Sunday, 25 July 2021

24th July 2021


Departure Port: Allington Marina
Departure Time: 13:29
Departure Port Location: Castle Dene, Maidstone
Destination Port: Allington Marina
Destination Arrival Time: 15:12
Destination Port Location: Castle Dene, Maidstone

Waypoint 1: Maidstone Fairmeadow
Waypoint 1 Position: A229, Maidstone
Waypoint 1 Stop: 13:46
Waypoint 1 Start: 14:53

Total Trip Time (h:mm:ss): 1:43:00
Trip Distance (nm): 2.9 nm
Total Waypoint Stop Time (h:mm:ss): 1:07:00
Fuel Usage (litres): 4.73
Trip Engine Hours (h:mm:ss): 36:00
Engine Hours (Decimal): 0.6 h
Fuel Added: 0 L

Sky State: Heavy Clouds
Precipitation: Dry
Wind Speed (kts): 1 Light Air 1-3
Wind Direction: SE
Temperature (c): 24 ℃
Pressure (mb): 1009 bar
Visibility (metre/Miles): Moderate 2M-5M
Sea State: River Conditions

Crew Names: Ray & Annette + Mike & Annette
Cruise Notes: A lunchtime cruise into Maidstone to give our friends a reminiscent cruise on the river being retired boat owners themselves. Quite on the river due to stormy weather in the morning. A pleasant trip with old boating friends.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

17th July 2021


Departure Port: Allington MarinaDeparture Time: 07:18
Departure Port Location: Gibraltar Ln, Maidstone
Destination Port: Allington Marina
Destination Arrival Time: 18:00
Destination Port Location: Gibraltar Ln, Maidstone
High Water At Destination: 19:10
Low Water At Destination: 12:20

Waypoint 1: Allington Lock
Waypoint 1 Position: Castle Road, Maidstone
Waypoint 1 Stop: 07:27
Waypoint 1 Start: 07:46
Waypoint 2: Port Medway
Waypoint 2 Location: Hoop Doet Leven Brambletree Wharf, Wouldham Rd, Rochester
Waypoint 2 Stop: 08:57
Waypoint 2 Start: 10:25
Waypoint 3: Stangate Creek
Waypoint 3 Location: 51.4056219, 0.6939559
Waypoint 3 Stop: 12:12
Waypoint 3 Start: 13:46
Waypoint 4: Port Medway
Waypoint 4 Location: Hoop Doet Leven Brambletree Wharf, Wouldham Rd, Rochester
Waypoint 4 Stop: 15:30
Waypoint 4 Start: 16:30
Waypoint 5: Allington Lock
Waypoint 5 Location: Castle Road, Maidstone
Waypoint 5 Stop: 17:40
Waypoint 5 Start: 17:53

Total Trip Time (h:mm:ss): 10:42:00
Trip Distance (nm): 41.8
Total Waypoint Stop Time (h:mm:ss): 4:34:00
Fuel Usage (litres): 48.37
Trip Engine Hours (h:mm:ss): 6:08:00
Engine Hours (Decimal): 6.13 h
Fuel Added: 0 L

Sky State: Clear Sky
Precipitation: Dry
Wind Speed (kts): 3 Gentle Breeze 7-10
Wind Direction: NE, E
Temperature (c): 26 ℃
Pressure (mb): 1030 bar
Visibility (metre/Miles): Good >5M
Sea State: Slight 0.5-1.25m, River Conditions

Crew Names: Ray & Annette +
Cruise Notes: With two perfect tides it was to good to miss a chance of a full days run from Allington to Standard Creek out in the Medway Estuary. Departed early and locked through Allington Lock into the tidal Medway. A beautiful morning cruise with our first port of call to our friends on 'Odd Daisy B' at Port Medway Marina for breakfast, rafted up safely and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with them before setting off once more heading out into the estuary, steady cruise at 1400 rpm with not many other vessels about. Arrived at Stangate Creek and laid and set our anchor then lunch, on a very sunny, hot day. After lunch we lifted the anchor and commenced our return journey upriver back to Allington. Many more sailing vessels about during the afternoon which meant keeping a keen lookout for sailing yachts tacking in front of us, all good fun. Passing through Rochester we called up 'Odd Daisy B' again as we had been offered afternoon tea as well. Again rafted safely beside her while we enjoyed a cup of tea. At 16:30 we set off for Allington lock with an incoming tide and made good time, arriving at Allington Lock with plentyof water beneath us. Passed through the lock then a short trip to our home berth in Allington Marina. A great day out with one of the longest single day trips in the log book.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

