Winter Warmers for your diary

Clifford Mickleburgh has announced the Cruising Association Kent Section’s 2016/17 programme of winter talks:

  • 13 October: Tony Farnham on “Sailing barges in their heyday”
  • 10 November: Royal Navy presentation
  • 8 December: Mark Rogers from the Met Office
  • 12 January: Clifford on Dawn Owl’s 2016 tour of Europe
  • 9 February: Scott Belcher on Chatham Historic Dockyard
  • 9 March: Nigel Rigby on Capt James Cook
  • 13 April: Members’ Evening

We are all invited to these excellent talks, which are held at 8pm at the Dog and Bear, Lenham, near Maidstone. It’s a good idea to book a meal on 01622 858 219 for 7pm before the talk. A special CA 8-choice menu is available for £9.95.

Pirate Ship aground in the Swale

pirate-ship-at-faversham-creekThe “pirate ship” which blocked Sun Pier for weeks in the summer left Rochester Riverside on Sunday afternoon and ran aground this morning at the entrance to Faversham Creek, resulting in a lifeboat callout. Coincidentally, today is Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Read more at Kent Online…

Car drives off Gillingham Pier

This afternoon a white Ford Fiesta sped along Gillingham Pier, past the Medway Queen, and smashed through the railings before sinking at the edge of the approach channel for Chatham Docks. The 31-year-old driver swam ashore and was arrested for drink driving. The sunken car will be investigated tomorrow. Meanwhile Peel Ports has advised mariners to navigate with caution.

Read more and see video at Kent Online…

MSBA Patron demolishes Grain Chimney

Kelly Tolhurst MP, patron of the Medway and Swale Boating Association, today pressed the button to detonate the 244 metre Grain Power Station chimney.

Read more and see video taken from the Meridian TV helicopter…

Acorn Shipyard on Fire

This morning the emergency services were called to a major fire at Acorn Shipyard on the Rochester side of the River Medway. There were reports of gas cylinders exploding. The fire was brought under control by 11.30.

Read more at Kent Online…

Grain Power Station Chimney to be demolished 7 Sept 2016

Grain chimney

Peel Ports have advised that, at about 11:00 (soon after low water) on 7 September 2016, the Grain Power Station Chimney will be demolished. The 244 metre high chimney is an important landmark used by mariners to establish their position.

Read more at Kent Online…

Mystery boat washed-up at Queenborough

washed up boat on ATLIf you have any information about this washed-up speed boat, please contact the Harbour Office at operations@queenborough-harbour.co.uk

Classic Yacht & Motor Boat Festival, Queenborough, Sat 8 Oct

Queenborough Harbour Trust are organising a classic yacht & motor boat event open to all boats built or designed before 1970. We are delighted to offer free berthing for up to 2 nights for qualifying boats that register with us before 30th September.

Entries so far:

  • Kevayling – Freeman 30 (1968), Ray Chitty
  • Emanuel – 1928 Gaff Cutter, Robert Holden
  • Crow – 38ft Gaff Ketch, Robert Berk
  • Linnaea – Dauntless 20ft Gaff Rigged, Lena Reekie

If you would like to join-in please contact Mark on 0770 373 2774 or email operations@queenborough-harbour.co.uk

This event is being organised with the help of:

  • Brian Corbett – Medway Yacht Club & MSBA Vice Chairman
  • Yvonne Mitchell – Old Gaffers Association

Police Marine Unit on anti-terror patrols

Police Marine UnitLast weekend, PCs David Lavender and Ron Murray from the Kent Police Search and Marine Unit took BBC Radio Kent reporter Alex Bish out on their RIB “Seahorse” to show how they look out for terrorists and people smugglers. If you see anything suspicious dial 101 and say Operation Kraken.

Wayfarer Nationals 2016

Wayfarers

Photo Catherine Gore

At the Wayfarer Nationals in June, dinghies jostle for position at the MSBA race buoy. If your club wants to use one or both of the MSBA racing buoys please contact Gavin Parson at secretary (at) msba.org.uk