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.
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…
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”.
Yes, they’re doing it again! Despite reassurances by the Belgian authorities, a boater was fined 500 euros on 3 May in Nieuwpoort for having pink diesel in his tank despite having receipts to prove that 100% duty had been paid. We understand that, thanks to intervention by the Cruising Association, the fine was refunded.
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.
Medway Cruising Club is running two open days in conjunction with the Watersports Centre and under the RYA Push The Boat Out initative. This is a great opportunity for us to show off our facilities and what we do. The Open Days are on 5 and 6 May. Opening times are 11:00 to 16:00. There will be loads to see and do.
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.
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 email@example.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.