Kent Police have recently been made aware of a number of yachts on moorings which have sustained damage to their hulls. From further enquiries including viewing CCTV it appears the most probable cause for this damage is other vessels attempting to pass through the moorings but colliding with the moored vessels as they do so. One yacht has been holed and several have damage to hull, rubbing strake and toe rails.
Clearly this shows the need for all water users to display a higher degree of care when navigating between moorings to avoid further damage occuring. So far only one owner has been contacted to exchange insurance details, leaving numerous owners to foot the bill for expensive repair work.
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.
MSBA Chairman, Stuart Bradley and a friend, will be competing in the 2015 AZAB (AZores And Back) race in Stuart’s Rival 38 “Coryphaena” starting from Falmouth on 6 June. You can follow the track of individual boats here.
Despite the best efforts of Kent Police, a Land Rover Freelander ended up submerged by the tide when a boat owner could not drive it back up the beach after launching his boat. Read more at Kent Online…
Two updates today to Peel Ports Notices to Mariners:
No 16: The missing topmark on the new Uplees north cardinal buoy, marking the trawler wreck at Harty, has been replaced.
No 19: The large “tree root” which was obstructing the navigable channel just downstream of the M20 bridge has now been removed.