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This page contains resources used for the St Pancras Cruising Club expedition to the Medway in May/June 2016 – summary chart here.
- Navigational guides, tidetables and charts
- Moorings on the Tidal Medway
- Passage plan, schedule, charts and navigational aids for SPCC voyage in May 2016, and return trip in June 2016
- Blogs, records of trips by others, other local information etc.
We spoke about our trip at the Thames Tideway Navigator’s Club on 22 March 2017. The Excel spreadsheets that were used to prepare the PDF passage plans (below) are now available: outbound and inbound. Please note that the documentation and logic of these spreadsheets are not as clear as they might be! If you need any help then please email me.
1. Navigational guides, tidetables and charts
- Roger Squires’ advice in the SPCC cruising guide (NB does not reflect recent changes to buoyage in Sea Reach)
- Imrays charts
- Stamfords No 8 North Kent Coast is reported out of print.
- Medway VTS (includes NTMs, tidal and other useful info)
- Allington Lock information (tide times 30 mins before Tower Bridge)
- EA guides and other information for non-tidal Medway
- Imrays chart of Non-tidal Medway
- Nicholsons guides for SE, includes Medway above Rochester
- PLA tide tables for Tower, North Woolwich, Southend
- Tide tables for Sheerness
- Voluntary registration with HM Coastguard (CG66 online form)
- Chart software for phones etc: Richard Nosek recommends Mx Marine, but see a longer list for Android and Apple devices
- Live AIS data for all ships
- Details of Unexploded Ordnance (with thanks to Richard Nosek).
- Note on new safety hazard
2. Moorings on the Tidal Medway
- Medway and Swale Boating Association (MSBA)
- Queenborough Yacht Club
- Queenborough Harbour
- Hoo Marina (for the adventurous only ..)
- Gillingham Marina
- Chatham Marina
- Rochester Cruising Club
- Port Medway (Cuxton)
- Medway Bridge Marina (Rochester)
3. Proposed passage plan, schedule and navigational aids for SPCC convoys in May and June 2016
a) Documents added (20 March) on
c) Outward trip :
- passage plan, charts and log final version, published 5th May. (Additional chart 2-E from Rochester Bridge (RB 00) to Allington lock: Google Earth photograph).
- Manifest – locking order, mooring positions
d) Return trip
- Friday 17th June: assemble at Queenborough for mandatory briefing at 1900
- Saturday 18th June Queenborough to Bow. Early start at 0500 (LW Southend 0555)
- Sunday 19th June: Contingency day (not needed)
- Charts showing waypoints for return journey. (NB EAST BLYTH buoy is now a north cardinal marker, not a red can port hand marker).
- Long and lat of inbound waypoints here
- Passage plan (version 5) here
- Manifest & guidance note here
4. Blogs, records of trips by others, other local information etc.
May 2016 vogages to the Medway
- My blog (nine boats) starts here
- Indigo Dream’s blog (two boats) here
- One of their visitors here
- Sheila (a visitor on Bleasdale) here (includes a photo of my better side)
- Article in Waterways World.
June 2016 return from the Medway (ten boats)
Local information sources:
Tuesday night club (2001):
Notes from a 1997 trip Medway Notes
- Navigating in from the Sea – some relevant points
- Environmental aspects of the Thames – some views of places we will go past.
Shipping TV videos:
- How to distinguish a large container ship and a ridiculously large container ship
Lifeboats we may need to use:
- RNLI in action on Christmas Day on the Medway
- Article about Gravesend Lifeboat
- Southend and Sheerness lifeboats will help you if you get lost, Southend now have a new boat (Atlantic 85)
- Sheerness lifeboat “one of the busiest in the whole of Southern England” in 2015
- Broken down speedboat
- What can happen if you run aground (August 2016)
Sailing videos (“keep turning left” website – rather fun) – * shows some relevant sections
- 14 (Medway and Stangate Creek) *
- 15 (Barge sailing match)
- 16 (Dutch raid etc)
- 17 (Upper Medway pollution) *
- 20 (Thames into London)
- 21 (Thames in central London)
- 22 (Crossing Thames Estuary) *
NEW: With thanks to Dr Roger Squires, photos from the 1997 SPCC trip: part 1, part 2 and part 3 (each about 70MB). In dropbox, click on the three dots (top right) and then click on download and then go and get a cup of coffee before opening in powerpoint.
NEW: photos from a walk along the Hoo peninsula. Is that a rotting narrowboat?
NEW: local press coverage reminding us that the Isle of Sheppey is an island
First edition: 13 November 2015
Restructured: 9th February 2016
Reorganised after the event: 19th June 2016
Addition after TTNC meeting: 23 March 2017