Medway Queen and the Smithsonian

Medway Queen features in the online version of the Smithsonian Magazine. A contact out of the blue requesting information on MQ’s part in Operation Dynamo was responded to in quick time to meet a tight timescale and the article appeared online last week. Going from first contact to “in print” within just 3 days!

The article contains details of Medway Queen’s part in the operation with many links to other information including the MQPS website. Appearances in magazines such as this are always very welcome as they put the MQPS before a new audience that may not already be familiar with the ship, her story and our efforts to restore her.

Read the article in Smithsonian Magazine…

Police miss golden opportunity to catch suspected people smugglers

David Metcalfe, Commodore of Lower Halstow Yacht Club, has confirmed that the burned out red boat which seriously damaged their jetty was the coaching launch stolen earlier in the day from Medway Towns Rowing Club. Here is his account of what happened yesterday:

Sadly yesterday evening around 17.00 one of our committee members was alerted to our jetty being on fire. The blaze was attacked with buckets of water and finally extinguished with the club’s long hose pipe. A red dinghy was found to be the cause resting on the lower landing stage. The fire brigade attended with 3 appliances and pulled the remains of the boat off and placed it alongside the slip.

Separately, the Gransden family reported intruders, possible illegal immigrants on their sailing smack, Thistle, off Shoregate Wharf. It was also reported that a red dinghy/rib was alongside Thistle. The Coast Guard attended, but with no enforcement powers and the tide out were unable to do anything. Kent Police decided it didn’t require an attendance.

Had Kent Police shown an interest in the possible illegal immigrants and intercepted them as the tide came in, that issue could have been resolved and MTRC’s stolen launch could have been recovered.

Instead, due to Kent Police’s ineffectual response, the launch was driven to our jetty and set alight, completely destroying the launch and causing serious damage to our jetty.

Did you see this boat yesterday?

One of the Medway Town Rowing Club’s coaching launches was stolen from Rochester yesterday morning at about 5am (high water). The boat is a Fun-Zac Secu 12 and the engine is a Tohatsu Model MFS 98 A3, engine serial number 027905.  As you can see in the photo, it is a very distinctive colour!

The theft may have been connected with incidents at Lower Halstow later in the day resulting in a red boat being set on fire causing damage to the Lower Halstow Yacht Club jetty. A group of suspicious people were seen during much of the day on moored boats belonging to members of Shoregate Wharf Sailing Club but the suspects had gone by the time police arrived in the evening. Several items had been stolen from a smack and foil blankets had been abandoned.

If you saw a boat like the one in the photo yesterday or witnessed what was going on at Lower Halstow please call Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 15-1509

Queenborough Harbour closed from 15 Nov

The harbour will be closed from the evening of this THURSDAY 15th November for up to 2 weeks. The next stage of works involves removing the link span bridge from the walkway to allow the repairs to be made. The team will still be available up at the South Street office and via the normal lines of communication. We will have a trot boat up the creek to enable us to still make checks on your moorings and vessels.

Mystery boat on Rochester Pier – gone!

A grey and orange vessel is moored on Rochester Pier without authorisation, the council have served a notice which expires on Thursday 15 November.

If the owner does not move the vessel off the pier, the council will seize the boat and sell it. If anyone knows who the owner is, please ask them to contact Medway Council as soon as possible to remove the boat from Rochester Pier.

UPDATE 14 Nov: The boat has now gone to Strood riverside but the mystery remains unsolved!

RYA Affiliated Clubs Conference, 24 November 2018

Steve Mitchell, Regional Development Officer, writes: A year on, after unveiling the 2017- 2021 regional plans, we are taking the opportunity to invite clubs to discover and discuss good practice within the region. At this conference clubs, the RYA and partners will be sharing the latest insights obtained though research, pilot projects & club development examples. A suite of workshops will be provided focusing on the key areas highlighted in the regional plans, so you can choose the support your club needs. This event is perfect for committee members with the opportunity to meet other clubs in your region.

Pre-booking is essential and we would like to encourage at least two people from your organisation and if possible at least one of these who is new to our conference and agenda items.  If you would like more than two people to attend from your club please email Steve Mitchell to confirm available capacity.  We thank you in advance for your support here. Places for this conference are free with lunch and refreshments also provided at no cost. Due to limited capacity we recommend that you book your places early to avoid disappointment. The day will be hosted by your Regional Development Officer Steve Michell. If you have any questions about the event please do not hesitate to contact via email steve.mitchell@rya.org.uk

Please view the conference agenda for the full range of workshops and speakers. A copy will be provided on the day, along with a list of delegates and additional supporting information. We look forward to seeing you there.

Further information and booking…

CA Winter Warmer Talk, 8 November

On Thursday 8 November 2018 Peter Norris, Managing Director of Clarke and Carter Interyacht (Kent) Ltd, will provide an overview of what has been happening to UK boat sales and listings over the last 12 months and provide an insight to what is envisaged might happen when the UK leaves the EU in 2019

One careful owner!

Peter will also try and dispel the myth that the life of a yacht broker is a glamorous and easy life. Peter will give an insight into some of the issues a yacht broker faces when listing a boat for sale. What owners can do to make the listing of their yacht and thus sale easier. Peter will include some examples what can and does go wrong during a pre-purchase survey and sea trial.

Peter will give us an insight into some of the issues a yacht broker faces when listing a boat for sale,  what owners can do to make their “pride and joy” more attractive and thus a sale easier. The many anecdotes, I am sure, will make it a fun, interesting and worthwhile evening. Maybe one day you will be glad that you heard this talk

Other forthcoming Kent Cruising Association “Winter Warmer” talks:

  • 13 December: James Collier, RATS (CA Regulations and Technical Services)
  • 10 January Des Crampton, trip to Svalbard
  • 14 February: Roy Brooks, Scotline
  • 14 March: Chris Jeckells, Jeckells the Sailmakers
  • 11 April: Dick Holness, East Coast Pilot

More information on the CA Kent Winter Warmer 2018 – 2019 programme…

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 (by 5pm please) on 01622 858219 for 7pm before the talk. A special CA 7-choice menu is available for £9.95.