Medway Council are seeking volunteers to retrieve life rings from under Sun Pier and anywhere else you can find them on the river. To make it as easy as possible for volunteers, we can arrange collection of the life rings you have retrieved from anywhere that is convenient to you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Following Storm Dennis last weekend, this derelict yacht that has been on the Peel Ports moorings at Borstal is believed to have sunk along with the two buoys to which it was attached. The resident family of cormorants have now lost heir home. Mariners passing between Medway Towns Rowing Club and Medway Bridge Marina should take care especially at low water.
At 5pm on the wild afternoon of 15 February, during Storm Dennis, residents of St Mary’s Island spotted a naked man “sheltering in a tent” on a small rowing boat, anchored just a few metres from the shore. Apparently he was afraid to lift the anchor in case the dinghy was blown away in the extreme conditions. After a rescue operation involving the Coastguard, the RNLI all weather lifeboat, firefighters, police and ambulance crews, the man was brought ashore at 7.30pm.
The high-resolution live webcam was provided by the MSBA for monitoring antisocial behaviour and dangerous riding of personal watercraft (jetskis) at Gillingham Strand. Several webcams and live weather stations along with tidal information are accessible from our Weather page.
More courses available at Medway Yacht Club at member rates:
- 25 January – SRC (VHF) course, 9.30 to 17.00
- 30/31 January – Powerboat Course
Contact Inti Guaschino, Training Manager & RYA Principal, Tel: 01634 718399
Beach lifeguards are paid even while they train. There are some fitness requirements. Contact Lucy_Macgowan@rnli.org.uk for more information.
Inti Guaschino, the new training manager at MYC, is offering the following courses. Members of MSBA/RYA affiliated clubs are eligible for MYC member rate.
RYA Powerboat Level 2:
29 & 30 August
5 & 6 September
19 & 20 September (1 space left)
26 & 27 September
RYA Safety Boat:
12 & 13 September
25 & 26 September (1 space left)
First Aid Course:
For further information visit MYC webpage
Mick Nolan of the Thames Sailing Barge Trust has written an excellent account of a practice session with the MSBA’s rescue dummy “BOB”. Click below to read or download the article. Contact the MSBA via email@example.com if your club or organisation wants to borrow BOB.
Medway Yacht Club will be running RYA Powerboat Training sessions on Thursdays and Fridays, 9.00 to 16.00. The price for the Powerboat Level 2 will be £120 for members (including members of local MSBA/RYA affiliated clubs) and £185 for non members. The first RYA Powerboat Level 2 course will be available on 18 and 19 July. If anyone is interested please book a place at firstname.lastname@example.org at least a couple of days before the date. Or you can come into the office and Inti, the new senior instuctor, will sign you up. The Powerboat Level 2 will be run on a regular basis and Inti will endeavour to keep the course open every Thursday and Wednesday. The maximum number of places is 3 but 1-to-1 sessions are available. The first RYA Safety Boat course will be on the 15 and 16 August with the same ratio as Powerboat Level 2, from 9.00 to 16.00 and the price will be £100.