Edith May Blogs


Rochester Sweeps 2014 – 3rd-5th May

The Edith May returns to Rochester Pier for a weekend of live music, real ale and homemade cake (which undoubtedly make a fantastic mix). She’ll be heading under Rochester Bridge on Friday afternoon, before opening up 10-5 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Real ale from the Dockyard’s Nelson Brewery will be available to purchase on […]



The Rats Bay Shindig! 5th/6th April, @Sun Pier

The Rats Bay Shindig, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th April 2014 A new family friendly extravaganza is taking place on the first weekend of the Easter Holidays. On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April the area surrounding Sun Pier in Chatham will come alive with a large celebration of arts and culture. Between 11am and […]



Westmoreland In Need!

The Westmoreland project has had its ups and downs over the past couple of years but there have been two bits of good news in January. First, the Parish Council unanimously got behind the restoration and voted to allow her to return to her trading berth. With this news, the lottery grant now proceeds apace! […]



Edith May Valentine’s in national magazine!

The exclusive Valentine’s night aboard Edith May has been listed as one of the top 10 things to do on Valentine’s day in Coast magazine. The barge is listed in company with flying to Scilly for the day, stargazing on Exmoor and a luxury spa weekend in Cornwall. In the same issue is an article […]



Most Romantic Valentine’s in Kent Friday 14th/Sat 15th

Returning for two nights this year (Friday 14th and Saturday 15th), this premier event sees the barge turned into an exclusive fine dining restaurant for the most romantic night of the year. Enjoy a delicious three course meal prepared by former Westminster chef, Anthony Friend and be caught in the romance whilst Tessa Billington beautifully […]



Film screening of 2013 Medway Barge Match – Dec 7th

The premiere of the 2013 Medway Barge Sailing Match will be held at Sun Pier House, Chatham, on Saturday 7th December. The film, created by local film making group Cinovice, encompasses some great footage of the competitors, shot from four cameras, including on board footage from Adieu and Orinoco. Whilst the weather was not particularly […]



50th Southend Barge Match

The first Southend barge match in 1964 had 10 barges (one of which was Edith May) and suitably, the same number turned out for the 50th. Edith May headed over in the early hours of Sunday morning looking to make amends for last year’s poor show where she clouted one of the marks and ultimately […]



Colne Barge Match – 14/09/13

Edith May headed to the Colne knowing that only a miracle would see her retain the Championship over Niagara, who was 7 points ahead. However, last year’s shock result (2012 Colne Match) meant that a glimmer of hope remained. Friday’s sail over proved to be one of the most miserable of the year – pouring […]



41st Swale Barge Match, 3rd August 2013

Following a dire effort a few weeks before at the Thames Match, Edith May headed to the Swale hoping for a much improved performance. Also sailing around to the Swale on Friday was Cambria and Niagara, with Ian Ruffles, skipper of the former, accepting Edith May’s challenge of a race round to Harty Ferry. Unfortunately, […]



150th Anniversary Thames Match, 13/07/13

A glorious summer day presented challenging conditions for the historic 150th Anniversary Thames Barge Match. It was approximately 109500 tides ago, in 1863, that Henry Dodd first set up a formal barge race, with the intention of improving the rigs and performance of the humble Thames sailing barge. Those that compete in todays races are […]