Tamesis Club

Tamesis Club becomes RYA Recognised Training Centre

On 15th April 2015, Tamesis Club became an RYA Recognised Training Centre, authorised to run training courses on eleven different subjects including Sailing, Power Boating, Safety Boat handling and First Aid. Principal is Alan Green, Rear Commodore (Sailing) supported by Chief Instructors Eric Finlayson (Sailing) and Falcon Compton (Power Boats). Announcements on course dates and prices will be made shortly, with the first course Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing – expected to start on Sunday afternoon 24th May, taking four consecutive Sunday afternoons.




Sunday 5th April

In response to falling numbers for the traditional Easter Sunday racing in previous years we have changed the format to have racing on Monday, which we hope will be a more convenient day for everyone. A full lunch service will be laid on for Monday.

In response to popular demand the clubhouse will also open on Sunday with at least ploughmans lunch available and a patrol boat will be on hand to back up informal sailing and lay practice marks if needed. We apologise for the late notice and will welcome comments on the new format. We look forward to seeing you at the club during the Easter Weekend.  

Alan Green, Rear Commodore (Sailing)

20th March 2015


The Club will be  open all day for a fun Open Regatta for all classes – 11.00 general handicap race, 14.00 pursuit race. RYA coach may be in attendance to give advice and tips on going faster – watch this space for details and Notice of Race. Advance notification of intent to enter will be appreciated – email to Alan Green oceanus.gm@gmail.com. Entry fee £5 per boat.

Please open the link below to view the Notice of Race


Dinghy training at Tamesis from early March


Dinghy training is coming to Tamesis Club this year starting in March, including RYA affiliated L1 and L2 courses!

As arranged by Rear Commodore Sailing, Alan Green, and run by Chief Instructor from Ariel Eric Finlaysone, the following courses will be taking place:


Assistant Instructor Course

For Tamesis members wishing to assist in RYA sailing training courses (as will be offered by Tamesis in 2015). Assistant Instructor is the first stage towards becoming a qualified Instructor, for which a season’s practical training work will be required after the Assistant Instructor course.
Dates: Sunday afternoons 08/15/22/29 March
Cost: no charge for instruction


RYA Level 1 Sailing Course

For members and in particular non-members who are interested in training to start sailing. This course begins just 2 weeks after the Tamesis/RYA “Push the Boat Out” Open Day when the club hopes to welcome members of the public new to sailing.
Dates: Sunday afternoons 24/31 May, 07/14 June
Cost: to be advised


RYA Level 2 Sailing Course

For members and in particular non-members who are interested in consolidating basic sailing skills taught at Level 1. This course is a natural follow-on from Level 1.
Dates: Sunday afternoons 28 June, 05/12/19 July
Cost: to be advised


For all the above courses, please apply by email to Eric, details in the poster (click to download).

For any further questions please contact Alan Green.

To download the poster click here.

Further training

It is the intention of the club to offer RYA courses in seamanship, spinnaker work, sailing racing, and powerboat handling. Announcements will be made on the web site and at the clubhouse.


Alan Green, Rear Commodore (Sailing). January 2015


Patrol Boat operation changes

A big thank-you to everyone who took part in our patrol boat training/practice sessions and to everyone who mans the patrol boats!


At its meeting on 8th December, the Management Committee decided to change the roles of our two patrol boats: from now on, the dory (Tamesis IV) will be the primary “safety” boat, and the launch (Tamesis III) will be used for mark laying.


The main reason for the change is to take advantage of the low freeboard of the dory to recover someone from the water. The dory is also faster, more manouverable, and her low freeboard makes it easier to handle the rigs of capsized boats.


The Patrol Boat Panel would like to take this opportunity to remind duty crew of the value of staying afloat with the racing boats, and of checking immediately with each capsized boat that they are ok to continue.


Alan Green


Chairman Patrol Boat Panel, 8th December 2014


Tamesis Club on Sunday 26th October won a close-fought series of six races sailed in Vintage Merlin Rockets (each boat more than 30 years old) by teams from Tamesis, Minima Yacht Club and Thames Sailing Club for the venerable Three Burgee Trophy, a fine framed montage of embroidered burgees surrounded by silver plaques from many years’ competition.  The racing, in variable, mainly SW winds averaging 6-8 knots took place in front of the Tamesis clubhouse where many supporters from the three clubs watched from the lawns and clubhouse as boats vied for position round the marks and finished often only a few seconds apart.

The three teams raced the tightly-packed back-to-back round robin series between 1400 and 1630.  The winning team comprised Ken Duffell and Matt Peregrine-Jones in Merlin 995, with John Adams and daughter Zoe in 1602, and Richard Mourant and Joe Woods in 1212, scoring wins in races 1, 4 and 5.

Second-placed was Thames SC with two wins in races 2 and 6, the team comprising Chris Martin and Pippa Mccosh in 3656, Gemma Hughes and Philippa Daniels in 3548, with Stephen Kettner and Nikki Erskine-Tulloch in 2805.  Third team was Minima YC who won race 3 with Ben Marshall and Soul Sheehan in 2529, Selshah and Alex Cane in 1872 and Paul Seamen and Eileen Barry in 1952.

RNLI benefit  During the day’s racing the Ladies from the Twickenham Branch of  RNLI came for their annual visit to the club making brisk sales of christmas cards and souvenirs: boats taking part in the Three Burgee Trophy each donated to the cause.

In welcoming the visiting teams to Tamesis, Commodore Stewart Colley said the club was delighted to be host to the event, which rotates in a three-year cycle between the three clubs.  All maintain an active Merlin Rocket fleet.  The Commodore thanked race officers Alan and Susan Green and Peter Konidaris, patrol boat crew Paul and Mrs Jamieson, Nicky Chavasse and her staff for their excellent catering and other Tamesis members for their support.



Tamesis v Thames 2nd race
Tamesis v Thames 2nd race
The winning team: Zoe Jeffra Adams, John Adams, Ken Duffell, Matt Peregrine Jones, Joe Woods, Richard Mourant and Commodore Stewart Colley
The winning team: Zoe Jeffra Adams, John Adams, Ken Duffell, Matt Peregrine Jones, Joe Woods, Richard Mourant and Commodore Stewart Colley