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Last Week   27th January to 3rd February

Saturday 1st February.  The Vice Commodore’s Dinner.

The Vice Commodore, Carolyne, having set a cheerful tone with the provision of an excellent fizz, called the assembled company to order.  Following a very good dinner from Chef Ollie and his team, Alan Green, the current holder of the Uffa Spoon, presented an comprehensive picture of the year’s less planned occurrences, finishing with a detailed description of the circumstances which warranted Brian Harper-Lewis becoming the new holder of the Spoon.

This event was the last to be masterminded by Nicky Johnson as Rear Commodore (House) and was an excellent example of the attention to detail which she has applied to events during her tenure of this Office.  Thank-you Nicky.

Sunday 2nd February. The stream was more significant than it looked and the wind had ferocious gusts and nasty lulls.  There was a good entry for the 10:30 Handicap, mainly Lasers, and both Merlins and Lasers had strong fleets for the main races.See News for Report from Carolyne Vines and Tim Medcalf together with photos by Matt Dalton and Jonathan Key.

This Week  4th to 10th February

Saturday 8th February.  The First Aid course being run in the Clubhouse is fully subscribed.  If you are interested in future courses please contact Mal Warner on malcolmwarner1@blueyonder.co.uk.

Sunday 9th February.  The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 16 races will take place.

Next Week

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 16th February. The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 17 races will take place.

Also, Instructor Refresher Day. Details to be confirmed but no charge and all welcome .

Further Ahead

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

Please do your best to attend this meeting.  It is important for directing the running of the Club and the activities it engages in.  This year there are five Officers stepping down from their posts and whilst we have managed to find people to fill three of them, the Offices of Rear Commodore (Sailing) and Hon Treasurer are yet to be filled.  If there is any Member who feels they are qualified and would like to fill these Offices I will be pleased if they would get in touch with me.

Thursday 5th March – Club Supper and Talk


Nicholas Bayne, brother-in-law of Anne, will be giving a talk on Thursday 5th March.  It will be about the exploration of the North West passage in the 19th century by John and James Ross, (remote Uncles of Christopher and Nicholas) and John Franklin ‘Erebus’ and ‘Terror’, recently discovered.  This promises to be an enlightening insight into why Ross survived when Franklin died.  It will also touch on the contact between Arctic Explorers and the Inuit.

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 two Camps, the first starting on 3rd August 2020 with a second week starting on 17th August.

There has been strong demand for the two Summer Camps and, subject to receiving all confirming payments, there is only one place left which is during the week beginning 3rd August.  A waiting list has been created so please contact Tim on timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to be added to this list.

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 is a banner headline below the scrolling images at the top of the Tamesis Website Home Page which has a direct link to Tim.


Change of Tamesis Sailing Instruction 14.1  – Touching a Mark

As from 1st February the Tamesis Sailing Instructions were 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.

This change to the Sailing Instructions is now in force.

River Conditions

River level has been relatively stable and within the normal range in recent days.  However, the flow, which had been reducing steadily, is now building up again and will need to be watched.

For those who want to monitor the river conditions at Kingston, this can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249      or at

Chris Pollard.