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 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.
Peel 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.
The Medway Dinghy Regatta at Wilsonian Sailing Club on the River Medway always proves to be a really good weekend. Starting on the Friday 1 July if you wish to come early for camping and small campavans. Food will be available that evening and all weekend with entertainment on Saturday evening.
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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.
Six dinghies started but only four finished the two laps and the winners were Alan Staley for the Traditionalists and Helen North for the Bermudans. Worries about whether the tide would make enough water were overcome by just launching them in anyway, the breeze overcoming any resistance of the mud. Read more…
The MSBA Dinghy Regatta, hosted by the Wilsonian Sailing Club with lead sponsor MTS Cleaning Services, will be on 18 and 19 July. Other sponsors are Harken, Hyde Sails and Pirates Cave. Last year’s event attracted over 60 entrants. Starts and prizes will be provided for 5 fleets: Fast, Medium and Slow handicap, 2000 and Juniors, with 2 races on each day starting at 11.00 on Saturday and 10.00 on Sunday. The entry fee for double handers is £25 and for single handers it’s £20. Camping is available on Friday and Saturday night with catering available throughout the weekend including breakfast on both days, evening meal on Friday, lunch on Saturday and a meal (with a steel band) on Saturday evening. Kelly Tolhurst, Councillor for Rochester West and Member of Parliament for Rochester & Strood, has agreed to do the Prize Giving. For more details see www.wilsoniansc.org.uk
Saturday/Sunday 15th & 16th August 2015
For further information and an entry form visit Whitstable Yacht Club’s website:
Whitstable Yacht Club, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent CT51BX
T: 01227 272942