MSBA Business Meeting, Tues 28 March

Please make sure your club or organisation is represented at our next quartely business meeting on Tuesday 28 March, 7pm, at Upnor Sailing Club. Agenda and minutes will be going out by email. The Battle of Medway (Dutch Raid) 350th anniversary commemoration in June will be discussed. This will be the biggest event on the river for many years. We will also have a short presentation by Tom Clegg from the Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority regarding the no-take zone on the Medway. See you there!

Icom Regatta Pack recommendation

Derek Zobel of Wilsonian SC asked us to share details of the Icom Regatta pack as advertised in RYA Wavelength publication – Annual review 2016 – page 17. This is suitable for clubs that wish to provide regatta officials with handheld VHF radios for an event.

Follow this link to the relevant Icom page

VHF course at Hoo Ness YC, 1 April

If you have, or intend to use either a fixed VHF radio on a  boat, or even a handheld one, then you must have a licence to use them. Hoo Ness Yacht Club is offering a one day VHF course on 1 April for members and non-members. The course will include tuition, assessment and submission for the successful applicants’ licence at no extra cost. The 2017 cost for the study packs which the RYA charges to its training centres is not yet known but the total cost to participants is expected to be around £140.

For more information please email Barry Gardiner bgard(at)clara.net as soon as possible.

VHF course at Medway YC, 15 April

Medway Yacht Club is holding a Marine Radio Short Range course on Saturday 15 April. This course is for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a …radio either fixed or hand held.

Price for Non Members £75. Additional fee payable on the day for RYA Certificate £60. Instructor: John Gore. Call MYC to book on 01634 718399

Delay to opening of East Farleigh lock

Contractors working on behalf of the Environment Agency have discovered a major structural issue with a large section of lock wall behind the left-hand tail lock gate. This entire section of the lock now requires a complete demolition and full rebuild. This unforeseen work will take a further 12 weeks to complete. It is therefore anticipated that the lock will remain closed until the end of June 2017.

For more detailed information from MRUA see Reply.

Kingsferry Bridge Closure, 21 March 2017

For essential maintenance, Kingsferry Bridge will not be lifted on Tuesday 21st March 2017 between 07:45 and 15:12.

NtoM No 12 of 2017 – Kingsferry Bridge Closure

Huge wave swamps boat on Medway

On 28 February the Sheerness inshore lifeboat rescued two men in their 6 metre RIB after it was swamped near the Kingsnorth jetty. A spokesman for Sheerness RNLI said, “The men were actually out in the craft for the first time when they were swamped by a wave which caused total electrical and engine failure.” The boat was towed to Queenborough Harbour.

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