Tamesis Club

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Apologies for this edition being late.  This was due to a glitch on the website which prevented editing and my thanks to Kaan for addressing the problem so quickly.

Last Week  1st to 7th June

The Thursday evening Saga Trophy race was again held in light variable (between NW and SW) winds with a bit of stream.  5 Lasers, 4 Merlins, 3 N18s , a Firefly and a Topper challenged the conditions.  Following this race the positions in the series have altered, Tim Medcalf is leading the field with Ken Duffell challenging hard and Matt P-J now in third place.  3 more races to go and 4 of the 8 races count towards the Trophy!  See John Adams report on the Saga races to date.

My thanks to Stewart Colley with Sally Warwick Haller for running the race and to George and Matt Barber for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris oversaw Junior Sailing on a wonderful afternoon with light winds.  A big fleet was out with Laser 2ks, Lasers, Toppers and Optimists; the junior sailors all enjoying themselves.  Following the Junior sailing the increasingly popular Saturday social sailing group took to the water.

On Sunday, the Summer Series was contested in a light and fickle south-westerly wind.  So light and fickle, in fact, that a pair of swimmers outpaced the entire racing fleet.  9 Lasers, 3 N18s and 8 Merlins competed.  The Lasers race was won by Brendan Hills with Ros Warwick-Haller in second place and Stewart Colley third.  The N18 race was won by Chris Pollard crewed by Alastair Banks with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough in second place ahead of Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, third.  The Merlins race was won by Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, with Peter and Richard Mason second and Tim Medcalf, crewed by Flora Laidlow, third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Marcus and Nicky Chavasse for running the races and to Martin Thomas and Graham King for manning the Patrol Boat.

A big thank you to Team Horwitz, Andrew, Debora and Alden, for putting on a splendid and well patronised barbeque, which clearly was greatly appreciated.  Thank you also to Nicky Johnson and Jake, a welcome new face at the Club, for running the Veranda Bar.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy Series will continue on Thursday evening, 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.

Centenary Cup

This coming Sunday, 13th June, there will be no sailing in the morning as the Royal Canoe Club has a competition and they have a river closure until 2 pm.  Tamesis sailors will, however, be able to compete for the Centenary Cup in the afternoon.  This is a pursuit race and the first starts will be at 2:15 pm.  There will be a separate Junior Trophy and Junior sailors are encouraged to take part in a shorter race than the main one.  Since this race has had to be postponed to the afternoon, the planned lunchtime Barbeque will not take place.

The Summer Points Series will continue next week (20th June), 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 outdoor Barbeque on Sunday, June 20th. Also on Thursday evenings, June 10th, 17th and 24th, they will be preparing a simple menu.  This will be served at the Bar and Members will have to eat whilst seated outside whilst the current restrictions are in force.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the BBQ and possibly to order ahead of events.

This Thursday evening (10th), after racing, the menu will be a vegetarian chilli with rice followed by a mascarpone and lime torte. The cost will be £10. The food will be served in a box like the bbq and it will need to be consumed outside so please factor that in when making your decision. If you can give an idea of interest at the following link by Wednesday morning it would be useful.  https://andrewhorwitz.com/tamesis.html

Race Management

David Baker and Jim Green will be running Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box training/familiarisation sessions on Saturday 26 June and Saturday 10 July between 10:00 and approximately12:30.  Members wishing to attend these courses are asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk as each course will be for 6 people.

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.

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 still 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.  Please remember that we are easily seen from across the river.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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