16th June 2021

 


Departure Port: Allington Marina
Departure Time: 14:47
Departure Port Location: Castle Dene, Maidstone
Waypoint 1: Maidstone Fairmeadow
Waypoint 1 Position: St Peter's St, Maidstone
Waypoint 1 Stop: 15:14
Waypoint 1 Start: 16:28
Destination Port: Allington Marina
Destination Arrival Time: 16:55
Destination Port Location: Castle Dene, Maidstone
Total Trip Time (h:mm:ss): 2:08:00
Trip Distance (nm): 3.7 nm
Total Waypoint Stop Time (h:mm:ss): 1:14:00
Fuel Usage (litres): 7.89
Trip Engine Hours (h:mm:ss): 54:00
Engine Hours (Decimal): 1 h
Fuel Added: 0 L

Sky State: Light Clouds
Precipitation: Dry
Wind Speed (kts): 2 Light Breeze 4-6
Wind Direction: SW
Temperature (c): 28 ℃
Pressure (mb): 1011 bar
Visibility (metre/Miles): Good >5M
Sea State: River Conditions

Crew Names: Ray & Annette + Cymantha & Stewart
Cruise Notes: A very special cruise trip into Maidstone to ferry Cymantha and Stewart to afternoon tea at Lockmeadow, a thank you trip for their support during the last couple of months. Trip upriver marred by a stupid stunt by two idiots who decided to drop from Millennium Park bridge directly in front of us. Police informed and left them to deal with it.

On receiving the call that afternoon tea was finished we left Fairmeadow headed to Lockmeadow and collected our passengers then headed back to the marina, passing a very subdued group of youngsters still by Millennium bridge.

Monday, 31 May 2021

31st May 2021



Departure Port: Allington Marina
Departure Time: 11:02
Departure Port Location: Castle Road, Maidstone
Waypoint 1: Maidstone Lock Meadow
Waypoint 1 Position: Undercliffe Boathouse, Bishops Way, Maidstone
Waypoint 1 Stop: 11:30
Waypoint 1 Start: 12:39
Destination Port: Allington Marina
Destination Arrival Time: 13:01
Destination Port Location: Castle Road, Maidstone

Total Trip Time (h:mm:ss): 1:59:00
Trip Distance (nm): 3.3 nm
Total Waypoint Stop Time (h:mm:ss): 1:09:00
Fuel Usage (litres): 7.89
Trip Engine Hours (h:mm:ss): 50:00
Engine Hours (Decimal): 1 h
Fuel Added: 0 L

Sky State: Clear Sky
Precipitation: Dry
Wind Speed (kts): 1 Light Air 1-3
Wind Direction: E
Temperature (c): 25 ℃
Pressure (mb): 1019 bar
Visibility (metre/Miles): Good >5M
Sea State: River Conditions

Crew Names: Ray & Annette + Amie, Danny & Louis
Cruise Notes: A very special short cruise into Maidstone today carrying our new crew member, Louis, our great grandson, on his first boat trip. A busy river today with lots of crafts of all shapes and sizes. Being the first good day this year it was great to be on the water. Moored in Maidstone so that Louis could have his lunch then back to the marina for the grown ups to have theirs.




