Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

Sunday’s racing was conducted in a blustery wind, mainly from an easterly direction, which resulted in some exciting racing.  In addition to the normal Class races, there was the National 18 Spring Challenge which brought out 8 boats, four of the new Ultras and the unique Woodstock, visiting from afar. See the full report on the website.

This last Saturday was the Merlin Party, splendidly arranged by Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts, which was well attended. Also reported fully on the website.

In 10 day’s time, on Saturday 13th April, there is another of the Club’s great annual events – The Laser Quiz and supper.  Everyone is welcome, not just Laser sailors, and it’s always mind expanding and great fun to boot.   The cost of the quiz and supper is £15pp, so gather your teams together and sign up either in the Clubhouse or email nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.

This coming Thursday,  4th April, sees our last Club Supper and Talk of the season.  This month the Thames River Boat Project Team, now established in the Club Office, will tell us about what it does, its history and the future plans of this 30 year-old charity. Sign up in the Clubhouse, or email nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.  There will be a two course supper as usual at £10pp and don’t forget to make sure any dietary requirements are advised.

Sunday 7 April sees the start of the Summer racing series and a couple of great events aimed at encouraging Cadets, novices or other first time racers to have a go.

The club will be running a weekly Topper race which will start at 11.10.  The Club Toppers not required for training will be available to borrow, so arrive about 45 minutes before the start so you can rig, register and get on the water in plenty of time.  If you fancy a warm-up then join the handicap race which start at 10.30.  Please contact Tim Medcalf on timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to take part or have any questions.

Also next Sunday, at 14.00, after lunch, we will be hosting a presentation in the clubhouse by the RYA’s Chris Simon on the basics of the sailing rules of the road and also the ones that most commonly apply in a race situation.  The presentation will be aimed at novice racers but may also be useful for more experienced sailors who want to refresh their knowledge.  Chris’s presentation will be very interactive with plenty of opportunities for questions.

Looking further, to Saturday 13th April, we are hosting the Topper Open at Tamesis.   We are hoping that as many as possible of our own Topper sailors are able to participate.

The OOD/Box training course running on Saturday 6 April is now fully booked but there will be another OOD/Box training course on Saturday 27 April from 10 to 12.  If you’d like to attend please EMail jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.

This year’s programme has been produced and the personal copy for each regular attender at the Club has been placed in your pigeon hole at the Club for collection.

As promised, we can announce that Peter Simpson’s funeral will be at Mortlake Crematorium on Tuesday 9th April at 2.40 pm, followed by refreshments at Tamesis. All members would be most welcome. If possible, to help with catering arrangements, please could you email jenniferm.adams@btopenworld.com if you plan to attend.