Reluctantly, because of health and professional pressures, John Gore has decided to resign from the position of Chairman of the MSBA. All the members would like to thank John for his wisdom and good service to the Association.
On John’s recommendation, Brian Corbett will be acting as Chairman, and Tony Lavelle will be acting as Vice Chairman, subject to ratification at the next AGM.
Gavin Parson, again due to professional pressures would like to pass on the mantle of MSBA secretary. Although we have been asking for volunteers at the last two members’ business meetings, we would also welcome and consider the offer of administrative support, including minute taking at the monthly meetings, on a fee paid basis.
Early yesterday morning the Sheerness lifeboat was called to a report of a burning vessel in the Prince’s Channel. On arrival they saw that it was the Princes No 5 buoy in flames, some 7 miles north of Herne Bay.
Read more on the Sheerness Lifeboat’s Facebook page…
In separate incidents today, police and rescue services have recovered two bodies from the river. This morning a body was recovered near the M2 bridge, believed to be the man who jumped from the bridge on 22 January. This afternoon another body was recovered at Strood near Rochester bridge. The family of Ben Savage (pictured), who went missing on 6 December, have been informed.
Medway Yacht Club has offered their Day Skipper Theory Course for £330 with Training Membership for the duration of the course and up to 6 visits afterwards. The course runs from 25 February to the exam on 11 March. There are only a few places left so get in touch with MYC now.
Further details on MYC website…
Deadman’s Island will be featured on BBC1 South East’s Inside Out on Monday 30 Jan at 7.30pm. The island near Queenborough contains many graves of those who died on the prison hulks and quarantined ships in Stangate Creek.
Peel Ports have issued a notice that while they are upograding the radar and CTV system, from the 25 January 2017 until further notice Medway VTS will be without primary radar coverage in Short Reach, Gillingham Reach and Pinup Reach. CCTV will also be temporarily interrupted in this area during the upgrade period.
NtoM No 08 of 2017 – Medway VTS Update
Interestingly the notice reminds vessels over 40m, with wheelhouse situated aft, that there must be a lookout stationed forward notifying the OOW of other vessel movements. That’s good to know!
Owing to the low pressure system passing over the southern North Sea, the tide at Sheerness is forecast to be three metres over the astronomical prediction at about 9pm this evening. Fortunately this does not coincide with high water. Our friends up the East Coast and over on the Continent may not be so lucky.
The next Winter Warmer talk will be by Clifford Mickleburgh himself, relating his adventures on DAWN OWL with his faithful old dog Charlie on a whistle stop tour of Europe, from the Netherlands north to Copenhagen and then south through the Kiel Canal, Frisian Islands and the European rivers and canals to Switzerland and back down the Rhine through Germany to Friesland in the Netherlands. Find out about the boat lifts and the inclined planes!
The CA Kent Section Winter Warmers are held at The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square
Lenham, ME17 2PG. All are welcome. There is a small charge of £3.
Situated 8 miles East of Maidstone, just off the A20 in the village square. Many eat beforehand and it helps speed up service if you telephone the pub on 01622 858219 and order your meal before 5pm.
Police and emergency services have been searching the River Medway since 18-year-old Ben Savage went missing after a night out in Chatham. He was last seen on CCTV at Sun Pier on Tuesday night. If you have any information please call the police.
More on Kent Online…
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