News for all SYC members

Keep up to date with the latest news in the Club Newsletter, Facebook and the Calendar tab. 
Strood tide table for 2021
Chris Petherick has provided this well in advance and it will go in next years's club diary.
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This Saturday the 27th of June there will be no access to the pontoons from 06;00 to 18;00.

This is due to some urgently needed repair work to the pontoon joints between the brow and the first cross section of the pontoons. If time permits this will also allow for the timbers and decking to be replaced.

Thank you for your patience whilst members carry out this task.

Please also note that there is a problem with the lock on the main gate and a replacement is being sought.

For and behalf of the committee.

Warning: There is a fracture to a section joint of the pontoon between the brow and the first Tee junction. 
This has caused a step effect that could vary depending on tide conditions but generally is approximately two inches.

Letter from the Commodore re Covid-19

Now that we are allowed to go boating again, the club has issued instructions to members to protect ourselves, other members and the emergency services. To read or download the letter please visit the Members' Secure Area, which requires a password. If you don't know this please ask a committee member or email

Obstruction in Bridge Reach

Peel Ports have issued a notice to mariners warning of an obstruction (presumed to be a wreck) with only a foot of water over it, right in the middle of the river by the Russian submarine. One suspects it's one of the local "pirate" boats that have sunk. For more info on this and other local boating matters, keep up to date at where you can sign up for News Alerts by email.

Closure of clubhouse

The committee have come to the decision that, in the interest of Health and Safety and to follow Government guidelines,  the clubhouse area should be classed as off limits for the time being. This  decision has not been taken lightly and we ask that all members co-operate.  We do not encourage people to visit the club and that, instead, our members should follow Government guidelines.

For and on behalf of the committee.

Social Events

Due to the current restrictions we are obviously not able to put on any social events for the time being.

The Easter cruise to Burnham and the Fitting Out on 18 April will need to be cancelled. The Retro Bingo Night on 16 May is likely to be cancelled but we will wait and see. The meat raffle will be drawn at the first available opportunity.

We will wait and see what happens with events from June onwards but in the meantime if anyone has any ideas for on-line social activity, please let us know (keep it clean!). How about an on-line quiz? Or videos of yourselves telling jokes? Let's use this site to keep in touch and lift our spirits.

Hope to see you all soon!

The (not so social) Social Committee (


Due to the limitations set out by the government this week, we won’t be able to do any boat lifts and work parties will also be cancelled. It’s obviously a great shame as it would have been a time when everyone could have got a lot achieved with this time. However, as we are no longer allowed to have gatherings of more than two people this cannot happen.

This also means that committee and trustee meetings will not take place, Any normal business will have to be done by email and phone calls.

If anything urgent should arise this will be dealt with accordingly.

If anyone has any suggestions or problems that need addressing, please let us know.

Keep safe everyone.

John Riches, Commodore

Notice to members
Following the PM’s announcement this afternoon we feel that,  for the health and safety of all of our members, there is no other choice but to postpone this Sunday’s Mother’s Day lunch with a view to rearranging it another time. In light of this advice, the committee feel that it would be in the best interests of the club, and its members, if the bar does not open for the time being.  We will keep you updated. Keep safe all. John Riches, Commodore

Calling all concrete lighter box owners!

Please label your box and make sure that Trevor Zobel (who now oversees lighters) knows that you own it by Easter at the latest. Trevor is conducting an audit of boxes and will be clearing unclaimed and derelict boxes to replace them with proper built ones so that more members can enjoy the facility and to neaten up the entrance to our club. 

SYC Newsletter February 2020
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IWA Talk on River Medway, 23 Jan 2020

Kent & East Sussex Branch

Invite you to an open meeting on River Medway

David Payne and Jason Adams from the Environment Agency will be giving an illustrated talk on the EA’s work on the River Medway, and all are welcome to attend whether IWA members or not.


AGM Postponed to 9 Feb 2020

Due to the unavoidably late preparation of the papers, according to the club rules, the AGM has been postponed to Sunday 9th February 2020. Not everyone reads the website or Facebook page so please pass the word around!

Mike Wilkin

Mike Wilkin's funeral will be on Thursday 7th November at 3pm at The Thames View Crematorium and Cemetery, Gravesend Road, Shorne, Gravesend, DA12 3JH

No flowers (except from the family) but Donations to the R.N.L.I welcome.

No More Bonfire

There will no longer be an area for the burning of rubbish in the car park and that people are not permitted to bring any garden or even general rubbish to the club for disposal. Only rubbish produced at the club may be placed in the bins.

Calling All Members: Big Tidy Up, 21+22 September 2019

Our Vice Commodore, John Riches, is calling all members for a work party on the 21st & 22nd of September, for painting and generally the Big Tidy Up.

For and on behalf of Stuart Coward, Mark Coppins, Martin Barnes and Cynthia Povey.

A very big thank you to everyone who took part in making the 6th July a very successful work party, helped by the fine weather and the bar being open.

