Category Archives: Medway, Swale and the Kent coast

Medway, Swale and the Kent coast

Boat Camp – a Faversham project to build two John Welsford rowing skiffs this summer


The Faversham Creek Trust and local boatbuilder Alan Thorne (see his ad in the left-hand column) are raising funds for a project they’re calling Boat Camp – the idea is to get ten or so youngsters from Faversham’s Abbey School into a workshop for a fortnight this summer to build a couple of legendary New Zealand designer John Welsford’s lovely Joansa skiffs.

The project will be based in the FCT’s Purifier building by the Creek.

Alan has set up a Givey site for donations. The FCT is looking for funding for this from lots of sources including Givey

Another upcoming FCT event is the forthcoming Brents Dinner on the 2nd July. It’s a community fundraiser for the Brents Community Association, which is raising money for the Nautical Festival and for the cost of their planned open air gym. I’m told it was a great night last year, when it was held for the Swing the Bridge fund. Download this poster for details.

Fundraising for a Summer Boat Camp for ten 14-16 year olds from Abbey School, Faversham. Under supervised, expert instruction they will build two 15′ 6″ rowing boats (a ‘Joansa’ design – a lightweight skiff for two oarsmen plus one coxswain) in Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building. The finished boats will then be kept by the school for use on Faversham Creek or elsewhere.

More photos from the 2016 Medway Barge Match

This time, it’s a selection I shot using a film camera…

Jennie of Paglesham needs a new owner

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Things have not gone as Classic Boat 2013 personality of the year Giacomo de Stefano has hoped – and he’s looking for either a new owner for Jennie of Paglesham or a suitable collaborator. Drop me a line at and I’ll forward your message to Giacomo. (The photo above is not recent.)

A key point for him is that she should not be simply a leisure yacht, but that she should remain in Faversham, where she’s currently lying, and be used in efforts to encourage young people to sail.

I don’t know how practical that might be, but it seems obvious to me that the more people, including young people, use the Creek and the Swale and beyond,  the more they will be  appreciated and the stronger their protection.

Jennie is an interesting small cutter, and there is some intriguing mystery attached to her. Could she include timbers from the Beagle? Read about her here and here – and clock what Maurice Griffiths has to say about her here: The Other Man’s Boat.