Delay to opening of East Farleigh lock

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.

CA Winter Warmer: Capt Cook, Thurs 9 March

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.

Clifford’s voyages around Europe, Thurs 12 Jan

Dawn OwlThe next Winter Warmer talk will be by Clifford Mickleburgh himself, relating his adventures on DAWN OWL with his faithful old dog Charlie on a whistle stop tour of Europe, from the Netherlands north to Copenhagen and then south through the Kiel Canal, Frisian Islands and the European rivers and canals  to Switzerland and back down the Rhine through Germany to Friesland in the Netherlands. Find out about the boat lifts and the inclined planes!

The CA Kent Section Winter Warmers are held at The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square
Lenham, ME17 2PG. All are welcome. There is a small charge of £3.

Situated 8 miles East of Maidstone, just off the A20 in the village square. Many eat beforehand and it helps speed up service if you telephone the pub on 01622 858219 and order your meal before 5pm.

Rochester Old Stone Bridge Inspection and Span Closures

Structural inspection works and span closures will commence on Rochester Old Stone Bridge from 17-23 May 2016. A rope access team will operate on the underside of the Rochester Old Stone Bridge. Only one span will be closed to navigation at any one time.

A closed span will be identified by the suspension of three RED discs at the points of an equilateral triangle with the apex downwards and the base horizontal; by night by three RED lights in a similar position to the discs exhibited by day. The RED discs or lights will be suspended from the centre of the span.

The safety boat ‘Protector’ will be in attendance and will maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch74.

Classic Yacht & Motor Boat Festival, Queenborough Harbour, 8 Oct 2016

Queenborough Harbour Trust are organising a number of events with the purpose of generating interest in boats, boating and our local waters. One of these events will be a classic yacht & motor boat event open to all boats built or designed before 1970. If in doubt as to whether your boat qualifies please send a photo and a short description.

Without classic boats we will not have an event so we are delighted to offer free berthing for up to 2 nights for qualifying boats that register with us before 31st August. Registration is on a first come first served basis and we are able to accommodate approx. 30 boats (depending on size).

The harbour will be open to the public to view boats and meet the skippers and in addition we will be arranging a number of shore based activities.

This event is being organised with the help of:

  • Brian Corbett – Medway Yacht Club & MSBA Vice Chairman
  • Yvonne Mitchell – Old Gaffers Association

To register your boat for this event please call 0770 373 2774 or email operations@queenborough-harbour.co.uk

CA Winter Warmer, Whistlestop Tour of Europe, 11 Feb

Dawn Owl

Charlie

Charlie

This month’s CA Winter Warmer is brought to you by Clifford Mickleburgh himself. On 11 February 2016 Clifford will take us on a “Whistlestop” tour of Europe in DAWN OWL. Clifford spent 50% of his time on his own (with Charlie) taking in Belgium, the Netherlands, Northern Germany, Poland, the Baltic and then home through the Kiel Canal and the Frisian Islands. Find out why Charlie was in the custody of the Berlin River Police!

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.

Rochester Bridge span closures, 4-6 December – CANCELLED

The span closures planned for 4-6 December have been cancelled until further notice.

Yalding loo block opens

Yalding loo blockThose of us who venture up to the non-tidal Medway will be relieved to learn that the long awaited toilet and shower block at Yalding is now open. The facilities block has been built with volunteer labour and materials donated by generous sponsors.

Pictured here is Medway River Users Association chairman Mark Smurthwaite and the Head of the EA at the opening ceremony. Pictures of what followed are too graphic to show…

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Kent Yacht and Motorboat Fair, 9-11 October

BoatFair

The Clarke & Carter Yacht & Motorboat Fair takes place at MDL Chatham Marina on the 9 – 11 October between 10:00 and 16:30.

Sailpast in memory of Roger Frankland Haile, 22 August

This Saturday, the Medway River Users Association, the MSBA’s partner for the non-tidal Medway, is organising a sailpast in memory of Roger Frankland Haile of Bow Bridge Marina. There will be a large number of craft on the river between
EFCC- HYCC land and all the moorings at Wateringbury. The sailpast will commence from HYCC land at 10.50 at dead slow pace. Passing Roger’s bench at Bow Bridge Marina they will salute and sound horns, proceeding up river past the moorings where they will turn and repeat the salute, then downstream back to HYCC and EFCC land and return to moorings. From 1pm everyone is invited to the Rally Camping field where Sue has laid on some entertainment. A fitting tribute to a much loved and respected gentleman. Please feel free to attend.