Boat sinks in Strood Yacht Club blaze

A 36ft Fairline motor cruiser has sunk and two neighbouring vessels and a pontoon were damaged on Sunday evening after a major fire at Strood YC.  Club members used a workboat to tow the burning cruiser away from the pontoon to prevent further damage to other vessels. The cause of the fire remains unknown. Fortunately it seems no-one was injured.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-25490361
http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2013-12-22/firefighters-tackling-serious-fire-a-yacht-club/

Queenborough Harbour wins £300K grant for pontoon moorings

Phil ShawPhil Shaw has informed us that the harbour trust has obtained a £300K grant to develop the moorings. This and all the latest Queenborough Harbour news that’s fit to print is now available at http://www.queenborough-harbour.co.u…er_dec2013.pdf

Sun Pier

Sun PierNow for some good news. This is Sun Pier yesterday, looking good with new landing pontoon and bridge. Medway Council plans to have the pier in service by Easter 2014.

Bad news from Hollowshore

Martin Ashton, Commodore of Hollowshore Cruising Club writes, “The Oare Creek entrance was not dredged as planned due to a late objection from Faversham Oyster Company (that have the fishing rights in the Swale). [Because of the tidal surge] we lost the pub (the Shipwrights) and it won’t manage to re-open in time for the holiday period.  The clubhouse at the top of the creek had a couple of inches to spare!”

The Hoo Freezer is back!

Hoo FreezerGood news for hardened dinghy sailors: the Hoo Freezer is back on 15 and 16 February 2014. The event will be run by Wilsonian SC and Hoo Ness YC but will be hosted by Medway YC. More details will be available soon and a dedicated website has been created at http://www.hoofreezer.org.uk/

Proposed Medway buoyage changes: what do you think?

Deputy Harbourmaster John Gurton would like to know what we think about changing buoys 15 and 16 (green and red channel buoys between Oakham Ness and Bishop Spit) to quick flashing. It is suggested that this would reduce confusion with the other lateral buoyage. Use the Reply button to let us know what you think and we’ll pass your views on.