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.
It /is/ quite a spectacle – and well worth watching from a boat afloat or from the land – the point at Oare Marshes is a good spot.
The day dawned misty and fair, and with light winds that improved a great deal as the morning wore on. In the blazing sunshine it turned out to be a grand race. We went out in our little plastic boat and as I had guests on board and was rather busy, my pal Lyn Winter did me the favour of taking these photos. Thanks Lyn!
PS The wonderful Spitalfields Life website was on board one of the competing barges a couple of years back and produced a very nice post about it the event. My thanks to Julian Mannering of Seaforth Publishing for the tip!