Simon Pugh has contacted us to ask for help. Blue Circle Sailing Club is just on the edge of the Thames Estuary in Cliffe. The club is a small lake sited within an area of natural beauty and has been there since 1957. Unfortunately the landlord of the lake is seeking planning to fill in the lake to an un- sailable depth which will close the club completely. Many Medway/Swale boaters or their children have learned to sail at the club.
PLEASE register your objection to closing this sailing and windsurfing facility. The quickest and easiest way to object is to click on this link or paste it into your browser address bar.
Why not come to the Boat & Chandlery Fair at Gillingham Marina and then take a walk over to the Medway Queen? The restored paddle steamer will be open to the public on 26 April from 1100 to 1600 hours, see www.medwayqueen.co.uk for details.
The REYC invites all MSBA monohull yachts to join the Mary Cup race on 20 September, start 10:00 at MCC Gillingham line. No entry fee. For further info, email Ken Gorton reycchathamharbourmaster (at) hotmail.co.uk
We are invited to participate in a series of five races for monohull sailing cruisers:
Sunday 27 April 2014, First Race 10.00
Sunday 11 May 2014
Sunday 18 May 2014
Sunday 8 June 2014, Last race followed by lunch and prize giving at MYC
A short five race series, boats’ four best results to count. Races are started from a committee boat normally located in or near Gillingham Reach. The first start each day is at 10.00. Races are short in-river races designed to get you back in the bar around lunch time. Racing is handicapped so everybody has a chance to win. You do not need a rating.
RYA National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC)
Racing will be under IRC (if you have a current rating certificate) or the RYA NHC system. You do not need to have your boat or sails measured or weighed. Look up your boat’s base handicap on the RYA list on line and this will be automatically adjusted race by race in line with your performance.
Complete and submit a Race Entry Form prior to the first race you enter
Pay £25 race entry fee for the series (£15 for individual races)
Have adequate third party insurance
Turn up and have fun
Full details can be found in the official Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions www.medwayyachtclub.com or by contacting Medway Yacht club by email email@example.com or on 01634 718399.
As participants in an open event you and your crew are invited to join us in the bar at MYC (food available) after each race and for the prize giving lunch following the last race.
Following the success of the first ever rally for Finesse class clinker yachts in 2013 another has been booked for 2014. The rally will be at Chatham Marina over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 24 May to Monday 26 May.
If you are an owner of one of these clinker classics, help to make this bigger than the first: last year the marina was very pleased to see us and loved all the gleaming varnish. As an added attraction, this year the craft of the Dunkirk Little Ship Club will be in the dock too.
For owners that can make it, we will meet up in Stangate Creek on the River Medway on the Friday afternoon or evening, and then sail upriver in company to lock in on Saturday – it’ll be a splendid sight.
The event pontoon and marquee has been booked. The party will kick off with a meet and greet on arrival, with a BBQ in the evening. As before, it is likely we will have a group meal within the marina complex on the Sunday evening after a gathering for pontoon drinks and nibbles. For recreation, there are riverside walks, the Chatham Dockyard Experience, and the historic city of Rochester close by.