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Last Week 22nd to 28th June
The last Thursday evening Saga Trophy race of the year was held in a reasonable breeze. 5 Lasers, 6 Merlins, 2 N18s and a Firefly challenged the conditions. This series has seen a large number of entries and a larger than usual number of qualifiers. Although Matt P-J had done enough to win the series, second place was contested down to the wire. See John Adams report on the Saga races and the final results in News.
A big thank you again to Team Horwitz, Andrew, Debora and Alden, for providing a Lemon Cream Chicken with Banoffee Pie to follow which, again, from the plaudits on WhatsApp, was very well received. Team Horwitz also ran the Veranda Bar.
My thanks to Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts for running the race and to Geoff Bayliss and Hugh McLaughlin for manning the Patrol Boat.
On Saturday, there was Junior Sailing on a sunny afternoon with light winds. The junior session continues to attract a great turnout whatever the weather thanks to the enthusiasm engendered by Andrew Harris and his team of assistants. The result for Matt Valentine in the Cutty Sark race on Sunday also shows how the coaching in this session has sharpened the competitive edge of our young sailors.
On Sunday, the Cutty Sark Bolt and Kempton Nut (for Junior sailors) pursuit handicap races were run in a fluctuating but generally good easterly breeze. There was the usual combination of lulls and swirling gusts associated with easterlies and the course was set to go deep into the upper reach beyond Stevens Ait. There was a good entry of Nineteen boats for the Cutty Sark race with Lasers, an Albacore, N18s and Merlins competing. Marcus Chavasse, in his Laser, managed to hold off the challenge of the leading Merlins to win with Richard Harris, crewed by Maddie, second. Matt Valentine, in a Laser, the sole entrant for and winner of the Kempton Nut race, also came in third in the Cutty Sark – brilliant – holding off Matt P-J, crewed by Kaan, in the N18 Ultra, who were fourth with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, a close fifth. See the News article by Tim Medcalf.
My thanks to Peter Mason (the presenter of the Trophy) and Richard Mason for running the race and to Geoff Bayliss and Philippe Pierrot for manning the Patrol Boat.
Nicky Johnson and Sara Jamieson made a Chicken, Ham and Leek pie for lunch followed by nice puddings and they were supported by Chloe and David on the Veranda Bar. My thanks to all of them.
The first of the G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will be run this Thursday evening (1st July), 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) and will be contested on Thursday evenings through July and August.
Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm and for the next three weeks will be looked after by Griff and Matt P-J. There will be a break during the midsummer period, which Andrew has indicated will be from the end of July, with the sessions restarting in September.
The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (4th July), 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 in the open.
Nicky Johnson has been arranging for volunteers to provide as much catering as is possible and if anyone who has not been approached would be able to assist, please get in touch with Nicky. Food will be served in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar whilst the current restrictions are in force and Members will have to eat whilst seated outside. We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the food and possibly to order in advance of events.
David Baker and Jim Green ran an Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box Training/Familiarisation session last week and will be running a second on Saturday 10th July, between 10:00 and approximately12:30 and a third, for which there is still one place available, on 17th July. Any member wishing to attend this third course is asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at email@example.com.
Race Management 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. 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 drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront. When food is provided on Thursday evenings or Sunday lunchtimes, it will be served as ‘Takeaway’ meals in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar. Once Members have collected their drinks or meals they must leave the veranda to avoid any crowding there.
We are still 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.
If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours, please get one from the Veranda Bar – they are free to Members – just ask! Now the Club is getting busier again the requirement for car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.
The Club has a stock of the Tickets and you are asked to put your name and any other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out racing.
We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not yet have their own boats, to use and to get more proficient. Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.
The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally. We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it. If you are unable to tell somebody of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem. Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them. The boat fairy does not exist – they don’t mend themselves or put themselves away.
The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.
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, when we are able to open the Club fully, with catering. If you, or any friend who is not a Member of the Club, would like to help with this, please contact any Member of the Management Committee.
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.
I would 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 also want to check your insurance.
Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.
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.