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.
Swale Smack and Barge Match organisers the Kentish Sail Association last week presented Faversham Sea Cadets with a cheque for £1,000 towards the cost of sending some of the cadets afloat on the Maritime Society and Sea Cadets fleet of training vessels.
The cheque was presented by the KSA’s longest serving committee member Lena Reekie, who has been involved in the association’s work to promote traditional sail in Kent for more than 40 years.
In addition to the successful Swale match, the association also funds young people to experience trips on sailing barge Greta and other water-based activities.
My globe trotting photographing brother Matthew Atkin usually sends collections of photos from exotic locations, but late last week he was staying in the old port of Faversham, and took a series of early morning photos that included competitors gathering for the weekend’s Swale Match.
I think he was particularly struck by the sight of sailing barge Repertor emerging from Faversham swathed in mist…
For more from this year’s Swale Match, see an earlier post.
The results for the match for barges only are here, but I haven’t found the results for other classes including smacks yet. However, I can tell you that Vic Maynard’s Emma and crew were first over the line among the smacks, and that they came third among the smacks on corrected time. For more about Emma, click here.
Here’s my mobile phone snap of grinning Vic with his cups, with crew member Arfur in the background.