Will your club exist in ten years’ time? Our 2019 conference will focus on the future of our local clubs, which still form the core of active boating on the Medway and Swale. A major report has highlighted a decline in participation in most but not all watersports. Sailing in particular is in free fall. So what exactly is going wrong and what are we going to do about it? Key speakers Liz Rushall and Dave Selby will present different views on how our clubs can adapt to a changing world. Other speakers will present how local clubs are successfully dealing with ageing membership and new styles of boating. Get your earlybird ticket here…
The RYA London and South East Region is putting on a conference that will appeal to many Medway/Swale boaters. It will be held at Newline Academy near Maidstone on 24 Feb 2018. This is likely to be a biennial event interleaving with the MSBA conferences, of which the next will be in spring 2019.
The RYA conference will be free to attend and is aimed at boaters connected with RYA affiliated clubs/associations and training centres. The day will be full of presentations and workshops that will cover a wide variety of topics for the cruising and racing sailor, such as:
- “Tips & Tricks” for successful anchoring
- Current Cruising issues including Brexit
- Sail trimming
- Motor cruising topics
- Environmental challenges facing boaters today
- and more!
The main focus will be on providing help and advice and there will be ample opportunities for attendees to ask questions of the presenters. Lunch and refreshments will be also be provided and will be free on the day.
The Swale Regatta website is now working. Details are also on our calendar.
Peel Ports has published an Updated List of Events of which they have been notified. Clubs and Organisations are obliged to notify Peel Ports of organised events taking place on the river such as races and regattas. From this list it would seem that only two or three clubs have done so.
Also, please remember that your club may borrow the two inflatable MSBA race marks (see photo) for races or other events.
If you’d like to become a race officer for your club, here is your chance. The two day course covers all aspects of race management from course laying, timing, starting and finishing sequences together with protest procedures and all subjects within the RYA race management guide.
For cruiser racers including gaffers, a date for your diary. See event calendar for details. This will be the 50th consecutive year of the annual Royal Engineer Yacht Club race to win 1 of 2 remaining original pewter tankards which were awarded as prizes to the crew of the cutter Mary which won an annual race from Gillingham Creek to Sheerness and back with 3 other REYC yachts on 16 May 1864.
The REYC invites all MSBA monohull yachts to join the Mary Cup race on 20 September, start 10:00 at MCC Gillingham line. No entry fee. For further info, email Ken Gorton reycchathamharbourmaster (at) hotmail.co.uk
We are invited to participate in a series of five races for monohull sailing cruisers:
Sunday 27 April 2014, First Race 10.00
Sunday 11 May 2014
- Sunday 18 May 2014
- Sunday 8 June 2014, Last race followed by lunch and prize giving at MYC
A short five race series, boats’ four best results to count. Races are started from a committee boat normally located in or near Gillingham Reach. The first start each day is at 10.00. Races are short in-river races designed to get you back in the bar around lunch time. Racing is handicapped so everybody has a chance to win. You do not need a rating.
RYA National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC)
Racing will be under IRC (if you have a current rating certificate) or the RYA NHC system. You do not need to have your boat or sails measured or weighed. Look up your boat’s base handicap on the RYA list on line and this will be automatically adjusted race by race in line with your performance.
- Complete and submit a Race Entry Form prior to the first race you enter
- Pay £25 race entry fee for the series (£15 for individual races)
- Have adequate third party insurance
- Turn up and have fun
Full details can be found in the official Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions www.medwayyachtclub.com or by contacting Medway Yacht club by email email@example.com or on 01634 718399.
As participants in an open event you and your crew are invited to join us in the bar at MYC (food available) after each race and for the prize giving lunch following the last race.