Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

Scroll to the end of this e-mail to see the News articles


Sad news this week of the death of Martin Adams, a long-time stalwart of the Tamesis Club Offshore Fleet.  He died peacefully at home on Saturday 14th August after a brave, uncomplaining, fight, having been diagnosed with a brain tumour last Autumn.  The Club extends its sympathy and support to Barbara, their three daughters Charlie, Nicki and Cassie and six granddaughters.

Martin met Barbara at Arun YC where he was a Past Commodore and they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary last summer.  He was an accomplished offshore sailor and owned Murena ll, a 30ft Jeanneau, for many years.  A keen supporter of the Tammy Offshore Group, he has been a holder of both the Jack’s Trip and Seacock Trophies.  He had also skippered a chartered yacht in the Greek and Croatian Islands with a small group of Tammy sailors for a week each year for 9 recent summers.

As well as sailing Martin was a keen tennis player and this year was awarded the Lawn Tennis Association life-time achievement award for his role in establishing the Ham and Petersham Tennis Club.  He will be greatly missed at Tamesis.

Last Week  10th to 16th August

This week saw the third of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Tom Bull with assistance from  Iwan Drewett, Ben Ramage and Matty Key.  Last week the participants enjoyed really good weather and all seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely.

The seventh race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in an inconsistent South-westerly wind.  4 Merlins, 10 Lasers, 3 N18s, a Topper and a Laser 2k competed.  Two Merlins and an N18 battled for line honours with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Veronique, winning from Chris Balmbro, crewed by William, with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, a close third.  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

The race was slightly marred by a collision between Chris Balmbro and Henry Defries which ocurred as a result of their having to take avoiding action to not run down a sculler who had inadvertently rowed into the gap between the Club mark and the bank as they were about to round the mark.  We are talking to the rower’s Club and hope we can promote a better understanding of our racing with them.

My thanks to David Baker,  assisted by Jim Green, for running the race and to Barney Smith and Clive Mence for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nicky Johnson, who produced a much-appreciated supper and was assisted by Chloe and Josephine, for serving the suppers and running Phil’s Bar.

Sunday was initially overcast with a hint of drizzle but improved to be sunny with a nominally south westerly breeze.  OOD Kaan Yargici set a single dogleg course which proved reasonably challenging when the wind direction shifted.  Six Lasers entered with Alistair Banks winning from Matty Key, with Stewart Colley third.  Three N18s raced, Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning from Charles Fox, crewed by Ron Williamson with Chris Pollard, crewed by Tim Ginn, third.  Seven Merlins raced with Richard Harris, crewed by Maddy, being the winners from Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, third.

My thanks to Kaan and Nicky Johnson for running the races and to Paul and Sara Jamieson for manning the Patrol Boat. Thank you also to Josefine, Chloe and David who provided the lunches and combined this with running 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.

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 August.  For at least the last race in August there will be a 7:00 pm start.  Information of when this occurs will be notified nearer the time on the Sailing WhatsApp Group.

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 (22nd August), using our previously established pandemic format.

We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore.  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.

This week we are having an inspection by the RYA.


We are continuing to determine whether we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.

Bar Prices

We have not increased our Bar prices for some time but it has now become necessary as cost-of-living rises have caught up with us.  The increases will come into effect on Thursday evening and the revised tariff will be posted in Phil’s Bar.


The Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed should be identified 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 with Leah 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.

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.

I should also remind you that our Dinghies need to be licensed too.

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 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.

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