Queenborough: good news at last!

After some setbacks, there is good news at last! All three sections of the enormous 60m x 9m pontoon have arrived and are joined up, ready to install within days. Also the trot boat, Sheppey One, is now operational again after having its engine repaired.

Bart’s Bash, Sunday 21 September 2014

The Andrew Simpson Foundation is attempting to break the Guinness World Record by having “The Largest Sailing Race in 24 Hours (Multiple Venues)” Guinness World Record attempt.

More details of the event:

Keep away from the LNG terminal!

Kevin Beacon of Medway VTS informs us that there have been several recent breaches of the exclusion zone. To put it simply, pleasure craft must keep at least 150 metres away from the terminal. If a tanker is present, the exclusion zone increases to 250 metres. See relevant Notice to Mariners

18th century Russian ship visits Chatham

russian shipThe Shtandart, a faithful replica of Russia’s first warship built for Peter the Great in 1703, has arrived in the Medway. The tsar, using the name Peter Mikhailov, learned the art of shipbuilding from Dutch and English shipwrights when Chatham dockyard was at its peak. Shtandart was accompanied as far as Rochester Bridge by the Medway Ports launch, then turned back and berthed outside Chatham Marina this afternoon.

If you want to sail on Shtandart from Chatham to Ramsgate on 17-19 September, cost £99, click here.

Boats that go bump

Several boats have been damaged this year on their moorings in Gillingham Reach and Short Reach. Max Taylor, Deputy Harbourmaster, suggests that owners report any damage to their vessels direct to Medway VTS (email navigation@medwayports.com or phone 01795 663025) and Kent Police, including the state and extent of damage (photographic evidence welcome), approximate time and any additional evidence such as unusual paint/scuff marks. One recent incident in Gillingham Reach left red paint on the damaged yacht. With luck Medway VTS may have a CCTV recording of the incident which will assist an investigation.

Could your club use help from the RYA?

RYA Workshops

This series of workshops covers a number of topics within Club Development and is your opportunity to hear the latest from the regional team of RYA Development Officers, meet other clubs and share good practice. They are completely FREE for all RYA affiliated clubs.

The workshops take place in October, November and January at Medway Yacht Club and other venues. Click here for venues and dates. Each workshop will begin at 7pm. Please encourage a variety of members and committee members to attend from your club. To book your place please email Sam Rowe (sam.rowe@rya.org.uk) or Andy Hooper (andy.hooper@rya.org.uk)

Queenborough YC raises £1600 for Macmillan

Chris Knibbs, secretary of Queenborough Yacht Club, informs us that the club’s open day on Saturday raised over £1600 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The event included a hog roast and boat jumble.

Peel Ports in new economy drive?

Lightship under towPeel Ports are replacing and refurbishing the navigational marks in the Medway. Wil Pretty snapped this today and wondered if it could be one of the replacement port hand marks…

Winter Warmers from the CA

Clifford Mickleburgh, who runs the Kent section of the Cruising Association, warmly invites all Medway/Swale boaters to a series of winter talks at the Dog and Bear in Lenham. The talks start at 8 pm but the pub serves good food so you may want to go earlier, say 7 pm, for a meal. It’s best to phone before 5 pm and tell them what you want so there will be less wait for everyone. A small charge of £3 is made for CA members and non-members for the talks.

On Thursday 9 October, we are fortunate to have Captain Bill Sadler, Master of the Trinity House flagship vessel, Patricia, which works around the coast of England, Wales and the Channel Islands undertaking aid to navigation maintenance work, towing, wreck location and marking amongst other projects. You can also enjoy a cruise with a difference joining her as a passenger and see how she completes her vital work. Other talks to follow will be:

  • Thursday, 13 November 2014   The adventures of Santy
  • Thursday, 11 December 2014    James and Carol Littlewood – Paddington
  • Thursday,   8 January 2015       Neil and Pat Lynn “Alexandroupolis or Bust”
  • Thursday, 12 February 2015     The Marine Accident Investigation Board
  • Thursday, 12 March 2015          Members’ Presentations

New bridge over the Medway


Work is to start soon on a new bridge at Holborough giving access from the A228 to a thousand new homes on the east side of the river. We understand that there will be at least 8 metres clearance under the bridge.