The MSBA has purchased a life-sized inflatable doll for use of our members. He’s called B-OB (or just Bob for short); you fill him with water and chuck him over the side to practise your person overboard drill. As water has a similar density to a human body, this is far more realistic than the bucket-and-fender that you have may have used for MOB training. It’s surprisingly hard to get Bob, or a real person, back onto your boat so take this opportunity to try out the recovery techniques that you may have to rely on for real one day. Some of the ones you read in magazines just don’t work!
Bob is in the custody of Mark Evans, the Harbour Controller at Queenborough. If your club would like to run a practice session, email Mark at operations(at)queenborough-harbour.co.uk to arrange a mutually convenient collection.
A surprisingly good programme on BBC1 about the Thames sailing barge, featuring Nick Ardley and other experts. Many of the beautifully shot scenes are local to the Medway and Swale.
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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.
Queenborough Receives Independence from the Dutch in 1967
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.
And, 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.
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.
Come and see 20 classic craft including tugs, sailing boats with traditional rigs and motor boats
Special! – enjoy a twenty-minute boat trip around the harbour with live commentary.
Crundalls Wharf, All Tide Landing, Queenborough
For further details phone 01795 662051
If you have any information about this washed-up speed boat, please contact the Harbour Office at firstname.lastname@example.org