Rochester Pier closures, 14 + 20 July

Marion Phillips from Medway Council advises that Rochester Pier will be temporarily closed from 1pm on the following two dates for fireworks displays:

  • ·         Saturday 14 July – Last night of the Proms
  • ·         Friday 20 July – Medway Mile

The events organiser has given assurances that the pier will be properly cleared of debris after both events.

River Festival Wash-up, 24 July

Verne Sanderson advises us that the Medway River Festival wash-up (and planning for 2019) for the river community groups is on Tuesday 24 July at 12pm at the Brook Theatre. It would be helpful if you could please confirm attendance or otherwise. Phone Verne on 01634 338302 or email verne.sanderson@medway.gov.uk

Outboard thieves foiled at Queenborough

Recovering the stolen outboard from the Swale mud

Harbour Manager Emma Crompton tells us what happened. On the afternoon of 25 June, an alert mooring holder at Queenborough Harbour spotted three chaps in an inflatable dinghy removing an outboard from another boat. The harbour team quickly came over in the trot boat while the police were called. One of the thieves disembarked with the outboard in the mud by the coal washer, only to drop it in his struggle to get ashore. The other two went back to the slipway but when they saw the police they headed back to the coal washer area where they abandoned the dinghy. Their two vehicles contained marine equipment stolen from Devon the night before, though the three suspects, who were subequently arrested, were from Kent, though not local. The inflatable dinghy had been stolen from the tender park in March! Emma and some helpers managed to recover the outboard from the mud before the tide claimed it – see photo.

This just shows how brazen the thieves are and how important it is to be alert to suspicious activity.

It’s getting worse! Please report all PWC incidents

Although many owners of personal watercraft (PWCs or jetskis) are responsible, anyone can see reckless and irresponsible behaviour almost any day on the Medway and the Swale. These craft are usually launched from Commodore’s Hard at Gillingham, where the MSBA has installed a high definition camera (see video above), or near Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, where jetskiers have regularly tried to sink small craft on the boat club moorings presumably for fun. There have been several life-threatening incidents but the perpetrators are invariably abusive when challenged. At Gillingham the Medway Watersports Centre has had to cancel youth activities because of the jetskiers’ apparently drunken and dangerous behaviour. Peel Ports, as the statutory harbour authority, have a duty to enforce the bye-laws but will not do so unless we report all incidents. Please download the form below and use it to report ALL incidents to the MSBA and we will pass them on to Peel Ports.  Email your reports to secretary@msba.org.uk

Peel Ports PWC incident form

Swale Regatta, 29 June – 1 July 2018

The Swale Regatta is this weekend with races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. More details on Swale Regatta website.

Nore Race, 23 June

Four boats from Hoo Ness YC made it to the Nore Race and Lodestar (a classic Stella sailed by Mark and Helen Montgomery-Smith) won its class. See Benfleet YC website for the full provisional results. Winds were lighter and some of the slower boats struggled against the strong ebb.

Friends of Maritime Heritage Trust event, Sat 30 June

Richmond – Historic and ceremonial river craft and gentlemen’s yachts. The day will include behind the scenes visits and traditional boat trips on the Thames.

Find out more…

Finesse Rally

Nick Ardley, our well known local ditch-crawler, reports a fairly successful rally for Finesse clinker built yachts at Chatham last weekend.

You can read Nick’s blog about it here.

Two of the boats with their current owners had never sailed into the Medway before – one said, ‘I was fascinated by the activity and obvious remains to be seen…’ And she commented on how pretty it was.

MYC Cadet Week, 29 July – 3 Aug 2018

The event is open to MYC cadets, cadets from other RYA clubs and guests of MYC cadets. Attendees who wish to camp on site must be over the age of 12. The entry fee this year is £215, which is fantastic value for money with three meals a day, all sailing and evening activities and a hoodie/sweatshirt included in the price.

This event is only possible thanks to the time given generously by parents of cadets and other members of the club. Parents, etc, can you please let the organisers know by email via the link below which days you are available to help, either afloat with safety boat duties or shore side with breakfast, lunch, evening and night duties. A first draft duty rota will be issued soon, so it may be better to volunteer for what you want to do early.

Contact the Organisers…       Entry Form…          Boat Hire…