Category Archives: Barges and wherries

Barges and wherries and other working boats originally for carrying cargoes

Getting Afloat with Nick Gates

In this first episode, Nick finds a suitable restoration project, visits Burnham sailing Club, repairs a Mirror Dinghy, finds a 12 Sq meter Sharpie to restore and visits Itchenor Sailing Club.

And more follows:

Kentish Sail Association calendar 2017 is out now

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The Kentish Sail Association calendar for 2017 is out now and I’m told it’s made up of 12 stunning photos of barges, smacks and gaff rigged vessels and other veteran craft from this year’s Swale Match.

They’re on sale at the Fleur de Lis Centre at Faversham for £8.00 – but if it’s mnore convenient, send a £10 cheque made out to the KSA (the price includes p&p) to Julian Mannering, at 13 Abbey Street,
Faversham, Kent ME13 7BE.

Mac’s story

A week or two ago, the well loved barge skipper Mac sadly passed away far too young. In recent years he was well known for skippering the Lady of the Lea.

Here’s a great video of him talking about his sailing life. I know those who knew him have probably seen it, but I post it for those who, like me, didn’t have that privelege.