To the delight of berth holders, a friendly seal called Ron (other names are available) has taken up residence in Chatham Marina. He is in no hurry to leave and seems to enjoy sailing his model yacht
This 26 ft Bayliner motor cruiser (no name visible) appeared on Temple Marsh this morning trailing its mooring lines. Last night it was on the other side of the river by Hathaway Court.
UPDATE: The boat was towed back to Cuxton Marina by the Strood Yacht Club work boat. Please note it’s a lot easier to trace the owner if the boat displays a name.
David Pollock of the Kentish Sail Association writes: After 2 years’ cancellations, we’re hoping for a third time lucky and invite you to take part in the Match on 31 July 2021. The Swale Match was established by Laurie Tester, Lena Reekie, Hugh Perks and others in 1973, as a festival of all manner of traditional sailing craft on the East Coast. The assembled fleet usually comprises not only Thames sailing barges, smacks and bawleys in several categories, but also a variety of gaffers, classic and bermudan yachts, as well as Dutch barges, Baltic traders and historic powered craft. This provides a magnificent spectacle on the water both for participants and for onlookers.
Last year we introduced a new Open class last year, for non-traditional or unconventional craft, subject to interest. We also held a match race for the Small Open Gaffers class on the Saturday after the scheduled Match, which was very well supported.
Both at anchor in the Swale and on land at Hollowshore, crews and supporters come together for prize-giving and entertainment. As well as Testers’ Boatyard, furnished for the weekend with food and drink stalls and live music, the shore venue also includes the fabled Shipwright’s Arms, supplying cask ales and food. The weekend starts on Friday afternoon, the Match is on Saturday and the homeward voyage is usually undertaken on the Sunday, but you can stay longer!
For further information and to register interest, please contact David Pollock at email@example.com, or phone 07831 200018
Thames Sailing Barge Raybel, moored at Milton Creek in Sittingbourne, is recruiting:
Assistant/Trainee Shipwright Full Time
With restoration work now underway we are looking for someone to join the shipwright team. A rare opportunity to work with a credited national expert on barge restoration, learn heritage skills, and contribute to the regeneration of Sittingbourne and Swale Heritage.
More details at http://adobe.ly/3ejJo3U
Artist in Residence £3600 based on 2 days a month of heritage-based community arts activities.
Applications sought from artists living, working, or with a strong connection to Swale. Timescale April 2021 until December 2022.
More details at https://tinyurl.com/hfruzhca
Socially Engaged Artist Mentorship 10 working days over a year.
An opportunity to work alongside Salford Makers, a highly experienced arts collective, commissioned to deliver a programme of heritage-based arts engagement during 2021. Would suit an early career artist living, working, or with a strong connection to Swale.
More details at https://tinyurl.com/3mwm6k3w
Since the death of the owner, 103 year old Mr Parham, there have been rumours but now it can be confirmed that Gillingham Marina is for sale by Savills. The property is open to offers as a going concern but is said to have development potential subject to planning permission.
All craft except open unpowered dinghies under 5.1 metres in length based on the tidal Medway and Swale are required to purchase an annual conservancy licence. Many clubs offer these licences which they obtain from Peel Ports at a discount.
Alternatively you can now buy a licence online at:
To assist with the roll-out of this new payment method Peel Ports have have written some guidance to help us through the application process and also addressed some frequently asked questions. The links below will take you to those two documents.
If you have any queries regarding leisure craft licence applications please contact Beth Cuddington on 01795 596525 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cruising Association Kent Section’s popular “winter warmer” talks, organised by Clifford Mickleburgh, have not stopped for Covid. All of us, CA member or not, can enjoy them online.
A team from Vattenfall Wind Power Limited will talk about the Thanet and Kentish Flats Wind Farms, how the wind farms are operated and maintained, and the role of the marine co-ordinator. The talk will also explore green hydrogen, the fuel of the future, and its co-location with wind farms.
Melanie Rogers is the Local Vattenfall Liaison Officer for the Kent region. Throughout the year, she leads the local outreach and engagement programme. She is also a regular speaker to local groups and organisations to give them the opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and their local projects.
Powering UK homes Since the first Kent wind farm – Kentish Flats – was built a decade ago, offshore wind has become an affordable, reliable and vital part of the UK energy system. By 2030, 30GW of offshore wind is expected to be installed in the UK. Vattenfall could power more than 4 million UK homes.
YBDSA Spring Webinar in partnership with Ocean Safety, 10 March @ 19:00
Click here book now Cost £25
Join us for Onboard Safety: What to look for
Presented by Alistair Hackett, Managing Director of Ocean Safety
This is a sample of one of the new signs designed in partnership with the Personal Watercraft Partnership (PWP) and local authorities. The signs will be set up at known launching sites for jet skis (PWCs). Most PWC users are responsible boaters but an irresponsible minority spoil it for everyone else and will be liable to prosecution. Peel Ports will increase the number of patrols using a harbour launch or RIB, including holidays, weekends, and during heatwaves. The patrol personnel will be equipped with body cams.
This chart shows the zones where there are speed limits, yellow for 6 knots and red for 8 knots. The purple zone from Cuxton to Wouldham is where members of the Kent Boat and Ski club have exclusive permission to water ski.