PLEASE NOTE: Queenborough Harbour will be closed to visiting boats from Noon Friday 8th to 6pm Sunday 10 September to accommodate the classic boat event. We hope to see you there, but kindly request you come by road or rail.
Medway Council’s spectacular finale to the Battle of Medway commemoration will take place on Saturday evening. During the fireworks display, a section of the river from the Upnor Pier to Whitewall Creek will be cleared from 21.40 to 22.40 hrs, see Peel Ports’ Notice to Mariners. Controversially, boats on the RNSA and REYC moorings are required to move out of the exclusion zone.
UPDATE: At 17.30 a sail past will start in the vicinity of Chatham Ness / Sun Pier and “parade” to Upnor Castle. MT Kent will lead the fleet, followed by the steam ships SS George Stephenson, flanked by VIC 56 and VIC 96 (3 steam ships together on the Medway, probably the first time in 50 years). These will be followed by other classic/historic vessels.
Also on Saturday, Queenborough will be celebrating Independence Day with a flotilla, music and other events. The Medway Queen Preservation Society will have a Fun, Food and Craft Day at Gillingham Pier.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the official handing back of Queenborough by the Dutch. A ceremony was performed at Queenborough on 17 June 1967. The town will be holding a celebration of this on 17th June 2017 and it is hoped to make it an annual event. There will be a boat flotilla with changing of flags at midday plus events throughout Queenborough: Live bands, Treasure hunt, Stalls, Magic, Bouncy Castle, Fancy dress and Re-enactments. All are invited – please help to make this a memorable day! All proceeds will go to the local lifeboat station.
For more information, visit the Queenborough Independence Day website.
Sheppey’s new inshore lifeboat has been named Buster after a 99-year-old man who loved “messing about in boats”. The D-class rigid inflatable, with a top speed of 25 knots, was delivered to Sheerness on August 11 and has already been on 34 call-outs. On Sunday, more than 100 volunteer crew, supporters and friends of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute gathered in Queenborough’s Elephant Park to give the 5m-long rescue boat its name. Brian Mills, Buster’s son who sprayed champagne over the bows of the £52,000 boat, said: “It was a very proud moment for me to name the boat after my late father.
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.
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.
Queenborough Harbour Trust CIC is delighted to have been awarded £500,000 from the Coastal Community Fund Awards, Round 4, to develop Queenborough harbour’s mooring facilities and in so doing support the local visitor economy.
As a relatively new, community-based organisation, we are grateful for the confidence the Department for Communities and Local Government has shown in us to deliver this substantial investment. We are also grateful for the support we have received in our application from a variety of sources including Sheppey Proud, the local Coastal Community Team which gathered support from the business and community service and feedback from the public. In addition we would like to thank Swale Borough Council and in particular the Regeneration Team for their support and funds in helping QHT to secure this substantial investment in the harbour facilities. We are aware of the challenges that the delivery of this project within the budget and resource constraints poses but with the support and assistance of current and new supporters and friends we will provide the improved facilities and increased capacity that will encourage more visitors from the UK and the Continent to visit Queenborough and beyond, enjoy the local services and attractions to the benefit of the local economy.
Queenborough Harbour Trust are organising a classic yacht & motor boat event open to all boats built or designed before 1970. We are delighted to offer free berthing for up to 2 nights for qualifying boats that register with us before 30th September.
Entries so far:
- Kevayling – Freeman 30 (1968), Ray Chitty
- Emanuel – 1928 Gaff Cutter, Robert Holden
- Crow – 38ft Gaff Ketch, Robert Berk
- Linnaea – Dauntless 20ft Gaff Rigged, Lena Reekie
If you would like to join-in please contact Mark on 0770 373 2774 or email email@example.com
This event is being organised with the help of:
- Brian Corbett – Medway Yacht Club & MSBA Vice Chairman
- Yvonne Mitchell – Old Gaffers Association
Five Thames sailing barges will be assembling at Queenborough on Friday afternoon in preparation for a race to Ipswich on Saturday. Members of the public are welcome to visit the pontoon Friday evening and admire these historic craft: Edith May, Melissa, Xylonite, Marjorie and Niagara.