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Last Week  14th to 20th January

Sunday 19th January.  The stream was ferocious and the flags were hanging straight down.  At about 11:00 OOD David P-J raised the Abandon flag and most of those present repaired to the Clubhouse.

This Week  21st to 27th January

Sunday 26th January. The stream and wind permitting, the 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 14 races will take place.

Next Week  27th January to 3rd February

Saturday 1st February.  The Vice Commodore’s Dinner. 7:30 for 8 pm.
See the poster for this event on the website.  Sign up for this major annual event in the Clubhouse or email Nicky on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.  The purpose of the evening is to have a great time and for the current holder of the Uffa Spoon to present it to the person or persons who have committed the silliest gaff in the last year.

Menu for the Vice Commodore’s Dinner:
Sharing Board
Selection of Cured Meats, Duck Liver Pate, Celeriac Remoulade, Watercress, Pickles and Local Bread
Oven Baked Fillet of Salmon, Wilted Spinach, Green Beans, Peas & New Potatoes
Lemon & Dill Beurre Blanc, Mustard Frills
Bramley Apple
Stewed Apples with Cinnamon & Cranberries, Hazelnut Granola, Pouring Cream
Cheese Board
Comte 18 Month, Camembert, Saint Agur Blue
Caramelised Red Onion Chutney, Grapes, Crackers & Local Bread

Sunday 2nd February. The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 15 races will take place.

Further Ahead

Saturday 8th February.  There is a First Aid course being run in the Clubhouse and there are still some places left.  If you are interested please contact Mal Warner on malcolmwarner1@blueyonder.co.uk.

Thursday 13th February – Club Supper and Talk
We are very pleased that the postponed talk by Suzette Edmondson will now take place on Thursday 13th February.   Please note that this is the second Thursday in February.

Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson is an Associate Director at Mace working on the iconic Battersea Power Station project as lead for project controls, covering risk, change, cost, reporting and information management for the £1.7bn development.  She will be talking about the Power Station’s development journey, its current progress, the project’s challenges and how the team is employing both traditional and modern methodologies to address these challenges. She will share the Owners’ vision for the development and how it will contribute to the wider Nine Elms regeneration.

This is a great opportunity to hear about this huge development.  Sign up in the Clubhouse or email Nicky on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com. As usual there will be a two course supper for £10 per person, time 7:30pm for 8pm sit down.

Sunday 23rd February.  The Annual General Meeting to be held in the Clubhouse at 2pm.

A Long Way Ahead but for early consideration: – Tamesis Summer Camps

Following last year’s very successful week long Summer Camp, Tim Medcalf has organised one starting 3rd August 2020 with a second week starting on 17th August .  Details are as follows.

Last summer, Tamesis Club ran a successful week-long camp for junior sailors aged 8 to 15.  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 be very similar to that of 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 last 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 with the 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.

There has been a lot of interest in this year’s two summer camps with many of last year’s participants signing up as well as some new faces.  Only two places are still available on the camp scheduled for the week of 3rd August and a few more for the week of 17th August.  If you are interested, please act now to book before the camps are full! Don’t delay!

There is a banner headline below the scrolling photos at the top of the Tamesis Website Home Page which has a direct link to Tim or you can contact him directly at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk or call 07768 018972.


Change of Tamesis Sailing Instruction 14.1  – Touching a Mark

As from 1st February the Tamesis Sailing Instructions will be amended to make the penalty for an infringement of RRS 31 (touching a mark of the course) to be in accordance with RRS 44 and will be to perform one turn clear of all other boats.

Stand-Up Paddleboards  (SUPs)

The Club is in the process of introducing facilities to enable members to keep and use SUPs at the Club.  We will keep you up-to-date with the progress of this development.

Bank Holiday races

In recent times the attendance at Bank Holiday Pursuit Handicap races has been small and it has been considered that it has not been sufficient to justify the time of the rostered Box and Patrol Boat crews.  It has, therefore, been decided that these events will no longer be programmed.

For those who want to monitor the water level at Kingston, this can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249      or at
River flow has been up all this week and has been at a sustained high rate since Wednesday.

Chris Pollard.