CA Kent Talk 14th December – Marine Mammals

CA Kent Section Winter Talk which is open to MSBA members.

Marine mammals and their interaction with sailing vessels by Claire Pasquier Olcott RVN. The venue is the Dog and Bear Hotel Lenham and the talk starts at 20.00. Full details on the flyer.


RYA Clubs Conference, Guildford, 26 Nov

If your club is RYA-affiliated you should make sure at least one relevant person attends this year’s FREE “Connected” event. There’s bound to be lots of useful things to learn. Previous regional conferences were in Maidstone, but this year it’s in Guildford which is more central for the London & South East region of the RYA.

For more information and to book…

MSBA talk: Dick Holness, East Coast Pilot, Fri 10 March (Updated)

Rochester Cruising Club will be hosting the last of our winter series of evening talks. Dick Holness, co-author of the popular East Coast Pilot, will be intriguing us with the wrinkles of exploring and navigating the East Coast. We hope he will also be giving tips for anyone venturing up the Thames to London.

The club will be open at 7pm for those who want to eat. A special MSBA menu starting at £6.50 (sausage egg and chips or ham egg and chips) will be available plus other options (eg curry £8.50 or fish and chips £9.50). Please let us know (email if you want to pre-order a meal.

The talk will start at 8pm and there will be a charge of £3 for non RCC members.

Rochester Cruising Club is easy to find on the Esplanade at the foot of Rochester Castle, postcode ME1 1QN. There is ample parking at the club and on the road outside.

CA talk – the last master of the QE2

On Thursday 9 March at 19.45 (note earlier time) at the Dog and Bear Hotel, Lenham, ME17 2PG

The Last Master of the QE2 by Captain Ian McNaught.

As the final Master of the QE2, Ian will tell the story of this last British built Transatlantic liner, a true ocean greyhound, a ship loved by her crew and cherished by her passengers.

Advance booking required as numbers are limited. To register and pay the £3 per person entry fee click the link below: [link removed]

Those wishing to eat beforehand are asked to phone the hotel on the day to reserve a table (01622 858219). Please state that you are attending the Cruising Association talk.

Lunchtime talk: John Apps, Medway CC, Sun 12 Feb

The 2021 Jester Azores Challenge was quite unique for a number of reasons, primarily because all the boats that crossed the start line finished.

Minke without rudder being towed by Good Report on a beam reach

However the challenge also posed a number of questions. Should you abandon a perfectly good boat in the middle of the North Atlantic just because she has lost her rudder? How far can you sail a boat without a rudder? How can you tow a boat under sail? What do you do when you can’t find the boat you are trying to rescue? Why do Frenchmen keep crossing the finish first? Can cows win a war? Why is Azores beef thrice blessed? These are some of the questions that John Apps will answer in his illustrated talk?

John Apps is a member of Medway Cruising Club and will be presenting this lunchtime talk of up to an hour and a half, at 1pm, Sunday 12 February. Members of neighbouring clubs and MSBA-affiliated organisations are invited to MCC’s Strand clubhouse.

If you would like to attend please let MCC Commodore, Paul Lloyd, know you are coming: