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…

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…

Isle of Sheppey Round the Island Race, Sat 9 Sept 2017

Photo Lee Marriot

Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club will be hosting the world famous Round the Island Race, a true “tick in the box of life” for leisure and professional sailors.  This year the event is open to all types of “non mechanical” vessels including windsurfers, rowers and stand-up paddleboards as well as dinghies and catamarans. Estimated number of entries: 50 – 100 boats.

UPDATE: Phone number for the race will be 01795 663052 and will be on channel 37 Call sign Shepp.

Southend Town Cup, Sun 16 July

Handicap cruiser racing off Southend Pier, starting and finishing from the Leigh Buoy. Entry open to all bona fide cruising yachts. Entry form and race instructions can be downloaded from www.benfleetyachtclub.org

Entries to be received by Wednesday 12 July. Entry Fee £5.

Course: Start at the Leigh Buoy, West Shoebury, Nore Swatch, Mid Swatch, Leigh Buoy, West Shoebury, Leigh Buoy, Mid Swatch, Nore Swatch, West Shoebury, Finish at the Leigh Buoy

For further information please contact Rob Scriven, rscriven(at)btopenworld.com

Nore Race

Nore Race 2016

Photo Wil Pretty

The annual Nore Race was held on Sunday, organised by Benfleet Yacht Club. The 17 nautical mile course in the Thames Estuary attracted a hundred sailing dinghies and cruisers, including multihulls, many from the Medway and Swale.

Concern over Missing Catamaran Sailor

Missing Cat Sailor

Concern is growing for a missing sailor after a 12 ft catamaran was found drifting in the Thames Estuary on Saturday. The white New Cat 12 was discovered 27 miles north east of the North Foreland at about 8 pm with no one on board. Coastguards found a black North Face rucksack on board containing items of clothing, maps and a small quantity of cash, but no clue to identity. It has now been towed into Ramsgate Harbour. If you have any information please call 101 for Kent Police and quote reference 26-1235. Read more at Kent Online.

Sputnik flies again

Telstar Sputnik

Photo Wil Pretty

Hoo Ness Yacht Club is unusual on the Medway in having several multhulls in its racing fleet. The photo shows Telstar trimaran Sputnik, skippered by Bryan Wright, taking new club members for an introductory sail.

Sheppey hosts Europe’s longest dinghy race

The annual Round the Island Race, hosted by the Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club, is the longest dinghy and board race in Europe. For more details click here.