New Commodore for HCC

There was a good turnout for the 2018 Hollowshore Cruising Club Annual General Meeting and Christmas Party on December 1, which rounded off the sailing year nicely and started Christmas celebrations on an upbeat note.
New Commodore Prof. Phil Davies presented the retiring Commodore John Webb with an inscribed tankard, and Janet Webb with a bouquet.
He said both Janet and John were staying on the committee so fortunately the club could benefit from their expertise. He thanked John on behalf of members for his three years as Commodore, in which he led in his “inimitable style”. As well as organising the committee, he had represented the club at many meetings, and liaised with solicitors representing ownership interests in our local sailing waters. He was also very practical and led from the front, as when he sorted out the clubhouse lighting problems.
John said he had enjoyed his three years as Commodore which had gone by so quickly, and thanked the committee and membership for their support over the past few years.
The new committee included Viv Valentine, who would “shadow” Treasurer Steve Keeler with a view to taking over later in the year.
Commodore Davies presented winners of the various cups and trophies:
Psyche, for most ports and anchorages visited, and Hollowshore Cup for most logged miles: Mark Sanders and Beryl Brooke, 46 ports and 771 nm, Mylor Mist.
Ron Lintott, for first Channel crossing as skipper: Tim Valentine, Cygnet
Viking Cup, for Member of the Year: John Kerr, Kooringal.



John Webb’s Winter Newsletter

Hi all you club members! We are now coming to the close of the sailing and cruising season once again, and some of you have already had your boats lifted out and are preparing to do all the necessary small or major work ready for next year’s sailing. In looking back over this year, do you feel happy with what you have achieved, did you get to that place on the chart you planned to visit, or did you become weather bound either due to lack of wind — or too much?

When I look back I see a good number of boats went on the early bus cruise to Chatham and later to St Katharine’s Dock, where large parties took place to celebrate a certain Royal Wedding. After that, at least four to five of you achieved getting down St Valery En Caux, one member getting down to the Channel Islands and to the Brittany Coast and back. During the same time others went to Holland enjoying the very hot summer weather. Finally, a small group ended up on the East Coast visiting all the favourite spots, also one ended up in the Scottish Lochs, via trailer-sailer.

Once again, this year we were invited round to Conyer for a BBQ and a large amount of smaller boat sailors attented this trip, meals being taken in the club house as well as the pub in the creak. Once again, we put our stall up in Faversham on the grass for the Nautical Festival, here two trailer sailors showed off their boats and talked about what we as a club get involved in. Hence, new members joined and we will be welcoming you to our New Members’ Lunch on Sunday November 4, where you can have a free snack lunch (the rest of us will be paying).

As for the club house it has received a new door fitted by Bob and Mark, a new dishwasher, plus contractors fitted new windows and an insert window unit in the corner (it looks like a door but it isn’t). Hopefully our mice problem has gone but if you bring a dog into the building, beware as everywhere has been treated — wouldn’t like to see your best friend laying there with its paws in the air. Should be OK in about a month.

If I don’t see you at the AGM have a good 2019 sailing.

John Webb, Commodore

Faversham Nautical Festival 2018

The 2018 Faversham Nautical festival on July 14 July 15 was another success for the Faversham Creek Trust and supporting organisations. It was also successful for Hollowshore Cruising Club, whose stand attracted a good number of visitors and some serious enquiries about joining, including one applicant who paid his subscription on the spot. A second joined later.

Thanks goes to those members who helped staff the stand, organised by Social Secretary Jack Woodford, who did all the advance work and setting up on the Saturday. Thanks also to Vivian Thompson and James Read, who brought along and rigged their recently-purchased Swallow Yachts’ Bay Raider 20, and a Drascombe Lugger, which created a lot of interest. The club stand was next to one run by fellow member and local boat-builder and repairer Alan Staley, and while another member, boatbuilder Alan Thorne helped with the launch of skiffs built by local schoolchildren.

Said Alan Thorne: “We were there all weekend with our stand next to the bridge. On Sunday afternoon the school children launched their two rowing skiffs which they had built under supervision of my son and myself in just five days during the week running up to the Nautical Festival.

“They made a great job of the skiffs with four children aged 11-14 per boat. After the launch they quickly learnt how to row and then had the best of three races. In a close contest the girls team won the final race when the boys ended up in the reeds! There are now four rowing skiffs which are being used to teach rowing each week during the Summer.”

Visitors saw a range of traditional working craft that had been invited to moor in the upper regions of the Creek over the weekend.

image002Those who went last year can be seen here wearing their Easter Bonnets.

Here is a selection of the club on moorings waiting for the sun to set, this may have been just before going up the East Coast. John also has a list for St Katharine’s which will be in May, there is talk of a large party taking place on the pontoon for the Royal Wedding so if you do not want to miss this great event get your name on John’s list.


Those of you who have had a clear out this winter don’t throw it away yet as also at the start of May there is the usual Boat Jumble, Mark hopefully will be manning the bar along with supplying bacon rolls, after the St Kat’s trip it’s all down to you members to keep others informed as to where you are going, just in case there is a lone sailor who would like to venture further than the end of the creek and is looking to go either to the Medway, East Coast or just Ramsgate for the weekend.

As we know it’s just as well to sail in company as the problem may occur, here is poor Brian Chapman being towed into Chatham by Jack Woodford or is it Brian pulling Jack backwards off the mud opposite Upnor Castle. The correct answer is………………


Just a final note, looking at the bar list in the club for the next few weeks it appears we are lacking a few names for the bar rota, now I did say at the AGM that it was up to us club members to support our club so if anybody wants to have a go at running the bar, no need to do food if it’s not your thing. But you only have to do it once as there are enough members in the club to do that for the next two years, don’t be afraid just come and ask on a Sunday what’s involved and you’ll be shown.

Here’s to 2018 for good weather, plenty of sailing and lots of places to visit.

All the best
John Webb.