At the MSBA business meeting last week we were sorry to report that PC David Lavender of the Kent Police Marine Unit has retired after many years of service to the local marine community. He wrote to us in January as follows:
“I have been attending the MSBA meetings for the last eleven and a half years. I joined Kent Police Marine Unit in 2007 and one of the first things I was asked to do was to take over from Steve Elliot to become, for want of a better title, the police liaison. At the time the group was the Medway Yachting Association and Jenny Deacon was the chair. The group has gone through some changes during that time. The biggest of course was changing the name and new branding, but the group has kept the same ethos. The Medway and Swale themselves have also changed in those years, two powers stations chimneys gone! There have been a number of notable events over the years such as the Climate Camp 2008, Protester at Kingsnorth, the London Olympics, the Medway River Festival, not to mention the annual Admirals Cruise and of course Medway In Flames. I thank you from a policing perspective for your support in these, for example willingness to change race start times to avoid clashes! The marine unit has also gone through some changes during that time, which I have shared with you and you have been supportive. After thirty years of policing it is time for me to retire. I have, some of you may think, gone to the dark side and I start a new job with the Marine Management Organisation in early February. I have enjoyed the meeting and interactions, though some occasions have been challenging. Some may say this is all part of the job. I have tried to be honest and open when asked difficult questions and I know that you appreciate that. There have been things that I have achieved over the years and some I have failed to do. The lack of a proficient form of communication such as marine watch has been one of these, but hopefully when Country Eye gets into full swing this may finally happened. I thank you for the information that you have shared with us and have been willing to pass on information to your clubs and MSBA website on our behalf. Such as stolen/boats of interest and missing persons etc. I thank you for welcome and inclusiveness. You may see me again in my role with the MMO.”
We sincerely wish Dave success and satisfaction in his new role. It’s not clear at the moment who, if anyone, will replace him as our police liaison person.
If you or your club are interested in taking part in this fund-raising charity event, visit www.medwaysunlightrotary.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Bill Parkinson on 07813 334683.
Chris Jeckells, MD of Jeckells the Sailmakers of Wroxham Norfolk and 7th generation of the sail making family will be visiting to tell us more about the history of Jeckells, a company that has been going since 1832, and the modern methods of sail making, including different types of cloth, panel configuration, etc Chris will also be giving away a FREE Jeckells crew jacket worth £129.99 to the first person drawn at random from entries on the evening, where you simply have to answer 3 questions correctly. All the answers will be contained within the talk.
Other forthcoming Kent Cruising Association “Winter Warmer” talks: ◾11 April: Dick Holness, East Coast Pilot More information on the CA Kent Winter Warmer 2018 – 2019 programme… We are all invited to these excellent talks, which are held at 8pm at the Dog and Bear, Lenham, near Maidstone. It’s a good idea to book a meal (by 5pm please) on 01622 858219 for 7pm before the talk. A special CA 7-choice menu is available for £9.95
Boating is changing and our clubs need to adapt to survive. Our 2019 conference on Sat 9 March will focus on the future of our local clubs, which still form the core of active boating on the Medway and Swale. For more information click here. To book tickets click here.
This yacht was beached at Cockham Wood Fort, north shore between Wilsonian SC and Hoo Ness YC. Her name is Prikalthum, she was lying on her side, mast towards the shore. Medway VTS and the Coastguard have been informed. The HNYC mooring master has put her back on her mooring.
On Thursday 8 November 2018 Peter Norris, Managing Director of Clarke and Carter Interyacht (Kent) Ltd, will provide an overview of what has been happening to UK boat sales and listings over the last 12 months and provide an insight to what is envisaged might happen when the UK leaves the EU in 2019
One careful owner!
Peter will also try and dispel the myth that the life of a yacht broker is a glamorous and easy life. Peter will give an insight into some of the issues a yacht broker faces when listing a boat for sale. What owners can do to make the listing of their yacht and thus sale easier. Peter will include some examples what can and does go wrong during a pre-purchase survey and sea trial.
Peter will give us an insight into some of the issues a yacht broker faces when listing a boat for sale, what owners can do to make their “pride and joy” more attractive and thus a sale easier. The many anecdotes, I am sure, will make it a fun, interesting and worthwhile evening. Maybe one day you will be glad that you heard this talk
Other forthcoming Kent Cruising Association “Winter Warmer” talks:
13 December: James Collier, RATS (CA Regulations and Technical Services)
We are all invited to these excellent talks, which are held at 8pm at the Dog and Bear, Lenham, near Maidstone. It’s a good idea to book a meal (by 5pm please) on 01622 858219 for 7pm before the talk. A special CA 7-choice menu is available for £9.95.
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.
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.