Rochester Pier Closure, 26 Feb – 2 March

Marion Phillips of Medway Council informs us that Rochester Pier will be temporarily closed from Monday 26 February 2018 for one week to allow for some electrical testing to be undertaken. An FB padlock will be used to allow for emergency access if required.

Tidal Thames Navigators Club Evening, Wed 7 March

For those of us who venture up the Thames. This event will be held on board the vessel DIXIE QUEEN, at Butlers Wharf Pier, on the south side of the river next to Tower Bridge, commencing at 18.30 with tea and coffee being served from 18.00. The event will finish by approximately 20.30.

The evening will consist of topics from representatives of the Port of London Authority Harbour Master’s team, (some of whom we may recognise) as well as guest speakers covering:

  • Overview of events held by a local club (TBC)
  • Special Guest Speaker (TBC)
  • Large scale towing operations on the Thames
  • Bigger ships now visiting the Thames
  • ‘Journey of Thames experiences’ presentation
  • A Q&A session will follow

There will be information given on the first batch of the highly recommended ‘TTNC River Trips’ and how you can book.

To book and confirm you attendance please book in online here (or go to www.bookitbee.com and search ‘Port of London Authority’) by Monday 26 February 2018.

In addition, you can find out more about the TTNC and what benefits there are to being a member here.

Do you know this boat?

Photo Graeme Longmuir

This dilapidated motor cruiser was found drifting in the Medway above Rochester Bridge on 4 February and was rescued by the tug Speedwell. It is still tied up on Rochester Pier. If you have any information about who owns it or where it came from, please email info@msba.org.uk.

Is your bottom clean? Medway CC, Wed 28 Feb

  • Want to know why there are so many options of antifoul on the shelves?
  • Interested in how they work? And why they’re different?
  • How about the future for antifouling?

Join us at Medway Cruising Club clubhouse, The Strand, Gillingham ME7 1TT, at 7pm on Wednesday 28th February, where International Paint’s Technical Support Specialist Tim Bannister will talk us through some of the different products and technologies available and the advantages/disadvantages of each. Antifoul vs. copper coat, and some of the new products that will be introduced over the next few years. Plus a Q&A session if you have any other paint queries.

ALL WELCOME! Contact: Chris Diaper, chrisdiaper58(at)gmail.com

CA Winter Warmer Talks, 8 Feb 2018

Caroline Milmo will give a short presentation on the CA Crewing Service and tell us about her trip from Lymington to Svalbard in the Norwegian archipelago. This will give you a flavor of how YOU can make use of the service. The CA’s Crewing Service puts skippers and crew in touch.

Clifford Mickleburgh will talk about his trip around the Frisian Islands in Dawn Owl. The Frisian Islands are a chain of islands in the North Sea off the Dutch coast, along the edge of the Wadden Sea. They continue further east as the German East Frisian Islands. If you have sailed the East Coast you will be fascinated by the Frisian Islands and the Wadden Sea.

The Cruising Association Kent Section Winter Warmers are held at 8pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square, Lenham, ME17 2PG, which is 8 miles east of Maidstone, just off the A20 in the village square. All are welcome. There is a small charge of £3. Many eat beforehand and it helps speed up service if you telephone the pub on 01622 858219 and order your meal before 5pm.

The next CA Winter Warmer will be as follows:

  • 8 March 2018: Jeremy Batch on 110 Years of Cruising

Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club Spring Head Race

Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club will be holding the Maidstone Spring Head Race on Sunday 4 March 2018. Boats will be launching from the Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club steps and King’s School Boathouse from 08:00 hours and should be clear of the water by 16:00 hours. The races will be run on a timed basis over a course from Allington Marina bend to Town Bridge, Maidstone. There will be four divisions starting at 09:00, 10:45, 12:30 and 14:15 hours. Each race should last between 45 and 60 minutes.

Would all other river users please give the rowers unhindered passage during race times. Vessels travelling upstream from Allington Lock may be asked to wait until a race has been completed.

For further information please contact Allington Lock on 01622 752864.

Kent Tonight reveals importance of boating to Kent economy

MSBA committee member Peter Norris, MD of Clarke and Carter Kent, was interviewed on Monday by Kent Tonight. He set out the economic importance of boating to the economy, explaining that the pastime is not just for the wealthy as many suppose. To see the interview, click on the link below and start viewing at about 27 minutes in.

Click here to view the video…

Kingsnorth Chimney to come down in March

Photo Trevor Peen

A date has now been fixed for demolition of Kingsnorth Power Station’s 650 ft chimney. It is expected to come down at 10 am on 8 March 2018. This photo, by the late Trevor Peen, shows the boiler houses being blown up in July 2015.

Read more at Kent Online… 

CRT loses bid to take over Medway Navigation

Some excellent news from the Medway River Users Association: The Environment Agency has announced that the proposals from the Canals and Rivers Trust to take over the running and responsibility for the Medway, Thames and Anglia have been rejected. So for now the EA will continue to manage the navigation of the non-tidal Medway for the foreseeable future.

New Harbour Manager at Queenborough

Queenborough Harbour Trust is delighted to introduce to you our new Harbour Manager, Emma Crompton. Emma comes to us with over ten years’ experience of the marine industry, working in various sectors and is also a crew member within the RNLI. Emma is very excited about taking this position and looks forward to meeting our mooring holders and visitors and contribute to the continued development of Queenborough Harbour.