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Last Week  25th to 31st May

Rita Dunkley’s funeral and wake was attended by the maximum number of people permitted.  She was given a proper Tamesis send-off.

The Thursday evening Saga Trophy race was held in extremely fluky conditions with a light, supposedly, south-westerly wind and a significant stream, making mark roundings a  tricky business.  4 Lasers, 3 Merlins and 3 N18s took up the challenge.  At this stage, Matt P-J is still leading the field but with  Tim Medcalf and Ken Duffell challenging hard.  4 more races to go!  John Adams report on the Saga races to date is imminent.

My thanks to Matt P-J with Adrian Warwick Haller for running the race and to Mark Gardener and George Barber for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris again oversaw Junior Sailing from his paddleboard.  A big fleet was out with Laser 2ks mixing it with the Lasers, Toppers and Optimists; the junior sailors all seemed to enjoy their afternoon and celebrated the warmer weather with a traditional jetty jump-off competition.

On the Bank Holiday Sunday, the Summer Series was contested in a light and fickle easterly wind, with occasional gusts.  7 Lasers, 3 N18s and 9 Merlins competed.  The Lasers race was won by Ros Warwick-Haller with Kaan Yargici in second place and Henry Medcalf, in his first Laser race, third.  There was a tight finish in the N18 race with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, just ahead of Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, with Mal Warner and Garrie Mallen third.  The Merlins race was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Maddie Harris, with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second and David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, third.  There was a catch-up prize-giving for the Winter Series 2019/20 which was conducted on the lawns in glorious conditions.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Berry Richie and Sue Harris for running the races and to Mark Gardner and Jonathan Key for manning the Patrol Boat.

Thank you also to Nicky Johnson for running the Veranda Bar.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy Series will continue on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  This 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.

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.  In the meantime we are able to run Barbeques.


Debora and Andrew Horwitz are planning to run the barbeque on Sundays, June 6th, 13th and 20th and also on Thursday evenings, June 10th, 17th and 24th.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing the Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the BBQ and possibly to order ahead of events.

Masthead Buoyancy

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.

Centenary Cup

The Centenary Cup race is scheduled to take place on 13th June in the afternoon with the first Class start at 2:15. This is because the Canoe Club has a river closure for its event which will run until lunchtime.

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 – £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 OOD and Patrol Boat duties are required for dates in early July.  If you can assist by volunteering, please contact Jim Green 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 operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect pre-ordered drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  We are also looking to provide limited catering from now on provided that the regulations do not change for the worse.

We are not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these rules.  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

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