Customers of Jetstream Tours were treated to the rare sight of about thirty short beaked common dolphins, which indicates a good supply of fish this year. Or it could just mean they took a wrong turning from the North Sea.
This rare lifting-keel Sadler 32 was seen on Greenborough Marsh, near Stangate Creek. Thanks to helpful members of the boating community, the owner was traced and informed. It appears that Allegretto became detached from her mooring in Gillingham Reach during a storm and drifted 4.5 miles eastwards. After heroic attempts by members of Segas Sailing Club the salvage operation was eventually left to the professionals and the boat is now ashore awaiting a survey.
Come and visit Medway Yacht Club for our first event of the season. It is open to everyone and free of charge: you can go for a sail with an experienced club member. If you already have some sailing experience, you can try a different class of boat. If you are an absolute beginner and you would like to try the great feeling of sailing on River Medway, this is an unmissable opportunity!
Also try our Stand Up Paddleboard with one of our instructors, guiding you for your first experience on a board!
Medway Yacht Club offers a warm welcome to all new visitors and members, we have a new training programme including sailing on regular basis, powerboat, paddle and shore based courses. We are family friendly with a strong focus on our junior and youth sailing pathway, but we also offer a lot of learning and racing possibilities for adults.
Sadly, the large sperm whale that had been seen in difficulty off Whitstable on 30 January subsequently died. The carcass was towed to a mooring in the Medway before being taken to Sheerness for an autopsy, which revealed that the unfortunate creature had not eaten for some time.
The following dates and venues were agreed at the MSBA AGM and Business Meeting on 26 November:
- Tues 24 March – Kent Boat & Ski Club
- Tues 30 June – Medway Yacht Club
- Tues 29 September – Hoo Ness Yacht Club
- Tues 24 November (with AGM) – Rochester Cruising Club
Meetings start promptly at 7pm and usually finish by 9pm. Please make sure your club or organisation is represented.
The Marine & Coastal Biosecurity and Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) workshop will be held at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham on Thursday 12 December. It is primarily targeted towards people involved with the management of coastal/marine waters, or for those who work, organise, or deliver activities in coastal/ marine areas. For example:
• Marine kayaking/watersport/boating clubs
• Marinas, ports and boat yard owners
• Estuary & Catchment Partnerships
• Harbour authorities
• Coastal managers/beach owners
This is the first of two workshops to be held in this area, and is designed to provide attendees with the tools to better manage the threat of INNS and help create a draft biosecurity plan. It will include:
• An overview of regionally important INNS
• Improving site biosecurity
• Tools to write an effective estuary biosecurity plan
• INNS reporting
This workshop is free to attend and there will be refreshments available throughout the morning and a light networking lunch provided at the end of the workshop.
A second, follow-up workshop will be held in early 2020 with the aim of pulling together the outputs from the first workshop and producing a draft estuary-level biosecurity plan for the Medway Estuary area.
Here is the link to register your attendance for the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marine-coastal-biosecurity-workshop-tickets-80872236035
If you have any questions about the event or would like more information, please feel free to contact Alice Morley, Marine Conservation Officer, Kent Wildlife Trust, phone 07702 551524 or email Alice.Morley (at) kentwildlife.org.uk
If you didn’t get to the RYA Regional Affiliated Clubs seminar last Sunday you missed some very useful tips and information for keeping your club members engaged, particularly with regard to volunteering for the committee, work parties and so on.
All is not lost however; an access-for-all webinar will be broadcast on Thursday 5 December (7-8pm) to delve deeper into the findings and recommendations with the chance to ask questions. If you can’t join us please sign up anyway and you’ll be able to hear the recording after the live show. Register here for the webinar.
A planning application has been submitted to build houses and flats on the site of Patman’s Wharf at Upnor. Comments may be submitted on Medway Council’s planning portal ref MC/19/2361
Should you wish to object here are some of the issues that can be raised for starters:
- Loss of increasingly scarce recreational amenity, namely affordable boat storage and maintenance, especially for the neighbouring sailing club and other local boaters.
2. The size and mass of the 3-storey terraced houses sited directly against the river front is totally unacceptable and a detriment to the area. The reference to the 3-storey estate under the heading SCALE is not relevant as the estate is not on the river front!
3. There is a need for Affordable Housing contribution. These residential units are aimed at middle and upper income earners.
4. Contrary to the statement that the air quality will not change, the proposal suggests 17 cars on the site, without counting any visitors.
5. Two cars per unit, one behind the other, is an impractical solution. No doubt cars will be parked all over the site and in the adjacent roads, adding to the existing highways problem locally. A Highways Statement is required for the reason of the already congested traffic flows and parking within the local area.
6. Under Lighting, the suggestion that a statement is not required is concerning as there are no controls proposed over the future lighting. Without doubt the future owners will add to the exterior lighting to the balconies and gardens. Enforceable controls need to be in place to ensure that this does not happen. Light pollution is a local problem and this development will only add to that.
7. Within the Design and Access Statement the Agent suggests that there is not a demand for a boat storage and maintenance yard. In support it refers to recent years when the business has been failing. The current operation has been allowed to fail simply to justify this proposed development. The boatyard is a valuable asset for Medway boaters and with new management could once again be a thriving enterprise to the benefit of the local river community.
HMS Medway is expected to arrive at Chatham Docks at 1400 on Tuesday 17 September. After locking into Basin 3 via the Bullnose, the warship will proceed to Basin 2 in Chatham Maritime. On Sunday 22 September the ship will be open to visitors from 10am to 4pm but no visitors will be admitted unless they have booked in advance. Visits can only be booked via www.eventbrite.co.uk from Tuesday 17 September. UPDATE: All tickets are “sold out” but teh Navy hopes to make more available.