Please make sure your club or organisation is represented at our next quartely business meeting on Tuesday 28 March, 7pm, at Upnor Sailing Club. Agenda and minutes will be going out by email. The Battle of Medway (Dutch Raid) 350th anniversary commemoration in June will be discussed. This will be the biggest event on the river for many years. We will also have a short presentation by Tom Clegg from the Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority regarding the no-take zone on the Medway. See you there!
Derek Zobel of Wilsonian SC asked us to share details of the Icom Regatta pack as advertised in RYA Wavelength publication – Annual review 2016 – page 17. This is suitable for clubs that wish to provide regatta officials with handheld VHF radios for an event.
If you have, or intend to use either a fixed VHF radio on a boat, or even a handheld one, then you must have a licence to use them. Hoo Ness Yacht Club is offering a one day VHF course on 1 April for members and non-members. The course will include tuition, assessment and submission for the successful applicants’ licence at no extra cost. The 2017 cost for the study packs which the RYA charges to its training centres is not yet known but the total cost to participants is expected to be around £140.
For more information please email Barry Gardiner bgard(at)clara.net as soon as possible.
Medway Yacht Club is holding a Marine Radio Short Range course on Saturday 15 April. This course is for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a …radio either fixed or hand held.
Price for Non Members £75. Additional fee payable on the day for RYA Certificate £60. Instructor: John Gore. Call MYC to book on 01634 718399
Contractors working on behalf of the Environment Agency have discovered a major structural issue with a large section of lock wall behind the left-hand tail lock gate. This entire section of the lock now requires a complete demolition and full rebuild. This unforeseen work will take a further 12 weeks to complete. It is therefore anticipated that the lock will remain closed until the end of June 2017.
For more detailed information from MRUA see Reply.
For essential maintenance, Kingsferry Bridge will not be lifted on Tuesday 21st March 2017 between 07:45 and 15:12.
On 28 February the Sheerness inshore lifeboat rescued two men in their 6 metre RIB after it was swamped near the Kingsnorth jetty. A spokesman for Sheerness RNLI said, “The men were actually out in the craft for the first time when they were swamped by a wave which caused total electrical and engine failure.” The boat was towed to Queenborough Harbour.
Nigel Rigby on Captain James Cook RN – Britain’s greatest mariner explorer, navigator, cartographer. Nigel works for the National Maritime Museum, which holds world-class collections of Cook-related material. The Museum has staged Cook exhibitions and galleries since it first opened in 1937, and it is currently developing a new gallery which is due to open in 2018, on the anniversary of Cook’s departure from Deptford. Nigel’s talk will look at how the Museum’s displays of Cook have changed over the years and how they are planning to use him in the new gallery.
The Cruising Association Kent Section Winter Warmers are held at The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square, Lenham, ME17 2PG. Situated 8 miles east of Maidstone, just off the A20 in the village square. All are welcome. There is a small charge of £3. Many eat beforehand and it helps speed up service if you telephone the pub on 01622 858219 and order your meal before 5pm.
The RYA London and South East area Honda RYA Youth RIB finals will be held at the Medway Yacht Club (MYC) on Saturday, 8 July 2017. MYC would like this year’s event to include participants from across our London and South East area.
The championship is split into two age groups; 8 to 12 and 13 to 16. The events are exciting and very well organised. There must be many boys and girls who would revel in the opportunity to take part, and; one really useful outcome is the potential for future safety boat drivers!
For information about the Medway event, please email Henry Chung at henrychungmh(at)btinternet.com or Ian Glass at ianglass(at)live.com
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