The November Quiz & the 2017 KSA Calendar - 0 comments

What has now become an annual event, the KSA November Quiz, will take place at the Anchor at the bottom of Abbey Street on Thursday 17th November. There will be an auction after the quiz with the usual superb items being auctioned by the one and only 'Farmer' Guy.
Your support would be appreciated. All proceeds go to help local youth groups connected with the water.
And you'll be able to purchase copies of the beautiful new 2017 KSA Calendar, available for only £8.00. All your favourite ships, dogs and other animals in full colour.
KSA donate £1,000 to the Sea Cadets - 0 comments

Lena Reekie, the longest serving of our committee members, presented the Faversham Sea Cadets with a cheque for £1,000 on Tuesday 8th March. This represents money raised by the KSA over recent years which is intended for young people in order to help them get afloat and attain some competence in handling craft. The money will go towards the costs of sending young cadets to sea on one of the Maritime Trust and Sea Cadet vessels later in the year. They go to sea for a week and experience every aspect of crewing and of life onboard.
Funds have also been set aside for the Faversham Sea Scouts and this is to be presented to them shortly.
The AGM - 0 comments
The Annual General Meeting will be held on 9th April at 7pm for 7.30pm. As in recent years, it will be held at the Hollowshore Cruising Club and there will be a pay bar, and sandwiches and nibbles.
A film of earlier Swale Matches will be shown and copies on DVD will be for sale for £5.00.
The Faversham Nautical Festival 2016 - 0 comments
This year's Faversham Nautical Festival is to be held on 23-24 July. The Kentish Sail Association is not organising this year's event and it will be held under the auspices of the Faversham Rotary Club in association with the Brents Community Association and the Faversham Creek Trust, with financial support from the Town Council.
Those wishing to attend with their boats should contact Peter Flower. His telephone number is 01795 537030, and his email
Results of the 2015 Swale Match - 0 comments

The 2015 Swale match was a resounding success. A large fleet of vessels turned out to race and watch, while the weather for the day was perfect with an ENE breeze which grew during the morning to drive all the craft back up the Swale under the billowing canvas of full sail. Go to the links below for results and awards.

And don't forget to put 13 August 2016 in you diary, the date of next year's race.


The 2015 Faversham Nautical Festival - 0 comments
This year's Faversham Nautical Festival, which is sponsored and organised by the Kentish Sail Association, will be held over the weekend of 4–5 July. Smacks, barges and classic wooden craft will be moored up by the Town Quay, while music, various maritime-themed stands, the replica Dover Bronze boat as well as other attractions will be there for all to appreciate. Good beer, provided by the Phoenix Tavern, will be on tap throughout the two days.
2015 Swale Match Poster - 0 comments
Here is this year's poster. Copies available in either A3 or A4.

The 2015 Calendar now available - 0 comments

The beautiful 2015 calendar is now available and can be purchased at the Fleur de Lis Centre in Preston Street, at Creek Creative in Abbey Street, The Phoenix Tavern, The Three Mariners, Faversham Chandlery and the Shipwights' Arms. It's still only £10 so brighten up these winter days with a copy.

If you cannot get to any of the above you can send a cheque for £12.95 (inc of postage), made out to 'The Kentish Sail Association', to;

Julian Mannering,
13 Abbey Street,
ME13 7BE

And we will get a copy off to you.
S.B. CAMBRIA - 0 comments
An opportunity to 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 the River Medway without an engine.
26th July 2014
Muster 10.00am at Gillingham Pier Kent - Pier Approach Road ME7 1RU
Depart Gillingham Pier 12.00 noon
Lunch and Evening Meal

July 2014
Arrive Gillingham Pier 12.00 noon

Kit list
Wet and dry weather clothing. Bedding ie Sleeping bag, pillow.
Cost £150.00
Contact Dave Brooks on 07779 716453 or email

The KSA hosted the third Faversham Nautical Festival over the weekend of 12–13 July and, like the earlier ones, it was a resounding success. It was another lovely weekend, despite the odd shower, and all the boats that had planned to attend made it; that was a relief as it had blown hard during the week and there was a risk that some might have called it all off. Boats of all shapes and sizes arrived at the top of the creek and, ‘dressed over all’, looked magnificent.

Over the two days thousands of visitors looked over the barges and tugs, and the children, in particular, loved the miniature galleon pirate ship. On the top of the tide some smaller boats took to the water, including the Dover Bronze Age boat, which took volunteers out for a little paddling, 3,000BC style. The green filled with visitors enjoying the music, refreshment and barbecues and looking at the information boards, and it was brought home to many just how important the creek is to the character of the town.

