MCA yacht and powerboat safety consultation

The MCA wants to hear recreational boaters’ views on six draft Marine Guidance Notes (MGN) concerning guidance on boat safety over the next few weeks. The six notices cover guidance on keel groundings, rigging inspections, preparedness, stowage of life saving gear, vessel resilience and emergency procedures, and maintenance, modifications, damage and repairs. They are aimed at both small commercial vessels as well as pleasure boats. The MCA states that it wishes to reinforce to owners, managing agents and skippers of both commercial and pleasure vessels what it considers good practice in terms of safety when going out to sea.

Boaters’ views are sought in the following areas:
1. Whether the draft notes contain guidance that is realistic to carry out in practice;
2. What other costs and benefits there might be that haven’t been included in the de minimis assessment; 
3. If there is the right level of content in each MGN. 

Full details on the draft MGNs and how to give your views can be found on the government website. A full list of consultation questions is contained in Section 5 of this consultation. The consultation closes on Thursday 18th July 2019 and the RYA encourages all boaters to respond.

West India Dock Rally, 23-26 Aug 2019

Medway/Swale clubs are invited to join a rally to West India Dock (in the heart of London’s Docklands) on the August bank holiday weekend. The event is organised by the Dockland Scout Project on behalf of the Association of Thames Yacht Clubs. Apart from being a very inexpensive way to visit London there are lots of fun events to watch or join in. For full details click below to download the invitation letter…

For additional info, see reply by Fred Trice.

Medway yachtsmen compete in Jester Challenge

The Medway has been the nursery for famous sailors from Drake, Adams and even Nelson. Several of our local sailing/yacht clubs have intrepid solo yachtsmen who think nothing of crossing oceans in boats that many would nowadays consider barely suitable for a Channel crossing. As part of the Jester Challenge, two members of Hoo Ness Yacht Club have just completed crossings from Plymouth to Baltimore in South-West Ireland: Tom Fisher in his Elizabethan 33 “Arctic Smoke” and Bernie Branfield in his Achilles 24 “Mischief”.

Push the Boat Out in May 2019

If you are interesting in getting out on the water on the Medway, why not pop along to the following clubs on their open days in May:

Scroll down to earlier posts for details of each of these events.

Upnor SC Open Day, 19 May, 2pm

Upnor Sailing Club will be opening our doors so folks will be able to come and have a chat about our club and its activities. We were founded 58 years ago: our clubhouse in Lower Upnor has great views of the Medway where you can enjoy the view with a drink from the bar, with secure car parking at the rear. We have a busy sailing and social programme and a friendly and knowledgeable membership. We have 84 regularly serviced trot moorings that are accessible from our all tide pontoon. We currently have some spaces available to new members.

More information…

Beware of sunken barge at Lower Halstow

Peel Ports advise that the floating dock/converted barge Westmoreland, that has been moored between two large yellow mooring buoys to the north of the Lower Halstow Yacht Club moorings, has sunk. It is still made fast to the two yellow marker buoys fore and aft but is covered at high water. The centre of the barge between the two yellow buoys is marked by floating pellet buoys. Mariners should navigate with caution due to this submerged danger to navigation. Approximate position 51 23.00N 000 40.60E. The owner is aware and will be dealing with the situation.

Boat Jumble at Oare Creek, 28 April

Clubs are invited to run a stall for free at Hollowshore Cruising Club’s boat jumble sale on Sunday April 28 from 1030. The sale is beside the clubhouse at the Youngboats yard, by the head of Oare Creek in Oare Road, Faversham, ME13 7TX. Whilst there is no charge for stalls run by HCC members or visitors, a 10% contribution to HCC club funds is expected from all sales. There is also no entry charge for those who just want to browse the stalls for bargains. The bar will be open from around noon, and there will be refreshments. Queries to Mike Riches, HCC secretary, at richesma@aol.com. “We are keen to attract new members, so this is a good opportunity to pop in and see what we have to offer. An ideal opportunity for dinghy sailors thinking about moving up to a cruising boat,” says Mike.