Sunday, 30 May 2021

30th May 2021

 

Departure Port: Allington Marina
Departure Time: 11:40
Departure Port Location: Castle Road, Maidstone
Waypoint 1: Malta Inn
Waypoint 1 Position: Lock Ln, Maidstone
Waypoint 1 Stop: 11:45
Waypoint 1 Start: 11:45
Waypoint 2: Maidstone Fairmeadow
Waypoint 2 Location: St Peter's St, Maidstone
Waypoint 2 Stop: 12:02
Waypoint 2 Start: 13:16
Destination Port: Allington Marina
Destination Arrival Time: 13:38
Destination Port Location: Castle Road, Maidstone

Total Trip Time (h:mm:ss): 1:58:00
Trip Distance (nm): 3.4 nm
Total Waypoint Stop Time (h:mm:ss): 1:14:00
Fuel Usage (litres): 7.89
Trip Engine Hours (h:mm:ss): 44:00
Engine Hours (Decimal): 1 h
Fuel Added: 0 L

Sky State: Clear Sky
Precipitation: Dry
Wind Speed (kts):
3 Gentle Breeze 7-10
Wind Direction: NE
Temperature (c): 16 ℃
Pressure (mb): 1022 bar
Visibility (metre/Miles): Good >5M
Sea State: River Conditions

Crew Names: Ray & Annette
Cruise Notes: Short lunch cruise to Maidstone, first via the Malta Inn where we turned without mooring. Headed upriver to Maidstone Fairmeadow and moored up for lunch. Having had lunch headed back to the marina to enjoy a sunny afternoon.

Thursday, 6 May 2021

5th May 2021


Departure Port: Allington Marina
Departure Time: 14:56
Departure Port Location: Castle Road, Maidstone
Waypoint 1: Tovil Bridge
Waypoint 1 Position: 22 Millers Wharf, Maidstone
Waypoint 1 Stop: 15:23
Waypoint 1 Start: 15:23
Destination Port: Allington Marina
Destination Arrival Time: 15:54
Destination Port Location: Castle Road, Maidstone

Total Trip Time (h:mm:ss): 58:00
Trip Distance (nm): 4.6 nm
Total Waypoint Stop Time (h:mm:ss): 00:00
Fuel Usage (litres): 7.89
Trip Engine Hours (h:mm:ss): 58:00
Engine Hours (Decimal): 1 h
Fuel Added: 0 L

Sky State: Partly Cloudy
Precipitation: Dry
Wind Speed (kts): 2 Light Breeze 4-6
Wind Direction: NE
Temperature (c): 13 ℃
Pressure (mb): 1004 bar
Sea State: River Conditions

Crew Names: Ray & Annette + Andy & Anita
Cruise Notes: After not seeing our friends since before Christmas 2020 we finally met up for afternoon tea on the boat. As Andy & Anita have their boat on the tidal waters at Medway Bridge we took them on a short trip up to Tovil and back. On arrival back at the marina we located Kevayling in her new permanent mooring by the old slipway. Wonderful afternoon seeing our good friends once again.



Saturday, 24 April 2021

24th April 2021



Departure Port: Allington Marina
Departure Time: 11:12
Departure Port Location: Castle Dene, Maidstone
Waypoint 1: East Farleigh Lock
Waypoint 1 Position: East Farleigh Bridge, Farleigh Ln, East Farleigh
Waypoint 1 Stop: 12:00
Waypoint 1 Start: 12:00
Destination Port: Allington Marina
Destination Arrival Time: 12:47
Destination Port Location: Castle Dene, Maidstone

Total Trip Time (h:mm:ss): 1:35:00
Trip Distance (nm): 7.5 nmi
Total Waypoint Stop Time (h:mm:ss): 00:00
Fuel Usage (litres): 12.47
Trip Engine Hours (h:mm:ss): 1:35:00
Engine Hours (Decimal): 1.58 h
Fuel Added: 0 L

Sky State: Clear Sky
Preciptation: Dry
Wind Speed (kts): 3 Gentle Breeze 7-10
Wind Direction: NE
Temperature (c): 15 ℃
Pressure (mb): 1021 bar
Visibility (metre/Miles): Good >5M
Sea State: River Conditions

Crew Names: Ray & Annette
Cruise Notes: Morning cruise upriver to East Farleigh Lock via Allington Lock first. Plenty of other river activity about due to the fine weather. Having reached East Farleigh we turned without mooring and headed back to Allington in time for lunch. Probably the first of many short river trips this year.