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Last Week  6th to 12th July

The second race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in a light South-westerly breeze which faded slightly as the race went on.  Another large field of entrants included 9 Lasers, 2 Merlins, 3 N18s and 2 Training-rigged Laser 2k.  At the end of the first lap, the Merlins of Ken Duffel, crewed by Matt Valentine, and Johannes Wagner, crewed by Luzius, were leading on the water from the N18 of Chris Pollard, crewed by Caroline Stilwell.  It stayed that way to the finish but the Lasers of Jon Redding and Matt P-J were ominously close at the finish – what will the handicapping reveal?  See Tim Medcalf’s report on the race in News.

My thanks to Tim Medcalf and Humphry Dorrell for running the race and to Charlie Morgan and Peter Impey for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Josefine Wagner for running the Veranda Bar.

The Junior Sailing session on Saturday was followed, as is becoming normal, by some social sailing.

Sunday saw the Summer Series Class races, in a variable South-westerly wind.   Nine Lasers entered with Alistair Banks winning from Ros Warwick-Haller with Brendan Hills third.  Two N18s raced, with  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, just winning on the water from Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough.  Eight Merlins raced and Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, won with Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, second and David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, third.  See the News article by Carolyne Vines.

Ben Kimble was at the Club for a refresher session with those interested in assisting with sailing instruction.

My thanks to Peter Johnson and Byron Hoo for running the race and to Clive Mence and Ian Wyatt for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nicky Johnson for providing lunches with Chloe running the Veranda Bar.

Last week there was considerable activity by Club Members in distant (and not so distant) locations.

Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week always attracts a contingent of sailors from Tamesis and a breezy week was enjoyed by them, with equipment and stamina being tested to the maximum.  Competition for places during racing was at the highest level and having two Tamesis boats finishing in the top half of the fleet was a creditable performance from sailors more used to light wind river conditions.  See News article by Carolyne Vines.

Matt P-J, Kaan and Marcus took their N18 Ultra to Bosham for the English Championships.  A report on this expedition should be in next week’s issue.

Tim and Ed Medcalf took their Merlin Rocket ‘Samanda’ to Twickenham Yacht Club’s annual regatta and enjoyed a day’s racing on the Club’s tricky but strangely rewarding stretch of the tidal Thames.  As ever, TYC extended a warm and generous welcome. Tim and Ed were pleased to win the ‘Uncle’ Watson Trophy.  A trip to TYC is a fun outing (especially the mid-regatta BBQ) and it would be great to see more Tamesis sailors supporting the event next year.

Looking Forward

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through July and August.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  There will be a break during the midsummer period, which Andrew has indicated will be from the end of July, with the sessions re-starting in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (18th July), using our previously established pandemic format.

There are more opportunities to travel and race at local Clubs this week.  Thames Sailing Club is holding its 150th Anniversary Regatta across the weekend of 17th and 18th July.  This historic Club has long-standing links to Tamesis Club and is keen to see a good turn-out.  All information has been put on the Tamesis Sailing Whatsapp group and sailors who would like to take part can use this group to arrange a launch to tow them to the TSC.

Saturday 17th July also sees one of the best river events taking place as Ranelagh SC hosts its Merlin Rocket Downriver Race.  The race will start at 2pm with a BBQ to follow.  The NOR and SIs will be posted on the Tammy Merlins Whatsapp group when they are received from RSC.  At least two Tamesis boats are planning to compete – the weather forecast indicates that it will be a race for the light wind specialists!

Sale of Club Clothing

We are holding a stock of Club Clothing which Zoe Adams, who currently manages this, is going to offer at Sale prices on Sunday 25th July.  Details of the available items will be published nearer that date.


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.

Race Management

David Baker and Jim Green will run another Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box Training/Familiarisation session this week (17th July) between 10:00 and approximately12:30.  Any member wishing to attend this third course is asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

Race Management duties for July and onwards have been allocated and appear in the Dutyman lists.  As the summer holidays are coming closer, please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do on a day to which they have been allocated.  Please use the built-in method for asking for and confirming duty swaps.  Club racing is entirely dependent on having volunteers to form the Race Management teams to run events.


Leah Fraser has expressed an interest in running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club.  She has been invited to run some trial sessions and we are currently determining the terms and conditions for her to run this enterprise.  We are hopeful that this can be resolved in the very near future.

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 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 but, until the restrictions are lifted, the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect drinks and food 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 a ‘Takeaway’ meal in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar.  Once Members have collected their drinks and/or meals they must leave the veranda to avoid any crowding there.

With the imminent lifting of Covid related restrictions, we will be looking, in a measured way, to move towards what was normality.  The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner will be updated shortly.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is busy again, the requirement for car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours,  please get one from the stock held at the Veranda Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!

You are asked to put your name on the ticket and other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out on the water.

Club Boats

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 a Club Officer 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.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to whence they came when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.


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 more volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running the Veranda Bar and with catering.  If you, or any friend who is not a Member of the Club, would like to help with this, please contact a 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 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.

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.

Chris Pollard