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Last Week  14th to 20th September

On Saturday, the Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket Open had an entry of 12, including 2 visitors from Hampton SC and 1 from Thames SC.  The weather was benign with a reasonably consistent southerly breeze.  There were four races with three to count and the racing was tight.  Three of the four trophies were won by Richard Harris, crewed by Sara Warren, beating John and Livvy Bell from Hampton SC by a single point with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, third.  The fourth race, for the Southcott Cup, was won by Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key.  See the report by Tim Medcalf in News.

I would like to thank Peter Fryer OOD, ably assisted by Pauline in the Box, with thanks also to Kaan Yargici, Steve Katz and Phillipe Pierrot for running the patrol boats.  Additionally thanks to Chris Simon of the RYA who gave his time to act as on-the-water umpire.

In the lunchtime break from sailing there was a barbeque which was generally agreed to have been outstanding.  My thanks to Nancy, Bethan & Florence Roberts with Beth, Huw & Max McLaughlin. (+ Hugh Snr. McLaughlin on burger flipping duty) who produced the BBQ, with cakes supplied by Sue Harris, Jane McLaughlin, Beth & Nancy and thanks also to Megan who ran Phil’s Bar.

On Sunday the forecast was for very light winds and, accordingly, there was a relatively light entry.  Four Lasers raced and only two Merlins.

The N18s had the long-distance race for the Claude Russell Cup.  Four boats entered and Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, established an early lead which they were able to maintain throughout the race.  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, took second place with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third.  As this race finished (and the Merlins were still racing) the heavens opened and by the time the boats were packed away everyone was soaked to the skin.

I would like to thank John Adams as OOD, assisted by Zoe in the box, with thanks also to Stewart Colley and Jonathan Key for running the Patrol Boat.

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September – A Raters weekend.

This coming weekend the A Raters arrive for their annual Regatta at Tamesis.  It’s always exciting to witness these magnificent craft and this year we have an opportunity, on Saturday afternoon, to offer, on a first come first served basis, ‘Rides on a Rater’ for our Junior sailors at about 3 pm.  Those interested should contact Tim Medcalf on  07768 018972 or at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk.  Places are limited and there will be a charge of £5 which will go to a Charity of the Rater’s choice.

On Sunday the Rater’s Regatta continues and we will interleave the last of our Summer Series Races with their races.

Anyone who is able to help with either Sunday lunchtime catering or Phil’s Bar, please contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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

2nd October – N18 Inland Championships incorporating the postponed Adelaide Cup and Tamesis Anchor competitions.

3rd October – Tamesis Club Laser Barometer Open Meeting.

On Sunday 10th October our Winter Series starts and it will then run to the end of March, with a break on November 7th when the Trowlock Trophy Pursuit race will be held.


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 cannot perform an allocated duty it is their responsibility to request and establish a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  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 by 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.  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.  The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.

It has been noted that some paddleboarders are leaving the Boatshed door open whilst they are out on the water.  Please do not do this.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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


Information on the following topics has been placed on 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