The cylindrical yellow buoy on the south side of Saltpan Reach has again been removed by Peel Ports without notice, this time permanently. The Blackstakes buoy was a racing mark, located to keep boats well away from the LNG Terminal, as we are constantly exhorted to do by Peel Ports. As in 2016, the unexpected removal of the buoy has caused unnecessary inconvenience to clubs which race in the Medway estuary. Enquiries by Medway YC and the MSBA elicited the response from Peel Ports that the buoy was considered “not commercially viable” and today a notice to mariners was belatedly issued. The two adjacent commercial mooring buoys (Saltpan Nos. 8 and 9) have been given a fresh coat of yellow paint (see photo) but this does not mean they are a replacement for Blackstakes. There has been no explanation of why the clubs were not notified in advance of the buoy’s removal.
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”.
The 2019 Regatta will be held over the late May Bank holiday starting on Saturday 25th and concluding on Monday 27th May. The event will include the annual Medway Barge Match on Saturday and the Classic and Vintage International Championships. The racing is competitive and fun and is open to both the serious racer and those who want to compete in a more relaxed manner (class 3). There will be racing in three cruiser classes and three one design classes. We are introducing prizes for best visitor and best club team so plenty of chances to go home with a prize. On Sunday we will race the Medway Challenge Race for those who wish to compete in a single race again with prizes for best visiting yacht and best club team. If you cannot make the whole Regatta why not cruise to MYC on Saturday race on Sunday and cruise home again on Sunday. The Medway and Swale Boating Association is sponsoring the event and has negotiated a 50% discount for boats from MSBA associated clubs, marinas and other organisations entering this race as long as entries are received before midnight on Tuesday 7th May. Full details can be found at www.medwayyachtclub.com. We will be happy to find free moorings for visiting competitors.
Please note that the Medway Dinghy Regatta is another event, now called the Wilsonian River Challenge, and will be held on 1+2 June.
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:
- 5/6 May Medway Cruising Club and Medway Watersports, Gillingham
- 11 May Medway Yacht Club, Upnor
- 18 May Wilsonian Sailing Club, Hoo
- 19 May Upnor Sailing Club, Upnor
Scroll down to earlier posts for details of each of these events.
Book now while there are places still available at this workshop.
Here’s Brian Corbett, MSBA Chairman, sailing Winifred, his classic Herreshoff Half-rater, at Cowes. What a lovely boat and does she go!
With 17 entries received so far from 6 different clubs this event will no doubt be highly competitive. The event will comprise a series of thirteen races with a maximum of four races to be sailed each day, races will be run over in windward/leeward courses apart from a single distance race which will will be run on one day. In addition to some great racing a number of social events will be open to all MYC members. Read more…
26 Mile Course on the tidal River Medway. Open to monohull dinghies and keel boats of 30 feet and under with a PY number. First Start 10.00 Registration closes at 09:45 on the day. Further Details…
The Swale Regatta is this weekend with races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. More details on Swale Regatta website.
Four boats from Hoo Ness YC made it to the Nore Race and Lodestar (a classic Stella sailed by Mark and Helen Montgomery-Smith) won its class. See Benfleet YC website for the full provisional results. Winds were lighter and some of the slower boats struggled against the strong ebb.