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Last Week 3rd to 9th August
This week saw the second of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Tom Bull with assistance from Iwan Drewett, Alden Horwitz and Matty Key. Again, they were not blessed with the kindest of weather but they all seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely.
The sixth race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday and saw fewer entrants than usual, possibly due to the inclement weather forecast, with 4 Merlins, 6 Lasers and 2 N18s competing. Three Merlins battled for line honours with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Jennifer Falconer-Hall, winning convincingly followed by Charlie Morgan, crewed by David Baker, second and John Adams, crewed by Sophie Harrison, a close third. See the report on the race by John Adams in News.
My thanks to Graham King, assisted by Matt Dalton, for running the race and to Peter Impey and Griff Tanner for manning the Patrol Boat. Thanks also to Andrew and Alden Horwitz, assisted by Chloe, for cooking and serving the suppers and to Peter and Nicky Johnson for running Phil’s Bar.
Sunday was forecast as miserably wet and very gusty. In the event it was not so bad with some rain affecting the Lasers and N18s and the wind being more subdued than forecast but still coming from all directions. Five Lasers entered with Marcus Chavasse winning from Kaan Yargici and with Jim Hamilton third. Two N18s raced, Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning from Charles Fox, crewed by Ron Williamson. Six Merlins raced with David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, being the runaway winners from Charlie Morgan, crewed by Tim Ginn, second and Ken Duffell, crewed by Joe Woods, third.
My thanks to John and Jean Meredith for running the races and to Paul Jamieson and David Allen for manning the Patrol Boat. Thanks also to Anita, who provided lunches for 15 people which were served by Nicky Johnson and Megan and to Josephine who ran Phil’s Bar.
Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties
The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System and you will get an e-mail reminder about a week before your allocated Duty. You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their duty. Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as happened quite recently. If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility. It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do. Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.
The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through August. For races later in August there will be a 7:00 pm start. Information of when this occurs will be published nearer the time.
The Saturday Junior Sailing session is taking a break during the midsummer period, with the sessions planned to re-start in September.
The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (15th August), using our previously established pandemic format.
We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore, and it has also been found to reduce the workload for the OOD as there are fewer boats racing at any one time. Any Member wishing to sail in the Handicap category on a Sunday is invited to share the start of the N18s.
We are looking into the possibility of offering Patrol Boat training in the near future to increase our pool of potential patrol boat drivers. More information on this at a later date.
We are continuing to establish if we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook. Anita will be producing further meals in the near future.
The number of Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed has ballooned and it is important that owners identify their Boards with indelible marker so that we can keep track of who is storing a Board and where. We ask that Boards are identified before Wednesday, 18th August. If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board before then please make contact via the SUP WhatsApp Group. After that date we will secure any unmarked Board and release it on identification. The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.
Leah Fraser will be running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.
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.
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 where they came from when you have finished sailing. It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy 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.
Information on the following subjects has been moved to the Noticeboard.
Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities. Car Parking. Club Boats
Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is also 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.