A dinghy belonging to William Bourne disappeared from a Medway Cruising Club mooring (STA16) just downstream from PHB 26 some time between 2030 on the evening of Saturday 19 June and 1430 on the afternoon of Sunday 20 June. It may have come adrift on its own but it may have been stolen. It is a GRP white dinghy with a dark rubber rubbing strake. It is marked “Tender to Marlin” and has Medway Ports 2021 sticker on it. Inside it has William’s mobile phone number stencilled in it and a reward is being offered for the dinghy’s recovery.
UPDATE: the dinghy has been found. It was not stolen.
Beautiful breezes are on the forecast for the Medway Marathon. Hosted by Medway Yacht Club on 19 June, predicting a winner of this 26-mile long distance is always hard. In moderate easterlies, the handicap possibilities will be wide open. More details at Yachts and Yachting…
Emma Crompton, Manager at Chatham Maritime Marina, is looking for a Seasonal Team Member to provide additional resource during the busiest operating months. This role will be available for a fixed term period between April and October 2021 and will be working up to 30 hours per week, including weekends and bank holidays as required.
Good news for motor boaters! After a protracted period for major refurbishment, the lock will reopen on 3 June 2021. Initially it will be operated by the contractors, and the lock will be available for two hours before high water and two hours after, between 7am and sunset.
The Environment Agency staff expect to take full control of the lock [and resume normal service] in the week commencing 7 June. For any queries, phone 01622 752864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com to apply.
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.
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.”
The sunken vessel that was abandoned on Segas SC moorings (opposite Gillingham Marina) has been recovered by Whitstable Marine Services, working for Peel Ports, and taken to Sheerness for disposal. The pellet buoy marking the wreck has also been removed. The craft was lifted and removed fully intact leaving no debris in the wreck’s location.
The MSBA is concerned about the increasing number of derelict boats that are abandoned on moorings and ultimately incur huge and unnecessary costs to the port authority, the council, emergency services and clubs.
Peel Ports says: The relaxation of COVID restrictions has seen boating activities resume which is good to see. However, within the last week numerous incursions into the LNG exclusion zone whilst ships are alongside have been reported by the guard tug. LNG berth exclusion zone infringements will not be tolerated and Peel Ports will act on all reports, can clubs and marinas please remind all members of the regulations when passing the LNG Terminal.