The Kentish Sail Association is the only club in Kent that provides a unique link with the traditional vessels of commerce and leisure that have sailed the Thames estuary since the mid-eighteenth century. Traditional boats, including Thames barges, Dutch barges, smacks, bawleys, gaffers, classic Bermudans and traditional powered vessels can been seen alongside the Iron Wharf in Faversham and along Oare Creek to Hollowshore.
Established 1972 and affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association, the Kentish Sail Association organises the annual Swale Smack and Sailing Barge race in the River Swale and also strives to promote public interest in traditional craft. Each race draws together perhaps the biggest fleet of historic vessels that can be seen at any one time anywhere in the country. Soon a new generation of sailors will be needed to take on these vessels, to sail and preserve them. Today, the Kentish Sail Association is dedicated to helping young people experience days out on the sea in historic craft. It also supports local organisations that are involved in training youngsters on the water.
Please visit our website for more details of the Association http://www.kentishsail.org/
Membership costs just £15.00 per annum (£20 for a couple) and runs from 1st of January to 31st of December.
Saturday 25th/Sunday 26th May - Faversham Nautical Festival : this will be centred around Town Quay and the Front Brents. There will be a fleet of traditional wooden boats moored near the swing bridge (Bridge Road) stalls including the Faversham Society, Faversham Creek Trust and the Kentish Sail Association, Cambria Trust and local artists, children's entertainment, refreshments and live music. Lots to see and talk about. Bring a camera!!
Contact Lena Reekie for details, 01795 530 309
Saturday 3 August - Swale Match
Saturday 10 August - Whitstable Match
Who's who 2013
Chairman - Nick Relf
Vice-Chairman - Julian Mannering
Hon Match Secretary - Lena Reekie: Tel: 01795 530 309 - Mobile: 07968 058398
Hon Treasurer - John Walpole
Hon Secretary - Position vacant
Membership Secretary - Lynn East
Geoff 'Frog' Ingle (SB Orinoco)
Chris Firth-Clark, Hugh Perks, Trevor Ryan, Colin Saville and Bluey Walpole