Narrowboats to the Medway, IWA Talk, 11 Oct

A talk by Simon Judge on last year’s visit by eleven boats from St Pancras Cruising Club. A narrowboat convoy went from London to the Medway last year: 11 went, 10 came back.

Kent and East Sussex IWA
Wednesday 11 Oct 2017, 7.30 for 8.00pm
At Gravesend Sailing Club, East Promenade, Gravesend. DA12 2BS

Three clubs combine fleets for Montyzoomer race

Thirteen cruising yachts (including 3 multihulls) from Hoo Ness YC, Segas SC and Upnor SC raced from Gillingham Reach to the Montgomery wreck and back on Saturday. The winner was Indigo Sky, a Hanse 320 from HNYC. Upnor SC provided hospitality ashore and moorings for the night before the braver crews raced down the river again on Sunday, despite the dire forecast. Photo by Wil Pretty.

“Bob” goes over board

MOB drillThe MSBA has purchased a life-sized inflatable doll for use of our members. He’s called B-OB (or just Bob for short); you fill him with water and chuck him over the side to practise your person overboard drill. As water has a similar density to a human body, this is far more realistic than the bucket-and-fender that you have may have used for MOB training. It’s surprisingly hard to get Bob, or a real person, back onto your boat so take this opportunity to try out the recovery techniques that you may have to rely on for real one day. Some of the ones you read in magazines just don’t work!

Bob is in the custody of Mark Evans, the Harbour Controller at Queenborough. If your club would like to run a practice session, email Mark at operations(at)queenborough-harbour.co.uk to arrange a mutually convenient collection.

Don’t miss Britain Afloat on BBC1

A surprisingly good programme on BBC1 about the Thames sailing barge, featuring Nick Ardley and other experts. Many of the beautifully shot scenes are local to the Medway and Swale.

Visit BBC iPlayer…

MSBA launches CCTV to monitor rogue jetskis

Here’s some terrifying video from the new CCTV camera sponsored by the MSBA and hosted at Medway Cruising Club, giving a good view of Commodore’s Hard and Gillingham Reach. The antisocial and dangerous behaviour of some PWC/jetski users (and other speeding vessels) has been a safety issue for many years but neither the harbour authority nor the police have been able or willing to put a stop to it, despite the 6 knot speed limit. Gavin Parson, MSBA committee member and acting Secretary, hopes to provide live access to our camera via this website soon. As they say, watch this space…

Help wanted to raise old tug, 12 Oct

MSBA fan Mark Thorne, known to many as the first mate on X-Pilot, has acquired the classic Tom Pudding tug “Water Haigh” which is currently on the mud near Strood Pier. He is requesting help from 3 or 4 able-bodied people to refloat the tug on Thursday 12 October. X-Pilot will be assisting but someone with a workboat would be a great help. Contact webmaster@mbsa.org.uk or click Reply and I will pass on your details.

Oyster trestles obstruct navigation at Whitstable

Following a complaint by Whitstable Yacht Club, a report published on the Marine Management Organisation’s website acknowledges that the presence of oyster trestles causes or is likely to cause obstruction or danger to navigation, whilst concluding that the farm’s operations are nevertheless acceptable as a low risk to marine navigation.

In response, the RYA has formally written to the Director of Marine Licensing at the MMO setting out their concerns with the report and arguing that the measures put in place since the investigation started do not negate the need for a marine licence. The RYA considers that these trestles require a full marine licence on the basis that they could cause obstruction or danger to navigation.

Read more on RYA website…

MSBA Business Meeting, 26 Sept

Please make sure your club or organisation is represented at our next business meeting on Tuesday 26 September, 7pm, at Strood Yacht Club. You should receive the agenda and minutes by email very soon. If you don’t receive anything please let webmaster@msba.org.uk know so we can update our list.

Huge Fire at Iron Wharf, Faversham

Fire at Faversham

Photo Dan Salter

In the early hours of this morning, a huge blaze has destroyed eight boats, three cabins and a workshop at Iron Wharf, Faversham.

UPDATE: A 30 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Read more at Kent Online…