Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

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Last Week

Summer Camp.  This week saw our inaugural Summer Camp, arranged by Tim Medcalf and run by Ben Kimbell of the RYA, ably assisted by our own Ben Ramage and Alden Horwitz.  All the children (and instructors) had a lot of fun regardless of the occasional adverse weather and the Thursday sleepover on the River Thames Boat Project’s Thames Adventurer was a great success.  The running of the camp was greatly assisted by all the volunteers from Tamesis Club.

Barbara and Martin Adams did sterling working on the ‘early shift’ opening up the club each morning, ensuring a plentiful supply of fruity snacks, as well as providing breakfast on Friday. Sue Harris and Anne Bayne also played key roles in making sure that food was supplied and all ran smoothly.

George Barber, Paul Jamieson, Peter Mason, Chris Pollard, Rupert Fletcher, and Peter Johnson provided great back up by manning Tamesis III.

Finally, a big thank you to Carolyne Vines who had the unenviable task of being the ‘go to’ person for the week and being responsible for coming up with a new plan in case the original one didn’t work!

Very well done all concerned.  See the pictures and News item.

On Tuesday:  The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company came to Tamesis Club to perform their play ‘Ikarus’.  It was touch and go with the weather.  The performance started on time at 7.30 but 5 minutes in the rain started and a time-out was called.  However, the rain soon stopped and the play continued and was uninterrupted by further weather and greatly enjoyed to the end by an audience of about 150.  See the pictures and report in News

Thursday Evening, G.W. Smith Trophy Race 5

A very placid evening, when patience was required in no small measure.   John Adams’ report with the results appears in News.

Sunday   The road closures caused by the ‘Ride London’ cycle race meant that there was no racing, although Eric managed a training session for those who could get to the Club. However, there was a big wedding party in the evening.

This Week

Thursday Evening Sailing and Supper

G.W. Smith Trophy Race 6 (of 9) on Thursday.  Main fleet start at 7:15, N18s at 7:17. Supper afterwards –  To book supper please contact Nicky at nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

Sunday Racing, 10:30 Handicap race followed by Summer Series 14 Class races in the morning and Summer Series 15 after lunch.

Next Week

G.W. Smith Trophy Race 7 (of 9) on Thursday.

Sunday Racing, 10:30 Handicap race followed by Summer Series 14 Class races in the morning and Summer Series 15 after lunch.


New Prices

You will I am sure all be aware that the cost of food has risen substantially over the last couple of years and I hope you will understand that it has become increasingly difficult to attain our aim of breaking even on our catering costs.

We have therefore taken the difficult decision to make four small increases in the kitchen prices. Sandwiches will be £3, Jacket potatoes with filling and salad will be £6, Sunday lunch main will be £7.50 and Ploughmans will go up by 50p – all the new prices will be effective from 1st August.  Portions will continue to be as generous as they have been

RYA Fleet of RS Feva dinghies

The RYA South East Youth Training Fund (YTF) Fevas have now arrived at the Club and are being stored in the boatshed.  We can use the boats for club activities, as and when they are on-site and not booked out and pre-book the boats at the discounted rate for a maximum of 1 week in the summer holidays.  I hope that we will be able to make good use of these boats, particularly by the Cadets, as they are an entry level two man racing dinghy.

Maintenance of Club Boats

If you use one of the Club boats or one of the RYA Fevas and something breaks or does not work properly, please write it down in the defects book in the lobby by the telephone.  The Boat Fairy, aka the Boatswain, does not know where to apply the magic unless he knows what is wrong.  There are now a lot of Club boats and it is a huge task to open every boat cover and rig up the boat to see if everything is working properly.

We like the Club boats, particularly those used for training, to be in a good state of repair so please help us in this objective.

Chris Pollard