TS Royalist to visit Queenborough

The famous tall ship, TS Royalist, will be coming to Queenborough Harbour on Tuesday 11 April at approximately 4.00pm. This will be their second visit. Well worth coming to have a look. The new sail training vessel entered service with The Marine Society and Sea Cadets in 2015.

AphroditeAnd, just arrived today is Aphrodite, (pictured left) looking magnificent.

A fleet of Tall Ships will be leaving Greenwich on Sunday. The fleet then sails a clockwise Atlantic route with Portugal the next stop on the way to Quebec.

Three MPs at Medway Watersports Open Day

3 MPs at the StrandOur three local MPs show us how it should be done today at the Medway Watersports Trust Open Day: (left to right) Kelly Tolhurst, Tracey Crouch and Rehman Chishti. Kelly is Patron of the MSBA and Tracey is Sports Minister. Tracey unveiled a new mural by Sharmaine Kwan. To the left you can see the parlous state of Medway’s only public slipway, known as Commodore’s Hard. The MSBA is campaigning for better public acess to the river.

VHF course at Hoo Ness YC, 1 April

If you have, or intend to use either a fixed VHF radio on a  boat, or even a handheld one, then you must have a licence to use them. Hoo Ness Yacht Club is offering a one day VHF course on 1 April for members and non-members. The course will include tuition, assessment and submission for the successful applicants’ licence at no extra cost. The 2017 cost for the study packs which the RYA charges to its training centres is not yet known but the total cost to participants is expected to be around £140.

For more information please email Barry Gardiner bgard(at)clara.net as soon as possible.

VHF course at Medway YC, 15 April

Medway Yacht Club is holding a Marine Radio Short Range course on Saturday 15 April. This course is for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a …radio either fixed or hand held.

Price for Non Members £75. Additional fee payable on the day for RYA Certificate £60. Instructor: John Gore. Call MYC to book on 01634 718399

Day Skipper Course, £330 at Medway YC

Medway Yacht Club has offered their Day Skipper Theory Course for £330 with Training Membership for the duration of the course and up to 6 visits afterwards. The course runs from 25 February to the exam on 11 March. There are only a few places left so get in touch with MYC now.

Further details on MYC website…

RYA Dinghy Training Courses, 11/12 and 18/19 June

WSC logoRYA Training Level 1 &2 Training Courses 11/12 and 18/19 June 2016.
Contact Andy Hockey wayfarer360 (at) yahoo.co.uk

MSBA Training Directory

From time to time we get enquiries from members of the public for training courses. Therefore, we have decided to have a page on the website with a directory of the courses our members are able to offer. There is no charge for this.

If you wish to be included in this directory could you please send Tony (webmaster@ msba.org.uk ) details of any courses you can offer (not necessarily RYA courses), whether certificated or general interest, and contact details for your training principal.

The Training Directory is accessed from the Training menu item above.

Get On the Water at Gillingham Marina, Sun 16 August

Gillingham Marina on the water

This year’s On the Water Event will see the RIBs from Medway Watersports once again taking to the water showing the public what the sport has to offer and training available.

First Aid course at RCPYC, 28 March

FIRST AID course at the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, Dover with its spectacular views over the harbour. The course will be run by Dr Bob Hadley, a CA member who sails out of Dover. You will need the latest edition of the First Aid Manual, which can be bought on line for £4.75. The course will run from 9am to 5pm with tea and coffee on arrival and also in the afternoon. Cost including RYA certificate and handouts £22.50 per person. Lunch can be ordered and paid for separately on the day. To BOOK  call Clifford on 07803 727350

Tom Banks

Tom Banks oversaw the development of youth and adult sailing within the local community for over 25 years. During this time he dedicated his weekends to provide recreational sailing and racing for young and old alike. He inspired a dedicated team of volunteers at what is now the Medway Watersports Centre.

Tom’s funeral will take place on 3 March 2015 at 1000 hrs. It will be held at Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane, Chatham, ME5 9QU. A wake will take place afterwards at Medway Cruising Club.