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Last Week  24th to 30th August

This week saw the last of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Tom Bull with assistance from  Ben Ramage, Iwan Drewett and Caitlin.  The participants had been fortunate with the weather and all seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely.  These Camps have been a great showcase for the Club and all credit to Tim who not only came up with the detailed concept but also has managed them for the three years that they have been running – and running very well.  Credit also to Tom Bull who has been Chief Instructor on this year’s Camps and has clearly inspired the children with the assistance of Ben, Iwan, Matty, Alden and Caitlin – an enthusiastic team.  Very well done.

The final race of the G.W. Smith Trophy, held on Thursday, attracted a fleet of 16 boats, 7 Merlins, 7 Lasers, a Laser 2k with training sails and a Firefly.  The intended start time had been 7pm to allow for the shortening daylight hours.  However, the enthusiasm of the fleet to get going resulted in two General Recalls and, as a consequence, the actual start time was only a minute earlier than the normal 7:15 start.  A good race in a light North-north-easterly wind was won on the water by Andy Harris, crewed by Tom, with Charlie Morgan, crewed by Humphrey Dorrell, second and Matt P-J in third place.  See the comprehensive report on the race and the Series by John Adams in News.

My thanks to Carolyne Vines, assisted by Henry Defries, for running the race and to Robert Blakebrough and Chris Taggart for manning the Patrol Boat.  Anne Bayne and Sue Harris cooked a lovely roast chicken dinner followed by meringue and fresh fruit with cream.  They were assisted by David  and Megan who also ran Phil’s Bar.

Sunday was initially completely windless and OOD, Brendan Hills, decided to delay the Laser start until 10:45, by which time a fitful North-westerly wind had arrived.  Four Lasers competed and Stewart Colley was the convincing winner from Henry Medcalf in second and Jim Hamilton, third.  Three N18s started, with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning comfortably from Chris Pollard crewed by Alistair Banks, with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third.  Seven Merlins raced with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, winning from David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, who took second place, with Ken Duffell, crewed by Mattie Valentine, in third.

My thanks to Brendan Hills, assisted by Ros Warwick-Haller, for running the races and to Mark Gardener and Jennifer Falconer Hall for manning the Patrol Boat.  Sally & Adrian Warwick-Haller made tasty fresh sandwiches and there was a choice of cake to have afterwards.  Megan and David switched between the kitchen and Phil’s bar, which was run by Josefine.  Joanna Stewart, who is a new member of Tamesis, came in for training in the bar and we shall look forward to seeing her again soon.

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 has happened.  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 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.

There will be a hiatus in the Summer Points Series this Sunday (5th September) as Tamesis is hosting the Firefly Open meeting.

We are entering a period of considerable sailing activity at the Club and the following events are in the Calendar.

Sunday 5th September – Firefly Open (no Club racing).

Weekend of 4th and 5th September – Minima Yacht Club Annual Regatta.

Sunday 12th September – Tamesis Club Autumn Regatta.

Saturday18th September – Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket Open.

Sunday 19th September – Claude Russell Cup for N18s in parallel with Summer Points Series for Lasers and Merlins.

25th and 26th September – A Raters weekend at Tamesis Club in parallel with Summer Points Series racing on Sunday 26 September.

2nd October – N18 Inland Championships.

3rd October – Tamesis Club Laser Barometer Open Meeting.


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 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.  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 Harper-Lewis has put a marker pen in a pot to the left of the rafter Paddleboard storage for you to mark your Boards.

Leah Fraser is running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

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 topics has been moved to the Noticeboard.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities, Car Parking, Club Boats, Boat Licences.

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 or River Thames Conditions.  Links for both these sites are available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard