2013 Championship results

Cambria racing 2013; Picture by Susan Martin I think it was Annie Meadows who first flagged this up in Facebook, that the Sailing Barge Association (link from this site) have now completed and published the results of the 2013 championship.   http://www.sailingbargeassociation.co.uk/championship2013.html   We did OK, coming 6th over all but, inevitably, could have done better, especially later in the season where I am told that some topmast... Read More

We Won the Medway!

Cambria winning the Medway Match, 2013 Coasting Class; Picture by Julie Brooks from mobile phone. Just in on Facebook from Julie Brooks, Cambria and the team “won” the Medway Barge match. That’s unfortunately all I know at this stage. Dave Brooks’s new group on FB are a bit more forthcoming, reporting that “Great race. Full course. Great tussle with the stays’l barges Edith May and Niagara going out and the Niagara... Read More

Small World (even in Ireland)

Edith May Year video; screen-grab from Ed Gransden’s Facebook time line, grabbed by Matt Care Edith May’s Ed Gransden has posted a nice video on Facebook reviewing their year. It’s in 2 parts, the first being http://www.facebook.com/ed.gransden?fref=ts . I will publish details on Part 2 when I have them. I think I’m right in saying these are within FB rather than being available on You Tube as a whole (is that right, Ed?)... Read More

2 Nice Videos

Mark Boyle Sign-writing from Feb 2011, Picture by Matt Care Just a quick couple of bits of video which might be of interest to you. First an 8 minute sequence which includes an interview with Catherine De Bont in which she describes early life growing up among boats and learning barging skills, plus lots of lovely footage from the decks of Cambria as she sails under the Dartford Bridge and up through Tower Bridge. In the latter, Richard Tichener suffers... Read More

Medway Match Video

Video ad on Facebook this morning, screen grab by Matt Care There is a nice video being advertised all over Facebook this morning and an introductory clip up on You Tube at http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/shop/jubilee-medway-barge-match-dvd/ Worth a look and definitely a Christmas present idea. It is of the Medway Match and includes many shots of familiar faces. It is £12.50 from the Edith May merchandise shop on their website.  Read More

A Miniature Chaff-Cutter

With the hull and major components now in place, our in-house modelling team of Dave and Tony Brooks are now getting down to details of deck furniture and so on. Dave takes up the story from the 22nd November. ” Chaff cutter wheel in miniature. Model by Tony and Dave Brooks, Picture by DB When we had finished last week Dad suggested that he would attempt to create a chaff cutter wheel.  I knew he wasn’t really looking forward to it and had... Read More

Nick Ardley and the Docklands History Group

Friend of Cambria and barge and sailing book author, Nick Ardley emails with a tip off about a symposium being held by the Docklands History Group, called “There She Blows! Aspects of the London Whaling Trade” This is an early warning and a date for your diary really, as it’s not till March 2013, but if you are interested then the link here should steer you home. http://www.docklandshistorygroup.org.uk/events.html “It’ll... Read More

Southend Match

Niagara wins her Class in the 2012 Southend Match, photo by Dave Brooks. Tonight’s post is a report by Dave Brooks on the Southend Match. He writes, “I think it is safe to say that I won’t be breaking any barge naming records with the Southend Match report. Sadly due to the weather leading up to the day of the match barges expected to be present were unable to attend. We arrived in Southend at 8.30 and there were no barges at all.... Read More

Pin Mill Match

Mark C is off for a sail this weekend with Ian Ruffles and Denis Johnson. I’m guessing that means the old girl will be out and about, and not available for visiting. I will ask around and see if I can find out any more. Meanwhile here is another of Mark’s excellent pictures, this one with all the sails down but not quite squared away at the end of a sail. I’m hoping Dave B will furnish us with some kind of a report on his weekend... Read More

Ryan’s Sunrise

A  beautiful sunrise photo posted on Facebook by Cambria Shipwright Ryan Dale Ryan Dale’s sunrise over the Swale. Gorgeous!  Read More