Medway/Swale Boating Conference, 7 March 2015


The MSBA and RYA South East are bringing you another great boating conference on 7 March 2015 – put the date in your diary! Details here…

Pirates Cave Christmas Party, 18 December

Everyone is invited to the Pirates Cave Christmas Party on Thursday 18 December, from 9 am to 9 pm. Dick Holness, co-author of East Coast Pilot, will be on hand to chat about his new book and experiences on the East Coast. Plus free food and drink!

Suppliers will be on hand for advice and exclusive deals: Raymarine
(Cashback offers & LBS 2015 advance order deals), Lewmar, Spinlock, Henri Lloyd, Orca Bay Shoes, International Paints.

Pirates Cave locationPlease note the new store address:
Unit 6 Kendon Business Park
Maritime Close
Medway City Estate

Take the first turning on the right when entering the Medway City Estate (it used to be the second turning on the right).

Queenborough Harbour Notice


Now that we have the new pontoon in place we need to carry out a number of important safety actions before we can officially welcome boats alongside. These jobs will take 4-8 weeks to complete, though it obviously depends on the weather. Jobs include:

  • Paint markings showing the edge of the pontoon
  • Removal of a number of trip hazards
  • Installation of firefighting and lifesaving equipment
  • Pressure washing slippery surfaces & application of non-slip coatings

During this time access is restricted to Queenborough Harbour staff & Contractors ONLY.

If you plan to visit Queenborough you may continue to use the visitors buoys and concrete lighter, but we would rather you did not use the ATL and walkway when going ashore without a member of staff present to ensure your safety, but if you do it is at your own risk. Please contact us in advance and we will try our best to accommodate you. Our staff are present a few hours each day during winter and have essential maintenance work to complete, so if we miss your call please leave a message.

Harbour office 01795 662051
Staff mobile 07456 459754

North Kent Catchment Improvement Group – can you help?

Mark Loos of the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership asks us to look at this tentative list of projects that came out of the recent consultation. He would be most grateful if you could forward any comments that you or your organisation may have on the list, by Friday 5 December at the latest. Even if you’re happy with the projects themselves, maybe your organisation can help with delivery? Please take this opportunity to ensure that we have the right projects and right partners in place, to ensure that the action plan is a success.

Medway Estuary (transitional and coastal waters) ProjectsVer1

Christmas Party, Gillingham Marina Chandlery, 3 Dec

Gillingham Marina Xmas 2014Your new local Honda Dealer invites you to a Christmas Party on 3 December 2014. Morning and afternoon refreshments with live music. Evening party from 5.30 to 7.30 pm.

VAT free on general chandlery plus special offers on the day on outboards and antifouling. Free splicing on English Braids purchases.

Meet Ross the Raymarine Man.


RYA Race Management Seminar, Erith, 15 Jan

If you’d like to become a race officer for your club, here is your chance. The two day course covers all aspects of race management from course laying, timing, starting and finishing sequences together with protest procedures and all subjects within the RYA race management guide.

Mudlark out now, a great read!

The excellent magazine published by the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership (MSBA is a member) can be downloaded here. You can also follow MSEP at @MedwaySwaleEP on Twitter.

Pod of whales visits Medway

Max Taylor, our Deputy Harbour Master, reports that we were visited on Sunday by a pod of what appears to be Pilot Whales. Initially spotted in Kethole Reach by the Fishing Vessel “Julie Sue” early Sunday morning, the pod of approximately 28 Whales were in the vicinity of the Bulwark wreck. As the tide turned the “Julie Sue” assisted by Peel Ports Medway craft “Westbourne” and “Maurice Gill” carefully escorted the whales into deeper water within the Estuary. Medway Navigation Service (VHF channel 74) welcome any reports of large numbers of cetaceans in the Medway area from recreational river users.

Save Queenborough Creek for maritime use, support alternative marina plan

Queenborough Creek planThe 2006 plan for Queenborough regeneration included a marina but this aspect was later dropped in favour of building houses right up to the south edge of the water. See SBC+HCA amended plan here. If you would like to support a revised, more practical plan for a marina in Queenborough Creek (click image to enlarge and download QUEENBOROUGH CREEK MARINA9a), to preserve the unique location for maritime use, please email before 15 December.

REYC Mary Race, 5 Sep 2015

For cruiser racers including gaffers, a date for your diary. See event calendar for details. This will be the 50th consecutive year of the annual Royal Engineer Yacht Club race to win 1 of 2 remaining original pewter tankards which were awarded as prizes to the crew of the cutter Mary which won an annual race from Gillingham Creek to Sheerness and back with 3 other REYC yachts on 16 May 1864.