Tamesis elects first lady Commodore

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Tamesis Club elected the first lady Commodore in its 130 year history when Carolyne Vines, Vice Commodore for the past three years, was appointed to succeed Stewart Colley at the annual general meeting on Sunday 28 February 2016.

The 65 members at the meeting also voted for a new group of flag officers to replace those who held office in 2015. Former Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green is the new Vice Commodore, John Adams, Rear Commodore House, is replaced by Nicky Johnson, and former Harbour Master Chris Pollard becomes Rear Commodore Sailing.

Stewart Colley becomes Sailing Secretary in place of Brian Timbrell. Peter Johnson and Howard Thatcher are the new Harbour Masters. Rupert Fletcher continues as Secretary, as does Graeme Lythe as Treasurer.

In his annual report the Treasurer said income was up and donations and receipts from the hire of the clubhouse were significantly higher. However, combined bar and catering income was well down due to a catering loss of some £3,000 against a break-even in 2014. Expenses in total were down, reflecting lower repair costs.

Stewart Colley said Tamesis had become a recognised RYA training centre with the amalgamation of Ariel SC, whose members were now making a major contribution to the running of the Club.

There was a lengthy debate on the Club’s status as a Community Aided Sports Club after Carolyne Vines warned that the tax authorities were now revising their views on CASC status, originally negotiated for Tamesis by former Commodore Peter Mason, and that it might now be appropriate to withdraw. It was decided to ask the Management Committee to review the matter and decide what would be in the Club’s best interests.

Stewart Colley reported that current membership was just under 300 and that major efforts were being made to increase this number through open sailing events and through the work of the Development Committee, whose chairman, Kaan Yargici, also gave a report.

Carolyne Vines thanked Stewart for all the work he had done for the Club. John Adams for taking on the demanding job of Rear Commodore House after serving as both Commodore and Rear Commodore Sailing, and all those officers and members who had given Stewart their support during the past three years.