Tag Archives: Medway

Aboard Cambria for the Medway barge match

Read about Cambria here, and about the Medway Barge Match here. Our new friend photographer Rob Powell was on board and I guess he may put some of his shots on his weblog, On the Thames.

Spot the Lady of the Lea stuck on an island. I hope she and her folks are all right…

PS – While we were racing, East Coast ditch crawling maven Nick Ardley was attending the launch of a new steel built Thames sailing barge, the Blue Dolphin. They do say with her smooth bottom, she’ll be quick and could be an interesting contender in barge racing in future years… See Nick’s weblog piece here.

London Stone and the Arethusa monument at Lower Upnor

The London Stones at Lower Upnor are supposed to show the limit of fishing for London’s fishermen – and the old one includes a date in the 13th century.

It’s a remarkable thing to just bump into in a street when you’re looking for somewhere to have lunch…

We’d been to visit the Wilsonian dinghy club on the banks of the Medway, as we’re considering our options following Bewl Valley Sailing Club’s decision to hand itself over to the administrators after years of high rents and withering membership numbers due to the high fees…

The future of sailing at Bewl is none too clear as yet, but the owners of the lease are clear that there will be sailing there in the fugre. As we have been unclear what we members should do with our boats in the meantime, who we should pay our subs to, and what might future membership pricing levels might be, it seemed sensible to look around… So this morning we visited the Wilsonian on the Medway near Upnor, and friendly, helpful folks they turned out to be – if you can actually find their club!

[PS – I have tonight been advised that further information about sailing at Bewl Water will be published on the Bewl Water country Park website very soon, and that the lease owners are developing plans for the future right now.]

Nearby the London Stones, we found the Arethusa monument, and the old Arethusa’s impressive figurehead.


A weekend of shanties and sea songs aboard Morning Star

Fancy a weekend of sailing, shanties and sea songs aboard the fabulous Medway-based sail training ship Morning Star in a few weeks time?

Boarding is at 6pm on Friday 29th May 2015 at Chatham Maritime Marina and disembarking is at the same place at 3pm on Sunday.

You’ll learn to sing and sail you go, using old hauling and heaving shanties, as well as raucous songs of ‘Jack Ashore’ and haunting homeward bound melodies sung by sailors past and present.

The costs are £144 under 26 years and £180 over 26 years; all meals from supper on day 1 to lunch on day 3 re included, along with use of life jacket, waterproofs and boots, and all sailing and singing tuition.

For more information contact the Morning Star folks at support@morningstar.org.uk .