Gillingham Marina “On the Water”, Sat 17 May 2014

If you want to try out an Alto two person, single trapeze, club racing dinghy, pop over to Gillingham Marina between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Saturday after supporting your club’s Push The Boat Out event . In conjunction with the Medway Watersports Centre you can also try out a RIB. The latest Suzumar and Sun sport inflatable dinghies are on show in the chandlery where VAT-free deals are on offer betwen 9am and 4.30pm.

Gillingham Marina & Clarke & Carter Christmas Party, 5 Dec

Gillingham party)Peter Norris writes, “We are celebrating another very successful year at our Kent offices at Gillingham, Ramsgate & Chatham by holding, in association with Gillingham Marina, a Christmas Party in the Gillingham Marina Chandlery between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday 5 December 2013.

“We will be offering festive refreshments with live music and there will be a number of very special offers on chandlery items on the night. GJW Insurance will also be on hand to discuss any insurance questions you might have. There will also be a number of technical representatives from suppliers around on the evening for you to ask questions.

We look forward to seeing you on the 5 December. Please drop an e-mail to to inform us of numbers attending. We look forward to hearing from you.”

Boat and Chandlery Fair, Gillingham Marina, 6 and 7 July

Established in 2010, the Medway Boat & Chandlery Fair is the largest boat show on the Kent Coast.  There will be over 60 sail and motor boats on display.

There will be trade stands from 3D Tenders, Dolphin Sails, English Braids, GJW Insurance, Medway Watersports, Raymarine, Robert Bingham Yacht Surveyors, Suzuki. This is an ideal opportunity for you to meet and discuss with specialists all aspects of boat ownership.

For more details and fast-track registration, see

On Saturday a free shuttle bus will carry you to and from Chatham Waterfront where you can see the Medway River Festival.

Medway River Festival, 6 July 2013

Sonatas from Medway Yacht Club racing at the festivalThis year’s free council-run festival will be bigger and better than ever before. It will be a  fun-packed day of activities centred on and around the River Medway, best viewed from Chatham Waterfront where there will be lots to see on and off the water.

If you want to try a boat or have a go at sailing, a shuttle bus will take you to and from the Boat and Chandlery Fair at Gillingham Marina.

Races and floating river processions are among the plans with colourful displays of yachts, rowing boats, motor cruisers, barges, tugs and kayak activities taking place on the River Medway. Local clubs and associations will be offering support and advice shore side for everyone to learn more about the river. Live music, nautical-themed performances, food stalls and children’s entertainment are also planned for the festival.