Open Letter on behalf of Mark Coppins as Crane, Land Berth, Dry Dock & Slip Manager and Cynthia Povey as Work Party Coordinator, 29 April 2019

The crane is now back in action thanks to Martin Barnes, Mark Coppins, Chris Botten and Jim Parker, Commodore.

Recruitment for crane drivers and banksmen is underway.

Work Party Announcement:

Clear-up ongoing in boat park when skip arrives. In the meantime:

1. Painting of crane cab.2. Assembly of metal shed for crane materials.

3. Refurbishment of dry dock 1 & 2 ladders.

Work underway but anyone able to assist please contact Mark Coppins on 07920 509593 or or Cynthia Povey on 020 8464 9341.

Border Force presentation, Thurs 21 Feb 7.30pm

Alan Prime from Border Force will be telling us what they do and how we can help.

IWA talk about RNLI Thurs 24 Jan, 7.30pm.

"It's not all at sea". Colin Brown will talk about the modern RNLI

Dick Holness talk, Thurs 17 Jan 7.30pm

Dick is co-author of East Coast Pilot, soon to be in 5th edition. He visited SYC recently to see the river up to Allington for updating the book.

Dog mess

Please clear up after your dog, especially if it fouls the lighters or pontoons.

Clubhouse closure Fri/Sat 5/6 Nov

The Commodore advises that the clubhouse will be closed all day Friday and Saturday in preparation for the Laying Up Supper. The bar will not be open on Friday. Members may enter through the back door until 1pm on Satuirday if they wish to use the galley to make tea etc.

Don't waste water!

Please don't leave your hose running when not in use. When washing your boat you must fit a "gun" on the end to control the flow. Visitors may fill tanks but not hose down their boats.

Where has all our stuff gone?

Peter Spratt has been updating our asset list but a lot of stuff seems to have gone missing. Of course it could just be misplaced or disposed of if worn out or broken, but this needs to be recorded. If you have club equipment or know what happened to it could you please inform Peter or Bob Pettet our treasurer.

Message from Cynthia Povey, Working Party Coordinator

Work parties for 2018

Dry Dock: Painting, Cleaning out, Concreting                   Project Manager: Roger Stevens

Pontoons: Repairs, Floats, Pile Cleaning and Painting   Project Manager: Neal Martin

Electric Repairs:    Project Manager: Tony Sherbourne

Tidy Land berths:  Project Manager: Ken Lawrence

Crane:  Sub-committee required

Mud Clearing:  To be arranged

Dear Members

I have been asked by the Commodore, Jim Parker, to liaise as Work Party Coordinator for another year.

Since taking over this roll in 2016 some members have been flagged up as not having attended any work parties.  YOUR club exists only due to the help of members.

I hope, therefore, that you will be on board to take an active roll with the projects shown above for the current year - even to make a hot drink for the workers if you feel poor health leaves you unable to take part physically.


I look forward to seeing you.

Thank you


Message from the Mooring Master

The pontoons are now full so if any members are considering changing their boat for a larger one please note that it is unlikely that you'll then be able to continue to moor on the pontoons at SYC until somebody else leaves.  You will probably have to moor on the mud berths instead.  Please check with me before making your purchase.  The 2018 Mooring plan is now in the Members' Secure Area and on the clubhouse noticeboard.

It is essential that all members' visitors in the clubhouse or anywhere on site are signed into the register in the clubhouse please.  It is every member's responsibility to keep the whole site secure.

Message from Concrete Lighter Manager

I would like to produce a register of all owners who have a box on the concrete lighters so please either let me know by my Facebook page or complete a Contact Form from this website menu showing your contact details, approximately where your box is and what it looks like eg wood/plastic/steel, condition, colour.  ALSO please put a label on it with the name of your boat.  Thank you.  Jacki Beardsmore.  Concrete Lighter Manager. 


The working party in February 2017 to renovate the 3rd dry dock was well attended.  Thank you.  Other members had done some of the work the previous week and others have continued the work since.   Special thanks to Roger Stevens for managing this project from which we'll all benefit, and to John Downie for all the days spent welding.  The end has now been cut off and valves will be fitted in November followed by concreting the base.  We're nearly there.

If you do not want your photo to appear in this website please contact Tony Lavelle.  Thank you

Gate keys are available from Bob Pettett or Mick Pavoux.  If you need one please send a contact form from this website, showing some dates you'll be at the club.


The dry docks' calendar is available in the Members' Secure Area.  See instructions for how to use the dry dock.


Cynthia Povey co-ordinates work parties. She will notify members with the dates via Facebook and this website, please give her your full support. Thank you.  


Do you have a boat or trailer on the land berth boat park?  Please weed and tidy your plot.  Thank you  

Where to Find Us

Strood Yacht Club     Temple Manor Marsh     

Knight Road     Strood     Kent     ME2 2AH                 



Tel: 01634 718 261

How to find Strood Yacht Club
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