Latest book from Nick Ardley

Nick Ardley is an eccentric, an anachronism from a simpler age, for the way he sails his clinker sloop around the Thames estuary. In Rochester to Richmond: A Thames Estuary Sailor’s View. The book is a reflective journey between Rochester and London, a path once of commerce, but now pleasure. Rochester was of immense importance to Britain’s past trading richness too. The belching chimneys pouring acrid fumes and cement dust have evaporated. Oil refineries have slipped away, but wharves lining the banks survive. As a distraction, he wanders a little above Rochester and then again, a little above the Pool of London towards Richmond. Between, he lands amongst the marsh and mud, finding graves and farmsteads enveloped in purslane and lavender. Many towns sailed past were part of this heritage, supplying building materials and food carried by the tan-sailed barge to London. Ardley dips and dabbles into these communities and explores how they have transformed.

Nick will have copies available on Whimbrel at the Queenborough Classic Boat Festival on 9+10 September.

Nore Swatch Buoy removed for repair

Peel Ports advise that the Nore Swatch Buoy, Fl(4) R 15s in approximate position 51º28.28’N 000º45.58E, is temporarily removed from station.  The buoy will be repaired and re-instated as soon as possible.

Teston Bridge closed

Less than a month after the reopening of East Farleigh lock, the non-tidal Medway is again closed to navigation. This time it’s because of severe damage to Teston Bridge, allegedly caused by a drunken driver who was arrested at the scene. Read more on Kent Online…

UPDATE: It’s expected that the river will re-open for navigation this Sunday (20 August).

Lower Halstow YC to feature in TV series about the RNLI

The Sheerness Inshore Lifeboat carrying out a rescue at Lower Halstow YC will feature in a TV series on BBC2 starting on Wednesday 16 August at 8pm. Saving Lives At Sea tells the story of the volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards of the RNLI who rescue thousands of people and save hundreds of lives around our coastline and on the River Thames every year.