Swale Regatta, 25-27 June 2021

Nigel Stevens writes: The plan this year is very much a do what we can approach given the way Covid has dominated much of our lives for the past year or so.  Despite the formal documents (below) we are really trying to keep the fun spirit of the regatta alive so would really encourage entrants from nervous first time “racers” as well as perhaps the more seasoned skippers.  If people approach it with the attitude that it is long weekend of cruising in company then they hopefully won’t be disappointed.

Unfortunately the Swale Regatta website has crashed and we haven’t been able to get it back in time, so all entrants are asked to drop me an email at Nigelstevens8071@hotmail.co.uk with some basic details and I can get back to them as necessary.

Boatperson vacancy at MYC

Medway Yacht Club is looking to appoint a Sunday trot boat driver. This is a paid position, hours are 0900 to 1800 on Sundays and Bank Holidays in the racing season (April – October). Power Boat L2 and SRC are essential qualifications, please contact the club office by telephone 01634 718399 or email secretary@medwayyachtclub.com to apply.

WSC River Challenge 2021 cancelled

Wilsonian Sailing Club has decided with much regret to cancel the River Challenge (formerly the Medway Dinghy Regatta) for this year. The event is a major one in the sailing calendar and takes a great deal of organisation and this year has been particularly challenging. The club felt overall that they wouldn’t be able to run a two day event to the high standard that the WSC is accustomed to and this would reflect on the club for future events. It is hoped that the MSBA’s promised sponsorship of the event will still be available next year.

Medway sailor dies after fall from boat

A local yachtsman died on Sunday morning after falling into the mud from his boat at Lower Halstow Yacht Club.

A LHYC spokesman said: “We can confirm a club member who had been staying overnight on his boat, which was on its mooring just off the club’s jetty and slipway, fell from his boat on to the soft mud of Halstow Creek. We understand a local resident heard shouting and alerted the police at around 2am. At the time the tide would have been approaching the moored yacht.

“We understand the police recovered him from the water some time later using a dinghy from the club. Both Sheppey Coastguard and Sheerness lifeboat were tasked at around 3.30am, some one-and-a-half hours after the initial report to the police. The casualty was a well-respected member and experienced sailor. Our thoughts go out to his wife and family.”

More information at Kent Online…