The event starts in under 3 weeks so we are in the final stages of preparations. Our grassing of the craft paddock back in february is now looking good, the slipways look good and just need a final mud hosedown to remove yet more mud before we start, and a small shower shed has been built by our hosts the Royal Navy Sailing Association. We’ve funded the shower kit and several SE members have put a lot of time into working parties to achieve all of this. Smaller test cruises have also taken place to a number of the destinations

A few of the craft have dropped out and some others have confirmed attendance at the beginning and end of the week rather than all week so that’s dropped the craft count to about 30-33 craft on most days. To be honest that’s a relief, it eases some of the pressure on craft parking and safety concerns, whilst still being a very worthwhile event. We still have plenty of space for camping so if you fancy coming along without a craft to join in the fun you will be very welcome.

We’ve opened the HCGB shop for you to pay your fees online, its at Please could you pay by monday 11th July.

At present the Wednesday trip to the Isle of Wight via Hovertravel, and the Hovercraft Museum looks like needing a 29 seater coach from Chatham. We’ve still got a few spaces so please shout now if you’re interested. The cost should be about 45 per head to cover the coach plus Hovertravel and Museum costs.

We’re still working on the details of the London cruise on sun 24th. More of that and further details including maps of local facilities etc will be sent out a week before the event in a pack to those who have confirmed their attendance.

Keith Oakley