Looking for Snarken…


Does anyone know the whereabouts – or fate – of a cruising yacht called Snarken please?

Reader Thomas Hauerslev says that in the 1960s his family sailed the Runa-type yacht built in 1912.

She visited the UK’s East Coast several times around a century ago, and again in the 1980s at some point, he thinks. No-one he’s been in contact with has seen her since 1995.

Does anyone in the UK have any clues for him – was she possibly bought by someone over here? If you can help, please contact him through his web page about the boat. Please copy me in on your email at gmatkin@gmail.com – I very much like to know about these things!

More photos from the 2016 Medway Barge Match

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

Lovely barge photo wins photo competition


This lovely photo Regatta Day – Mersea Island by Chrissie Westgate featuring sailing barge Kitty was among the three winners of a recent photo competition run by Essex County Council.

Professionals and amateurs were asked to submit photographs portraying Essex culture, and some 97 photographers submitted a total of 131 images, and the 15 finalists.

See the finalists here and the announcement of the winners here. Many of the shots focus on the industries, events, scenery and history of the coast of Essex , and I’ve posted a few more below.

My thanks to The Barge Blog for alerting the world outside Essex!

Gilbies, Southend on Sea, Marc Newton (professional) www.marcnewton.com
Colchester Oyster Catchers, photographed by Martyn Rainbird (amateur)
Table for five, photographed by Mark Taylor www.leighonseaphotography.co.uk