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Thames approaches

Postby Julian Porter » Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:04 pm

Is anyone here familiar with the Medway and Thames approaches?
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Re: Thames approaches

Postby Justin Greig » Fri Jun 25, 2021 7:21 am

Hi Julian - my cruisng experience is very limited so I'm not super qualified to comment, but I have done a fair bit of sailing in the Medway, and my mooring is on the Swale so here goes: I think the first reasonably sheltered mooring you come to after rounding North Foreland is in the Swale near Harty Ferry. This is quite a popular mooring for yachts visiting from the East Coast and is sheltered except in Easterlies. The Shiprights Arms at Hollowshore is a great place to eat and Faversham (up nearby Faversham Creek) is well worth a visit (but note the creek is a bit awkward as it dries). Further up the Swale, Queensborough is a bit run down but the harbour is a pleasant refuge. If you were planning a visit to Chatham dockyard (which is worth doing) I'd pause here and take the train, rather than sail up the Medway which is a bit bleak.
https://www.visitmyharbour.com/harbours/north-kent-swale-medway/faversham/
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