Three clubs combine fleets for Montyzoomer race

Thirteen cruising yachts (including 3 multihulls) from Hoo Ness YC, Segas SC and Upnor SC raced from Gillingham Reach to the Montgomery wreck and back on Saturday. The winner was Indigo Sky, a Hanse 320 from HNYC. Upnor SC provided hospitality ashore and moorings for the night before the braver crews raced down the river again on Sunday, despite the dire forecast. Photo by Wil Pretty.

Oyster trestles obstruct navigation at Whitstable

Following a complaint by Whitstable Yacht Club, a report published on the Marine Management Organisation’s website acknowledges that the presence of oyster trestles causes or is likely to cause obstruction or danger to navigation, whilst concluding that the farm’s operations are nevertheless acceptable as a low risk to marine navigation.

In response, the RYA has formally written to the Director of Marine Licensing at the MMO setting out their concerns with the report and arguing that the measures put in place since the investigation started do not negate the need for a marine licence. The RYA considers that these trestles require a full marine licence on the basis that they could cause obstruction or danger to navigation.

Read more on RYA website…

Medway Marathon, Sunday 30 July 2017

Medway Marathon

Fantastic opportunity to explore the river Medway and her creeks, sailing 26 miles starting and finishing at Medway Yacht Club. Open to monohull dinghies and keel boats of 30 feet and under with a PY number less than 1315 for the full Marathon and 1386 for the Half Marathon. More information…

UPDATE: Report and results on Yachts and Yachting…

Regional Race Management Seminar, 1+2 July – CANCELLED

The course is being held on 1 and 2 July at Medway Yacht Club. Cost is £80. Candidates need to be experienced racers. It is a great way to give back something to your club and to help ensure that racing is carried out to the best of abilities.

The Regional Seminar was previously known as the Regional Race Officer (RRO) Course is being run by RYA Race Management Committee approved Instructors.

Preparation for the seminar includes being familiar with the RYA Race Management Guide (available using the link below). At the end of the Seminar, a 50 question multi-choice exam is set with a 70% pass mark. A pass in this exam gives the candidate, as long as they are an RYA member, an automatic Club Race Officer Plus (CRO+) qualification and certificate. This exam pass is one of the requirements for the RRO qualification.

More information on the RYA website…

ALSO PLEASE NOTE, Chris Simon, RYA National Judge, Umpire & Race Officer, will be pleased to give a talk to sailing clubs about the racing rules and recent changes.

Southend Town Cup, Sun 16 July

Handicap cruiser racing off Southend Pier, starting and finishing from the Leigh Buoy. Entry open to all bona fide cruising yachts. Entry form and race instructions can be downloaded from www.benfleetyachtclub.org

Entries to be received by Wednesday 12 July. Entry Fee £5.

Course: Start at the Leigh Buoy, West Shoebury, Nore Swatch, Mid Swatch, Leigh Buoy, West Shoebury, Leigh Buoy, Mid Swatch, Nore Swatch, West Shoebury, Finish at the Leigh Buoy

For further information please contact Rob Scriven, rscriven(at)btopenworld.com

Old Gaffer sails classic yacht Winifred

Brian Corbett, MSBA Chairman, talks about sailing Winifred, his Herreshoff half-rater.

Icom Regatta Pack recommendation

Derek Zobel of Wilsonian SC asked us to share details of the Icom Regatta pack as advertised in RYA Wavelength publication – Annual review 2016 – page 17. This is suitable for clubs that wish to provide regatta officials with handheld VHF radios for an event.

Follow this link to the relevant Icom page

Medway Keelboat Regatta, 8-10 July 2016

The Medway hosts one of the South East’s Premier Regattas incorporating the Sonata Eastern Championship, Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 July 2016. Medway Yacht Club is delighted to invite competitors to attend and participate in the MYC Keelboat Regatta, an event for all who enjoy sailing. This year we extend a very warm to welcome Sonata’s participating in the Sonata Eastern Championship and all other visiting yachts

Click here for more information including Notice of Race and Entry Forms…

Nore Race

Nore Race 2016

Photo Wil Pretty

The annual Nore Race was held on Sunday, organised by Benfleet Yacht Club. The 17 nautical mile course in the Thames Estuary attracted a hundred sailing dinghies and cruisers, including multihulls, many from the Medway and Swale.

The Blackstakes buoy is back!

Blackstakes buoy

Photo Wil Pretty

The Blackstakes buoy on the south side of Saltpan Reach, near Deadman’s Island, mysteriously disappeared a week or so ago. This led to some creative real-time race management for clubs that use it as a racing mark. However we are pleased to announce that the buoy has now reappeared, freshly painted in yellow and black.