The KSA stall did very well as did those of the Creek Trust and the Sea Cadets.
On Swan Quay, Wilkinson Sails, Alan Staley and Alison, and Alan Thorne displayed their wares, while the Canterbury Archaeological Trust exhibited the Dover Boat and had displays of bronze age tools being used. This year the Brents Community Association organised a selection of stalls and activities on the Front Brents which were well attended.


The main aim of the Festival is to raise awareness of Faversham’s nautical heritage; anyone who - by boat - has negotiated the unspoilt, winding creek through beautiful fields and salting and interesting boatyards will be enchanted to finally arrive in – and be able to explore - our historic town.

Residents and visitor can see the many beautiful, mainly traditional and vessels that have been invited to moor over the weekend in the upper regions of the Creek; some will be able to tie up to the quays and the jetty, others may anchor where possible. There will be Thames Sailing Barges, Dutch Barges, tugs, smacks and many smaller boats. The vessels will be ‘dressed overall’ which makes a colourful display.

On the Town Quay, including the Sea Cadets’ medieval building TS Hazard, there will be information stalls, exhibitions, the music stage and the beer tent. This will be the place to socialize, relax and enjoy listening to the many live musicians who will play shanties and other traditional music throughout both days.

On the Front Brents, on the opposite side of the Creek, there will be stalls of various kinds and where local artists will show and sell their craft. For children there will a bouncy castle, ice cream and much more.
KSA Annual General Meeting 2014 - 0 comments
Kentish Sail Association AGM 2014
Our Annual General Meeting will be held at the Hollowshore Cruising Club on Saturday 5th March. The meeting starts at 19:30. Afterwards will be a lecture on the Dover Bronze Age Boat by Paul Bennett of Canterbury Archaeological Trust.
Faversham Nautical Festival 2013 - 0 comments
Two years ago, our Match Secretary, Lena Reekie arranged a small exhibition of Swale Match posters, programmes and mugs in TS HAZARD, the Sea Cadets ancient building by the Town Quay where the barge Lady of the Lea was tied up for the weekend. It seemed to spark some enthusiasm and interest and in 2012 the KSA launched the first Faversham Nautical Festival.
A fine collection of barges and other traditional vessels, stalls, a beer tent, musicians and other attractions nestled around the head of the creek and visitors were able to find out more about the significance and importance of this waterway. After a horrible spring the weather turned beautiful and townspeople and visitors enjoyed a relaxing weekend.
Again this year – 25th & 26th May - the two days were blessed with unusually good weather. There were more boats, more stalls and more entertainment for adults and children, some of the latter helping the artist John Cann (see the poster) to add seagulls, figures and colour to his sketch of the creek. The event was a great success.
The Faversham Creek Trust, who is developing the Purifier Building further upstream in the basin for shipwright apprentices, had a prominent stall with a great opportunity to explain their aims and recruit new members.
The Faversham Nautical Festival now seems to have acquired an important role in the town’s calendar and is set to become a regular event and for this we thank Lena for all her hard work and organisational skills.

Sketch by John Cann
The Faversham Nautical Festival 2013 - 0 comments
After last year's great success, the Kentish Sail Association is again organising a FAVERSHAM NAUTICAL FESTIVAL which will be held at the head of Faversham Creek on the weekend of 25 & 26 May 2013. As well as a range of traditional boats, invited from various corners of the Swale & Medway, there will be stalls and displays from various organisations and maritime groups; also beer tent, food and live traditional music. The more successful the festival is, the more focus there will be on the creek and its importance to the town.

To download a pdf file of this poster, click here
Trip for Sea cadets on Greta - 0 comments

As members know, one of the remits of the Association is to get youngsters afloat. Though we are best known for staging the annual Swale Match an important objective of the Association, however, is to ‘introduce and encourage youngsters in the handling of traditional sail’, and to that end the KSA chartered the sailing barge Greta in October and invited a group from Faversham Sea Cadets to experience a day sailing on a traditional Thames barge.

The forecast warned of strong winds but the cadets were keen to get sailing and in agreement with the skipper, Steve Norris, it was decided to head out of Whitstable Harbour on the understanding that if the wind blew up too much he would turn and run back in.

So Greta left Whitstable with the group of young cadets and two officers and enjoyed a wonderful morning on the water. Steve – a perfect skipper and teacher – explained every task and got the boys involved; they were all very interested and helped to set the huge sails, with even the smallest boys heaving on the heavy ropes. They also took turns at the wheel, learned to steer a course and, being of the computer generation, were fascinated by the satellite chart plotter.

The Kentish Sail Association certainly fulfilled its objective this year and maybe one of those young cadets will skipper a Thames barge in a future Swale Match.