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Last Week 10th to 16th September
Saturday 14th September. In glorious weather the A Raters arrived for the annual Yates Cup and Braganza Bowl races which were ably run by Andy Harris who steered them round the annual Little Ships convoy to Teddington Lock.
Sunday 15th September. The Tamesis Annual Regatta, ably run by Jon Redding, took place in equally glorious conditions. The A Raters continued the competition for the Braganza Bowl over an extended course while the Club Regatta course was all downstream of the island.
Many thanks to all those who helped to make the day a resounding social, as well as sailing, event. A full report by Carolyne and Tim is in News.
This Week17th to 23rd September
Saturday 21st September. We will be holding our Junior Regatta with Andrew Harris in charge of affairs again. He has requested that all juniors arrive before 1:45 to be able to set up in time for the racing.
Encouragement from our Sailing Secretary, Tim Medcalf, for our juniors to participate.
Hard on the heels of the Annual Regatta is the Club’s Junior Regatta on Saturday 21st 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.
Next Week. 24th to 30th September
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 flyer for these events is on the website.
These dates are also those for the South East Regional Junior Championships which will be held at Datchet Water (West of Heathrow) and juniors are encouraged to consider entering this event.
The weekend of 5th/6th October will also be busy. On Saturday the UK Inland Championships for N18s will be held. The N18s have been more active of late and it is hoped that this trend will continue at this event. It is also hoped that we may tempt some visitors to experience river sailing.
On Sunday, the Laser Barometer Open Meeting will be held. This event is usually well attended and it is hoped that this trend will also continue.
Ladies Night – Saturday 19th October is the occasion on which the Ladies of the Club are treated to a dinner and entertainment by the Gentlemen of the Club. Be sure to organise your tables and sign up for it.
Sunday 20th October – The Great Tea Race, a pursuit race for The Trafalgar Trophy, takes place. Details of the start times will be published later.
Penalty for touching a Mark of the Course
There has been a recent change to the Sailing Instructions, available on the website under Sailing/Smithy Online/Sailing, which changes the penalty to the RYA Standard at Open Meetings. This is currently of significance only to Race Officers at Open Meetings when briefing competitors.
This notice is a repeat of that in last week’s Tammy Matters.
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 month’s duties and do your best to assist where you see swap needed or a duty unallocated.
If you have difficulty logging into or using 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 would like to find out more about what is involved first, please get in touch with Paul or myself in the first instance.