Queenborough Harbour -Updated – Open again

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‼️ The harbour is closed due to damage to our bridge. Please do not attempt to visit ‼️

We will update you all as soon as we can.

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RNLI Sheerness Lifeboat – Boathouse News

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Boathouse News,
Once again it has been a quiet time as regards call-outs for the crew with just one call for the inshore lifeboat on the 14th January which involved the lifeboat standing by to assist in a multi-agency incident if required. The incident was satisfactorily resolved with no assistance needed from the lifeboat crew.
There will be changes made to the crew training programs as from the 24th January with the introduction of a new OCF (operational competence framework) training scheme which will replace the current COBT system.
One of the modules in the new system will be the introduction of an inshore lifeboat navigator’s qualification. At present the qualified Helms are responsible for navigating on the ILB. The new navigator qualification will bridge the gap between crew and helm.
Four members of the all-weather lifeboat crew have been busy over a number of months training to get their Mechanics qualification certificates. They will be assessed over two days in March by crew trainer Matt Parr and hopefully all four will get the green light to becoming ALB Mechanics.
Also in March the RNLI will be celebrating 200 years of saving lives at sea.
There will be many events taking place throughout the country with every station organising their own celebrations and fundraising events.
At Sheerness plans are in place for a Gala Dinner. More details to follow when things are finalised. We are looking for sponsorship from any local businesses or individuals for the event so if you would like to be involved, please get in touch.
Crew members will also be looking for sponsors when they take up the challenge of a 200mile indoor run which is being organised by crew member Damo.
More details of ‘what, where and when’ will be announced when things are finalised. Watch this space.

Gravesend to Tilbury Ferry – Public Consultation

Thurrock & KCC jointly subsidise the Tilbury Ferry, Thurrock have technically gone bankrupt, meaning KCC must take on their share of the subsidy.

The ferry could be terminated, but if enough people answer the consultation, it might be saved.

Its not Medway, but it is a company that operates on the Medway and its important we support anyone trying to improve transport links on the river.

Reckless jet skiers to face prison and unlimited fines after law change

The UK is introducing new legislation to crack down on the dangerous misuse of watercraft such as jet skis, with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) being granted more powers to prosecute perpetrators of accidents.

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CA Winter Warmer Talk: Roger Clark, 12 Jan 2023

The CA Kent Section’s next talk is on Thursday 12 January 2023 at The Dog and Bear Hotel, Lenham, commencing at 20.00 when CA member Roger Clark will be giving us a behind the scenes look at the Southampton Boat Show. Roger has exhibited his Westerly Fulmar Concerto at the Boat Show in 2021, hopefully the weather will have improved by then. To register for the talk (cost £3) click the link here:   [BOOK VENUE]

If you have any difficulty with booking through Eventbrite please contact us and we will do our best to help. The hotel has requested that those wishing to eat before the meeting should telephone in advance and book a table. This meeting is open to members and non members.

The Cruising Association Kent Section Winter Warmers are held at 8pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square, Lenham, ME17 2PG, which is 8 miles east of Maidstone, just off the A20 in the village square. All are welcome. There is a small charge of £3. Many eat beforehand and it helps speed up service if you telephone the pub on 01622 858219 and order your meal before 5pm.