Here’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Paul Cozens of Peel Ports has kindly given us the link to their site which gives real time tidal heights and differences over prediction (ie surge) plus wind for Tripod, Sheerness, Chatham and Strood. Here’s the link:
Network Rail have informed Peel Ports about planned maintenance taking place on Kingsferry Bridge from 26 November to 3 December 2020. The work will involve a 6 hour lockdown of all electrical power and will cause disruption from approximately LW-3hrs to LW +3hrs (see below).
Between the times stated on the dates below bridge lifts will not be possible: 26.11.2020 – 13:00 – 19:00 27.11.2020 – 13:30 – 19:30 30.11.2020 – 14:50 – 22:30 01.12.2020 – 16:30 – 22:30 02.12.2020 – 17:30 – 23:30 03.12.2020 – 18:00 – 00:00
Our AGM and quarterly business meeting will be held by Zoom on Tuesday 24 November at 7pm. Please ensure that your club or organisation is represented. Emails with agendas and minutes have gone out to all member contacts. If your club or organisation has not received an email please let us know your correct contact details.
Peter Norris of Network Yacht Brokers (NYB) has told us of a local yacht currently sailing to the USA. The 31ft Westerly Tempest was known to many on the Medway as Tongawalla when she was at Medway Cruising Club and is now renamed Miranda. NYB sold the boat in 2011 and again in 2019.
On the high tide of 16 November, after months of careful planning, the restoration team successfully manoeuvred the sailing barge Raybel into her dry dock in Milton Creek at Sittingbourne. More information…
The RYA has published its understanding of the current restrictions in England that apply for 4 weeks until 2 December:
Recreational boating from a public outdoor space for single households and support bubbles or with one other person (with social distancing) is currently permitted
Public waterways and beaches will remain open during the lockdown
Outdoor sports centres and amenities (which includes sailing clubs and watersports centres) will have to close
Members may be able to access boats for essential checks and maintenance, however, this will need to be agreed with their club/marina/harbour authority, with individuals taking personal responsibility for meeting Government guidance
University sport will not be taking place
School sport will be happening but only as part of organised school activity
Some charities may be able to continue aspects of their work
There are continuing exemptions for elite athletes for them to train or compete, so the British Sailing Team programme can continue
No overnight stays are allowed on boats except for residential berth holders (where the boat is their Primary Residence) or for business purposes
Briggs Marine, working for Peel Ports, have cleared over 5 tons of debris from the river this week between Halling and Elmhaven Marina. A new purpose-built, electric “Waterwitch” vessel, that can pass under Aylesford Bridge, will soon be deployed to keep the upper reaches clear.