Some excellent news from the Medway River Users Association: The Environment Agency has announced that the proposals from the Canals and Rivers Trust to take over the running and responsibility for the Medway, Thames and Anglia have been rejected. So for now the EA will continue to manage the navigation of the non-tidal Medway for the foreseeable future.
Inland Waterways Association talk on Thursday, 25 January 2018, 7.30 for 8.00 pm at Strood Yacht Club, Knight Road, Strood, ME2 2AH
Michael Farnham will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of sailing barges and barge yards on the Medway and Thames estuaries.
Our next Winter Warmer is on Thursday, 11 January 2018, “Engineering Our Way Across Europe” by Patricia & Neil Lynn aboard Sea Griffin. In 2010, we decided to bring Sea Griffin from the Baltic to the Mediterranean using the inland route. It is of course a tourist delight; you only have to watch the Viking Cruise advertisements on TV. But how do you do it? What did the old and new engineers have to do in order for us to make this trip? This talk will attempt to show some of the engineering we saw and used along the way: the canals, locks, bridges, forts, factories and tunnels. And of course, there is the history that went with it. In other words, what did Europe do in order to use its waterways as an industrial transport network, a source of energy and now, as an amazing recreational facility. And two summers later, the system took us to the Black Sea.
The Cruising Association Kent Section Winter Warmers are held at 8pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square, Lenham, ME17 2PG, which is 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.
Further CA Winter Warmers will be as follows:
- 8 February 2018: Members’ Confessions, what went right or wrong?
- 8 March 2018: Jeremy Batch on 110 Years of Cruising
Dick Holness, co-author of East Coast Pilot, has prepared a super Christmas quiz for followers of the East Coast Forum on YBW.COM. Knowledge of East Coast waters is definitely an advantage, as is reference to the excellent East Coast Pilot, now also available as an iBook.
The RYA London and South East Region is putting on a conference that will appeal to many Medway/Swale boaters. It will be held at Newline Academy near Maidstone on 24 Feb 2018. This is likely to be a biennial event interleaving with the MSBA conferences, of which the next will be in spring 2019.
The RYA conference will be free to attend and is aimed at boaters connected with RYA affiliated clubs/associations and training centres. The day will be full of presentations and workshops that will cover a wide variety of topics for the cruising and racing sailor, such as:
- “Tips & Tricks” for successful anchoring
- Current Cruising issues including Brexit
- Sail trimming
- Motor cruising topics
- Environmental challenges facing boaters today
- and more!
The main focus will be on providing help and advice and there will be ample opportunities for attendees to ask questions of the presenters. Lunch and refreshments will be also be provided and will be free on the day.
After numerous complaints about the increased quantity of hazardous floating debris in the upper reaches of the tidal Medway, especially between Aylesford and Allington, we have just been informed by James Goodfellow that Peel Ports will at last be undertaking a river clearance today. Peel Ports have traditionally run regular rubbish clearance operations using the Medway Otter but this elderly vessel has had operational difficulties of late. The debris includes numerous large logs, several gas cylinders and floating rubbish of all kinds. Motor boaters, deterred from using the river for fear of damage to hull and propellers, have been deserting the non-tidal marinas because of the danger of passing this stretch of the river. A major rowing event was cancelled too.
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
Network Rail will be closing the non-tidal River Medway to navigation at the railway bridge, just upstream of the disused lock and below Branbridges at East Peckham, (known as East Peckham Rail Bridge). This is effective from the 1st October until mid December – for essential Bridge repairs.
Less than a month after the reopening of East Farleigh lock, the non-tidal Medway is again closed to navigation. This time it’s because of severe damage to Teston Bridge, allegedly caused by a drunken driver who was arrested at the scene. Read more on Kent Online…
UPDATE: It’s expected that the river will re-open for navigation this Sunday (20 August).