Seasalter SC sickened by theft of life-saving equipment

defibrillatorMembers of a Swale-based sailing club have been sickened by the theft of a £1400 defibrillator that was bought two years ago after they lost a member to a heart attack. Read more at Kent Online…

CA Winter Warmer talk, HM Coastguard, Thurs 14 Dec

Jeremy Littlewood has been in HM Coastguard for 7 years as a Watch Manager at Thames and London Operations Rooms and now 2 years as Senior Coastal Operations Officer in East Anglia managing Coastguard Rescue Teams and Major Incident Response. Jeremy will give an overview of the activities and capabilities of HM Coastguard afloat and  ashore and give a presentation and discussion about safety equipment that can be carried on yachts. Mince pies will be provided, apparently.

The Cruising Association Kent Section Winter Warmers are held at 8pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square, Lenham, ME17 2PG, which is 8 miles east of Maidstone, just off the A20 in the village square. All are welcome. There is a small charge of £3. Many eat beforehand and it helps speed up service if you telephone the pub on 01622 858219 and order your meal before 5pm.

Further CA Winter Warmers will be as follows:

  • 11 January 2018: Patricia & Neil Lynn, Engineering Our Way Across Europe aboard Sea Griffin
  • 8 February 2018: Members’ Confessions, what went right or wrong?
  • 8 March 2018: Jeremy Batch on 110 Years of Cruising

 

Laser weapon to be tested at Shoeburyness

The defence project will culminate in operation at full-power under test conditions at Farnborough in summer 2018 before it is transported to MOD Shoeburyness for long-range outdoor trials later in the year. Boaters have expressed concerns that this may endanger the eyesight of mariners on recreational vessels and commercial shipping in the Thames Estuary. Read more…

 

Trevor Peen

We are sad to announce that Trevor Peen passed away suddenly earlier this month. Trevor was the principal of Medway Watersports Trust and for many years an MYA/MSBA committee member who campaigned tirelessly for safety on the river.

Trevor’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 20th December at 2 pm at Gravesend Crematorium and afterwards at the Medway Cruising Club clubhouse.  All are welcome. No flowers but donations to the RNLI please.

Project Kraken

Peel Ports to clear debris from river today

After numerous complaints about the increased quantity of hazardous floating debris in the upper reaches of the tidal Medway, especially between Aylesford and Allington, we have just been informed by James Goodfellow that Peel Ports will at last be undertaking a river clearance today. Peel Ports have traditionally run regular rubbish clearance operations using the Medway Otter but this elderly vessel has had operational difficulties of late. The debris includes numerous large logs, several gas cylinders and floating rubbish of all kinds. Motor boaters, deterred from using the river for fear of damage to hull and propellers, have been deserting the non-tidal marinas because of the danger of passing this stretch of the river. A major rowing event was cancelled too.

“Bob” goes over board

MOB drillThe 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.

Oyster trestles obstruct navigation at Whitstable

Following a complaint by Whitstable Yacht Club, a report published on the Marine Management Organisation’s website acknowledges that the presence of oyster trestles causes or is likely to cause obstruction or danger to navigation, whilst concluding that the farm’s operations are nevertheless acceptable as a low risk to marine navigation.

In response, the RYA has formally written to the Director of Marine Licensing at the MMO setting out their concerns with the report and arguing that the measures put in place since the investigation started do not negate the need for a marine licence. The RYA considers that these trestles require a full marine licence on the basis that they could cause obstruction or danger to navigation.

Read more on RYA website…

Huge Fire at Iron Wharf, Faversham

Fire at Faversham

Photo Dan Salter

In the early hours of this morning, a huge blaze has destroyed eight boats, three cabins and a workshop at Iron Wharf, Faversham.

UPDATE: A 30 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Read more at Kent Online…

CA Relaunches Lobster Pot Campaign

Poorly marked lobster pots and fishing gear are the most difficult and unpredictable hazard facing coastal cruising people. Fishermen, too, report the loss of expensive gear as a result of entanglements. These encounters could even be life-threatening. In one year alone the RNLI dealt with 295 incidents of fouled propellers. Most Cruising Association members say they would try to sort the problem out themselves so this could be a fraction of the actual number. One lifeboat station said 25% of their call-outs were purely from boats caught up in fishing gear.

Sign the Government petition here