The use of the club site for winter storage of members boats was agreed with the landlord Mr Mouland in 1990 and since then a steadily increasing number of members have taken advantage of this facility. After some severe weather in 1991 the clubs defences against the sea became compromised and the committee decided to embark on the largest project undertaken by the club both in financial terms and in the effort required by members in the construction of what club members know as the sea wall. It was decided to encompass the saltings with a barrier of telegraph poles covered with old tyres then filled with concrete , the enclosed area was then to be filled with rubble and then levelled. The majority of this work was completed in the first year and then finished off in the winter of 1992. This effectively increased the clubs area by about a third and provided the hard standing and car parking behind a sea wall that looks so impressive today. Over forty boats can now be accommodated for winter storage.
From about 1980 to the present day the clubs sailing members have participated keenly in friendly races including the annual Round the Island Race and the Red Sands Race. The Round The Island Race was originated by the people sailing from Church Farm and involves circumnavigating the Isle of Sheppey. This event started in the late 1970's and was eventually adopted by Lower Halstow Yacht Club in 1994. The Red Sands Race started in 1982 and is a more open sea event covering a course from Lower Halstow Creek out to the Red Sands Fort on to the Spaniard Buoy off of Whitstable and back.Various other events have been run including The Snowflake Race held on either New Years day or Boxing day each year and the Harty Ferry Race Rally. These events have always been well supported by members and would indicate a good future as an active Yacht Club.
Today the club continues to improve and develop gradually, the latest project being to install proper toilet and shower facilities in the Club Hut .There are still several founder members in the club although only Ray Govier has unbroken membership.
Since the above was written the club obtained a site office building, which has become known as the "new hut" which has provided much superior club accomodation including a kitchen, toilet and shower room as well as a sitting and meeting area. The old Porta cabin has remained as a "tea hut," but has seen better days and is scheduled to be removed in the Spring of 2017 to make way for a shipping container to provide an improved Bosun's store.
As previously mentioned, the club started providing winter storage ashore and all boats that couldn't be brought ashore on their own trailer were craned ashore by a hired crane. The increasing cost of hiring a crane became the driver for what has been the club's second very large project. It was decided to purchase a tractor and cradle to lift boats dried out on the slipway. The slipway was enlarged and gradually more and more boats were lifted using the cradle.
However, the original cradle could only be used for smaller boats that could be lifted dry. This resulted in the club still hiring a crane for the remaining boats. It was decided to purchase a larger cradle that could lift the larger boats and also be used wet. Now all boats can be lifted using the club's own equipment.
Updated Nov 2016