Mary Cup, 11 June 2016

Brian Wicker informs us that REYC has accepted a very kind offer from Medway Cruising Club to include the Mary Cup in their Gala so the race will take place on Sat 11 June 2016. Please include this event in your club news. As usual there are prizes for the winners of each section. Further details will be published early next year.

Rochester Bridge span closures, 4-6 December

Peel Ports have issued a notice to mariners as follows: Inspections and subsequent span closures will be carried out on a span by span basis:

  • 04-12-2015 low water slack at 1218hrs Rochester span
  • 05-12-2015 low water slack at 1334hrs Span 2
  • 06-12-2015 low water slack at 1450hrs Span 3 and Sole street span

Only one span will be closed to navigation at any one time. It is estimated that span closures will be between 1 hour before LW and 3 hours after LW. A closed span will be identified by the suspension of three RED disks at the points of an equilateral triangle with the apex downwards and the base horizontal; by night by three RED lights in a similar position to the discs exhibited by day. The RED disks or lights will be suspended from the centre of the span.

The safety boat ‘Dentex II’ will be in attendance during the diving operations and will maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch74. Medway VTS will also broadcast information regarding span closure on VHF Ch74.

Kingsferry Bridge closed on 4 Dec

Peel Ports have issued a Notice to Mariners to the effect that from 0800 until 1600 on Friday 4 December 2015 the Kingsferry Bridge can not perform bridge span lifts due to essential maintenance and repair work to the lifting motors.

“Flare Amnesty” at Pirates Cave, 2 December

PC-Flare-AmnestyAt Pirates Cave’s Christmas Open Day on 2 December you can leave up to ten flares for safe disposal – no purchase necessary! The total number of flares that can be safely held on site is limited so better turn up early!

Yalding loo block opens

Yalding loo blockThose of us who venture up to the non-tidal Medway will be relieved to learn that the long awaited toilet and shower block at Yalding is now open. The facilities block has been built with volunteer labour and materials donated by generous sponsors.

Pictured here is Medway River Users Association chairman Mark Smurthwaite and the Head of the EA at the opening ceremony. Pictures of what followed are too graphic to show…

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CA Winter Warmer talk, Jeremy Batch, 12 Nov

Clifford Mickleburgh invites us all to the Cruising Association Kent Section’s next Winter Warmer talk on Thursday, 12 November 2015, “Extreme Voyagers 2 – the Next
Generation” by the CA’s inimitable Jeremy Batch. Any toddler who waved a flag at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant  at Spithead in June 1897 would have learned at
school about the Wright brothers’ first flight only six years later. He would also, if he outlived his “threescore years and ten”, have watched men walk on the Moon. Within his lifetime, men and women would have travelled through the Northwest and Northeast Passages, to the Poles, to the bottom of the ocean, through the sound barrier, to the edge of the atmosphere and into space, and several would have sailed single-handed around the world. Who were these men and women, and who were the shipwrights, designers, scientists and engineers who made their voyages possible? We pick up the story where we left off last time.

Non CA members are welcome. There is a small charge for the talk, which starts at 8pm. The pub offers a special menu for these events so come to eat at 7pm. Call the Dog and Bear, Lenham, on 01622 858219 by 5pm to book your meal.

Beware of the Dredger

UilenspiegelPeel Ports have issued a Notice to Mariners regarding maintenance dredging in the Medway Approach Channel for about 5 days from Friday 30 October. We are advised to keep well clear of the large trailing suction hopper dredger Uilenspiegel!

Queenborough Harbour trot boat winter service

Until now the Queenborough Harbour trot boat has stopped operating at the end of October and started again the following April. This year, for the first time, through the winter (November to March) the trot boat will be available every Saturday & Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

Bringing life back to the Westbrook Stream

Tim Stonor helps to clear debris from Westbrook Stream Credit: Fiona Hanson
Tim Stonor uses a punt to clears debris from Westbrook Stream. Credit: Fiona Hanson

Friends of Westbrook Stream and Stonebridge Pond, near Faversham, have cleared vegetation and rubbish, monitored invasive species, dredged silt and started ecological surveys. They have been supported by supported by the Environment Agency, the Medway & Swale Estuary Partnership and Swale Borough Council. To enable the clearance work, the group commissioned a punt to be built by a group of unemployed locals led by shipwright Alan Thorne from the Purifier Yacht and Dinghy Company. Read more in the Telegraph