Medway YC Autumn Series starts 24 Oct

Members of local sailing cubs are invited to join in the racing at MYC. As Autumn gets into gear and the less hardy look to laying up their boats for another winter the Cruisers and Racers have the Cruiser Class Autumn Series as a final hurrah before the season end.

This year’s series is going to be different to previous years with a mixture of longer and shorter races spread over 6 weeks starting on Sunday 24 October, The first two races (24 and 31 October) will be longer, starting at 09:30 with a time limit of 15:30 so make sure you allow for being on the water for most of the day. In a break from previous years these two races will start from the MYC Club line with courses from the 2021 MYC Cruiser Class Course Sheet. November’s races (7th, 14th, 21st & 28th) will be shorter in-river events starting at 09:30 and finishing from a Committee Boat.

No matter what sort of Cruising or Racing Yacht you sail there is a class for you to enjoy racing if your boat complies with ORC Cat 4 requirements and the MYC Minimum Equipment Level.

MYC intend to run 3 classes:
Class 1 for boats with a 2021 IRC Rating,
Class 2 for the less serious racers using the RYA NHC handicap system
Class 3 for the more cruising boats with no spinnakers also using RYA NHC Handicaps.

Visitors can be allocated a free mooring for the duration of the series and should contact the MYC Office on 01634 718399 for more information or contact the Cruiser Class Racing Captain on cruiser-racing@medwayyachtclub.com

Full details can be found in the MYC Yacht Racing page https://www.medwayyachtclub.com/boating/racing/keelboat-racing/yacht-racing/

CA Winter Warmer talk, NATO, Thu 14 Oct

You are invited to a Zoom webinar on Thursday 14 October at 19.00

Lt Cdr Rod Drake RNR RD will talk about the role of the NATO Shipping Centre in keeping merchant shipping safe.

It will start at 19.00 prompt and will last about one hour. Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/91001098954

Sue and David Long
Cruising Association Kent Section Secretaries
Email: kent@theca.org.uk

Medway Towns Rowing Club Head Race, 17 Oct

An important “Head” rowing race will take place on Sunday 17 October, starting at Wouldham at 1pm and ending at Rochester.

  • A timed race over a distance of 3 miles downstream on tidal water on the River Medway from Wouldham Church to Medway Towns Rowing Club. To be rowed on an ebb tide.
  • The event will have a maximum of 50 crews.
  • The event is for eights and fours / quads, both river and coastal.

A number of motor boats will be stationed along the route to marshal the racers. Other boaters please keep clear.

RNLI Innovations talk by Colin Brown, Strood YC, 14 Oct

The Kent & East Sussex Branch of the Inland Waterways Association
invite you to an open meeting on The RNLI.

Colin Brown is returning to give us the follow up to his excellent previous talk two years ago.

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m.
at Strood Yacht Club, Knight Road, Strood, ME2 2AH.

All are welcome to attend whether IWA members or not, and we look forward to seeing you there.

In the event of any change in the Covid regulations necessitating the cancellation of the meeting, please check the IWAKES page on the IWA website before attending the meeting.

Monstrosity departs at last

This morning the huge, unprepossessing “accommodation barge” that has graced Rochester riverside for 8 years was towed away by GPS Marine to Upnor where it will be refitted. KentOnline reported that the vessel will be transformed into 400 “luxury” holiday apartments in Gibraltar by a mystery businessman.

Apparently, and not a lot of people know this, the barge is known as “Hillside” and was originally built for the Dutch navy. GPS has been maintaining the vessel since it arrived from Portsmouth where it was used by the Royal Navy for crews in the process of changing ships. It has three decks with air-conditioned rooms plus leisure and communal areas, including a bar, dance floor and had a cinema or lecture theatre.

Read more at KentOnline…

Active Thames Fund offers £5K grant for watersports development

Active Thames is a partnership programme to support the development of watersports on the tidal Thames and inland waterways in London, Kent and Essex.

The Active Thames Grant Fund, running from 20 September 2021-31 October 2022, is provided in response to findings from the recent Active Thames survey. We do not wish to be too prescriptive about sport, location or delivery, but the application should link to at least one of the objectives below:

  • Improve diversity of participation, particularly among under-represented groups including:
    • People with disabilities;
    • People with long term health conditions;
    • People from lower socio-economic groups;
    • Ethnically diverse communities.
  • Develop the workforce (coaches, volunteers and administrative support);
  • Provide new opportunities; perhaps funding the addition of a new sport, working with new audiences, or supporting a pilot programme.

Closing date for applications is 31 October 2021. For more information and how to apply, click here…

Peel Ports dealing with abandoned vessels

Whitstable Marine on behalf of Peel Ports lifted this sunken vessel yesterday at Rochester Pier. The wreck was moved to the Strood side of the river where it will be broken up and disposed of. If you have any information about the boat or its owner please contact adam.taylor@medway.gov.uk

Furthermore the obstruction near Sun Pier (at only 0.7m depth) has now been marked with an orange pellet buoy which says “wreck.”

We are pleased to see Peel Ports and Medway Council acting together to clear such abandoned boats which are an increasing nuisance on our river.

Mystery boat sunk on Rochester Pier

A vessel moored at Rochester Pier without permission, sank on Thursday 9th September.

We believe the boat was a liveaboard and would like to contact the owners.

If you have any information, please contact adam.taylor@medway.gov.uk

UPDATE 16.09.2021: The vessel was lifted yesterday by Peel Ports and moved across the river to the Strood side, where it will be broken up and disposed of.