Ships Blog 8/4/2014

Morning all, hot off the Yachting Monthly press:

Gravesend Sailing Club, established in 1896, celebrates the opening of a new pontoon on Saturday 3rd May.

The club – opposite Tilbury Fort on the River Thames is a useful stopping off point for cruising yachts visiting St Katharine’s Dock hard by the Tower of London. From here it is a one-tide sail to Tower Bridge.

For more information see:

And from the East Coast Pilot:

Foulgers Gat Buoyage to be reinstated as of 2nd April

The Long Sand Inner and Outer buoys, removed in 2011 for the London Array construction, are to be returned, together with an extra third buoy, on or around 30th April.

Details as follows:

Long Sand Inner: 51° 38’.775N  001° 25’.435E; Spherical; Red and White vertical stripes; Morse “A” 15 seconds.

Long Sand Outer: 51° 34’.610N  001° 28’.338E; Spherical; Red and White vertical stripes; L.Fl.10 seconds.

Long Sand Middle: 51° 35’.600N  001° 26’.450E; Spherical; Red and White vertical stripes; Iso. 5 seconds.

Better day today in the harbour with plenty of sunshine at the moment. Wind here in the marina averaging around 10 to  16 knots and westerly as forecast. However out of the shelter of the harbour its blowing around 23 to 27 knots. Forecast looking quite good for rest of the week, wind dropping off before the weekend. Last week we had the Dutch tall ships visit Ipswich for an overnight in the wet dock before leaving on the Friday. Don’t forget for your diary the Shotley Point Yacht Club ‘Grand Boat Jumble’ here at the marina on Friday 18th  April 10 till 2pm, admission free.