Unfortunately two of the three 20 metre sections of the massive pontoon broke loose in the Dover Strait and have been salvaged by the MCA. The remaining section is now moored in the Medway.
Today is the last day to object to Brett’s proposal to “ecologically enhance” Alpha Lake by filling it in, which would result in loss of the lake for sailing. Many kids from the Medway area learn to sail and windsurf on the lake but this activity is not mentioned on their proposal. Please register your objection.
The 2014 Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship, South East Regional Final will be taking place on 2 August at Medway Yacht Club. For more information on how to take part visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib
Westerly Owners (and there are quite a few of us) are invited to join the rally, mustering at Harty Ferry on Friday 1 August then proceeding to Medway YC for dinner on Saturday. Contact John Elliot (Water Gypsy) at johnrelliot (at) btinternet.com
More details at http://www.westerly-owners.co.uk/ev_thames_events.php
The Marine Accident Investigation Board has released its chilling report on the circumstances leading to the tragic death of Medway crewman Steven Trice from motor tug Endurance (now renamed Phoenix) in February 2013. Among many lessons are the need for training, wearing lifejackets, and taking heed of marine weather warnings. The report is also critical of Medway Ports.
The key safety issues identified were:
- Endurance was not certified to operate in the sea conditions experienced.
- The skipper was not qualified to operate the vessel during the coastal sections of the intended voyage.
- The skipper was not trained or qualified in towing operations and did not follow good practice.
- Decision-making and behaviour on board were likely to have been affected by fatigue.
- Safety was afforded a low priority on board.
- Issues relating to the roles of the vessel’s Certifying Authority and the port authorities were also identified.
This year’s barge match will take place on Saturday 7 June, see http://medwaybargematch.co.uk/
Little Ships will be mooring on the Home & Communities agency (HCA) pontoon which is located in Basin 1 by the HMS Chatham Bridge, access to the pontoon will be through MDL Chatham Maritime Marina lock on River Medway.
For more information see http://www.adls.org.uk/t1/content/commemorative-cruise-2014-chatham-kent
Some intrepid yachtspersons (including your webmaster) have once again been able to walk ashore with dry feet at Queenborough thanks to repairs being made by Queenborough Yacht Club. Once these repairs are complete, the ATL will be handed over to Queenborough Harbour Trust. Meanwhile please take great care on the walkway.
Phil Shaw says that short stays (up to 4 hours) on the visitor moorings are free but the trot boat is £1 for a return trip to shore. If you pay for a mooring the trot boat service is included.