katherine Wright

With 17 entries received so far from 6 different clubs this event will no doubt be highly competitive. The event will comprise a series of thirteen races with a maximum of four races to be sailed each day, races will be run over in windward/leeward courses apart from a single distance race which will will be run on one day. In addition to some great racing a number of social events will be open to all MYC members. Read more…

Wot, no trot boat?

Message from Queenborough Harbour Team: Unfortunately there will be NO trot boat running this weekend (11+12 August) due to mechanical issues. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and are trying everything in our power to rectify this.

Famous cruise ship to visit Chatham on Fri 10 August

The Hebridean Princess is due in Chatham Dockyard, Basin 3, at 09.00 this Friday.
This is part of her ‘Treasures of Normandy and Channel Islands’ cruise and her passengers will be visiting the Chatham Historic Dockyard. This cruise will be on the future Hebridean Princess cruise programme, visiting the River Medway every three years. It is hoped that the facilities at Chatham will encourage visits by other ‘compact’ cruise ships.

Caledonian Canal talk, 27 September

Inland Waterways Association: Kent & East Sussex Branch are holding a meeting at Strood Yacht Club on Thursday, 27 September 2018 at 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm.  Roger Squires will be giving an illustrated talk on the Caledonian Canal and all are welcome whether IWA members or not.

Medway Marathon, 5 August 2018

26 Mile Course on the tidal River Medway. Open to monohull dinghies and keel boats of 30 feet and under with a PY number. First Start 10.00 Registration closes at 09:45 on the day. Further Details…

Local ditch crawler “comes out”

Author Nick Ardley, often seen cruising the Medway with his wife Christobel in their classic Finesse 24 “Whimbrel” with sailing tender in tow, has revealed that he has prostate cancer.

The diagnosis only happened after he insisted on a PSA blood test and he is campaigning for routine screening for men in the same way that women are screened. He says many a sailor’s life could be saved, so come on chaps, get a PSA test!

Whopping EA fees hike promotes protests

Boaters on the non-tidal Medway and Thames are to be hit by inflation-busting increases in fees from next year. If boaters abandon these waterways the result will be counter-productive for the Environment Agency.

The public consultation on the EA’s proposed navigation charge increases for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021 is now live here.

Please respond using this online tool which will enable the EA to manage their comments more effectively. However, if you prefer to respond by email or post, you can email enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk using ‘Navigation charge proposals 2019 to 2021’ in the title. You will get the consultation documents and a form in the post to complete. All responses must be received by Thursday 30 August 2018.

Sailing Instructor Wanted

If you are an RYA qualified sailing instructor, Faversham Sea Cadets need you! There are opportunities for subsidised career development. If you are available please contact P.O. Goldsmith at b.t.goldsmith@talk21.com

Faversham Nautical Festival is success

Faversham Nautiocal Festival went with a swing at the weekend (14+15 July) with colourful traditional vessels, sea shanty singers and stands from all sorts of voluntary organisations.