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Last Week  31st August to 6 September

On Friday the Club hosted a large gathering following a most moving Memorial Service for Martin Adams.  The weather was glorious which allowed full use to be made of the Club’s open spaces.  Excellent catering was provided by Delightful Dining and Josefine, Dylan and David looked after Phil’s Bar.

September saw the resumption of Saturday Junior Sailing under the tutelage of Griff Tanner.  The enthusiasm for this session borders on overwhelming with more than twenty keen participants.  Many thanks to Griff for taking on this important activity for the Club.

With the Firefly Open Meeting precluding normal Sunday racing, a considerable contingent, 3 Merlins and 4 Lasers, went up-river to compete in the Minima Yacht Club Annual Regatta, which took place over Saturday and Sunday.  Our sailors acquitted themselves well with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, winning the Merlin class with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Ed, second.  Chris Taggart won the Laser class from Stewart Colley, on countback, and Ed Medcalf, crewed by Tim, won the novice class from Henry Medcalf.  Minima were excellent hosts and all those who participated enjoyed the weekend despite there being only light winds.  See Tim Medcalf’s full report on the Minima Regatta in News.

The Firefly Open Meeting on Sunday sadly attracted only one visiting crew, who borrowed Sue Harris’s boat for the occasion.  There was a light south-easterly breeze when OOD Charles Fox set a dogleg course.  However, by the time racing began the wind had gone to north easterly resulting in an unusual running start for the three entrants.  The wind continued to fluctuate between these two directions throughout the day and, although the fleet was very small, the racing was very tight in all three races.  The trophy was ultimately won by the visitors, Oliver and Chris Perkins from Papercourt SC, with Griff Tanner, crewed by Matt Dalton, second and Johannes Wagner, crewed by Luzius, third.  The contest for the Firefly Junior Trophy was even more closely fought with Luzius Wagner just beating Josie Tanner to the line, both juniors being crewed by their fathers.  See the report on the Junior cup by Matt Dalton in News.

My thanks to Charles Fox, assisted by Robert Blakebrough, for running the races and to Rupert Fletcher and Sophie Harrison for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Josephine and David who provided bacon rolls, sandwiches and cake for lunch and ran Phil’s Bar.

Looking Forward

The Saturday Junior Sailing session is active again and I am grateful to Griff Tanner for taking on the running of this popular activity.

Sunday 12th September – Tamesis Club Autumn Regatta.

This coming Sunday is the Autumn Regatta.  There is a poster for it on the website and the 2021 NOR Tamesis Club Autumn Regatta is available as a download.  With the introduction of a SUP fleet into the Club. the race programme has been expanded to include an inaugural SUP race.

If you would like to take part in the SUP race, please arrive before noon in time to inflate your board and register (registration will need to be accompanied by a £2.50 entry fee, payable by card on the day).  SUP Class Captain Leah Fraser will offer a skills workshop free of charge on the lawn from about 12.15.  The race itself will start at about 12.30 and last in the region of 30-40 minutes, starting and finishing in front of the Club.  Racers must wear a buoyancy aid and use a leash during the race.  A number of prizes will be awarded, including for Juniors, so do come down and have a go.

Following our Regatta we will continue the period of considerable sailing activity at the Club with the following events which are in the Events Calendar on the Tamesis website.

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 26th 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.

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.


The Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed need to be identified using 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.  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.


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