Edith May Blogs


50th Pin Mill Barge Match

The ‘Edith May’ left the Medway on Thursday 23rd June and headed to the Suffolk coastline for the Pin Mill Barge Match, who this year celebrated their 50th event.

To mark this milestone, the Pin Mill Sailing Club, who have organised the event since the 1960’s arranged for a parade of sail from Pin Mill to Ipswich Docks, where the ‘Edith May’ would have traded in years gone by. A prize was to be awarded to the best dressed barge and so the crew set-to with the paintbrush and got her old racing pennants out, making the barge look resplendent.



Open Day – Sunday 3rd July

The first weekend in July sees the barge return to Lower Halstow Dock and she will once again be open to the public. To follow the theme of summer, homemade scones will be served from 1030 with lashings of clotted cream and jam! At the end of the day, the barge will undertake a short […]



Topmast breaks!

Friday 13th May lived up to its reputation when, whilst sailing up river to Chatham in a light F2-4, the topmast made an unusual sound. As the crew looked up, nothing seemed to be amiss. However, about 15 seconds later, the mast quivered and shattered in the middle, sending the staysail over the side and […]



Medway Barge Match 2011 – Edith May wins!

The Edith May finally returned to racing after almost 20 years in the 103rd Medway Barge Match. Despite only 6 barges turning out, it was a hotly contested race.

There were two classes instead of the scheduled four, with the Bowsprits being Edme, Marjorie and Adieu and the Staysail’s being Orinoco, Repertor and Edith May.