Dear Members….

Well sorry that I have bombarded you with quite a few things this week but please bear with me and delete what is of no interest to you.

The painting is rolling along or should I say rolling on ….what a difference a coat makes! Gary Barrell, one of our newest committee members, has helped me or really he has done most of the work in demolishing the verandah window…it was so very close to falling in!

I have been told the timber has been delivered and the frame for the glass is under construction. What a difference that will make for the verandah…Judith is on the look out for some new tidy verandah furniture.

The plants are all waking up from winter and will be well out in bloom when you next visit. Remember May 17th!

Judith has forwarded to you the Medway Yacht Club Keelboat Regatta poster and categories for the 28th to 31st may 2021. Looks good and a great opportunity to get out there and shake the cobwebs from those yachts and motor cruisers!

I know how very disappointing our last season was and then the dreaded Covid arrived, so I do so hope that this season will give us all a chance to get out there on the water. I know I am certainly excited about getting out myself.

I have thoroughly blitzed the Blue ensign File and many of you have received notification that you permits were either out of date or due for renewal soon. From now on Judith will send out a renewal notice the month before your permit expires. If we have missed you or if you want to apply for a Blue ensign permit, one of the greatest of opportunities to you as members of a Royal club.

Unfortunately a very dear old member of ours, DENNIS CARTER, has been seriously unwell, but is well on the way to recovery in hospital. We all wish you well Dennis and a very swift recovery. I look forward to seeing both you and Vera in the club on our opening in May.

Take care and stay safe….





Dear Members…

One week closer… anxiously waiting to open but needless to say there so much happening here in your club house.

THE PAINTERS ARE IN!!! just having them start is like a miracle!

They are painting through up to the kitchen and down to the men’s bathroom and the foyer and hall. Filling all the cracks and glueing dropping lining paper has made the world of difference.

All hardware, pictures and boards have been removed so they have a clean slate to work with.

And our trusty Dena is here cleaning the paint and grime off these and polishing and where necessary painting them like new!


Have you visited the website lately?

What a change there, although still incomplete Peter Knight has made incredible inroads. Some new and some old!

We now have a Situations Vacant page with three positions advertised.

And there is a place you can give away or sell those extra bits we all have laying around our boats, or seek that item that will just make everything perfect.  Just check out the For Sale, Wanted and Free to Take  page.

If you have anything for this page please just send details to   All we ask is that you advise us when sold or gone, and so the page does not get too cluttered we are suggesting a two month’s posting per advert.

Sarah has advised new opening hours for the shop.




AND… Roger Moore commonly known as 007, has all your details now together with labels, we now have car and boat stickers, and your new cards are nearly ready to be mailed to you. As you are aware you would usually collect you cards in the bar so as a treat we will be mailing these to you. Please ensure we have your correct details so your card does not go missing.

And something to give you a laugh for a change….just a bit of fun…

Take care and stay safe…get that second Jab!





Dear Members…

We are reaching fever pitch here at the club…there so much happening with the painters moving in. Dena is still patch painting and gardening and then Gary Barrell one of our new committee members came to give a hand and muscle to gut the mint from the seaside garden. That was indeed a chore and very heavy work. Both Dena and Gary make a great team. Gary left elated to have something legal of interest to do during these covid lockdown regulations. He has suggested he will return with his wife Julie to venture further into our garden.

Well, all can I say, is a job well done all and keep up the good work!

Something that may be of interest for someone who wants a project.

Dennis Shopton has his yacht on the Dover Marina…Jeanneau Sunrise 1985…for sale on ebay. I have attached the details as to where to can all the specifications of the yacht on ebay…current bid is £6200? This may have changed as you read … needs lots of work hence the project! Dennis and his yacht sailed home from the USA some time ago but his lifestyle has had a move in a different direction.

The photo was when the yacht was out of the water at Dover Boatyard in 2017.

Winner of our ONE TON CLUB was Debbie Lawrence with number 6.

Well done Debbie…spend you £100 wisely or may just a good fun drink would be more to order. Whatever you choose to do just enjoy!

I love this photo of happier times in France.

Please take care every one and as you well know you can now go sailing with one other crew. We are definitely moving towards a final solution.

All is in line for a 17th May opening. BUT it will be back to the most recent rules still of 6 only on a table 1 yard opps! I have to say metre nowdays, apart and only 30 in a function. There will be full table service which I find more appropriate for our club anyway…it is nice to have a little additional attention!

Take care and stay safe…





Dear members….

Boris’s roadmap! Yes! At last a positive step forward…for us it will be a PROMISE OF MAYBE OPENING ON THE 17TH May! Whilst it is a fair way away it is indeed something to look forward to. It also gives us a guide to when our scheduled maintenance is to be completed. What a pleasure it will be to see club members, friends and visitors again frequenting our bars and dining rooms. Judith is constantly looking for new food ideas and menus. Kate will return as your chef and we are looking now for someone to take over the lunchtime cooking. Vicki is keen to recommence her lunch time shift and as is Lee his night and weekend work. We will of course also need someone to cover every second weekend in the bar. So if you know of anyone with a good touch in the kitchen or the bar please let us know.

The club will have had many areas made-over so you can bring your friends into a freshly decorated foyer, timeline end of April, updated bar and Lord Warden Room, timeline mid March, and verandah window repairs, timeline end of March. (approximate completion dates) We will have a clubhouse that you can indeed be proud to be a member.

As you are all aware our Patron H.R.H. The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, K.G.K.T. has been unwell of late.

We all wish him a speedy recovery.

In the next few weeks you will receive your new membership cards. Roger has made great headway in the redesigning of the database and has made the system more simple with mail merge for letters, labels and additional lists such as a yacht and yacht owners list. He will be in touch for you to update any information that may be incorrect. In particular I am updating the blue ensign Warrant list and there are some out of date or nearing expiration. I would love to hear from anyone new wishing to purchase a warrant, after all this one of the privileges we have in being a Royal club.

A very special thank you to Clifford for ZOOM PRESENTATION that the CRUISING ASSOCIATION screened last Tuesday and the week before. I have had many positive comments on the knowledgeable presentation. It was enjoyed by all who viewed and they are all looking forward to further presentations.

Our very own Bernard, the RYA representative for East Kent, reported to us regarding the local AGM. Points he reported for our information are as follows…

*ROYAL TEMPLE are anticipating that they will be able to organise RAMSGATE WEEK this year. They will advise details as time goes by.

*RYA EAST KENT now have a direct contact with BORDER FORCE to discuss entry and exit etc. issues…Bernard will try to arrange an information night for the club after the club opens.

*Bernard advised that club membership across this area is down on an average of 6% in this area. Our membership has held its own with some new members through the year, 2020, and only a couple of resignations in the new year, 2021. Thankyou indeed for your support.

*Bill shepherd is still the RYA representative with the Dover Harbour Board.

*I, Bernard, am re-elected as the RYA representative for East Kent.

*for those interested, THE CRUISING CONFERENCE will be on line, see the RYA website. It is usually very goo and free for RYA members.

Remember…club mugs still for sale and can be mailed, £3.50, or left on you yacht for you … £7.50 each.

So all that said we can finally see things changing, spring is on its way and that means SAILING and BOATING for us all, and with sweet memories of enjoying our club house.

Take care one and all, stay safe…