RYA Affiliated Club Conference, 12 Nov 2016

Get someone from your club along to this event!

The RYA London & South East Regional Affiliated Club Conference takes place on 12 November 2016 at New Line Learning Academy, ME15 9QL. Following the success of the Regional Affiliated Club Conferences which were introduced last year, a series of conferences will again be taking place across the UK during October and November. Each conference will include a national and regional update, along with a range workshops and clinics delivered by RYA staff, contactors and volunteers.

To book your place at the conference please click here.

The conference is an opportunity to feedback some of what has been happening across the UK and in clubs within the region, and to look forward to ensure that 2017 is even more successful for clubs. It will also provide us with a great forum to engage with RYA staff and volunteers who will be on hand to answer any questions we may have.

Are you an Egghead?

eggheads-flyer-sept-2016The MSBA has received an invitation to compete on the popular BBC quiz show. If you are a knowledgeable person and would like to have a go, please let us know straight away because the closing date is 15 October.

Classic Boats at Queenborough, Sat 8 Oct, 11.00

wheelCome and see 20 classic craft including tugs, sailing boats with traditional rigs and motor boats

Special! – enjoy a twenty-minute boat trip around the harbour with live commentary.

Crundalls Wharf, All Tide Landing, Queenborough

For further details phone 01795 662051

Winter Warmers for your diary

Clifford Mickleburgh has announced the Cruising Association Kent Section’s 2016/17 programme of winter talks:

  • 13 October: Tony Farnham on “Sailing barges in their heyday”
  • 10 November: Royal Navy presentation
  • 8 December: Mark Rogers from the Met Office
  • 12 January: Clifford on Dawn Owl’s 2016 tour of Europe
  • 9 February: Scott Belcher on Chatham Historic Dockyard
  • 9 March: Nigel Rigby on Capt James Cook
  • 13 April: Members’ Evening

We are all invited to these excellent talks, which are held at 8pm at the Dog and Bear, Lenham, near Maidstone. It’s a good idea to book a meal on 01622 858 219 for 7pm before the talk. A special CA 8-choice menu is available for £9.95.

Pirate Ship aground in the Swale

pirate-ship-at-faversham-creekThe “pirate ship” which blocked Sun Pier for weeks in the summer left Rochester Riverside on Sunday afternoon and ran aground this morning at the entrance to Faversham Creek, resulting in a lifeboat callout. Coincidentally, today is Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Read more at Kent Online…

Car drives off Gillingham Pier

This afternoon a white Ford Fiesta sped along Gillingham Pier, past the Medway Queen, and smashed through the railings before sinking at the edge of the approach channel for Chatham Docks. The 31-year-old driver swam ashore and was arrested for drink driving. The sunken car will be investigated tomorrow. Meanwhile Peel Ports has advised mariners to navigate with caution.

Read more and see video at Kent Online…

MSBA Patron demolishes Grain Chimney

Kelly Tolhurst MP, patron of the Medway and Swale Boating Association, today pressed the button to detonate the 244 metre Grain Power Station chimney.

Read more and see video taken from the Meridian TV helicopter…

Acorn Shipyard on Fire

This morning the emergency services were called to a major fire at Acorn Shipyard on the Rochester side of the River Medway. There were reports of gas cylinders exploding. The fire was brought under control by 11.30.

Read more at Kent Online…

Grain Power Station Chimney to be demolished 7 Sept 2016

Grain chimney

Peel Ports have advised that, at about 11:00 (soon after low water) on 7 September 2016, the Grain Power Station Chimney will be demolished. The 244 metre high chimney is an important landmark used by mariners to establish their position.

Read more at Kent Online…

Mystery boat washed-up at Queenborough

washed up boat on ATLIf you have any information about this washed-up speed boat, please contact the Harbour Office at operations@queenborough-harbour.co.uk