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Last Week  21st to 27th September

On Saturday, the A Raters Annual Regatta started in near calm conditions which resulted in the scheduled second race of the day being abandoned.  However, Tamesis Junior Sailors were given the opportunity for a ‘Ride a Rater’ experience which was enjoyed by 10 of their number.  See the report by Tim Medcalf in News.

I should like to thank Mal Warner as OOD, ably assisted by Alistair Banks in the Box, with thanks also to John Edmondson, Brendan Hills, Nicola Siebert-Patel and James Berry for running the patrol boats.

At lunchtime there was a special ploughman’s lunch, provided by Nicky Johnson, and cakes, both of which were very well received.  Thanks also to Carolyne and Nicky for running Phil’s Bar.

On Sunday the very light winds were still around at the start of racing as the A Raters continued their Regatta with one morning race around a course below Stevens Ait and two more in much improved conditions, going above the Ait after the Tamesis Summer Series races had finished.  The competition was, as ever, fierce and the result close with Paul Browning, crewed by Justin Dunn and Graham Bartholomew in Osprey, taking the Braganza Bowl from Jonny Smith, crewed by Al Smith, Adrian Hart and Steve Bartlett in Scamp.  However, Jonny Smith turned the tables, winning the Yates Cup.  See the Report by Carolyne Vines in News.

During the morning the normal Tamesis Summer Series races were interleaved with the Rater Races.  Three Lasers started in very light airs which gradually picked up.  After a very close race, Matty Key beat Chris Taggard by the smallest of margins with Alexey Anatsky third.  Four N18s, joined by Ed Medcalf in a Topper in the Handicap race, started in improving winds and, after a fluctuating race, Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, won with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, second and Mal Warner, crewed by Beatrice Russ third.  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, fell victim to a main halyard breakage.  By the time the eight Merlins started there was a reasonably strong, though typically shifty, wind and a spirited race resulted in a win for Richard Harris, crewed by Emma MacDonald, with Peter Mason, crewed by Richard, second and Tim Medcalf, crewed by Veronique, third.

I would like to thank Marcus Chavasse as OOD, assisted by Peter Impey in the Box, with thanks also to Peter Bide, Geoff Bayliss, Brian Harper-Lewis and John Kemp for running the Patrol Boats.  Thank you also to Nicky Johnson, David Altun and Yann Sydow (a new member of the team) who made delicious sandwiches, toasties and ploughman’s and Nicky and David who ran Phil’s Bar

Having competed in the morning races at Tamesis, Tim Medcalf, now crewed by Matty Key, entered the Minima YC Long Distance Race, which they won, coming away with the unusual and handsome Kingston Trophy.  Well done!  See the report by Tim Medcalf in News.

Future events

Saturday 2nd October.

The N18 Inland Championships incorporating the postponed Adelaide Cup and Tamesis Anchor competitions will be held.  The Notice of Race has been published.

Sunday 3rd October.

Tamesis Club Laser Barometer Open Meeting.

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

Sunday 10th October our Winter Series starts and it will then run until the end of March, with breaks on:

24th October, for the Trafalgar Trophy Pursuit Race and

7th November 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.

Boat Park Clutter Reduction

The Club has separated those trailers which have been matched with owners, but there are still several unidentified ones – Members MUST identify and mark up their trailers – otherwise they will be removed and either sold or scrapped!!!   There are also some unoccupied launching trolleys which may meet the same fate.  Target date for completion of this is the end of October.


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.

Chris Pollard