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Last Week 31st December 2019 to 6th January 2020
Sunday 5th January. The decision to cancel racing this week was based on the information that a large number (150 or so) of canoes would be racing through the reach whilst partaking in the annual Richmond Canoe Club K2 Marathon. In the event, the canoes came through in small groups, widely separated rather than the torrent we were led to expect. However, there was a good turnout at the Club to dismantle the splendid Christmas decorations, enjoy the view and lunch and regret the lack of sailing. Thanks to all those who came.
This Week January 7th to 13th
Thursday 9th January 2020, 7:30pm for 8pm start – We are delighted that Ros Warwick-Haller will be telling us about the reintroduction of the Jersey Red-Billed Chough, which was part of her MSc thesis research. This bird had been considered locally extinct on Jersey since 1929 until a project in 2012 began to restore Jersey’s Coastal biodiversity to its former glory. Ros spent six weeks at the Durrell Zoo and will tell us about her research, giving us an overview of the three core Jersey rewilding processes: captive breeding, soft-release and coastal restoration, covering successes, limitations and recommendations for the future. Come and find out all about it. It should be a very interesting evening. Sign up in the Clubhouse or email Nicky on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 12th January. The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 12 races will take place – conditions permitting. There is a Skiff Club event which has exclusive use of the river downstream of the RCC pontoon in the morning. However, in liaison with the organisers, who estimate that the event will probably finish at about 11:00, we will hope to run a short course for the 10:30 race and expand to a normal course for the main Series 12 races.
Ladies Night: Repeat information – This event had been rescheduled to Saturday 11th January but House Committee members asked for a later date to be set and we are looking at possible dates in the Spring. In the meantime, we would welcome comments from members on content they would like to see for the evening – do let us know please. This is a chance to have your say!! Email Nicky on email@example.com or give me a call.
Saturday 1st February. The Vice Commodore’s Dinner.
Saturday 23rd February. The Annual General Meeting.
A Long Way Ahead but for early consideration: – Following 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. See Tammy Matters of 10/12/19 for Tim’s resumé which will be republished at intervals.
If you would like to book a place or register serious interest, contact Tim. It is important that there are sufficient numbers to make the camps viable and to retain the options on the Instructors. Contact via the website – ‘Would like to learn how to sail’.
Notice For those who want to monitor the water level at Kingston, this can be seen at
https://riverlevels.uk/surrey-thames-at-kingston-backup#.XgjxF-vgp27 or at
For the moment, river flow appears to have subsided to a reasonable speed. Discussions amongst some members has been taking place to look at ways to convert the river flow information (cubic metres/second) at the Kingston station into surface water speed. If this gets refined we will have better information on which to make judgements.