Spot the trawler – UPDATE


sunken trawler at Harty

Photo at low tide by East Coast Pilot reader Michael Erskine

The substantial 50 foot converted trawler, Tavana, which sank among the moorings at Harty (near the scrubbing posts) on the Swale last year is now marked with only one yellow buoy, which we presume is near the bow of the vessel. At high water, only the slender tip of the taller antenna is visible. Peel Ports have confirmed that they have no plans to recover the vessel or mark it more effectively. Notice to Mariners No 3 of 2015 refers. Extreme care is advised.

UPDATE 28 April: Peel Ports have now placed more appropriate wreck buoyage with assistance from Medway Pilots. A NtM will be published tomorrow.

Flare Amnesty at Dover Marina, 16 May

Dover Marina as part of its open day on Saturday 16 May have arranged a “Flare Amnesty.” Private individuals can take flares along to Dover Marina between 11am and 2pm and dispose of them free of charge. Entry to the open day, which runs from 9am to 5pm, and car parking is also free on the day. There will be some charitable collection boxes on hand and they hope that people will put in a small donation.

MSBA race marks in use at Kent schools regatta

MSBA Race MarkBoth MSBA inflatable race marks were in use at the weekend when Medway YC hosted the Kent Schools Sailing Association (KSSA) Opening Splash Regatta

If your club wishes to use the MSBA racing buoys please contact secretary (at)

Push the Boat Out, 16/17 May

As part of the RYA initiative to widen participation in boating, many of our local clubs, marinas and training centres are having open days, when you can go on the water for a “taster session,” on the weekend of 16/17 May. To find out which, visit the RYA website

Sun Pier to open soon

Hayley Taylor from Medway Council informs us, “We have had an issue with the power supply to the new token entry system on Sun Pier. UK Power Networks were booked to install a new supply but this was unfortunately delayed and will now be installed next week. We are hoping to have the pier fully open at the beginning of May.”

Queenborough Harbour Auction

Queenborough Harbour Trust are holding a sealed bid auction. All proceeds will go to the continued development of the harbour. Queenborough Harbour Trust CIC is a not-for-profit company. The 22 lots include a sailing yacht, rigid tenders, an inflatable tender, a 4HP outboard, office equipment and a desk. Full details available from harbour staff or visit

  • Viewing dates & times: Tuesday 5th May 2-3pm & 7-8pm, Saturday 9th May   2-4pm
  • Closing Date for Bids: Tuesday 12th May 8pm
  • Opening of Bid Letters: Wednesday 13th May 7pm at Queenborough Yacht Club
  • Communication to winning bidders: Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th May
  • Latest date for payment:  Thursday 21st May 8pm
  • Latest date for collection:  Sunday 24th May 8pm

Catamavan moored in Swale

Apparently, Peter Thurston, 81, made his “catamavan” because he could not afford a cabin cruiser. He owns some small yachts – but says they are too cramped to give him a comfortable view. So the agile sailor built the hull of a catamaran and bolted an old four-berth caravan on the top and says he now really feels at home on the water.

Job Vacancies at Queenborough Harbour

Queenborough Harbour has vacancies for “deckhands” both full time and casual to join the growing team.

RNLI Free Lifejacket Checks, 18-19 April

RNLI Sea Safety

The season is starting, so bring your lifejackets along to Gillingham Marina’s Safety Weekend for a free check by the RNLI.

Why not also arrange a FREE ONBOARD ADVISORY VISIT to cover all aspects of Sea Safety

Flare Amnesty at Pirates Cave Open Day 25 April

PiratesCaveOpenDayPirates Cave’s next open day on Saturday 25 April is expected to be their biggest yet! Twelve companies will be offering demonstrations, advice, and exclusive special offers, only available on the day and in store. Including a FLARE AMNESTY – return your old flares for FREE – one day only! First come first served as they can only take up to 200 flares. Read more about it…

Watch out for dredger in Ramsgate

Ramsgate Harbour Notice to Mariners, 2nd April 2015:
The Grab Dredger “Mannin” will be undertaking a dredging campaign within the Royal Harbour Entrance and West Marina at the Port of Ramsgate, from week commencing 20th April until the end of May 2015. The dredger will be monitoring Channel 14 and vessels are requested to pass at low speed.

Ramsgate Harbour Entrance

UPDATE: This photo, showing heavy sand silting, was taken by Rob Chandler of Tug Touchstone one hour after low water. Deep draughted vessels should keep close to the western wall.