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Last Week  3rd to 9th December

Thursday 5th December – Kaan gave an excellent presentation explaining the various software packages used by the Club, giving an oversight of the operation of the Website and Dutyman for Members.  He also showed how the Club might develop the use of such tools which could be of considerable relevance to the way in which the Club might be run in the future.

The recently set up Merlin WhatsApp Group was discussed and extending it to the whole Club was considered as a way for members to find crews or helms.  There was a view that there was a place for both fleet specific groups and a Clubwide crew finder group.  More will come out of this when we have had time to consider the possibilities fully.

Sunday 8th December – Matt P-J was the lone entrant for the 10:30 Handicap race testing the ferocity of the gusting South-westerly wind.  Five Merlins and three Lasers entered for the Winter Series 7 races.  Launching proved very difficult in the worsening conditions and one boat was capsized between the jetties by a particularly violent gust at the wrong moment.  Stewart Colley, as OOD, set a course up through the island, the transit of which was found to be subject to very difficult winds.  See News

This Week  10th to 16th December

Sunday 15th December. The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 8 races will take place.The Series events will also constitute the annual Christmas Pudding races.

The Club Christmas Lunch will be held.  This very popular event is limited to about 100 and is fully subscribed.

Next Week  17th to 23rd December

Sunday 22nd December. The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 9 races will take place.

Further Ahead

Thursday 26th December  The annual Boxing Day races will be held.

Sunday 29th December. The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 10 races will take place.


A Long Way Ahead but for early considerationFollowing last year’s very successful Summer Camp, Tim Medcalf has organised one for 2020 with the option of a second week if the demand is there.  The following is a resume of the position by Tim.

This summer, Tamesis Club ran a week-long camp for junior sailors aged eight to 15.  Given the event’s success, we are pleased to confirm that, subject to achieving the number of sign-ups required, we will stage not one but two summer camp weeks in 2020!

The format will stay pretty much the same as in 2019 with the camp running from 08.30 to 18.30 each day meaning that it is a true ‘drop off’ activity which proved popular with working parents and is a real point of difference compared to other local camps.  

We will again include an overnight stay on the River Thames Boat Project’s boat Discoverer which will be moored at Tamesis – this was a big hit and the charity is keen to repeat the experience which includes a workshop about the ecology of the Thames.

Sailing tuition and coaching will be provided by an RYA-qualified team led by Ben Kimbell who did a fantastic job this year.  Children taking part will be able to qualify either for their first RYA Stage certificate or the next one in the series if they have already done RYA training.

In a change to 2019, the Club will also open the summer camp to the children of non-members.  If you are interested and your children have friends that they would like to bring along they will be most welcome.

The first week will be the week commencing 3rd August 2020.  If we have the demand, we will arrange a second week to take place later in August, probably the week commencing 17th. 

To receive a pack which explains the camp in more detail or to have a chat, please contact Tim Medcalf on timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk or 07768 018972.

Places sold out quickly in 2019, so don’t delay!


Chris Pollard