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Last Week 17th to 23rd September
Saturday 21st September. The Junior Regatta took place in excellent conditions with a good breeze and glorious sunshine. See the full report by Tim Medcalf in News.
Sunday 22nd September saw the final races of the Summer Series (20) run in rather less glorious weather. There was a reasonable turn-out of both Merlins and Lasers with single N18, Firefly and Topper entries. With a decent Southerly wind OOD John Adams set a long course down towards Lensbury. The wind, however became increasingly shifty and ultimately the heavens opened. See the photos in News.
This Week 24th to 30th September
On Saturday 28th September we will host the Porteous Cup and Southcott Cup for Vintage Merlins.
On Sunday 29th September we will host the Merlin Open meeting for the Sondown Cup and Elizabeth Bowl .
The flyer for both these events is on the website.
The South East Regional Junior Championships will be held at Datchet Water (West of Heathrow) this weekend and juniors are encouraged to consider entering this event.
Next Week. 1st to 7th October
On Saturday 5th October the UK Inland Championships for N18s will be held. N18s helms should sign up to this as soon as possible. It is hoped that we may tempt some visitors to experience river sailing.
On Sunday 6th October, the Laser Barometer Open Meeting will be held. This event is usually well attended and it is hoped that this trend will 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.
Sunday 27th October – Is RNLI day when we race for RNLI burgees. It is important that we support this charity which is so relevant to us.
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 to Race Officers at Open Meetings and is to remind them that, when briefing competitors, they should highlight, particularly for the benefit of Tamesis competitors, that the penalty for touching a mark is to do one 360° turn clear of other competitors.
The adoption of this penalty for Club racing is currently under review and the outcome will be disseminated when it is decided.
If you have difficulty logging into Dutyman please ask for help.
If you can log in but are uncertain of how to do things in Dutyman there is extensive help available by clicking on the aptly named ‘Help’ tag above the list of duty allocations.
Yet again I appeal for any Member with reasonable IT skills and an inclination to assist with the smooth running of the Club to volunteer to take over the running of Dutyman. Paul Jamieson, who has been servicing the system since its introduction, would appreciate it if someone were to relieve him of this work as he also has a lot to do as the Club Boatswain.
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.
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.