European Health Insurance Certificate (EHIC)

The European Health Insurance Certificate replaces the E111 form, necessary in order to obtain either free or reduced cost medical treatment abroad. Carrying the EHIC means you may benefit if you are visiting other EU states, EEA countries or Switzerland. Full details of what is available and where, is detailed in the leaflet "Health Advice for Travellers, which can be downloaded, along with an application form from: www.ehic.org.uk
Conyer Cruising Club
where visiting yachtsmen are welcome. Their website contains navigational details & aerial photographs showing the intricate creeks leading to Conyer.
click on the icon to the right to download a navigation chartlet to Conyer Creek
Visit Conyer
Harwich Haven
Authority
Containing navigational information for the ports of Harwich and Felixstow and the River's Stour and Orwell plus surrounding area's.
"East Coast Pilot
Lowestoft to Ramsgate"
A publication by Imray

Click here to view regular updates to this pilot book
Roach Sailing
Association
contains details and photographs of the Havengore Route
NAVIGATIONAL AND TIDAL INFORMATION
CRUISING GUIDES AND NEWS
Tide Times
Full tide tables for the year covering the River Thames, provided by the PLA.
PLA Notices to Mariners
Covering the River and Tidal Thames areas.
A good comprehensive guide containing details on how to rig, tune and care for a mast.
RIGGING GUIDE
Queenborough  Harbour 
trotboat service operating times for
2016 sailing season

1st April to 30th June Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 9:30pm
1st July to 31st August Every Day 10am to 9:30pm
1st September to 31st October Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 9:30pm
1st November to 31st March Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm

Contact
VHF channel 08 “Sheppey 1” or Mobile 
07456 459754
Alternatively phone the harbour office on 
01795 662051
MAINTENANCE GUIDES ETC.
ENGINE MANUALS
The website links below contain files for copies of workshop / maintenance manuals for most makes of marine in-board engines (downloadable .pdf files).
The first site is in Dutch language, but most of the manuals are in English.
VHF "Port" Radio Channels for the River Thames and Thames Estuary
covering the "Port of London" areas

Effective April 2005 (& still vallid May 2012), the port working channels are as follows:
VHF Channel 69 - covering the seaward limit (approximately the Margate-Harwich line) to Sea Reach 4 buoy.
VHF Channel 68 - Sea Reach 4 buoy to Crayfordness.
VHF Channel 14 - upstream of Crayfordness and including the Thames Barrier Zone.
The Callsign for all Vessel Traffic Services centres is "London VTS". 
above detail taken from Spring RYA Magazine
Link to "East Coast Pilot" website where chartlet's and navigational information for the entrances to the River Deben and River Ore / Alde can be downloaded and printed
 
2015 details now available
2015 details now available
Obstruction in the entrance to the River Medway: Have you ever cut in between the Grain Hard Buoy and the Grain Fort, in order to cheat the outgoing tide? Click here to see what lurks under the water. Next time, you may want to re-consider.
Event

Sailing Prizegiving Supper (7.30pm)


CCS Prizegiving Dinner at Island YC 
Work Party Weekend (mornings)


Fitting Out Supper (7.00-7.30pm)
Shakedown Cruise to Queenborough with evening meal
Cruise to Chatham Marina. 
Chatham BBQ


BYC at Home (8pm)
Calais Rally briefing (start 8.30pm)
Calais Rally


Wine and Cheese in Stangate


Nore Race (more of a cruise around the course)
Ray Day & BBQ
Nore Race Prizegiving - free to enter - all welcome


Cruise to Medway YC & BBQ
​Bank Holiday cruise to Brightlingsea


Commodores Tea Day


End of Season Cruise to Chatham Marina
Work Party Weekend (mornings)
Date
February
Sat 4

March
Sat 11
Sat 18Sun 19

April
Sat 8
Sat 22
Sat 29
Sun 30

May
Fri 12
Fri 19
​Sat 27

June
Sat 10

July
Sat 1
Sun 2
Fri 7

August
Sat 12
Sat 26

September
Sun 10

October
Sat 7
Sat 21 & Sun 22
BYC "CRUISING" PROGRAMME 2017
click here to download a printable version of the full 2016 BYC Sailing Programme (Excel file)
Dinghy sailing & racing events, results & other related info
Cruiser race events, results & other related inf
2012 Cruise to Hoo Ness Marina
"Hawaiian theme" fancy dress
"Guess the Monkey" competition
 
Real Time Tidal data for the Tidal Thames area:

PLA website click here

National Oceanography Centre (tidal graph) click here
River Deben entrance details
River Ore entrance details
BYC had 9 boats in attendance at this year's Calais Rally, retaining the Narrow Sea's Trophy.
Congratulations to Dave Norman who won smallest boat to cross the channel & Ashley Wright who completed his 40th trip in Succession.
National Coastwatch

National Coastwatch, who have stations at both Southend & Holehaven and keep a physical lookout, have their own dedicated VHF CH 65 for contact with marriners and for current weather information / safety detail or local information. Call sign “Southend Coastwatch” or “Holehaven Coastwatch”.

Please note that you can also call National Coastwatch on VHF Channel 65 to make a Radio Check (avoids Ch16 / Coastguard)
Middle Deep Buoyage Changes
Important buoyage changes (names and positions) affecting the route round the
 East Coast / Maplin Sands - click here to view the Notice to Mariners
CRUISING
NEWS & INFORMATION
Dinghy sailing & racing events, results & other related info
Cruiser race events, results & other related inf
Association of Thames Yacht Clubs Newsletters:
Walton Chanel
 "Stone Point" entrance
 survey 2016
click here to view
 the latest chartlet
Courtessy of Walton & Frinton YC
The MCA advise that boaters can still contact the Coastguard on VHF Channel 16, VHF/MF DSC and for that matter 999, but more importantly they will still respond whether you use the call sign of closed MRCC, one of the new Coastguard Operations Centres or simply ‘UK Coastguard’.
UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency
MMSI no.
002320011
002320010 
002320063
002320007
002320004
002320001
002320024
002320021
002320018
002320017
002320014
Telephone no.
023 9255 2100
01304 210008 
020 8312 7380 
01262 672317 
01224 592334 
01595 692976 
01851 702013 
028 9146 3933 
01407 762051 
01646 690909 
01326 317575 
Operational UK Coastguard Centres
Area / Location
NMOC Fareham
Dover
London
Humber
Aberdeen
Shetland
Stornoway
Belfast
Holyhead
Milford Haven
Falmouth
Depth Survey around the Leigh Buoy 
(September 2016)
Click Here

2017 Calais Rally
2016 Calais Rally