Will your club exist in ten years’ time? Our 2019 conference will focus on the future of our local clubs, which still form the core of active boating on the Medway and Swale. A major report has highlighted a decline in participation in most but not all watersports. Sailing in particular is in free fall. So what exactly is going wrong and what are we going to do about it? Key speakers Liz Rushall and Dave Selby will present different views on how our clubs can adapt to a changing world. Other speakers will present how local clubs are successfully dealing with ageing membership and new styles of boating. Get your earlybird ticket here…
The RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards recognise the outstanding achievement and performance of talented young people in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating. The awards are a fantastic opportunity for clubs and class associations, as well as individuals, to reward those making an impact through performance and dedication – recognising the rising stars of the future.
For more information and to make your nomination visit www.rya.org.uk/go/youthchampion
Adam Taylor of Medway Council tells us that he is sorting out Rochester Pier’s electrics. Part of this involves inspecting the underside of the pier. Adam asks if there is someone with a small enough boat to help two contractors to survey underneath the pier. If any volunteers could contact Adam directly he’ll organise a time and date.
UPDATE 14.1.2019: work starts today on Rochester Pier electrics which will take up to 2 weeks to fix, in the meantime the pier remains closed including the upper section which has been open to the public. Hopefully we’ll find the fault and get it fixed once and for all.
Adam Taylor | Rivers & Paths Manager | www.medway.gov.uk/ | 01634333333 | Medway Council Dock Road Chatham Kent ME4 4TR
Des Crampton took his Ramsgate-based Cantilena of London on a 4,500 mile round trip to the Svalbard archipelago in the summer of 2014. Des will introduce his boat and her equipment and give some insight into the detailed planning necessary to accomplish an expedition into icy high latitudes. Using photographs and charts he will illustrate the highs and lows of a journey beyond the North and Norwegian Seas and across the Barents Sea to such a remote and special place.
Other forthcoming Kent Cruising Association “Winter Warmer” talks:
- 14 February: Roy Brooks, Scotline
- 14 March: Chris Jeckells, Jeckells the Sailmakers
- 11 April: Dick Holness, East Coast Pilot
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 (by 5pm please) on 01622 858219 for 7pm before the talk. A special CA 7-choice menu is available for £9.95.
The KSSA is a voluntary organisation which aims to encourage all keen youth sailors to develop their sailing skills through a range of Kent-based events. Throughout the year we organise training and racing events at sea and inland venues.
Once you can sail a simple triangular course, come along and get involved. Our members range from 8 to 18 and are individuals from sailing clubs and organisations across Kent. Many members are also RYA and class squad members – whatever your level KSSA will have training or an event for you.
This yacht was beached at Cockham Wood Fort, north shore between Wilsonian SC and Hoo Ness YC. Her name is Prikalthum, she was lying on her side, mast towards the shore. Medway VTS and the Coastguard have been informed. The HNYC mooring master has put her back on her mooring.
Peel Ports Medway have made some alterations to the season for the collection of Annual Leisure Craft Conservancy and Yacht Mooring charges. Historically the Annual Leisure Craft Conservancy and Yacht Mooring Charges have been charged for the season 1st April – 31st March yearly.
In the future, as from April 2019, the Annual Leisure Craft Conservancy and Yacht Mooring charges will be charged for the period 1st January – 31st December yearly. Therefore the 2019 charges will be pro-rated to reflect this change and the charge will show a nine months pro-rated charge from 1st April 2019- 31st December 2019.
The new rates also include an increase of 3.3% as per the RPI guidelines. Therefore the 9 months pro-rata charges 1st Apr-31st Dec 2019 are as follows:
- Yacht Club Leisure Craft Conservancy charge = £ 52.07 (VAT Inc.)
- Yacht Club Yacht Mooring charge = £73.81 (VAT EX)
Going forward the charges shall be levied on the 1st January each year for the season starting 1st January 2020- 31st December 2020. If you need further assistance in the explanation of the new changes of the Medway tariff please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com or telephone 01795 596444.