Faversham Boatcamp leader Alan Thorne available for talks

Our friend Faversham boat builder Alan Thorne is available to give talks to clubs and campaign groups about the boatbuilding aspect of the Faversham Creek Trust’s annual Boatcamp programme, in which local school children experience building boats and sailing, and spend time rowing on the Creek.

The Boatcamp programme includes building small plywood boats, which is the part of the programme Alan is most involved in. He has already given several talks, which have included the long version of Richard Fleury’s excellent film about the Boatcamp project (a short version is linked below).

The film clearly shows how much the children enjoy and learn from this smashing initiative.

We saw Alan give a talk to the Hollowshore Cruising Club, and it’s fair to say a good crowd turned up and were fascinated by what he had to say.

Alan says he’s happy to travel throughout London and the South East, and area that will include a lot of sailing and rowing clubs, and of course towns and villages where campaign groups may be looking for ways of encouraging the local community to engage with their own creeks and rivers.

Contact Alan by email at ajthorne3@hotmail.com or phone 07865 091155.

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SB Raybel to return to Milton Creek for restoration

Sailing barge Raybel is overwintering at Heybridge Basin for what is expected to be the last time before her restoration begins at the rebuilt Dolphin Barge Museum at Milton Creek.

She was built and launched at Milton Creek in 1920.

Raybel has won funding support from Swale Borough Council and a Heritage Lottery Fund application goes in this month.

She is said to be in remarkably good condition and is still largely original. The main work she needs is on her hull, covering boards, rails and deck planking, and she need a need a new rudder and winches.

Kent Sailing Association calendar

The 2019 edition of the always lovely Kentish Sail Association calendar is now available and showcases 13 photos of the 2018 Swale Smack and Barge Match.
Many of the photos are by Seamus Maters who is also running the excellent new Instagram site for the KSA – see @kentishsailassociation.
Calendars are available at the Faversham Fleur de Lis centre, Creek Creative in Abbey Street, the Iron Wharf Chandlery, and the Shipwright’s Arms at Hollowshore.
If you can’t get to any of those, please send £10 (inc of P&P) to Geoff Turner, tel: 07932 672 838, 59 Abbey Street, Faversham ME13 7BN.