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 vessels include two power ships TS Jack Petchey and sister ship the TS John Jerwood, and the brig TS Royalist.
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.
The Kentish Sail Association’s delicious 2015 calendar featuring photos of sailing barges and smacks is now on sale from various outlets around Faversham, and from the KSA itself.
The beautiful 2015 calendar is on sale at the Fleur de Lis Centre in Preston Street, at Creek Creative in Abbey Street, The Phoenix Tavern, The Three Mariners, Faversham Chandlery and the Shipwights’ Arms. It’s priced at a very reasonable 10 so brighten up these winter days with a copy.
If you cannot get to Faversham, send a cheque for £12.95 (inc of postage), made out to ‘The Kentish Sail Association’, to Julian Mannering, 13 Abbey Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7BE, and he will mail a copy.
The Faversham Nautical Festival organised by the Kentish Sail Association seems to have been a great success, with glorious weather, an interesting collection of boats and musical entertainment.
But perhaps the best thing about it will have been the healthy level of interest that local people showed in the event itself and in Faversham’s historic Creek, which I’m sure local councillors and others cannot fail to have noticed. See the Faversham Creek Trust’s write-up of the event.
Among the boats present were the steam tug Barking, the gunpowder sailing barge Lady of the Lea, the 1898 Dutch barge Hoop van Zegen, the schooner Elinor, the Phil Bolger-designed Crow, the smack Pioneer, that 1923 Hillyard sailing yacht Dorma, the modern-built clinker Suffolk beach punt Moonlight and the Maurice Griffiths-designed bawley-derived Picotee.
My thanks go to Steve Taylor for the photos above.