This year the festival will take place at Chatham Historic Dockyard, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary by offering free access to everyone on 16 June. There will be “have-a-go” water activities on the Mast Pond and other activities on the river which you can watch from the area between HMS Gannet and the submarine HMS Ocelot. Other historic vessels will be open for visitors at the east end of Basin 1 (Chatham Maritime Marina) and there will be a Parade of Sail featuring historic vessels in the afternoon. High tide is at 3.30pm.
If any local boating clubs and organisations would like a stall at the Dockyard, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on your request. We are hoping that the Council will provide tables and gazebos but this is to be confirmed.
Brian Corbett, Chairman of the MSBA, glows with pride at coming second in the Cowes Spring Classics at the weekend. He sails a very special 24ft Herreshoff Half Rater called Winifred.
We have heard of more thefts recently from boats on the Medway. The latest is a report from Chrissie Peters of Segas SC:
“Our dinghy and outboard was stolen during the night while we were on board our boat. Please be aware there are thieves operating on the Medway. The dinghy is a 12 foot dark green plastic Pioner tender, which we would love back if anyone sees it. The outboard is a Tohatsu 6hp, we don’t expect we will see it again. Stolen from moorings opposite Segas and Gillingham Strand, on Hoo side.
Please look out for the dinghy.”
This is similar to a theft a year ago from the HNYC moorings, when the dinghy was found abandoned without the motor. It seems many of these thefts are not reported to the police, so please email us at email@example.com with any information.
Sadly we have to report that Paul Mace, long time Captain of the Medway Branch of the RNSA, passed away on 3rd May. A keen and knowledgeable sailor himself, Paul’s enthusiasm and leadership of the local RNSA developed the Branch and steered it through difficult times and it is much to his credit that it is now a healthy and flourishing club. He will be sorely missed by all in the RNSA, and the many other river users to whom Paul freely gave his time, help and guidance.
Paul served in the Royal Navy as a submariner. He also served on board HMS Cavalier, now preserved in Chatham Historic Dockyard and Paul was an active member of the HMS Cavalier Association, helping to maintain the ship when time allowed.
Our condolences go out to Paul’s family at this sad time.
Our non-tidal partners, the Medway River Users Association (aka River Medway Boaters on Facebook) have just announced that the Maidstone River Festival, now known as the “Gathering of Boats” is back on the last weekend in July.The new Mayor of Maidstone is fully behind this event and will be presenting the trophies. For those who haven’t ventured upstream yet, the non-tidal Medway is well worth a visit if you can get your boat under Aylesford bridge.
Good news! The walkway and All Tide Landing are now open. Come down and enjoy the sunshine. Thanks to all for getting us up and running.