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Last Week   8th to 14th October

The first races of the Winter Series were held in blustery conditions which looked rather exciting – rather too exciting at times.  Several looked like they were at the limit of control in places.

This Week   15th to 21st October

Sunday 20th October –     The Trafalgar Trophy.  Run on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, 21st October.  A handicap pursuit race in which the slowest Class starts first.  The first start, for Mirrors, will be at 11:00 and the last, for N18 Ultras, will be 11:29.  The start times for each Class will be publicised in the Clubhouse and at the Smithy.  The finish will be ‘on the water’ at 12:30.  The Prize, a copy of a painting in the Queen’s collection presented to the Club by the Dunkleys, will be awarded immediately after the race.

There will be no 10:30 handicap race.

We need a volunteer to be OOD for this event.  The person originally scheduled to do this duty, is unable to run this event.  If you are willing to help with this please sign up for it on Dutyman.

Next Week.  22nd to 28th October

Sunday 27th October

There will be no 10:30 handicap race.

The Royal Outrigger Canoe Club – Hampton Court Challenge. This outrigger canoe race on October 27th has a half-river closure on our side of the river from 10:00 to 14:30 and their first race start was scheduled for 10:30.  We have negotiated with the organiser to achieve minimum mutual interference and have decided that if we cancel our 10:30 race and the canoes start at 10:45, we will be able to complete our main race start sequence before the fastest canoes return from Hampton Court.  By the time the returning canoes need to use the closed channel, on our side of the river, they are likely to be spread out and not bunched.  I will ask the OOD to brief our racers to expect racing canoes, which will be on the ‘wrong side’ of the river as they pass Tamesis, between about 11:30 and 12:00, and to afford them priority.  They will need this priority as the main river traffic will be constricted to the Surrey half of the river.  They are also doing a second race from 13:00 to 14:00 which will be of concern to the Training programme and any casual sailors.

This is also RNLI day when we race for RNLI burgees.  It is important that we support this charity which is so relevant to us. Competitors in the main races are asked to donate £5 to the RNLI.  The racing flags will be presented to the winner of each Class race.  Races will start at the normal time but we will not be holding a 10:30 handicap race (see above).  Additionally, the RNLI will be setting up their stall in the Clubhouse, selling their Christmas Cards and other goodies – a great way to start the Christmas shopping!

Further Ahead

Sunday 3rd November – The Trowlock Trophy – A pursuit race which is an Open event – £5 Entry fee.  Start times to be published later.

Thursday 7th November – The first of this season’s Club Suppers with Talks, it is hoped, details of which will be posted nearer the time.

Saturday 23rd November – The Autumn Dinner and Prize Giving will be held.  This is a major event in the Club’s social calendar and all are encouraged to come along, especially those who have won prizes.

A Reminder 

For those who knew her, the Memorial Service for Margaret Tholstrup is on Friday 25th October.  John would be very pleased to see you at the Memorial Service for Margaret at St Margaret’s Church, Putney, at 1:30pm, followed by a Reception at the Roehampton Club on Roehampton Lane.


Zoë’s half marathon in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society is done.  Her legs and feet are hurting but she finished half a minute ahead of her target time.  If you would like to support her you can still donate for another week using the link : https://www.justgiving.com/Zoe-Adams9 to help with research into possible treatments for this dreadful disease.


Tim Medcalf has been campaigning the Merlin Samanda up and down the Thames and has won  the rather impressive Merlin Rocket Thames Series trophy.  He was also placed second in the DeMay Series and his boat, Samanda, won the Draycote Bowl for most original boat , thus rewarded his many hours in the shed restoring her.  A full report of his experiences will follow.

Management of the Club

As with many Member’s Clubs, Tamesis relies on willing volunteers from amongst the membership to fulfil the various management roles which are essential to the running of the Club and making Membership the enjoyable experience which we all would like it to be.  We are coming up to that time of year when we need nominations for a number of the Management Officers and we are looking for people who would be prepared to participate in the running of the Club.

The only qualifications which are required are what you can bring to the Club in terms of your own life experience.  Long term membership of the Club, though valuable, is not essential, in fact, a fresh approach can have great benefits, as we have seen this year with the introduction of a Summer Camp, the start of Paddleboarding at the Club and the hosting of the RYA Feva’s.

If you would like to know more about this, please get in touch with me.  My contact details are on the back of the Club Sailing Programme.

Chris Pollard