Volunteers needed to sample water quality

The problem of “black water” (sewage) pollution in our estuary is of increasing concern to boaters and conservationists. The Zoological Society of London and the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership are setting up a community-based estuary-wide water sampling strategy across the Medway and Swale Estuary to understand water quality across the estuary and pin-point potential areas of pollution release. They are currently designing the strategy with water quality experts and members of the community and hope to be recruiting volunteers to help us in May 2023. Watch this space!

More info from MSEP…

MSBA Business Meeting, Tues 28 March, KBSC

Please ensure that a representative from your club/organisation can make it to our business meeting, at Kent Boat & Ski Club on Tuesday 28 March 2023 at 6.30 for 7pm. This is at Station Road, Cuxton, ME2 1AB. After the level crossing follow the road to the right and go straight to the end. There is plenty of parking at the club.

Your club’s nominated contacts should have received an email with the agenda and November’s minutes. If not, please contact Diane Jury at secretary@msba.org.uk

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 info@msba.org.uk) 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.

Vacancy at Queenborough Harbour

Queenborough Harbour Trust is looking for a Harbour Operative to join their enthusiastic and professional team, supporting the day to day running of the harbour operationally and administratively as well as being involved in its future development. See below or contact Danielle Russon for more information.