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Battle of Medway

RC (Cruising) - 09 May 17 Cruising

The Dutch are planning a second invasion to mark the Battle of Medway 350 years ago when they swept up the Medway and walked off with half the fleet. Great potential as a spectical.

RNSA Members may be interested in the Dutch related celebrations in the Medway (8-17 June):

2017 is the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway, or the Battle of

Chatham, as it is known in Holland, when the Dutch fleet sailed into the River

Medway, set fire to a substantial part of the British fleet, capturing and taking

away, the flagship, 'Royal Charles'.


From 8 to 17 June, 2017, the Medway Council, Chatham Historic Dockyard

Trust (CHDT), Medway and Swale Boating Association (MSBA) and Dutch

organisations including the Dutch Offshore Sailing Club, representing the

hundreds of visitors expected from Holland, are co­operating in the

organisation of at sea and on shore activities.


The Dutch are well underway with the registration of the 200 or so yachts and

ships coming to the Medway for the historic event. The really good news is

that the bulk of the Dutch visitors will be split into two fleets.


Fleet 1, coordinated by the Royal Maas Yacht Club from Rotterdam will

gather at Queenborough on Wednesday 7, June 2017 and sail, in company,

up the Medway, on the morning of Thursday, 8 June 2017, with the Dutch

royal prince taking the salute at Upnor castle. Fleet 1 will leave the Medway

on 13 June 2017.


Fleet 2, coordinated by the Dutch Offshore Sailing Club, will gather at

Stangate Creek and sail up the Medway on 14 June 2017, leaving on 18 June

2017. The event grand finale takes place on Saturday, 17 June 2017. The

day includes entertainment on the river; a parade of sail with Dutch and local

tall ships, steam ships, including a modern steam vessel and many of the

Fleet 2 yachts. The day culminates with the 'Medway in Flames', a son­et­

luminaire and firework display with Upnor Castle as the backdrop.


Rik Janssen, one of our Dutch OGA friends, is arranging the visit of a small

fleet of Gaffers. There will be visitor moorings available for East Coast

Gaffers to meet up with our visitors and local clubs will be offering

entertainment, breakfasts and dinners. Many of the historic ships will be open

to the public as well as the visiting Dutch and British naval vessel.


(Info from the Old Gaffers Association newsletter.)


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