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Last Week  17th to 23rd August

This week saw the fourth of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Tom Bull with assistance from  Ben Ramage, Matty Key and Caitlin.  Last week the participants enjoyed really good weather and all seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely.  Congratulations to Matty Key who passed his Assistant Instructors qualification on this course and is now working towards becoming a Dinghy Instructor.

The eighth race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in a light South-westerly wind.  3 Merlins, 6 Lasers, 3 N18s and a Topper competed.  Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines in N18 Zephyr overtook both Matt P-J and Charlie Morgan, crewed by Matty Key by the last lap to take the win on the water with Charlie and Matty 2nd and Matt P-J not far behind in 3rd ahead of the other two N18s.  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

My thanks to Rob Hatley, assisted by Ian Ramage, for running the race and to Simon Thompson and Ellen Schwartz for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nicky Johnson, who presented another of Anita’s suppers which was well received.  She was assisted by Josephine, David and Dylan, who served the supper and ran Phil’s Bar.

Sunday was initially overcast but became much sunnier with a briskish (with obligatory lulls) North-westerly wind.  Five Lasers competed and Mattie Valentine was the runaway winner from Chris Taggart in second and Roz Warwick-Haller, third.  Two N18s started, with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning comfortably from Mal Warner, crewed by Beatrice Russ, who developed rigging issues.  Nine Merlins raced with Richard Harris, crewed by Maddie, winning convincingly from Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Max, who took second place from Peter and Richard Mason by a margin of 2 seconds.

My thanks to Charlie Morgan, assisted by Humphrey Dorrell, for running the races and to Neville Upton and Toby Powell-Blyth for manning the Patrol Boat. Thank you also to Josefine, David and Alden who provided delicious sandwiches 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 last  of the G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will be on Thursday evening with a 7:00 pm start.

The Saturday Junior Sailing session is planned to re-start in September and I am grateful to Griff Tanner for taking on the running of this popular activity.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (29thAugust), 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 about to enter a period of considerable activity on the water and the following events are in the Calendar.

5th September – Firefly Open (no club racing)

4th and 5th September – Minima Yacht Club Annual Regatta

12th September – Tamesis Club Autumn Regatta

18th September – Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket Open

25th and 26th September – A Raters weekend at Tamesis Club (normal club racing on 26 September)

2nd October – N18 Inlands

3rd October – Tamesis Club Laser Barometer Open


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 had an inspection by the RYA. which was successfully passed.


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.


The Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed need to be identified with indelible marker to allow us to keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We have passed the date at which we asked you to identify your boards  and if you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board, please make contact with Leah via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  After this week we will remove and store any unmarked Boards and release them on identification.  The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.  Brian is planning to leave a marker pen handy for you to mark your boards.

Leah Fraser is 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