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Rita Dunkley

Sadly I have to record the death of Rita Dunkley.  Many of us will remember Rita who, together with her late husband John, was very much a part of Tamesis Club.  The funeral will take place at Mortlake Crematorium on Thursday 27th May at 12 noon.  Her daughter, Julia, has invited anyone who would like to come to Tamesis at about 1:15 pm for tea, sandwiches and cakes.

Last Week  11th to17th May

The Thursday evening race for the Saga Trophy was held in reasonable South-easterly wind. This gave fairly good racing although there were the usual shifts and dead patches.  At this early stage, Matt P-J is leading the field but with Ken Duffell, Tim Medcalf and Chris Taggart snapping at his heels.  6 more races to go!

My thanks to Anne Bayne and Sue Harris for running the race and to Charles Tugendhat and Johannes Wagner for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to John Adams for running the Veranda Bar after racing.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris again oversaw Junior Sailing.  Undaunted by the light winds and occasional showers, the junior sailors all seemed to enjoy their afternoon.  See the News article by Carolyne Vines.

On Sunday, the Summer Series continued, again attracting reasonable sized fleets in the Laser and Merlin Classes.  A single N18 turned out.  The wind was a moderate South-westerly but with occasional gusts.  7 Lasers started and Stewart Colley was the winner with Marcus Chavasse in second place and Chris Taggart third.  Chris Pollard, crewed by Alastair Banks, sailed the course in the N18.  10 Merlins started and, this week, it was Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, who won with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, second and Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines for running the races and to Jim Green and Philippe Pierrot  for manning the Patrol Boat.

The Veranda Bar was in operation again and my thanks to Nicky Johnson for running it this week.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy races will continue on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  It consists of 8 races with 5 to qualify and will be contested throughout May and June.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  There may be a break during the mid-summer period, of which Andrew will give participants due notice, depending on how the various stages of lockdown are released and summer holidays are allowed.

The Summer Points Series will continue, using our previously established pandemic format.  This will mean that Lasers will launch first from about 10:10 for a start at 10:30.  They will remain on the water until after the Merlin start at 11:30.  The second wave to launch, from about 10:45 for a start at 11:00, will be Toppers, N18s and any boats intending to race in the Handicap Class.  The Merlins will launch from about 11:10 for their start at 11:30.  We have to wait and see how the emergence from Lockdown progresses to decide when we can revert to our normal Start sequence.

Centenary Cup

Although it is some way in the future, the Centenary Cup race which is scheduled to take place on 13th June will be in the afternoon. This is because the Canoe Club has a river closure for its event which will run up to lunchtime.  Details for the Centenary Cup will be published nearer the time.

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely relaxed we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy for all sessions and boats racing without masthead buoyancy will be disqualified for that race.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.

A Warning

Two (at least) Members have been cautioned for driving past St John the Baptist Junior School on the Lower Teddington Road during school entry and exit times.  A warning has already been put out on the Club Sailing WhatsApp.  I quote from the Borough website:

A School Street has been in operation since 12 October 2020 along Lower Teddington Road from junction with Seymour Road to the southern junction with Broom Park. Following feedback, the extent of this School Street is being amended in a northerly direction up to the junction with Normansfield Avenue from 16 November 2020.

When: The hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday 8.15 to 9.00am and 2.45 to 3.30pm, term time only.

Method: Retractable barriers and volunteer management at closure to begin and the possibility of shared ANPR cameras recommended as a permanent solution in future.

The fine for entering the School Street during prohibited times is £130, or £65 if you pay within 2 weeks.

Anyone wishing to go to the Club and coming from the direction of Kingston Bridge during the times of restriction should use Normansfield Avenue.

Race Management

Volunteers for Patrol Boat duties are required for the Sundays 20th and 27th June.  If you can assist by volunteering for Launch Driver or Crew, please contact Jim by e-mail at jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.

Duties for July and onward will be allocated and appear in the Dutyman lists.  It will be the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute for any duty which they are not able to do on an allocated day.  The Club racing is entirely dependent on having Race Management teams to run events.

If you would be prepared to assist with Race Management but are unfamiliar with what has to be done, please contact Jim if you would be willing to shadow Members performing the various tasks, with a view to being able to do these tasks in the future.

The Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Please remember to check into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft.

The Changing Rooms are now open but with a limit of four persons in each at any one time.  There is sanitising spray available which must be used to clean down the benches before and after use.  The Veranda Bar is working again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect pre-ordered drinks which must only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  We are not proving to be very good at following these rules and, until they are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with them.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is getting busier again the car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  Please could everybody put their car park tickets in view so that we can resolve blockages as quickly as possible.

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

We are also looking for volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running the Veranda Bar and, later, with catering.  If you can help with this please contact any Member of the Management Committee.


Boat Licences

As none of us has been able to use our craft for some time, I should remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website
‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might want to check your insurance too.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1st January 2021

World Sailing has recently published changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).  If you would like to learn more, Chris Simon from the RYA gave the following talk which provides a very clear explanation.  This video runs just over 1 hour and can be viewed at  2021 racing rules explained by Chris Simon. Int judge & umpire. Member of RYA Racing Rules Committee.


Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has a new Zoom Pilates time-table.   (The offer for 4 £10.00 classes at £35.00 remains).

Monday            10:30       60 mins     General           £10
Tuesday            8:00        45 mins     Level 2            £10
Wednesday       10:00       35 mins     General           £5
Friday               10:00       35 mins     Gentle & fun   £5
Saturday           10:00       60 mins     General           £10

If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard