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Last Week.   2nd  to 8th September

The Cadet sessions started again on Saturday where lots of fun was had.  See pictures in the News item below.

Racing continued as usual on Sunday, 5 Toppers out this week, plus a good turnout in the other classes. More pictures in the News below.

This Week   9th  to 16th September

Saturday 14th September. The A Raters arrive for the annual Yates Cup and Braganza Bowl races taking place in the afternoon.

Sunday 15th September. The Tamesis Annual Regatta  will take place and the A Raters will continue the competition for the Braganza Bowl.

There will be no 1030 handicap race. Instead there will be three races for all classes – please see the programme in the Poster below.

The Raters are a spectacular sight, and we are arranging it so that the other classes are not racing at the same time.

The Merlin class set up a Whatsapp group some time ago, to connect helms and crews and vice versa.

If you’d like to join the Merlin group please do so on this link from your mobile phones;

Our Sailing Secretary, Tim Medcalf says:

‘The Tamesis Club Annual Regatta is a great opportunity for Club members and visitors to enjoy a day of racing together.  There will be entrants of all standards which means that even if you are relatively new to racing, this is a chance to have a go – there will be competition throughout the fleets so just taking part should be a lot of fun.  The Club has seen a number of new racers in all fleets taking to the water in 2019 and we look forward to welcoming you, along with our established crews, to the start line on the 15th.’

The race programme for the weekend’s activities can be found on the website.

Kingston Rowing Club has arranged a small impromptu Memorial Regatta on Sunday 15th, for a young girl who died whilst out on the water.  To allow them to run the limited set of races between Kingston Bridge and their Clubhouse we have agreed to keep the first races for Club classes downstream of Stevens Ait.  In turn they have agreed that boats returning to their landing stage will keep upstream of the Ait.  Subsequent races of our Regatta will go upstream of Stevens Ait if conditions are favourable for that.

Next Week   17th  to 24th September

Saturday 21st September.   We will be holding our Junior Regatta.

More from our Sailing Secretary, Tim Medcalf

‘Hard on the heels of the Annual Regatta is the Club’s Junior Regatta on Saturday 21 September.  This event is open to all juniors and is likely to consist of four short (approximately 30 minute) races with the first one starting at 14.30 – arrive earlier to rig boats and get ready.  The racing will be followed by tea and a prize giving.  This promises to be an enjoyable, low pressure afternoon and we hope that juniors who have been involved with training, Saturday cadet sessions, the summer camp, or simply sailing at the Club will join in.’

On Sunday 22nd the final races of the Summer Series (20) will be run.

Further Ahead

The weekend of 28th/29th September will see us host two open meetings for Merlins – The Porteous Cup and Southcott Cup for Vintage Merlins on Saturday 28th September and the Sondown Cup and Elizabeth Bowl on Sunday 29th.

The weekend of 5th/6th October will also be busy with the UK Inland Championships for N18s on Saturday and the Laser Barometer on Sunday

Ladies Night – Saturday 19th October is the occasion on which the Ladies of the Club are treated to a dinner and entertainment by the men of the Club.  Be sure to organise your tables and sign up for it.

Sunday 20th October – The Trafalgar Trophy pursuit race.  Details of the start times will be published later.


This notice is to reinforce the recent round-robin e-mail which has been sent out.

Unfortunately we have a number of duties for upcoming events where swaps are needed or where no member is currently allocated.

This is an urgent appeal to all members. Can we urge you to log into Dutyman, have a look through the upcoming months duties and do your best to assist where you see swap needed or a duty unallocated.

Thankfully, a number of the slots have been filled, but there are still some empty ones.

If you have difficulty logging into Dutyman please ask for help.

We depend crucially on race management teams being fully resourced to continue our race programme.  If you are new to the Club and/or willing to help make up the teams to run the races but don’t know what to do, talk to the Race Officer at a slack moment and observe what has to be done, with a view to assisting the teams at a later date.

Additionally, if there is any Member with reasonable IT skills and an inclination to assist with the smooth running of the Club, Paul Jamieson, who has been servicing the Dutyman system since its introduction, would appreciate it if someone were to volunteer to take over the running of the system.  If you feel you might be able to help but need to find out more about what is involved, please get in touch with Paul.



Chris Pollard