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Medway Branch

Based in the River Medway approximately two hours sailing from the Thames estuary the Branch facilities are located within the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust which include dinghy/tender storage and launching facilities. The Branch is a cruising organisation with members who are actively involved in sailing.

Medway Branch News & Notices

29 March 2019General

Branch Workday at Chatham - 30th March 2019


Medway Branch will be holding its first workday of the year at the club house on Saturday 30th March 2019. We will be joined by members of the other user groups including the Royal .....

04 March 2019General

Lady Mine


Yacht Lady Mine, which was illegally secured to No 1 mooring buoy on the RNSA trots nearest to the slip remains submerged. As a result the No 1 mooring buoy and two adjacent buoys .....

24 August 2010General

"White Ship Red Crosses " by Nicci Pugh - Talk and Book Signing


28 October 6.30pm for 7.00pm Commissioner's House The Historic Dockyard Chatham There will be an illustrated talk and book signing by the author of the book "White Ship Red Crosses, .....

09 April 2010General

Our new site


within the Chatham Historic Dockyard We have now established ourselves in the new site within the Chatham Historic Dockyard. We hope, with help from our members, we will be continuing .....

24 January 2008General

New Boat Hoist for Medway Branch


The Medway members celebrated the arrival of their own boat hoist in July. Following weight testing and proving trials several yachts are now ashore at the Upnor Hard Base. A 40ft .....

Medway Branch Events


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Medway Branch Committee


Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Branch Captain Sally Mace 07597590788 07597590788
Treasurer Lawrence McVeigh 01634 406636 07940891549
Moorings & Membership Secretary Maurice Smith 01795478598 07973404117
Secretary Tom O'Connor 01622820474 07740054760
Foreshore Manager Rod Harrild 01634 668110 07850715006
Social Secretary Maureen Jennings 01634 372251
Cruising Secretary David Holley 01834 846276 07933681261
Chair of User Group Chris Burgess 01634 234323 07748703503
Hovercraft Liaison Keith Oakley 01732 844383

About Medway Branch


Welcome to Medway Branch

Based in the River Medway approximately two hours sailing from the Thames Estuary our facilities are located within the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust where we have secure dinghy/tender storage and launching facilities at the historic No 7 slip, as well as a workshop and facilities for hull cleaning.

We have car parking immediately adjacent to the compound, allowing members to leave their vehicles when away for day sailing or longer trips.

The branch is the second largest outside of the Portsmouth Command/Solent area, offering ready access to the East Coast and English Channel. We have approximately 50 members, most of whom are actively involved in sailing. As Gillingham is also the home of the Royal Engineers, we share our facilities with their yacht club, as well as the local sea cadets and Maritime Volunteer Service.

The committee is presently negotiating lease-holding arrangements with the landlord which if successful will give us greater security of tenure and enable us to develop the facilities further.

Moorings and Launch facilities

The Branch owns 28 deep water, swinging moorings, some of which can be made available to visitors. Currently three of these are temporarily out of action, but we hope to resolve this matter soon.

Members are able to use two access points from within the Dockyard to these moorings, one of which is useable 1 hour either side of high water, whilst the second gives full access at all states of tide.

Long term plans include creating a dinghy launching pontoon which will allow dinghy's to be launched and recovered at all states to tide, as well as giving access to disabled users.