Volunteers and more Volunteers

Poly-tunnel hoops are up There has been a nice sequence of pictures posted on the Facebook group by Dave Brooks describing the superb efforts some of the volunteers in erecting our poly-tunnel for protection this winter. The gang were listed as ” Skipper Ian Ruffles with Reggie Andrews, Mick Nolan, Basil Brambleby, Bruce Richardson, and his dad”. The hoops went up on 16th November and there were even some pictures of 3rd Hand (Reggie)... Read More

Sailing Opportunity

This just in from Dave Brooks. Sailing Opportunities on Cambria Sailing Opportunity Sail on Britain’s most unique classic sailing vessel, Cambria, famed for being the last ever British registered sailing vessel to carry cargo under sail alone. Enjoy the experience of sailing without an engine. 27th and 28th Sept 2014    Short Weekend Sail Muster at Gillingham Pier Kent 1.00pm for 3.00pm depart return following day 1.00pm Pier Approach Road ME7... Read More

Another Chance to Sail

Just in from Dave Brooks on Facebook “Cambria will be leaving Gravesend on the 9th Sept at 5.00 am in the morning to travel up to St Katharine Dock. There are a limited number of places priced £75.00. Travel up the Thames and a chance of seeing some of the Tall Ships. Email Cambria Trust for further details on CambriaTrustSecretary@live.co.uk” A bit short notice and a nice early start for you, but get in touch if you fancy it. The barge... Read More

A Chance to go Sailing!

Oyez Oyez! This just in from Dave Brooks, Secretary Good Morning All. An opportunity to sail aboard Cambria has arisen for the dates of 26/27 July. You will muster at Gillingham Pier at 10.00am on the 26th July for a midday departure. Sit back and enjoy a trip down the River Medway. Lunch and Evening meal will be served. 27th after breakfast a return sail back to Gillingham Pier, arriving midday. Cost £150 per person. Kit. Suitable Clothing for... Read More

The Call Goes Out

Stairs down into our main hold, now beautifully boxed in (Pic by Dave Brooks) Hi. The call has gone out on Facebook and via email. We have some big, busy weekends coming up and if you can see your way clear to giving us a few hours as a volunteer then either contact us via CambriaTrustSecretaryt@live.co.uk, or come and find us moored at Standard Quay in Faversham. As Dave Brooks puts it….. Calling All Cambria Volunteers and anybody else who... Read More

Covered Up

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Thames Match 2013

Dave Brooks has sent me the following brilliant and thorough report on the 2013 Mark Boyle Memorial 150th Thames Match along with some superb pictures. I need add nothing.   Thames Match 2013; Picture by Dave Brooks. Dave writes, ” The Mark Boyle Memorial Thames Sailing Barge Match 2013.   Saturday 13/07/2013 saw sixteen barges gather to contest the 2013 83rd and 150 yr anniversary Thames Barge Match in tribute to the late Capt. Mark Boyle.... Read More

Movements update

Cambria drifts aft from Gillingham Pier on the dolly line. Picture by Dave Brooks. The following update on Cambria’s movements comes from Dave Brooks. We must also thank Dave for this lovely pic of Cambria leaving Gillingham Pier under sail power. The barge is here being allowed to drift aft on the tide while the dolly line, controlled by those new-start sail trainees from Rotary Club, keep the bow on station. When the bow has cleared the pier... Read More

Latest Newsletter is Out

Rotary Club Charter Briefing Just to let you know that the latest version of our newsletter is ‘out’. This is May 2013 and contains some nice updates on what we’ve been at in winter work and the painting by my Oppo Richard Weekes PLUS a good article by Dave Brooks who was following the Medway Match from the Committee Boat (Medway Surveyor). I should possibly also bit this blog’s farewell to Capt. Roy Stanbrook who I got to... Read More

Master Class

Sail-maker Steve Hall helps rig the Cambria March 2013 The Cambria team were treated to a real master class in rigging over the weekend. The tops’l had been damaged at some point while the gear was down by, we believe, some careless use of an angle grinder by a quayside contractor using an angle grinder to cut away (perfectly useful!) old mooring chains. The shower of sparks had burned small holes in the sail cloth. With our gear still down,... Read More