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.

Lots happening at Medway Yacht Club this weekend

MSBA Race MarkColin Weston, Commodore of Medway YC, says there’s a whole lot of sailing going on this weekend:

2016 River Events

MSBA race markPeel Ports has published an Updated List of Events of which they have been notified. Clubs and Organisations are obliged to notify Peel Ports of organised events taking place on the river such as races and regattas. From this list it would seem that only two or three clubs have done so.

Also, please remember that your club may borrow the two inflatable MSBA race marks (see photo) for races or other events.

Trophy Secretary needed – UPDATE

The MSBA committee is looking for a volunteer to take over as Trophy Secretary from Ken Waller who has had to step down after many years service. As we currently do not organise a regatta, the main need is safe storage for the trophies.

UPDATE: Wil Pretty has kindly volunteerd to take on this role.

Mary Cup, 11 June 2016

Brian Wicker informs us that REYC has accepted a very kind offer from Medway Cruising Club to include the Mary Cup in their Gala so the race will take place on Sat 11 June 2016. Please include this event in your club news. As usual there are prizes for the winners of each section. Further details will be published early next year.

Come racing with Medway Yacht Club

For Medway sailors not connected with the Medway YC:  the Autumn Series starts on Sunday 1st November and is a well attended race series for cruisers of all classes.
Info can be found below if you’re interested in blowing a few cobwebs away before it gets too cold!  The MYC office 01634 718399 are running a crew register if you would like to get involved and are short of crew or if you want to offer your services.

Medway Keelboat Regatta, 10-12 July

The keelboat regatta, organised by Medway Yacht Club, is an open event with classes for racing boats from out-and-out IRC racers to gaffers and white-sails-only cruisers. For more details see

RYA Race Management Seminar, Erith, 15 Jan

If you’d like to become a race officer for your club, here is your chance. The two day course covers all aspects of race management from course laying, timing, starting and finishing sequences together with protest procedures and all subjects within the RYA race management guide.

Bart’s Bash, Sunday 21 September 2014

The Andrew Simpson Foundation is attempting to break the Guinness World Record by having “The Largest Sailing Race in 24 Hours (Multiple Venues)” Guinness World Record attempt.

More details of the event: