Kent Tonight reveals importance of boating to Kent economy

MSBA committee member Peter Norris, MD of Clarke and Carter Kent, was interviewed on Monday by Kent Tonight. He set out the economic importance of boating to the economy, explaining that the pastime is not just for the wealthy as many suppose. To see the interview, click on the link below and start viewing at about 27 minutes in.

Click here to view the video…

Kingsnorth Chimney to come down in March

Photo Trevor Peen

A date has now been fixed for demolition of Kingsnorth Power Station’s 650 ft chimney. It is expected to come down at 10 am on 8 March 2018. This photo, by the late Trevor Peen, shows the boiler houses being blown up in July 2015.

Read more at Kent Online… 

Missing inflatable and outboard

Has anyone has seen a grey Avon Redstart inflatable dinghy with silver Honda 2.3hp outboard, which went missing last night (Tues/Wed) from a yacht on the Hoo Ness YC moorings? The owner believes it came loose by itself but has searched for it today without success. The tender is marked “T/T Aurai” but this is very faded. If you have any information, please call Charles Hessey on 07720 147010.

UPDATE: the dinghy has been found, minus the outboard, near Sun Pier. It is now clear that this was the work of thieves.

Pirates Cave Open Day, 22 April

Pirates Cave Open Day* The Flare Amnesty is free, but with a minimum spend of £25 in-store on the day. Up to a maximum of 10 flares per person. As we have a maximum overall capacity of about 150 flares it is on a first come, first served basis.

Are you an Egghead?

eggheads-flyer-sept-2016The MSBA has received an invitation to compete on the popular BBC quiz show. If you are a knowledgeable person and would like to have a go, please let us know straight away because the closing date is 15 October.

Microlight tragedy at Stoke

Photo Max Williams

Photo Max Williams

A pilot died this afternoon when his microlight hit a pylon near Stoke airfield next to the Medway Estuary.

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Grain Power Station blown up

Yesterday the massive boiler houses were demolished in a controlled explosion. Only the 254 metre tall chimney remains to be brought down later this year. See the video…

CA Winter Warmer Talk, Dick Holness, 10 Dec

Clifford Mickleburgh invites us all to the Cruising Association Kent Section’s next Winter Warmer talk on Thursday, 10 December 2015, with Dick Holness (co-author of the East Coast Pilot) intriguing us with the wrinkles of exploring and navigating the East Coast, and this of course includes the North Kent coast. Dick will tell us how to access the ECP website and what is there to help us; the updates, news and chartlets on the Deben and Ore, the Swin Spitway, navigating through the Foulgers Gat, Stone Point, the Walton Backwaters and much more. We are hoping that Dick will bring some items that will prove useful Christmas presents.

Non CA members are welcome. There is a charge of £3 for the talk, which starts at 8pm. The pub offers a special menu for these events so come to eat at 7pm. Call the Dog and Bear, Lenham, on 01622 858219 by 5pm to book your meal.

But is it boating?

Seaplane in Sharfleet

Photo by Wil Pretty – click for larger picture

Photographed by Wil Pretty in Sharfleet is a Christen A-1 Husky seaplane, believed to be based at Rochester airport. It floats, it has a rudder and an engine, and is probably used for recreation – but is it boating? The MSBA needs to know…